Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are enjoying time with family and friends this weekend!
I make a lot of biscuits. Now that I have a recipe that I like and tastes good with white whole wheat flour, I make a lot of biscuits. They are an easy side dish or a good snack or are great with gravy when we want biscuits and gravy for breakfast (or dinner!). Biscuits are also a recipe that my daughter can help mixing up.
I typically use white whole wheat flour to make these, but you could use all purpose flour or wheat flour, or any combination you want. When adding the milk, start with 1 1/2 cups of milk and add the other 1/2 cup of milk as needed so the mixture isn't too dry. I have found that wheat flour and white whole wheat flour need more liquid than all purpose flour, so how much milk you need depends on which flour you use for the biscuits.
3 cups white whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pea sized pieces
2 cups milk, divided
Using a fork, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Pour cut up butter into flour mixture. Using your hands, break up any butter that stuck together, being sure to coat all the butter with flour and distribute it evenly through the flour mixture. Pour in 1 1/2 cups milk and stir until just combined. If mixture is too dry, slowly add the other 1/2 cup of milk until all the flour is mixed in. (You may not need the entire 1/2 cup of milk).
Lightly flour a flat surface. I use a cutting board to roll biscuits out on so it makes clean up easier. Put dough on lightly floured surface and knead for about 3 minutes. Roll dough out about 1/2" thick and using a cup or biscuit cutter, cut into biscuits. There will be about 9-10 biscuits.
Place biscuits on greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
My husband and oldest daughter recently went to visit some out of town relatives and I wanted to send some food for them to have while they were there so my husband's family didn't have to cook for them. I made Ham and Potato Au Gratin Casserole in two separate pans the day before their trip. It is tasty, travels well and reheats easily. I made it in two pans but you could just make it in one. When it is time to reheat, if you're using two 8x8 or 9x9 pans, reheat at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.
If you're taking this to someone. a loaf of garlic bread and a vegetable on the side would make a great meal!
8 cups cubed potatoes, about 8 medium potatoes (I peeled mine before cutting them into cubes but that it isn't necessary)
1 lb cooked ham, cut into cubes
4 Tblsp butter
4 Tblsp white whole wheat flour
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and whisk constantly for about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and cook for another 3 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and stir until completely melted. Salt and pepper to taste. Take mixture off the heat.
Put the cubed potatoes into the casserole dish (or dishes). Mix in the cooked ham and pour the cheese mixture over the top. Stir to be sure all the potatoes are coated in the cheese mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, stirring after every 20 minutes. When the potatoes are cooked through, sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over the top and bake for 3-5 minutes.
Eat the casserole right away, or allow to cool, cover and give to someone!
Reheating Instructions: Heat at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until heated through.
I received this as a Christmas present and I love it! I have only had the old-fashion potato peeler and this one is way better. The handle is large, which makes it easier to hold and you hold it at a different angle, which puts less stress on my wrist. After you use it, simply rinse off and let it dry.
I would buy it again and buy it for a gift. So if you are in the market for a reasonable priced gift or a new kitchen gadget, give this one a try.
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The tv show Gilmore Girls is a guilty pleasure for me. I like to binge watch my favorite episodes while baking or cleaning. During one episode - season 6, episode 9 -- Sookie and Lorelai are in the kitchen preparing dinner. Sookie mentions a Chicken & Dumpling Casserole, just in passing, but my ears perked up and I thought, 'That sounds good!' So, off to the wonderful world of internet and Pinterest I went, looking for recipes. And this is the recipe I put together....
Chicken & Dumpling Casserole
2 Tb butter
2 cups shredded chicken (I used leftover rotisserie)
2 cups veggies
1 cup cream
2 cups milk
3 Tb flour
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in a medium saute pan and add the chicken and veggies. Saute till warm thru, add flour. Stir well till everything is coated in the flour.
2. Add cream and 2 cups milk, stirring constantly to combine. Let simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, till it starts to thicken. Pour into casserole dish.
3. In a medium bowl, make the dumplings. Stir together 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk the egg and 1/3 cup milk, then pour into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Mixture will be sticky.
4. Drop biscuits by the spoonful on top of casserole. Optional: Sprinkle with parsley for flavor and color. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until dumplings are browned on top and cooked thru.
Notes: There are many alternatives to this recipe!
1) Use broth. As long as the sauce liquids equal 3 cups, you can use any combination of milk, broth and cream.
2) Veggie variety -- I used some frozen broccoli, but carrots, celery, onions, asparagus, peas.... all yummy!
3) Dumplings -- Make buttermilk dumplings! Simply swap the milk for buttermilk and add 1/2 tsp baking soda.
4) For a gift -- prepare casserole and keep covered in the fridge until delivery. Simply attach backing instructions to your disposable baking dish. Add a bagged salad and it's a perfectly comforting charity meal.
I recently took part in a 21 day weight loss challenge with a friend of mine. My friend challenged us in the group to also read the book, Hands Free Mama. I hadn't heard of the book before but I decided that I wanted to read it since it sounded like a book that is relevant to where I am in my life right now. And I am SO glad I did!
The premise of the book is about how as Mamas, we need to disconnect from phones, laptops, etc and ignore our to-do lists for a little while and spending more time with the people who are important - our families. It seemed to me that the main focus in the book was disconnecting from technology but the author also wrote about not focusing on other distractions such as perfection. The perfect house, the perfect body, etc.
Since finishing this book, I have thought it about it several times. (I love it when I think about a book even when I'm finished reading it, and this was one of those books). I realized that it's so easy to focus too much on other distractions and not focus enough on my family. I have noticed since finishing this book that I have said yes to more of the things that matter, things that hopefully my daughters will remember as they grow up. Dance parties in the living room, eating lunch in a tent in the living room, putting the phone down more - all of those things and more have helped me to focus on my family and not on things that don't matter.
