Best Recipes

  1. Crock Pot Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

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    Ingredients:


    1 large chicken, cut into serving pieces
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2/3 cup vinegar
    1/4 cup Sprite or 1/4 cup 7-Up soda
    2 -3 tablespoons minced garlic
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 teaspoon pepper (regular black or cayenne)

    Directions:

    1 Place chicken in crock pot.
    2 Mix all remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.
    3 Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
    4 Serve over rice or noodles.
    5 You can thicken the juices after cooking with a little cornstarch.

  2. Best Beef Stroganoff

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    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup minced onion
    1 cup sour cream
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1/4 cup butter
    1 lb ground beef
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    canned mushroom stems and pieces, 2-3 cans, drained
    1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup (I always use the top name brand)
    1 (12 ounce) bag egg noodles, cooked

    Directions:

    1 Sauté onion and garlic in butter over medium heat.
    2 Stir in ground beef and brown stir in flour, salt, mushrooms, and pepper cook 5 minutes, then stir in soup. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
    3 Stir in sour cream until heated. Serve over noodles.


  3. Szechuan Noodles With Spicy Beef Sauce

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    Ingredients:


    1 lb ground beef
    1 1/2 cups chopped onions
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
    1/2-1 1/2 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper (start off with just a little and work your way up)
    2 tablespoons sesame oil
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    3/4 cup beef broth
    1/3 cup hoisin sauce
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    8 ounces vermicelli, cooked
    1/2 cup sliced green onion

    Directions:

    1 Brown ground beef in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles; drain and keep warm.
    2 Pour sesame oil in pan and heat till hot. Saute onion and next 4 ingredients hot sesame oil until tender.
    3 Combine cornstarch and beef broth, whisking until smooth.
    4 Stir broth mixture, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce into onion mixture.
    5 Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute.
    6 Stir in ground beef.
    7 Toss with hot cooked pasta, and sprinkle with sliced green onions.
    8 Yield: 4 servings.

  4. Classic Baked Ziti

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    Ingredients:

    1 lb lean ground beef
    1 cup onion, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 (32 ounce) jar meatless sauce
    1 cup chicken broth
    1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
    1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta, cooked and drained
    shredded mozzarella cheese
    1 cup grated parmesan cheese

    Directions:

    1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2 In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onions, and garlic over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until beef is browned; stirring frequently.
    3 Stir in spaghetti sauce, chicken broth, and oregano.
    4 Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
    5 Stir 1 cup of the sauce into the cooked ziti noodles.
    6 Spoon 1/2 of the ziti mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
    7 Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
    8 Top with 2 cups sauce, then remaining ziti mixture and remaining sauce.
    9 Cover and bake 20 minutes.
    10 Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
    11 Return to oven and bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until heated through.

  5. Best Grilled Pork Chops

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    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup water
    1/3 cup light soy sauce
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    3 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    6 pork loin chops, fat removed

    Directions:

    1 In deep bowl mix all marinade ingredients.
    2 Marinate at least 2 hours.
    3 Remove from marinade and cook over medium-high heat on greased grill for no more than 15 minutes or until done. Cooking time for second side is shorter by 1-2 minutes. 3/4” or thinner, 5-6 minutes maximum per side, thicker than 3/4” 6-7 minutes maximum per side. DO NOT OVER_GRILL, chops will become tough. After 2 minutes grilling on a side, rotate chops 45 degrees for even cooking. Turn over when juices pool on upper surface and meat appears to be cooked half-way through.

  6. 4 Minute Spicy Garlic Shrimp

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    Ingredients:

    12 shrimp (Jumbo sized, peeled, deveined, & tails intact)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 garlic cloves (crushed with the side of a knife)
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 teaspoon steak seasoning (Montreal Seasoning by McCormick is recommended)
    1 teaspoon lemon, zest of
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)

    Directions:

    1 Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
    2 Add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and shrimp.
    3 Season with grill seasoning or salt & pepper.
    4 Cook shrimp 3 minutes or until just pink.
    5 Toss with lemon zest, juice, & chopped parsley.
    6 Remove shrimp to a serving platter, leaving the garlic cloves in the pan.

