Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Meatless Monday….and Cake!

Yesterday was Meatless Monday at our house. My husband said he actually didn’t miss the meat - much! The menu included baked potatoes with all the toppings, broccoli casserole, navy beans and homemade bread. This casserole recipe is easy and quite good. I’m not sure where I found the recipe. I’ve had it several years, and it’s one of my handwritten recipes. There are similar recipes in many cookbooks and online.

BROCCOLI CASSEROLE

2 (10 oz.) packages frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Topping:

2 cups crushed butter-flavor crackers
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Combine first 5 ingredients and pour into greased or sprayed 9x13” baking dish. Combine crushed crackers and butter and sprinkle over. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Notes: This recipe cuts in half easily. The half can of soup that’s left will freeze fine for later use. For the topping I used a mixture of crushed crackers and croutons. I also added some dried minced onion and a little garlic powder to the broccoli mixture. The broccoli was a bit chunky when done cooking, so I chopped it to smaller bits.
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I baked this cake last week – it’s really versatile and delicious. No picture – it didn’t last long enough!

FAST FIXIN’ FRUIT & CAKE

1 large box white or yellow cake mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 can pie filling

Pour oil in 9x13” baking dish. Add mix, eggs and water. Stir till blended (about 2 minutes). Scrape sides and spread evenly. Spoon pie filling on top and marble with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Store loosely covered.

Pie Filling Flavor Variations:

Cherry (add almond extract)
Apple (add apple pie spice)
Blueberry (add vanilla extract)
Peach (add vanilla extract)
Strawberry
Lemon
Pineapple
Pumpkin (add pumpkin pie spice)
Blackberry

I drizzled a confectioner’s sugar and water (with a little almond extract) glaze over the cooled cake and stored it loosely covered in the refrigerator. Yum!

This is another handwritten index card recipe – have had it for years, and I’m  not sure where it came from.
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Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23, is Medical Assistants Appreciation Day. That is certainly a job I couldn’t do, and I applaud their dedication.

Thursday is Food Day. That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

The “Holidays” page has a full listing.
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Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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