Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mama's Home Fries

Growing up, I loved home fries.  My dad and I would occasionally go out to a cheap, "greasy spoon" and get breakfast together.  We often requested to eat home fries at home, but it takes a lot of time and effort to make them.  Since then, my mom has found a short cut, so we both make them often in our homes now.

This is a great potato dish to make when . . . say . . . you didn't plan far enough in advance to make potatoes that take a long time! 

Mama's Home Fries

Baked potatoes
diced onions (opt.)
diced green peppers (opt.)
salt and pepper

1. Wash the potatoes then puncture them with a fork all over.  This will keep them from exploding from the buid-up of steam.

2. If your are going to bake them in the oven, wrap them in aluminum foil. If you have a wonderful "Potato" button on your microwave like I have, you can wrap them in a paper towel.  Potatoes bake in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  It usually takes about 7 minutes in the microwave.

3.  Add a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of oil to a NON-STICK pan.  When potatoes are done cooking, warm pan on medium high heat.  If you want to add fresh onions and peppers, saute them at this point.  If you don't add fresh onions, you may want to sprinkle potatoes with onion powder or minced onion after they are added to the pan.

3.  CAREFULLY cube up the potatoes leaving the skins on. You can wait for them to cool down until they are easier to handle.  (Don't let the pan get too hot.  You can wait to heat up your pan if you prefer.)  Add potatoes to hot pan as you cut them.

4. Brown potatoes to desired color, turning and adding more oil/butter as needed.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve & enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Do you ever make out a menu and go to make a particular meal and realize you have forgotten ONE of the ingredients?!?  My achilles heel always seems to be taco seasoning!!  For some reason, I remember the other 100 ingredients in taco salad except the seasoning.  After {cough} years of repeating this problem, I finally decided to research homemade taco seasoning.

This is the first and only recipe I tried.  I really liked it.  We prefer mild when it comes to spices, so I don't add all the chili powder, crushed red pepper or cumin.  You may want to mix just a little bit in a bowl and try it first.  I will hopefully be mixing a larger quantity and saving it in an air-tight container, so I can just spoon out what I need while cooking next time.

Taco Seasoning

1/4 c chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 - 1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp paprika
2 Tbs cumin
3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients together.  Store in an airtight container.

Photo from bing images.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

May Meeting 2012

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I am SO excited about our upcoming meeting!!

Can you tell? =D

This month is going to be all about CHANGE.

The first change . . . this meeting will be held on a Tuesday night.  We will meet at the same time 6:30 - 9:00 pm on Tuesday, May 8.  It's been brought to my attention that a few ladies would like to come but cannot because Friday night is date night or family night.  I would love for more ladies to come and am a supporter of date and family nights, so I'd like to try Tuesday night.  I think this may also help with the sport events conflicts in the fall as well.

The second change . . . this meeting will be at the church.  I'm guessing we will meet in the Teen Room, but that might change.  I will let you know for sure.

The third change . . . we are going to go with a menu! Instead of bringing appetizers and desserts, we will be bringing ingredients that all go along with the main dish.  This meeting's main dish will be Taco Salad.  Please check the bulletin board at church for an item or two that you can bring with you.

The theme of May's meeting is "Getting To Know Our Staff Wives."  We will be hearing testimony from Mrs. Erica Foust, our Associate Pastor's wife, and from Mrs. Sarah Hazlett, our Youth Pastor's wife.

We are still working on a Fun Feature.  If you have an idea, please contact me.

Looking forward to May's meeting!  Praying for a great turn-out.  Hope to see you there!

Pepperoni Rolls

Before you start to think this is just another pepperoni roll recipe, think again!  When I told my daughter I was making pepperoni rolls for lunch, she was disappointed to say the least.  However, by the time she ate numerous rolls, she was begging me to make more tomorrow.

Because I'm short on time, I'll just post a link to these yummy pepperoni rolls.  I found this link on Pinterest.

Note:  Commenters suggest not placing the rolls this close together as there is the possibility of the biscuits being doughy where they touch.