Saturday, July 11, 2015

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole from Cook's Country

Recently made a recipe for Reduced-Fat Chicken Noodle Casserole only I didn't use the reduced fat ingredients. This was okay, not great. Really did not like the flavor that the red bell pepper added to it. It changed the flavor of the whole dish and not in a good way. I would definitely leave that out if I ever decided to make this again. I also did not like the dry cracker crumbs on top. They needed to be mixed with butter, or skipped altogether. I much prefer Chicken Potpie to this.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Clams Casino Pasta

A local restaurant has a dish called "Clams Casino Pasta" on the menu. It is amazing. One of my most favorite restaurant dishes ever. I recently tried to make a copycat version at home and I came pretty close. Of course I did not measure anything.


bacon, cut into small pieces
diced onion
diced tomato
green onions, white and light green parts only
minced garlic
canned clams
white wine
lemon juice
2 slices lemons
black pepper
red pepper flakes

Cook linguine to al dente. Meanwhile, saute bacon pieces until cooked but not overly crispy. Remove bacon to a plate, drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings and reserve the rest. Add butter to the pan (maybe 1 or 2 tablespoons) and saute onion until soft but not brown. Add garlic and tomatoes and saute another minute. (Add more bacon dripings as necessary.) Add white wine, canned clams including the juice, and simmer to reduce. Add some lemon juice, black pepper, red pepper flakes and bacon. Cook a few minutes more, add another pat of butter if necessary. Add pasta to the pan and cook another minute or so.

This was totally amazing. Next time I might do two cans of clams. I might consider adding a little red bell pepper. Also, I would maybe add the tomatoes towards the end of cooking. Totally incredible and came out very close to the restaurant version I've had.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Campfire Cheese Hash Brown Packets Recipe

Campfire Cheese Hash Brown Packets Recipe from Taste of Home

I didn't follow the recipe exactly but these were great! I added more cheese than called for, but didn't top with any cheese at the end. I added some diced onion and butter to the potato mixture. These were awesome. I will definitely make them again! Easy to tweak with different ingredients. These would be great with breakfast sausage (links maybe) or polish sausage in them! Great for breakfast or dinner. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky Road Ice Cream from allrecipes magazine

One of the reviews in the magazine said this would make an excellent chocolate ice cream on it's own, so I tried it and was really disappointed. Flavor was not great at all. Will not make this again.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Miniature Cheesecakes

Miniature Cheesecakes from

These were terrible! I followed other reviews and omitted the nutmeg and doubled the vanilla. These still had no taste, and were dry. Maybe needed the sour cream topping that cheesecake usually has. Totally disappointing and I definitely would not make these again.