Monday, September 29, 2008


Filling Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 cup cream (or milk)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
grated or sliced cheese (swiss, provolone, cheddar, whatever you like)
crumbled sausage, bacon, or finely diced ham
1 onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust (see my favorite pie crust)

-- Brown the ham, sausage, or bacon.
-- Saute the onion and green pepper.
-- Mix the eggs, cream, salt and pepper.
-- Spread the cheese over the bottom of the pie crust.
-- Sprinkle meat over cheese.
-- Spread onion and bell pepper over meat.
-- Pour egg mixture evenly over all.
-- Bake in 400 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
My note: This is SO simple, and really hard to mess up. Be creative and substitute ingredients you have on hand (I've even made it with salmon.) Serve with a big salad or a vegetable.

My Favorite Pie Crust

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup minus 1 Tablespoon oil
1/4 cup water
dash of salt

Put all ingredients in a 9 inch glass pie plate. Mix it up with your hands just till blended, and form to fit pie plate. Crimp edges if desired.

My note: I learned how to make this pie crust from my mother. It is the only pie crust I ever use for single crust pies when recipe calls for unbaked pie crust--no cutting in, no rolling out, EASY! The secret is that it MUST be a glass pie plate.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Easy Enchilada Casserole

I believe this recipe originally came from I don't know the author.
1 lb ground beef
1 (15 oz) can ranch-style beans
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed Cream of Mushroom soup
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 (12 oz) package corn tortillas
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

- Preheat oven to 350.

- Brown ground beef. Add chili powder, beans, tomatoes and soup; mix well and heat thoroughly.
- Line 13"x9" dish with tortillas. Then make a layer with the meat mixture. Layer some cheese on top of that. Repeat layers ending with cheese.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.
my note: This is the lazy girls' enchiladas. Incredibly quick and easy. I've spent way more time and effort trying to make traditional enchiladas, and been unhappy with the result every time. I'll never bother again, because this is IT!