  7. Kung Pao Chicken

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    Ingredients:

    1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    2 teaspoons light sesame oil or 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    3 tablespoons green onions, chopped with tops
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4-1 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (to your own taste)
    1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger (can use fresh grated if preferred)
    2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts
    4 cups cooked rice, hot

    Directions:

    1 Combine chicken and cornstarch in small bowl.
    2 Toss to coat.
    3 Heat oil in large non-stick skillet or wok on medium heat.
    4 Add chicken.
    5 Stir fry 5- 7 minutes or until no longer pink in center.
    6 Remove from heat.
    7 Add onions, garlic, red pepper and ginger to skillet.
    8 Stir fry 15 seconds.
    9 Remove from heat.
    10 Combine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar in small bowl.
    11 Stir well.
    12 Add to skillet.
    13 Return chicken to skillet.
    14 Stir until chicken is well coated.
    15 Stir in nuts.
    16 Heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
    17 Serve over hot rice.

  8. Roast Sticky Chicken

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    Ingredients:

    4 teaspoons salt
    2 teaspoons paprika
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon thyme
    1 teaspoon white pepper
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 large roasting chicken
    2 large onions, peeled and quartered

    Directions:

    1 (Day 1) Blend all spices together and set aside.
    2 Remove neck and giblets from chicken cavity, rinse well inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels.
    3 Rub with spice mixture, both inside and out, then stuff cavity with onions.
    4 Wrap in a resealable”food grade” plastic bag (I just use a new, unscented, white kitchen can liner.), tie closed, and refrigerate overnight.
    5 (Day 2) Remove from plastic bag and place in a shallow baking pan.
    6 Roast uncovered in a 250 F oven 5 hours.
    7 (This is not an error, I repeat, 250 F for 5 hours!) If the chicken contains a pop-up thermometer, ignore it.
    8 This recipe is SAFE.
    9 According to the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, a whole chicken should reach an internal temperature of 180 F.
    10 For more info check out their”Thermy” campign Web site! http://www.fsis.usda.gov/thermy/index.htm
    11 Baste with drippings every 30 minutes after the first hour.
    12 (I admit I’m not consistent on this point, but it still comes out wonderful!) Let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

  9. Really Good Vegetarian Meatloaf

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    Ingredients:

    2 cups water
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup lentils
    1 small onion, diced
    1 cup quick-cooking oats
    3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese or 3/4 cup swiss cheese, cheese or 3/4 cup monterey jack cheese or 3/4 cup American cheese
    1 egg, beaten
    4 1/2 ounces spaghetti sauce or 4 1/2 ounces tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 tablespoon dried parsley
    1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    Directions:

    1 Add salt to water and boil in a saucepan.
    2 Add lentils and simmer covered 25-30 minutes, until lentils are soft and most of water is evaporated.
    3 Remove from fire.
    4 Drain and partially mash lentils.
    5 Scrape into mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
    6 Stir in onion, oats and cheese until mixed.
    7 Add egg, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, parsley, seasoning salt and pepper.
    8 Mix well.
    9 Spoon into loaf pan that has been generously sprayed with Pam (non-stick cooking spray) or well-greased.
    10 Smooth top with back of spoon.
    11 Bake at 350 degrees for 30- 45 minutes until top of loaf is dry, firm and golden brown.
    12 Cool in pan on rack for about 10 minutes.
    13 Run a sharp knife around edges of pan then turn out loaf onto serving platter.

  10. Easy Breakfast Casserole

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    Ingredients:

    2 cups dry chicken stove top stuffing mix (from the canister)
    2 cups milk
    1 1/2 cups cubed ham (or use Bob Evans Sausage, cooked, drained well, and crumbled)
    6 eggs, beaten
    1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Directions:

    1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2 Lightly grease a 9 x 12 baking dish.
    3 Mix all the ingredients together.
    4 Pour into prepared baking dish.
    5 Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or until set.

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