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What is What-a-Burger Wednesday?

February 10, 2010

Wednesday is burger night. I have class Wednesday night so dinner has to be filling, fast, and easy to clean up. What can be better than burger? Now that’s not to say that we’re going to eat a burger every Wednesday, but there will be burger IN the recipe for Wednesdays.

Tonight? Crock Pot Red Beans & Rice. These have to be started the night before so the house already smells great!!

Crock-Pot Red Beans
(start this the night before for the perfect pot!)

  • 1 lb Camilla’s Red Kidney Beans (I just LIKE these better)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Salt ( I know it sounds like a lot, trust me)
  • 1 lb lean ground burger (turkey or beef)
  • 1 cup frozen Seasoning Blend
  • 1 lb lean sausage (try”Healthy Choices” turkey), sliced in 1/2 moons
  • Seasonings (Tony’s, pepper, salt, garlic powder) to taste
  • Lots of water
  1. On the stove brown ground burger and seasoning blend until meat is cooked through and crumbly.
  2. In crock-pot add beans, salt, and all meat & seasoning blend.
  3. Add enough water to generously cover by at least 2-3 inches.
  4. Cook on low setting for 10 hours (overnight)
  5. After it returns to warm (in the morning), re-add enough water to cover by 1 inch.
  6. Taste for seasoning. You’ll probably find that with the large amount of water and ingredients that the salt is a faint background taste. Add your favorite seasonings as necessary.
  7. Cook on high for 4-6 hours to ensure flavors blend and beans are tender.

Serve over rice 🙂



February 10, 2010

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Yes, I am a real Southern girl. No, I do not like my greens.

February 9, 2010

Yes, I am a TRUE Southern girl. No, I do not like my greens. Sorry, Granny Maw.

I was recently discussing the benefits of greens with my husband (who has recently become a work out guru and is loving his new physique…as am I **wowzers**) The problem is that I don’t like most greens. Real greens.. not just green food. Spinach, Kale, collard, mustard greens. I can toss a few baby spinach leaves in my salad, and served in foods that have flavor, I can eat it cooked. That is why this family (other than Lili, the guinea pig, who will eat any green) rarely gets greens.

If you have followed the blog, you may remember this recipe that had even my friend’s children yumming on spinach. The pic however is Kaelyn LOL! I tryu to sneak it in when they aren’t looking but now they all know I do it and they eat it.

So today I created a green soup. Yes, green. And it is sooooo good! I added about 5 oz of frozen spinach, which in the spinach world is quite a bit. It takes a LOT of spinach to make a pound because it wilts so much.

try this.. with or without the spinach. either way you will not be disappointed.

Mom’s Diner Original – Green Soup

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 medium carrots diced
  • 1 cup frozen Seasoning Blend
  • 2 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 medium potatoes, washed, peeled, & diced
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 oz frozen corn (1/2 12 oz bag)
  • 6 oz frozen peas (1/2 12 oz bag)
  • 5 oz frozen spinach (1/2 1o oz block)
  • 2 cups frozen chopped broccoli or florets
  • 1/2 tsp dry rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp dry basil
  • Salt, pepper, Tony’s seasoning to taste


  • 1/2 cream or 2% milk
  • 4 oz fat free cream cheese (1/2 8 oz block)
  1. Heat oil in a soup pot and saute’ carrots & Seasoning Blend until tender.
  2. Add chicken and saute’ until opaque.
  3. Add potatoes and chicken broth and simmer until potatoes begin to get tender then add frozen vegetables, herbs, & seasonings.
  4. Simmer 30-45 minutes until chicken and potatoes are fully cooked through and vegetables have warmed through.
  5. If you wish, put optional ingredients (cream & cream cheese) in microwave for 1-2 minutes to warm & soften. Briskly whisk together and add in just before serving (use a seive if you don;t like little bits of floating cream cheese. the fat free doens;t melt is quite as readily as original).

Serve with garlic toast or crackers (if you forget the toast like I did)
Side note: Keebler Garlic Butter Club Crackers are to DIE for!

2 Tips for Tuesday

February 9, 2010

I want to start throwing in some quick tips on Tuesdays. Just a way to get ideas in fast because sometimes I don’t have time to do more than type up the recipe.. and sometimes even that is late 🙂

Today’s 2 Tips

  • Never boil sauces, soups, etc that have a dairy base. This is cheese, cream, milk, cream cheese, etc. Doing this causes the milk solids to separate from the liquids. It will not ruin the taste of the food, nor will it ruin the recipe, but isn’t appealing to look at and occasionally makes the texture a little off.

