Sunday, March 24, 2013

Recipe Experiment x 2

First, I have a question. Is it spring where you are? Right now I’m not believing the calendar - or the groundhog - because it’s been snowing for a while and is supposed to really accumulate overnight. It may be a while before we can put the winter gear away, too, because it’s really cold!

Last night I decided to do 2 new recipes for dinner. They both were very easy, and perfect for Saturday night. Normally I do an easy dinner because we’ve been working or running errands all day. And I want cleanup to be easy so we can get ready to relax.

1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup water
In a good-sized mixing bowl, moisten bread crumbs with milk. Add ground beef, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, mix sauce ingredients together.
Shape hamburger mixture into 6 patties. Place in a single layer in baking dish. Pour barbecue sauce over patties.
Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 30 minutes, basting occasionally with sauce.
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe from Fix-It and Enjoy-It Potluck Heaven by Phyllis Pellman Good (recipe submitted by a cook in Telford, PA).
6 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2” cubes
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cubed
1 cup sour cream
1 packet ranch salad dressing mix
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
Place potatoes in a greased 7x11” baking dish. Dot with butter. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Combine sour cream and dressing mix. Spoon over potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake uncovered 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Makes 8 servings.
Also from Fix-It and Enjoy-It Potluck Heaven by Phyllis Pellman Good (recipe submitted by a cook from East Earl, PA). This book has tons of great recipes, and is available from Amazon.
(Names of cooks submitting recipes to be published in the book are not given in order to protect their privacy. Their contributions are appreciated!)
Hamburgers: I would grease the baking dish (9x13”) for an easier cleanup. Also, I used ground chuck for less grease in the sauce.
Potatoes: The sour cream/dressing mixture will thin as you put it on the hot potatoes, making it much easier to spread evenly. Wonder how some chopped jalapenos would taste in them?
I have a huge pot of vegetable soup cooking on the stove this afternoon. It’s perfect for a cold, snowy day. Part of the family likes cornbread with soup, so I’ll bake some a little later. The rest like peanut butter sandwiches, which is fine with me – no cooking!
I'm basically a beginning photographer, and I know there are special skills to photographing food. I'm studying some photography basics, and if all goes well you'll see great improvement in the future! If you have any tips or hints pertaining to food styling and photography, I'd appreciate them.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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