Church Supper Spaghetti

Church Supper Spaghetti

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add tomatoes, water and chili powder. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the corn, peas, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Stir in spaghetti.
  2. Layer half of the mixture in a greased 4-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese; repeat layers.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until heated through.

To give Church Supper Spaghetti a new flavor twist, use Italian, Mexican or Cajun diced tomatoes in place of the plain diced tomatoes.

Chicken Mushroom Spinach Lasagna

Chicken Mushroom Spinach Lasagna

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 8 oz. white mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 (6 oz.) bag fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used whole milk)
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 8 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add oil and then the onions, garlic, mushrooms, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms soften while stirring occasionally. Make sure all of the liquid has evaporated from the mushrooms before going to step 3.
  3. Stir in spinach and cook until the spinach wilts. Then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cooked chicken. Set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the chicken broth, milk, nutmeg, and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a slow simmer over medium heat. Once the mixture starts to bubble up around the edges, gradually whisk in the flour and let simmer until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese and then remove from heat.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup sauce into bottom of 10X10 square baking dish, top with 2 noodles, 1 cup chicken mixture, 1 cup sauce, and 1/4 cup mozzarella, making sure noodles are covered with sauce. You can even press them down lightly. Repeat 3 more layers with noodles, chicken, sauce, and cheese. Last layer will have slightly more sauce and remaining cheese on top.
  6. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes longer. If desired, broil for 2-3 minutes for golden brown top. Let stand 5-8 minutes before serving.

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

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Blueberry Scones:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries because their strong color will bleed into the dough. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough.
  3. Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool a bit before you apply the glaze.
  4. You can make the lemon glaze in a double boiler, or for a simpler alternative, you can zap it in the microwave. Mix the lemon juice with the confectioners’ until dissolved in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water for the double-boiler method, or in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in the butter and lemon zest. Either nuke the glaze for 30 seconds or continue whisking in the double boiler. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.

Frozen Lemonade Pie

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 tablespoons butter, melted

Lemonade Filling:

  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, chilled
  • One 12-ounce container whipped topping, thawed
  • One 6-fluid-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, unthawed
  • 1 teaspoon candied lemon peel, for garnish

Directions:

  1. For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In medium bowl, stir together the cracker crumbs, sugar and the melted butter until combined and resembles a wet sand mixture. Pour into a pie plate and press the mixture firmly along the bottom and sides. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  3. For the filling: In a large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and whipped topping. Fold the two together gently until combined, being careful to keep the mixture light and fluffy. Add the lemonade concentrate and continue to gently fold. Be sure to avoid letting the mixture get too liquid-y. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Place in the freezer to chill overnight.
  4. Sprinkle with a little candied lemon peel and serve!

 

Strawberry Pie

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(Don’t mind me as I let the ice cream melt into the berries… yum yum yum!)

Strawberry Pie

  • 1 box of rolled 2-refrigerated pie crusts
  • 5 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, sliced in half/quartered
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, or more depending on sweetness of berries
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Milk, as needed
  • Turbinado sugar, as needed
  1. Follow pie crust package directions for thawing. Place the first pie crust into the pie plate and firmly press it into the bottom and sides of pie plate. Trim the excess dough leaving about a 1/2-inch overhang all around. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge.
  2. Roll out the second pie crust until 10 inches in diameter. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, toss strawberries with sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Pour strawberries into the chilled pie crust. Cover with the rolled out top crust. Decorate the edges with a fork, or pinch together with your fingers to form crust. Chill pie while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, with a baking sheet inside to warm.
  5. Place chilled pie on the heated baking sheet. Brush top of the pie lightly with whole milk. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Use a knife to cut four slits/vent holes in the top of the crust. This is necessary to let the steam escape and prevent the top crust from exploding during baking.
  6. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Rotate the pie and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes until the pie is golden brown. Let pie cool on rack before serving.

Frogsmore Stew

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Frogsmore Stew

  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 lemon, halved, plus extra lemon slices
  • 1/2 cup seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
  • salt if needed
  • 2 pounds of small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut if preferred
  • 1 package turkey kielbasa, cut into pieces
  • 8 ears of corn, husked and halved (we used 4)
  • 2 pounds of shrimp, unpeeled
  • melted butter optional
  • garlic bread optional

Set a large roasting pan or stock pot over two burners.  Add three quarts of water, onions, garlic, seafood seasoning, lemon halves (squeezing their juice into the water before adding the shells), and salt (if needed).  Bring to a boil.  Add potatoes and kielbasa; return to a boil.  Cover with foil which lets some of the liquid evaporate, reduce the heat, and simmer until potatoes are just tender (20 minutes).  Add corn; increase heat to medium-high and cook, covered, until tender (5 minutes).  Top with shrimp; cover and steam (3 minutes).  Turn off the heat; stir shrimp into broth and let stand, covered, until cooked (2 minutes).  Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges.  Serves 8.

Chicken Country Captain

Chicken Country Captain

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • (3-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease or butter
  • medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • large bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, plus a few leaves for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 pound slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants
  • 2 cups cooked rice, for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and dust with flour. Once oil is hot, fry the chicken pieces, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and place on a plate, then tent with foil. Wipe Dutch oven clean.
  3. Return Dutch oven to stove over medium heat. Melt bacon grease (or butter). Add onion, pepper, and garlic and cook until softened and starting to brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt, white pepper, curry powder, parsley, and thyme and simmer for 5 more minutes. Return the chicken pieces to the Dutch oven and nestle down into sauce, spooning sauce over all of the pieces.
  4. Using the lid as a guide, trace and cut out a circle of brown paper. Place the paper over top of the chicken and cover pot with the lid. Put pot into oven and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from oven. Carefully remove the chicken pieces from the pot and place them in the center of a large platter. Stir the almonds and dried currants into the sauce. Spoon the rice around the rim of the platter surrounding the chicken. Pour the sauce over the chicken and rice. Garnish with parsley and serve.

***Recipe from Food52***

She-Crab Soup

Creamy crab soup bisque with spices

She-Crab Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups seafood stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream set out for a few minutes to prevent curdling when added to hot stock
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 lb lump crab meat picked through and divided
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry

Directions:

  1. Melt butter of medium heat in large stock pot. Cook onion until soft (about 3 mins)
  2. Add flour and combine to make roux.
  3. Add seafood stock to roux. Reduce to low heat and stir until thickened (about 5 mins)
  4. Add cream and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Add next 5 ingredients, 1 tsp of salt, and 1/2 of the crab. Simmer 5 mins.
  6. Combine remaining crab meat, salt, and sherry in a small bowl. When you divide the soup into individual bowls, top with a scoop of the crab mixture in the center of the bowl.

***Recipe from Biscuits and Burlap***

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 12 cup butter
  • 12 cups white sugar
  • 12 cup packed brown sugar
  • 12 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 12 cup creamy peanut butter (or chunky but is seems to make a more crumbly, dry cookie)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups dry quick-cooking oats

Directions:

  1. Add the first six ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add peanut butter into the hot mixture and stir until melted.
  5. Add in vanilla. (almond extract is good also, but I only use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract).
  6. Mix in the dry oats until they are completely coated.
  7. Drop cookies by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper.
  8. Let cool until set.

 

Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cups of milk
  • 2 uncooked pie crusts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
  3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.