I would definitely recommend this book!
We are excited to announce our First Giveaway! We are giving away a Rachael Ray Stoneware 1.5 Quart Round Baker! It is a beautiful blue and it can be used in the freezer, microwave, oven and of course, is dishwasher safe.
We are also, giving away a tea-towel, but not your ordinary tea towel. How cute is this? It is cotton/ polyester blend and measures 28 x 28.
But, wait we aren't finished-- we are also going to include a special bacon recipe to be shared with the winner!
The rules are simple: like our Facebook page, sign up for our email newsletter, or become a follower on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter, for each you get a chance to win. That's FIVE whole chances at winning this adorable kitchen selection! United States shipping only.
Our focus for May is Charitable Meals, meals to give to someone who needs a helping hand. Maybe, they have lost a loved one, coming home from taking care of a sick relative or lost their job. This casserole is a home cooked meal in one pan, a meal that is comforting and filling.
This recipe makes a large amount and would be good to make in two smaller pans or given to a large family. Include a couple of cans of green beans, bread and a drink, your meal is complete. This casserole can also be frozen, thawed and reheated at a later date.
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/4 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tblsp olive oil
2 lb ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/3 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
2 Tblsp ketchup
8-10 russet potatoes
1 stick butter, cut in chunks
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
Saute green pepper, onion and garlic in olive oil, until onions are clear.
In a large bowl mix onion mixture, ground beef, 2 eggs, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, ketchup and liquid smoke. Mix well and add crackers and mix again. Place in a 9 x 13 casserole pan, spread evenly in pan and spread 2 tblsp ketchup on top of meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. When done cut into squares and place on a cooling rack, that has been placed on paper towels, Let meatloaf drain.
Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks, place in large pot of water and bring to a boil, when potatoes are done, drain and put potatoes back into pot. Add butter, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy, add egg and mix again. By hand, mix in cheese.
Put pieces of meatloaf in a 9 x 13 (or close to it) casserole. Cover with heavy duty aluminum foil. Write the dish name and instructions with a magic marker on foil. This casserole should be reheated in a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes, or until heated thru.
Happy May 5th - Cinco de Mayo! If you are looking for some quick and tasty recipe ideas for today - we have a few!
Casserole Gal Rachel has a wonderful appetizer idea - Jalapeno Popper Dip. Make it as mild or spicy as you like, and be sure to make a double batch! Serve with chips, veggies and even some fresh salsa.
Another great recipe from Rachel, for a quick dinner idea - spice up her Croque Monsieur sandwiches!
Swap the mozzarella cheese for a Pepper Jack, Smoked Cheddar, or Jalapeno/Habanero variety. Sprinkle in some cooked & crumbled bacon. Add pickled jalapeno slices to the layers. Sprinkle some chili powder into the white sauce. SO many options!
Have fun and share your version on our facebook page or tag us on instagram.
And how about a nice beverage? Casserole Gal Rhonda's Snowy Beach Cocktail is sure to be a hit! If having company tonight - set up a cocktail bar.
Create a station with cups, fun straws, Sprite, the vodka, pina colada mix & juice. Add a platter of sliced oranges, cubed pineapple, strawberries, and fresh mint and let your guests create their own adult or non-alcoholic Snowy Beach beverage!
Just pretty please promise to drink responsibly. And enjoy the day!
-The Casserole Gals Rhonda, Kristen & Rachel
This month we are focusing on foods that are good for taking to someone. Someone who is sick and still has a family to feed, a family with a new baby, or anyone who might need a little help.
I'm kicking this month off with Banana Bread. It is very easy to make and very yummy. Breads like this freeze well so you could make a loaf, freeze it and the person you are delivering it to can thaw it out whenever they need a breakfast or snack. This bread is great with peanut butter so you could take a jar of peanut butter along with the bread!
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Cream together butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Mix in egg and vanilla. On low speed, mix in mashed bananas. Next, mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour into greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes. Turn oven down to 325 degrees and cook for another 10 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread should come out clean.
We have a collection of our Breakfast Casseroles, that would be wonderful for giving to someone just home with a new baby, moving into a new home, during an illness or hospital stay or just to someone that needs a helping hand. How great to wake up and know you don't have to worry about breakfast but, have a casserole that is homemade and ready to eat.
Fresh Cranberry and Orange Breakfast Cake is made with fresh or frozen cranberries and orange juice. Perfect with hot tea, coffee or a glass of milk.
Zucchini Bread makes a breakfast that isn't too sweet and goes well with fruit or a scrambled egg. This recipe makes a good amount and I am sure would appreciated by someone with a large family.
Biscuits and Gravy Casserole, sometimes you just need comfort food. This recipe fits that bill, a sausage gravy covered by biscuits.
Triple Chocolate Coffee Cake, do you know someone that loves chocolate and needs to know someone is thinking of them? This makes for a perfect baked gift.
Cinnamon Roll Casserole with Cinnamon Whipped Cream, a recipe that is easy to assemble but, makes for a delectable breakfast. Cinnamon Rolls are always a winner for breakfast.
Bake and deliver in aluminum pans, no clean up and no needs to worry about giving or getting the pan back.
Cover your dish with aluminum foil and write the directions on baking on the foil with a magic marker. That way the directions won't get lost.
Also, give a bottle of orange juice or milk or maybe a selection of tea bags, coffee or hot chocolate.
A card is always nice, just a few words written down, lets someone know you took the time to think about them.
Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!