Friday, April 6, 2012

Monkey Bread

I was looking for some warm comfort food and found this simple recipe:


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits 
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled, thinly sliced 
  •  1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  •  3/4 cup fat-free caramel topping 
  •  2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • Directions:
    1.  Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with cooking spray.
    2. In 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix sugar and cinnamon. Separate dough into 16 biscuits. Cut each biscuit into quarters. Add biscuit pieces to sugar mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat.
    3. Sprinkle half of apple slices in pan. Layer half of the biscuit pieces and half of the pecans on top of apples. Sprinkle with remaining apple slices. Layer remaining biscuit pieces and remaining pecans on top.
    4. In small bowl, mix caramel topping and vanilla. Pour over biscuit pieces.
    5. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cover loosely with foil during last 10 minutes to prevent overbrowning.
    6. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate. Serve warm.

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    I'm Back

    I've been gone for a bit, but I'm planning to do a better job updating.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Autumn Spice Ham Steak

    It's been a while since I've posted, but I made this the other night and it was so good that I had to share the recipe!!!

    We had a ham steak in the freezer and I found this recipe. Luckily, we had apples in the house and I was able to put it together quickly.  You can use pumpkin pie spice or allspice if you don't have cinnamon.


    • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 (2 pound) ham steak
    • 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced
    • 1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


    1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the ham on both sides in the butter until browned. Lay the sliced apple over the ham. Pour the syrup over the apples. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally until the apples are cooked through.
    2. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve immediately.

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Baked Ziti

    Ok, I have to admit that this is a very basic recipe and purists will complain that I use sauce from a jar.  Well, complain all you want.  My time is limited and I think some jarred sauces actually taste pretty good.  Pay the extra dollar for a jar of the good stuff.  It's worth it. 

    This recipe is fairly simple, but the best part is how customizable it is.  Not enough ground beef?  Add sausage.  Have some fresh (or canned) mushrooms? Add 'em.  Got an onion or garlic clove sitting around doing nothing? Cut it up and add it.  


    • 12 ounces ziti or other small tube pasta
    • 2 pounds ground beef
    • 1 (28 ounce) jar marinara (red, spaghetti) sauce
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
    • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


    1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in marinara sauce. In a bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
    2. Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture and toss to coat. Spoon a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce.
    3. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Taco Lasagna

    I like the mix of ethnic ideas in this dish.  I normally wouldn't think of tacos and lasagna in the same dish.  But, I tell ya, they mix very well.  My daughter brought the recipe to my attention and asked if we could make it.  We tried it and enjoyed the outcome.  We have decided to make some changes each time we have made it.  We changed the size and type of pan to cook it in (from a rectangular pan to round) and ingredients (moved from corn to flour tortilla).  Have fun making it and enjoy!!!


    • 2 pounds lean ground beef
    • 2 (1.25 ounce) packages taco seasoning mix
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 18 (6 inch) flour tortillas
    • 1 (24 ounce) jar salsa
    • 1 cup sliced green onion
    • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
    • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
    • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese


    1. Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, then season with taco seasoning, garlic, cayenne pepper, chili powder and water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease the bottom of a 9" x 3"  inch baking dish.(Original recipe called for 9" x 13", but a round baking dish allows for layering of one tortilla between each layer.) 
    3. Place one tortilla into the prepared baking dish. Spread 1/3 of the salsa on top of the tortilla. Add layer of tortilla. Spread 1/2 of the meat mixture evenly over the salsa. Add tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the green onions. Drop 1/2 of the sour cream randomly over the green onions. Add tortilla. Top with 1/2 cup Cheddar and 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat layers. Top with tortilla, spread with remaining salsa, and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
    4. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until cheeses are melted.

    Sunday, November 7, 2010

    French Quarter Bread Pudding

    This is one of my favorite desserts.  Whenever I have some leftover French Bread this is definitely on my mind.  I used to live in New Orleans and the French Quarter Bread Pudding recipe is one of the truest recipes when compared to what you get in the Quarter.

    Just looking at it makes my mouth water...


    • 1 (1 pound) loaf French bread
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup half-and-half cream
    • 1 1/4 cups milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup golden raisins


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cut bread into 1 inch thick slices. Arrange bread slices and pecans on a baking sheet and drizzle with melted butter; toast lightly.
    2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, cream, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and vanilla. Put bread and pecans in a lightly greased 7x11 in casserole dish. Pour egg mixture over bread. Make sure that bread slices are saturated with liquid.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, until golden. Serve warm.
    OH, and don't forget the sauce to go on top!  Some like bourbon sauce, but I like Praline!


    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup corn syrup
    • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • Dash salt


    1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add sugar; stir to dissolve. Add corn syrup. Bring to boil; cook 15-20 seconds. Remove from the heat; add remaining ingredients. Cut pudding into squares and serve with sauce.

    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Brown Sugar Meatloaf

    So last night my daughter and I made the biscuits and gravy recipe I mentioned recently.  She made the drop biscuits and I made the gravy.  We also had some scrambled eggs on the side.  She cracked, I cooked.  Don't forget that cooking dinner can be a great family activity. 

    Tomorrow night's dinner will be Brown Sugar Meatloaf.  My whole family likes this.  There are rarely any leftovers!  You can't go wrong serving it with some mashed potatoes and corn. 


    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup ketchup
    • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 3/4 cup finely crushed breadcrumbs or saltine cracker crumbs


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.
    2. Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
    3. In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf. Place on top of the ketchup.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.