Thursday, July 7, 2011

Unstuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

This is one of the easiest, tastiest casseroles I make, I have submitted it to  two of those cookbooks for fundraisers, but it has never been published. So here it is.  When I had kids at home I doubled this, and if making for a family you can double and make in a pot and transfer to a baking dish, no problem.

Unstuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

1 pound Ground Beef
⅓ cups Diced Onion
1 cup Crushed Tomato (undrained)
⅓ cups White Rice, Uncooked
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
½ teaspoons Basil
½ cups Water
1 cup diced green pepper
2 c. shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown ground beef, onion in  an oven safe skillet ( I use my biggest cast iron one).  Drain grease.

Stir in tomatoes, rice, worcestershire sauce, basil, water, salt and pepper.  Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and let cook about 20 minutes until rice is tender.

Stir in peppers and half of the the cheese.   Top with remaining cheese and pop in  the oven for about 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Afternoon Delight Mango Salsa

Dear Mango Salsa,

If loving you is wrong, I don't wanna be right.  Want to meet me at lunch for  some afternoon delight?

Bobbie Lynn

I pinned this recipe  at, are you on Pinterest.. don't go, it  is addicting and I am an addict.

When I saw this recipe on  I knew I had to make it immediately, well, as soon as I got mangos, and limes.  Yesterday I got mangos, I forgot the limes.  This morning I got the limes.. and  I will admit I already ate the entire thing, with a spoon, no chips required.  I have plans to make more  go with my leftover chicken fajitas, (fajitas, is why I had no limes for my salsa ) for lunch.

Afternoon Delight Mango Salsa

Based on Recipe by Our Best Bites
1 c. small cubes of mango (about  large mango)
1/2-1 large jalapeno pepper (1/2 without seeds is a nice, mild-medium heat; go from there)
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1/4 of a medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
2 minced garlic cloves
 Sea salt to taste

Chill and eat.. preferrably with chips, but a spoon is acceptable in my house also :)

Mango + halapenos+garlic+onion+lime juice+ salt = YUMMINESS!!
Even I can do that math :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes Make Me Happy....

Today is my first day of  5 days off so this morning I went to Kroger to get pick up a few things.... but I came out with something NOT on my list, tsk, tsk, tsk, how many times does this happen to you? To me... ummm, ALWAYS, and then if I don't have a list, I don't come out with what I went in for in the first place. But, these called my name, and boy howdy... I ANSWERED!!!
Green Tomato Love Abounds!!

First day of no school, I deserve a treat for lunch, RIGHT? Ok, I wanted a treat and fried green tomatoes are some kinda treat!!! Yummy! 

Then on Facebook, Ashley Hinkle asked if anyone knew  of a recipe for Fried Green tomatoes..It is official.. It is FRIED GREEN TOMATO DAY!!!

So here is what I did....
(note: this recipe is not rocket science or (NRS), it is more like.. umm thrown together.. adjust as you need or feel like)

They are so pretty sliced up!
Slice some green tomatoes.. I used 2 of my babies... I like them sliced on the thin side, I know some prefer them thicker... again NRS.... just slice away...

Then in a small bowl beat two eggs with about a cup of milk

In another bowl  put in some corn meal and  some  all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, and I add some seasoned bread crumbs, but if you don't have them, corn meal and flour is sufficient (NRS).

To your skillet add oil. (Corn oil, Canola oil, Olive Oil)  I had Canola oil and I added a bit of bacon grease, cause I am southern and yanno a little wicked....bacon grease wicked... :)   and depending on how thick you sliced them, is how fast you fry them, thicker the slower, thinnner you can fry at a higher temp.  No higher than medium though..

Drain on paper towel and EAT!


Here is a basic (NRS) recipe....

Fried Green Tomatoes

4 firm green tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

2 eggs
1/2 milk

2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup all- purpose flour
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (optional)
1 Tbsp. Salt
1 tsp. pepper

Slice the tomatoes and salt and pepper.

Beat the eggs and mix with the milk and put tomatoes in the milk mixture to soak while you mix the cornmeal/flour mixture.

In a seperate bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour  (bread crumbs) salt and pepper.

Heat a skillet and add the oil of choice, (I put in enough oil to come half way up the tomato.  So again depend how thick you slice and how big your skillet is.)

Dip each tomato slice in the cornmeal/flour mixture and place in oil.   Cook until golden brown, flip and then drain on paper towel.

The eating has began.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Aunt Ruby's Corn Casserole

This is my go to recipe for cookouts, family get togethers,  pot luck dinners, or anytime take a dish is mentioned.  I copied and pasted this straight off our family website.  I remember the day I typed this on our family page, I was suppose to be cleaning Aunt Ruby's house but we started playing on the computer  and I was trying to teach Aunt Ruby how to navigate the family page. She said I would put a recipe on there, but as slow as I type it would be weeks before I got it on there.   So I typed it for her. I can hear her say "Most deliciousiest", anything she eats  that she loves gets titled the most delisciousest.  This recipe is in her words, The number of servings, and preparation time is exactly as she said them.

