Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cabbage Soup

This is a wonderfully healthy, delicious, full of fiber soup that came from Annie Joseph, owner of Chapel Hill, a retreat for families with children with cancer. She makes a big pot of this soup for the family on the weekends.
Chapel Hill House Cabbage Soup

1# Bob Evan's original sausage, browned and drained, okay--not so healthy, but you could use turkey sausage

48 oz. tomato juice

1 1/2 cups water

1 14 oz. can Great Northern beans, undrained

1 14 oz. can kidney beans, undrained

1 14 oz. can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies

1 14 oz. can Italian style diced tomatoes

1 bag coleslaw mix

1 tsp. Greek's seasoning (not to be confused with Green's seasoning! which I bought when I didn't have my glasses)

Mix all in a large stockpot and simmer for 1 hour.

A nice soup served with a crunchy baguette for a crisp, fall dinner.

Sloppy Joes

I have come to realize that I am more of a picky eater than I originally thought. Like Sloppy Joes for instance, some I like and some I absolutely DO NOT like at all. And Manwich, eeewww! This is a recipe of Mom's that I really like and make mostly for me, and maybe I'll share with others at times. LOL My husband told me early on in our marriage to never fix him Sloppy Joes or Macaroni and Cheese, but I can fix anything else and he'll eat it. I guess he got the flu one time after eating Sloppy Joes, which he didn't care for too much anyway, and that sealed the deal! No more for him. No problem, he really does eat anything and is easy to cook for so I didn't mind. Whenever I had the urge for a Sloppy Jo, I'd just get one out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave and enjoy. Now yesterday I was making another batch and he walked in and asked what I was making, and before I could answer, he said it smelled good and then tasted it......and LIKED it! :) I had to chuckle a little bit before telling him what he just ate. He said his Mom just mixed ground beef and ketchup or Manwich and it was terrible. So, I'm afraid I'm going to have to start sharing after 33+ years.

Sloppy Joes

4 lbs. ground beef, cooked and drained
4 green peppers, diced
4 onions, diced
32 oz. ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 + a little more, white vinegar
1/4 cup ground dry mustard
1 1/2 TBSP. salt

Mix all in a large dutch oven, simmer over low heat for 60 minutes.
My favorite part: After it's cooked down, I let it cool. Then I take an ice cream scooper and put it in a lined cupcake tin. I put the whole tin in the freezer and wait until the Sloppy Joes are solidly frozen, then I pop them out and put them in a freezer zipper bag. To serve: put on a plate and microwave for 2 minutes! I love it!

Best Hot Chocolate Mix

You'll never buy the little packages of hot chocolate mix again after making this! I promise! We know winter is close when I make up my first batch of this mix.

Hot Chocolate Mix

In a LARGE bowl, and I mean large!, mix the following thoroughly:

8 quarts Instant Dry Milk
1 lb. dairy creamer
1 lb. confectioner's sugar
1 21 oz. container Nestle's Quick

To serve:
add 1/3 cup mix to a coffee mug and add boiling water, stir and enjoy!


Apple Pineapple Salad

Apple Pineapple Salad
1 can crushed pineapple, undrained
2/3 c. sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
1 3 oz. pkg. lemon jello
1 c. celery, finely chopped
1/2 c. nuts, finely chopped
1 c. apples, unpeeled and diced
1 c. Cool Whip

In a saucepan, combine pineapple and sugar, bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Add jello, and stir until dissolved. Add cream cheese and stir until mixture is thoroughly combined. Cool. Fold in celery, nuts, apples and Cool Whip. Pour into a 8x8 square glass pan. Refrigerate. Cut into squares when firm.
This one was from my Mom, I'm making it tomorrow and then I'll add a picture. We had this yesterday at a potluck and a smart one would have taken a picture then! :)

Welcome to my new recipe blog!

Welcome--I thought I would start this blog to share all the wonderful recipes that I love to make so I can get back to my quilting! Or whatever. I do love to cook, but I tend to be a one track minded person. So, if I'm cooking, I like to cook all day, make a complete mess, but then be mostly done for the week! Same way with quilting, I'd rather sew all day and not be interrupted! If you have any recipes you'd like to share, please email me. I'll try my best to try them out and then post the results! So, here's goes..
Red Hot Cinnamon Applesauce

10-12 medium to large apples
1 c. apple juice
1 1/2 cups red hot cinnamon candies (imperials)

Dump all into a crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours or until apples are really soft. I have to leave the lid off and cook another 1/2 hour to let some of the juices evaporate. Then mash with a potato masher until chunky. Eat warm or cold--although I can't vouch for how good it is cold as it never gets past the lukewarm stage at our house!