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Mexican Lasagna

Recipe Source: Edna Harter


2 pounds ground chuck
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
15 lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 (16-ounce) jar chunky mild salsa
16 ounces water
2 cups sour cream
1 (6-ounce) can sliced black olives
3/4 cup chopped green onions
8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Brown the beef in a large skillet. Drain it, and return it to the pan. Add the garlic, oregano, and cumin. Mix well, and stir in the beans. Layer 5 lasagna noodles over the bottom of the prepared dish. Spread 1/3 of the meat mixture over the noodles. Add 5 more noodles and another 1/3 of the meat mixture. Repeat the layers with the remaining noodles and meat mixture. Pour the salsa evenly over all. Fill the empty salsa jar with water, and pour it over the top. Cover the lasagna with foil, and bake for 1 hour, until the noodles are tender.

Mix the sour cream, olives, and green onions together. Spoon this evenly over the lasagna. Top with the cheese. Return to the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Cannellini Bean Soup

Recipe Source:

Prep/Cooking Time: 30 minutes with canned beans / 90 minutes dried beans


2 1/3 cups cannellini beans (or 2 – 15 ounce cans no salt added cannellini beans)
3 quarts water
1 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 large white onion (diced)
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/4 tsp. salt
2 ribs (with leaves) celery (minced)
2 Tbsp. fresh oregano
to taste fresh ground black pepper


Dried Beans: Place the beans in a large pot and cover with water. Let the beans soak overnight. Drain the beans the next day and cover with water, then place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the beans cook for about an hour until soft. Drain the beans and set aside. Rinse the pot well.

(Alternatively use 2 – 15 ounce cans no salt added cannellini beans.)

Place the olive oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and white onion. Cook slowly over medium until the onions are translucent. Add the beans back to the pot and stir well.

Add the chicken stock and salt. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the celery, fresh oregano and black pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes.

Using a stick blender (or a conventional blender in batches), blend the soup until it is pureed. The soup may be served hot or chilled.

Serves 4.

Cheese Ring

Recipe Source: Wildlind /

Prep/Cooking Time: 2 Hrs 20 Min


1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
5 medium green onions, finely chopped (white parts only)
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
1 (10 ounce) jar raspberry preserves
1 (10 ounce) package thin wheat crackers


In a medium bowl, mix together the Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, green onion, cayenne pepper, and garlic salt until well blended. Coat a ring shaped gelatin mold generously with cooking spray. Spoon the cheese mixture into the mold, cover, and chill for 2 to 3 hours to set.

Unmold onto a serving plate, and pour raspberry preserves into the center. Arrange wheat crackers around the outside of the ring.

Chinese Vermicelli Salad

Recipe Source:


1 and a half bunch of Vermicelli noodles (bean thread)
2 or 3 carrots
1 celery stick
2 jalapeno chilis (peppers)
2 green onions
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp light soy sauce
3 Tbsp vinegar
4 tsp sugar
3 tsp sesame oil


Boil some water in a kettle, and place the dry noodles in a big bowl. Pour the boiling water and leave the noodles soaking till soft and tender. Drain them and rinse them with cold water.

Peel the carrots and cut into small sticks.

Gut the green onions into 1 1/2 inch strips.

In a bowl, mix the soy, sugar, vinegar, chili oil, and sesame oil. Mix well.

Mix the noodles, green onions and carrots, and mix with the sauce when ready to serve.

Mother’s Spaghetti Sauce

Recipe Source: Sweetiebarbara /


10 medium onions
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 (10 3/4 ounce) cans campbell’s tomato soup


Pour olive oil into large skillet with heat on medium.

Slice onions into wedges and put in pan.

Saute until all slivers separate.

Lower heat, cover, and cook until clear and tender being careful not to burn.

Add tomato soup and stir until hot, but do not allow to boil.

Serve over cooked spaghetti, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, and a tall glass of cold milk.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe Source: Star Pooley /

Prep/Cooking Time: 40 Min


1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked
1 cup white hominy
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
crushed tortilla chips
sliced avocado
shredded Monterey Jack cheese
chopped green onions


In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic in oil until soft. Stir in chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, broth, and water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir in corn, hominy, chilies, beans, cilantro, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips, avocado slices, cheese, and chopped green onion.

Spanish Rice Original

Recipe Source: DivaDee /

Prep/Cooking Time: 1 Hr 15 Min


1 cup chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce
6 slices bacon
2 onions, diced
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 tomatoes, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
1 (10 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (optional)
1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (optional)


In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil while cooking the following.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until evenly brown. Chop bacon, and set aside, reserving the bacon fat. Add onion to skillet, and sauté until tender. Stir in rice, and cook until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in boiling chicken broth and tomato sauce. Add diced tomatoes, green peppers, and chopped bacon. Season with chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cover, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in black olives and corn.

Diva’s Note:

If you are going to double the recipe (I usually make a doubled recipe), use the same amount of bacon strips and oil, and keep to 1 can of olives and 1 can of corn, double all other ingredients.

Baked Eggs, Basque-Style

Recipe Source: Franklin Biggs, Franklin’s Homewood Gourmet / MyFoxAL


4 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 Tbsp roasted chopped garlic
1 cup ham or cooked sausage, diced
2 cups tomato sauce
to taste: salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes
6 eggs


Saute onion and red bell pepper in oil until soft. Add garlic, ham (or sausage) and heat through. Add tomato sauce and season to taste. Simmer 5 minutes. Pour sauce into flat baking dish and smooth flat. Make 6 indentations with a spoon and break an egg in each. Bake at 350F until eggs are done.

Cornbread Dressing

Recipe Source: Chef Bob


1 recipe cornbread (crumbled)
1 small onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
6 to 7 cups chicken stock
1 Tbsp rubbed sage
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 Tbsp butter
5 eggs


Saute onions and celery in butter til soft. Add all ingredients together and bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes.

Enchilada Casserole

Recipe Source: Vickie Lege / Amy Hazelwood

Prep/Cooking Time: 2 hours


2 pounds ground beef
1 package Corn Tortillas Chips
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 jars enchilada sauce
8 -10 slices of America – Cheddar slices. mozarella, or shredded cheese or your choice
1 large onion
1 large 15 oz can Rotel tomatoes
1 can mushrooms or fresh chopped
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup green pepper
Cajun seasonings to taste or (salt, black pepper, cayenne, spices)


Season the ground beef well with Cajun seasonings. In a medium saucepan, brown the ground meat. Add the celery, peppers and onions,and mushrooms and saute’ until soft.

Add the soup, enchilada sauce and Rotel Tomatoes (if you can not find the Rotel brand use a small can (10 oz)of diced tomatoes and a small can (2 oz) of diced green chili peppers, mild or hot).

Cook on top of stove over medium heat for 30-45 minutes. Do not forget to stir.

In a sheet cake pan, layer the corn tortilla chips , add sauce, then cheese slices or shredded cheese. Continue the layering process and add lots of cheese on top.

Bake the casserole in a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese is melted approximately 20-25 minutes.

This recipe can be frozen and served at a later date but do not add cheese until time for actual meal.

Recommended side: Spanish Rice or Mexican Dips

Author’s Note:

You could use the flour tortillas to make it more like real enchiladas but its so quick and easy and not really time consuming. Most cooks have the ingredients on hand – so enjoy!

Nicki’s Note:

I omitted the mushrooms and used cream of chicken soup (instead of mushroom) and used flour tortillas, and it turned out wonderful! Highly recommended with a good spicy rice or similar side dish. 🙂

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