Title: Corn CasseroleDescription:By: Aunt Ruby
Most Deliciousiest Corn Casserole in the Whole
World. Hope ya'll enjoy it ! !

1 can whole kernnel corn- do not drain
1 can cream style corn
1 pkg. cornbread mix (not Jiffy)
2 eggs
1 stick of butter
4 tablespoon sugar

Melt butter in pan and then mix all ingredients
together-stir good and cook at 350 degrees for
30 minutes or until you feel it is good and done and brown.

Number Of Servings:Depends on how hungry they are. Could double the thing.

Preparation Time:  I done told you until it is good and done and brown.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Nannie (a List of Memories)

Velma Jane Maddox Hart
The Original Hart Girl :)

1. Always in an apron, if she took off her apron, we were going somewhere.
2. Juicy Fruit gum in her purse. Still the smell of Juicy Fruit reminds me of Nannie. (Not that I have a pack in my kitchen cabinet to sniff once in a while.)
3. Tomatoes on newspapers in the spare bedroom, on the floor, dressser, windowsills.
4. Shelling peas in aforementioned apron.
5. Snuff glasses.
6. Hanging laundry out on the line.
7. Nannie's hands.. I always thought she held them so elegantly, slightly curved in and I tried to imitate holding mine like that. Later I learned it was arthritis.
8. Her stockings, rolled down below her hemline.
9. Coming out to the car to say good-bye when we were leaving, always with something in her hand to give to you. You never left Nannie's house empty handed.
10. The GIGANTIC Lord's Supper picture above her dining room table, that shrank the older I got (the little one hangs in my dining room today).
11. Oatmeal cooked in milk.. yummy...
12. Strawberry cake. (I will post the recipe soon.. YUMMO)
13. Making bisquits, on the tupperware mat with circles, and cutting them out with the tin can my Daddy had fixed for her. She always said it was the best biscuit cutter she ever had. ( I bought me a tupperware mat at an antique booth a few years ago, my biscuits still don't taste like Nannie's.. maybe I need a fany biscuit cutter.)
14. Making the bed, step by step, First beat the dirt off the sheets, pull up sheets until EVERY wrinkle was out of them, then cover with chenille bedspred and the proper way to cover the pillows with the bedspread just so.
15. Sunday dinner, full of veggies, and cornbread... I think fried chicken or some other meat, but oh the veggies, whatever was in season!!!

I love you Velma Jane Maddox Hart, and thank you for your gentleness, your love and your forever support. You and Papa are the foundation of our great and loving family.

Happy Birthday!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hobos and a Scarf

I posted this yesterday and then it disappeared into the internets lost and never to be found... so let's try again.

I haven't felt so well this  weekend and just wasn't feeling up to cooking yesterday and made the easiest meal I could think of... well, except for picking up the phone and ordering something to be delivered.  Most who know this meal will associate it with camping, but Mama always made it in the oven and called it Hobo dinner.   You can put any veggies in it, but depending on what you put in it, whether it is  basic Hobo Dinner or High Falooting Hobo Dinner.  Mama says if you add mushrooms then it is High Fallooting.

In the FAMOUS Hart Cookbook there is a recipe for it called Child's Supper.  That is the the one I am going to post here, but I will put what I do differently, but only if I happen to have the ingredients.  

 Child's Supper
Rose Ellen (Copeland) Gregg

   It was the duty of our children to cook a meal once in a while.  Any 6 or 8 year old can fix this.
   Peel a potato and cut in small squares; 1 carrot cut in small squares, 1 small onion (chopped), salt and pepper.  Take a 12 to 18-inch (piece of) foil, place all ingredients in center of foil.  Add 1/4 pound of hamburger meat; wrap airtight.  Bake in oven approximately 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  This  can be eaten  from foil with fork.

I season the hamburger with the trinity uhh I mean salt, pepper and garlic, and lay onion slices on the hamburger and sometimes bell pepper. Yesterday I had bell pepper and I chopped the onion and mixed them in the hamburger.  I was thinking you could add some tomato sauce or tomato paste.  I also add soy sauce and/or worchestershire sauce.  I also use baby carrots, cause I dislike peeling things, I do usually peel the potatoes. If I have red potatoes I don't.

Ok on to the scarf. It was 76 degrees here yesterday, but you know this is Texas  and I might need a knitted item at any MOMENT.

I tried to get a good picture of this but couldn't get the color right. It is a deep ruby red and fuzzy and soft and yummy... and the temp is suppose to be 20 degrees cooler this week.  This is might even be too warm for 56 degrees. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Potato Chip Chicken Recipe

There is a resturant we love on Main Street in Lewisville called Tierney's Cafe if you are EVER in Lewisville you must not only eat there, but experience Tierney's.  And if ever do get the chance I hope you will consider ordering the All Most Legendary  Potato Chip Chicken. It is melt in your mouth goodness.