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment!! If you don’t like something – if you are allergic to something – if you’re just OUT of something… change it!!

If you don’t like Dijon, for instance, use the same amount of ranch dressing, sour cream, regular mustard or just plain water.

Out of mayonaise? Use ranch dressing or sour cream.

Don’t be afraid to make a recipe your own!! I rarely ever make a recipe the way it is called for!

Baking can be a science, so you can exchange peanut butter chips for chocolate, pecans for walnuts, etc, but be prepared to try again and again to get the recipe right if you change the main ingredients (flour, sugar, levening agents). Don’t let this scare you off though. It can be fun to experiment and make your own recipes. This is especially rewarding if you have a special diet (gulten or salt free for instance).

Am I really back???

February 4, 2010

YES!! And there is so much going on! I am in the process of copying my blog to WordPress. I am not leaving Blogger, but I have a lot of friends over there and this way I can accommodate more people. Still not sure on the layout there…. it’s making me nuts trying to decide LOL! Meanwhile for here I found this Lil Piggy at Almost Ready Blogs and thought it was too cute. So he’ll be out mascot for a while.

Now.. Dinner.. That’s why we’re here right?

My friend Kellie from an online forum I frequent had this AWESOME Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe up at her blog the other day and I had to try it. It is simmering right now and OMG the house smells so good!!

My changes (Yes, you know I can’t just make a recipe):

  • Uncooked chicken sauteed with the veggies, because I had none cooked.
  • Frozen Seasoning Blend in place of onions, because I am lazy.
  • Flour tortillas, because I didn’t have corn tortillas.
  • Added frozen corn… it was there & sounded good LOL!

Please check her blog out she is amazing!

Until we cook again,

Jackson is here!!

November 25, 2009

First I have to say a big congratulations to my best friend, Brandy. After fighting infertility for 4 years and having a 38 week long long tortuous, gestatuional diabetes ridden pregnancy, her beautiful baby boy Jackson is here.

November 24, 2009 @ 6:59 pm, weighing 6 lb 13 oz, 19 3/4 inches long, and beautiful!!!




I can’t wait to talk to her tomorrow. I’d give anything to be in Michigan right NOW!

I’ll update as often as I can with pics 🙂

Sunday Reflections

November 23, 2009

I’m rearranging my kitchen cabinets to make it more usable and to fit everything in the stand alone cabinet/pantry. To do that we have to do some repairs on drawer railings…. SO we emptied cabinets, took the drawers apart, and went to Home Depot.

Well, we tried.I had left my visor/mirror open last night and the battery was dead.. DEAD> Hadto go get Mr. Rodriguez to give us a jump, THEN we went to Home Depot. By that time it was time to cook, (see recipe below) and I’m glad I had planned on something quick. Yummy, too!!

So now I have a W-R-E-C-K-E-D kitchen and an awesome new recipe for you!

OH! My hubby bought me the Paula Deen Pie Board that doubles as a large cutting board. I LOVE IT!! I love him.. he’s so awesome! I almost didn’t get it. I usually put anything for me back, but he pulled the “Your birthday is next week” card and made me leave it in the basket. This morning I used it to cut potatoes and didn’t have to stop after every one and move it to a disk,, tonight I am using it to hold my cooling racks while I make cookies.. I may sleep with it under my pillow.. I love it!!

UN-Stuffed Potatoes
The recipe calls for baked potatoes hulled out and refilled… No one eats the potato skins here so I overhauled everything.. starting with instant potatoes.

What you need:
  • 2 cups instant potatoes*
  • 2/3 c milk*
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1/2 cup seasoning blend
  • 1 c salsa
  • shredded cheese
  • 12 oz frozen mixed vegetables, microwaved 3 minutes
  • Seasonings to taste
What you do:
  1. Prepare potatoes per package instructions.
  2. Brown beef and seasoning blend. Drain. Return to skillet.
  3. On medium heat mix together: meat mixture, vegetables, salsa, and season to taste.
  4. Serve over mashed potatoes.
  5. Top with cheese.
Garlic bread would have been AWESOME with this!