Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Happy Dance and College Cooking Frenzy two

yes folks I'm still cooking.  Just think, in the next week or so when the chicken goes on sale at Sprout's I will be doing this all over again, just with chicken dishes!!!

Let's get started....first up  Goulash

(ok....seriously, this is kinda of spaghetti without the italian seasonings don't you think??)

Here we go with the onions again!!!   Let's get those onions cooking

Rest of the ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
med onion, chopped
2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
28 oz can stewed tomatoes, undrained
14 1/2 oz diced tomatoes, undrained
14 1/2 oz tomato sauce
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Worchestershire sauce to taste

Let's get that macaroni on the stove and just cook to package directions
Now those onions need some meat to cook along with them

Just sprinkle the garlic powder over the top of the ground beef and onion. Use as much or as little as you like

If that meat is all browned up, get that macaroni off the stove and drained

Add all remaining ingredients to the mixture except for the macaroni

stir it all up and bring to a boil.
I'm gonna jump back a kids love the tastes of tomatoes as long as it isn't chunks of tomatoes.  I dumped the stewed tomatoes into a container and smashed them up really good with that handy potato masher.  Just a helpful hint if your kiddos don't like that chunky tomato business.

Ok, once that gets to a boil reduce to simmer and add the macaroni

Mix it all up really good and then add salt, pepper and worchestershire sauce to your taste. I probably added about 1/4 cup of the worchestershire sauce.  I salt very lightly because you can always add salt after it's ready if you need to.

Let that simmer for a bit and then it's ready to eat or ready to put in containers.  I let mine simmer about 30 minutes since I was busy working on some other stuff.

There's the goulash all ready to chill and then head to the freezer

Let's make Sloppy Joe's!!!

that's the ingredients... no onions!!! yippppppeeeeee

Just cook that up according to the can and you'll get this

why mess with perfection???  I've tried making my own sloppy joe's and dangit....these are just good the way they are and just need to leave well enough alone!

all bagged and ready for the freezer

How about another easy thing that doesn't involve chopping or the stove

Honey Mustard Dressing

this stuff is so good and so will never buy it again!

1 1/2 cups mayo
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
1/2 cup honey

Just mix it all up

and put it in the jars

knowing one of the kids would undoubtedly ask "how long is this good for" I just looked at the expiration date on the mayo and went with that date.  Conveniently it's also the end of the fall semester and when they will be heading home for a few weeks so that works out great.

Since I spent about 2 1/2 hrs in the waiting room of the Dr.'s office yesterday I was running out of time so I neeeded to get the sandwiches made because it's Thursday and we have to go see the Mere bear cheer.

It's Samma's super sammy

First up the ingredients

Take the bread and spread on the spicy brown mustard

add the turkey

now the tomatoes

a little jalapeno olive drsg and some shredded lettuce

time for the cheese (it's pepper jack)

Now... add a little more turkey on the top and the other slice of bread.  Pop it in the oven on 350 degrees for a couple minutes on each side until it's a little toasted.   Then bump that oven up to broil and DO NOT LEAVE THE OVEN. watch it very close or you'll end up with Tookie Toast again!   (see earlier post in week regarding my fascination with Tookie Toast)  When one side is toasted flip it and watch the other side carefully.  Then pull it out of the oven
see what a lovely sandwich...wish I could eat it now but unfortunately I need to pack them up and head out!

2 sandwiches and 2 bags of chips for the hubby and me.....Gooooooo POJO

Peace, Love and Yummies football fans!

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