 Ever since we first had this I was determined to find the recipe, and I have came upon something very similar, on the Good Morning America website called Robin's Potato Chip Chicken, but I changed it up a bit from Robin Roberts' recipe to make it  Bobbie EASY....Also, I think Tierney's version is fried, but I like it baked...

Bobbie's Potato Chip Chicken

8 Tablespoons of butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons of chopped garlic ( I use the jarred garlic from the produce section)
1 bag of potato chips
8 chicken breast 
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non stick spray that sounds like a girl you might know  and rhymes with am.

In a small microwave safe bowl melt the butter, and then add the garlic, stir and let cool for a bit.

Open the end of the chip bag so it won't bust and then fold over  and roll the bag to crush the chips with a rolling pin, until the potato chips are potato crumbs.  Sprinkle the black pepper in the bag and shake. (sometimes I use Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips, just to umpp the flavor)

Dip the chicken breast into the garlic butter and then  into the potato chip bag and SHAKE.. (It's Shake and Bake and I HELPED!!...haha I amuse myself).

Place the chicken breast on the foil lined baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the breasts are fully cooked but still tender. If the chips aren't completely golden brown and crisp, then pop under the broiler a few minutes, but watch closely.

 Crispy golden on the outside, moist and juicy on the inside... Yummm Yumm!!!

May I also suggest if you are at Tierney's Cafe... right there at 208 Main Street in Lewisville .. that you could order The Blue Steak or the Pan Seared Salmon.   Ok, you can order anything.. I have never had a bad meal there, but these are my three favorites.

Oh, and just and FYI, if you go for breakfast, don't go when you are hungry.. go when you are STARVING!!!! the portions.... oh my goodness...and on Sunday's they have a breakfast buffet and mimosa's (so I have heard)

 I haven't mentioned they have a full bar and  make a great margarita... (umm, so I have heard)

No one has paid for this advertisement... but if there weren't 1/2 inch of ice and 6 inches of snow here, in the DFW area, where we don't know how to drive if it flurries, I would be headed there for supper, and maybe a margarita  :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cabbage and Black Eyed Peas.. must be Jan 1st.

Happy New YEARS!!! Have you had your cabbage and black eyed peas?

I am not sure if it is just a Texas thang or a Southern thing, but you MUST have black eyed peas and cabbage for New Year's Day. It is what we do,  good luck, and prosperity is involved, but mostly because yer Mama SAID SO.  And of course you have to have a good piece of buttered corn bread to go with it.  Well, you don't have to, but WHY WOULDN'T you.  This year I made corn muffins.

 I am the great procrastinator, and have put off making my New Year's resolutions, until TODAY.  Last year my resolution was easy, just to Be happy. To not let circumstances steal my joy. I  think I mainly was happy.

I am a very listy kind of a person, I can make a list a mile long. I have them everywhere.  I  started writing  a list of  resolutions, and it got long, but the more I looked at it the more it boiled down to just two things. Instead of my list of things, I want to make a plan.  So here is my small list with some plans to implement them. 

Resolution #1. Lead a healthier lifestyle.
Take my vitamins and calcium daily that I tell my doctor that I take. I don't tell him I take them daily but I just say I take them.   I just don't add.."sometimes".  It is really important and the older I get the more I know this.

Intake less caffiene.  That was even hard to type.  I am a Coffee person, I have a sign in my office that says, "Just plain evil without my coffee."  Now, noticed I didn't say NO caffiene,  I wouldn't want to hurt people, I will still have my coffee in the morning, just maybe not a whole pot of it.   I got this for Christmas.
  I can have it in my office where we can't get hot water and I have these

All Caffiene Free

So that is my plan for less caffiene, at least until someone gets injured.

Also healthier lifestyle will include more excercise, I am still working that out in my head, and is involved in resolution #2.

Resolution #2.  Slow down and take time to smell the Daffodils.
I like daffodils better than roses.   It seems this past year I have been TOO busy to enjoy the little things.  Little things like lunch or dinner with friends.  When I have done these things, they seemed smooshed into my busy schedule and not truly taken the time to enjoy them. 

I want to slow down and enjoy the beauty around me.  Beauty in nature and also the beauty in the people that are important to me.  I did not go camping  once last year. Oh, the horribleness of this, it makes me so sad.  I didn't have ONE picnic last year.  This must change.   I want more dinners with my kids, more time with my mom and aunts, cook outs with my friends  and more moments of being in the moment instead of thinking of things I must get done.  

Also, slow down and let the creativity flow, either in cooking, sewing, knitting or writing.  How can I not have time to do the things that I truly love to do?  

Laurie @  did a monthly check in last year of how she did on her New Year's resolutions.  I think this is a great way to be accountable. I am going to try that.  It should keep me more focused.

So there it is... My short little list of resolutions. Now to get busy and get them started.  Little lists are good too.    humm... truthfully, I think I see the "plan" turning into a big ole long list... woo hoo.. I love a good list.