Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Catalina Queso Egg Casserole

Today is the last day of a quick family trip to Florida.  We do this every year at Presidents Day to take advantage of a few days off from school and break up our dismal Ohio winters with some Florida sunshine.  This year we arrived very late and found ourselves starving once we got to the house.  Rushing, airport food and flying don't always agree with me.  Luckily, we were greeted by a attentive staff who knew just what we needed.  And by staff, I mean my fantastic mother who had beds ready and as well as this wonderful egg dish!  It was a great start to a min-vacation.  We'll miss the sun, surf and family time together but it's back to reality for us tonight.  I'm just thankful I can take this recipe with me! 

1/2 cup butter
1/2 lb. shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
1 pint cottage cheese
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 4-oz. can diced green chiles
1 cup diced ham
2-3 green onions, chopped
Salsa for serving if desired
(Next time I may add some finley shopped red peppers too!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl combine grated cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, milk, flour, chilies, ham and green onions.  In a 9x13 pan, place butter and toss in oven until melted.  Remove and pour half of butter into egg mixture and stir well.  Leave remaining butter in pan.  Pour egg mixture into warm dish and bake for 45 minutes or until golden on top.  Cut and serve with salsa if desired!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

It's been an off week.  You know that kind of week where you're stuck in traffic, looking for lost paperwork, late for meetings, computer bugs and fighting the urge to crawl back under the covers each morning.  This dish was a saving grace.  I actually had everything to make these cuties and the kids loved them so much they took them cold in their lunches the next day.  Finally, something worked out this week! 

3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or combo of dried basil, oregano & parsley)
pinch of salt
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup cubed pepperoni (I used Hormel's mini turkey pepperoni and skipped chopping)
1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce, warmed in microwave or stovetop

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes (if using) ; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni and let stand for a few minutes.

Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
Serve the puffs with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.

Slightly adapted from Everyday from Rachael Ray

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning

It's Taco Tuesday for us today and as I started browning our taco meat, I realized I didn't have my trusty store-bought taco seasoning.  I remembered seeing a homemade variety on the Web and boy, was I glad I was forced to make my own because it's so simple and so much better than the salt laden packet variety.  I felt better about Taco Tuesday with homemade seasoning, some black beans added into the meat for extra fiber and an opportunity to sit and laugh with the kids as we all gobbled down tacos.  All hail to family dinners together!

4 tbsp. chili powder
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. paprika
3 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix well to blend. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

To prepare taco meat, use 2 heaping tablespoons in place of a package of taco seasoning (cook approximately 1 lb. of beef or chicken, add 1 cup of water with the seasoning, and simmer until the liquid is almost completely gone.)

Annie's Eats does it again!