Pinterest Recipe Friday: Pizza Casserole

Pinterest Recipe Friday: Pizza Casserole

Okay, it’s Saturday. I know. Anyway, this recipe was pinned with the description saying that it was said to be “the best recipe on Pinterest”. So naturally I had to try it.   It actually was really, really good! I cut the recipe in half and I made it with bacon because I love bacon (….and I already had bacon). There is a piece missing from this photo because Joel got to it before me. Oops, ha. Here is the original pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/559783428653726413/ And here is the original recipe: http://cullyskitchen.com/3-meat-pizza-casserole-recipe/   Here’s the printable recipe card! Pinterest Recipe Friday: Pizza Casserole Recipe Type: Casserole Cuisine: American Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Ingredients 1/2 box elbow noodles 1 and 1/2 jars spaghetti sauce (I recommend Prego) 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 onion, diced Your favorite pizza toppings: I used ~20 pepperoni, 8 slices of bacon, and 1 can of black olives Optional: Other cheeses, seasoning Instructions Start by boiling your noodles and preheat your oven to 375. Sauté any raw meat you’re using and your onions until meat is brown and onions are soft (I cooked my bacon and then did the onions in the bacon grease). Once your noodles are done, toss them into a greased baking dish, followed by your sauce, your cheese, and finally your meats. Follow with any seasonings your want to add. Bake for 40 minutes. 3.2.1310...
Meet Aberdeen

Meet Aberdeen

As some of you might know, I’ve had a young gelding in my training for about a year and a half. Hs name is Brooks, and he’s ~3 years old. He’s cute and he knows it. And a terrorist. Can’t you see the “I’m cute now FEED ME!” in his eyes? Brooks is ready to be ridden, and has been backed a few times. But right about the time I was ready to get on him in winter, I got sick. Which is extremely unfortunate, because physically I am not capable of handing this tiny little beast. So, after a lot of thinking, I’ve decided to give him to a home who can continue his training, and who can keep his baby-mind occupied. It’s not fair to him for him to just sit in a stall while I deal with an unexplainable illness. It sucks, but he’s going to a family member who will take good care of him, and who will give me updates on how he’s doing. For the next 3 or so weeks, he is still with me though! So I get to spend a little more time with him. However, I am not totally ready to give up on horses. Since I can’t take lessons (too much physical exertion), and I can’t handle Brooks, I decided to look for an older, more broke horse who I could ride when I was feeling well, and who wouldn’t lose all of her training if I couldn’t make it out for a week. I immediately started looking for another horse and I suppose the stars aligned because I...
“Crack” Potatoes: Reimagined and Improved

“Crack” Potatoes: Reimagined and Improved

Awhile ago, I tested “crack potatoes” for one of my weekly pin-tests. And, as you can read in that post, they weren’t that great. Maybe it needed more sour cream and cheese. Maybe it just sucked. I don’t know. But due to the huge number of pins and re-posts, and my undying love for potatoes and cheese, I wasn’t ready to give up on them yet. So since I had left over potatoes in the freezer, I decided to give them another go – but fix them as I went. Sorry, crack potatoes are not photogenic. As nothing named after “crack” should be. I tried, but based on the multitude of un-photogenic posts on Pinterest, I have gathered that it just is not possible. Here is the original recipe: http://www.plainchicken.com/2011/01/crack-potatoes.html. It calls for sour cream as it’s main ingredient, but I subbed cream cheese. I also added green onions. Oh, and I made a human-sized batch since this is definitely a recipe that is for more than 1 person. Not to brag, but this turned out really, really, really well! I think all it needed was a little extra fat and cream to really make it pop! Here’s the printable recipe card. “Crack” Potatoes: Reimagined and Improved Recipe Type: Side Cuisine: American Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Ingredients 1/2 bag of shredded frozen hash brown potatoes 8 oz cream cheese 4 oz (1/2 normal block) extra sharp cheddar cheese 1 packet ranch dip mix 1/2 jar/packet of real bacon bits 2 green onions, diced Instructions Thaw the potatoes and soften cream cheese. When the potatoes are thawed and the cream cheese...
Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Today has been an interesting day. I’ve been working on my laundry for about a week and just piling the clean stuff into a basket to be folded. And today was the day to fold. Except, as I was folding I noticed that all of my pants and half of my socks (but, mysteriously nothing else from the SAME LOAD) smelled like they hadn’t even been washed. Go figure. So after that “adventure”, and taking apart and scrubbing my stove, I was not really up for trying anything new. But I did for two reasons: 1. So I could have something interesting to blog about. 2. Because the kale was about to go bad. This was take 2 and take 3 of my kale chip adventure. The first time I burned them (oops), and so this time I put in two pans separately just in case. And it worked! Mostly. I put too much olive oil on the first tray, so I put less on the second tray, but it wasn’t enough. But now I know what amount you should use so there’s that! Learn from my mistakes! They were actually really good! I’m not going to lie to you: they do not taste “just like” potato chips, and they are way too thin and fragile for dip. BUT they make a good substitute for chips, and they do not taste like raw kale. All in all, I’ll probably make them again (and maybe next time try nacho cheese flavored ones). And what’s even better is that I get to eat all of them myself since Joel is allergic to...
Lazy Day Peanut Curry

Lazy Day Peanut Curry

I almost didn’t post this recipe, because I’m not sure its even a recipe so much as general guidelines. But it turned out so well I just had to share it. Joel and I are on Day 2 of our personal “no eating out” challenge. This might not sound like a challenge to you, but to us it’s kind of a big thing. He says it’ll be super easy for him. But I’m waiting for the first day that he’s exhausted form work and I’m too sick to cook – we’ll see how easy it is then! But anyway, in the meantime, I had to cook lunch for myself. Last night from the discount cheese bin at Whole Foods (if you haven’t rifled through this you need to start!) we got a gouda cheese which was spiced with cardamom and cloves and other Indian spices for our cheese burgers. And by some grace of god we had leftovers today. So I thought I’d make a little curry and add it in in chunks like paneer and it was seriously good! *Note that you can put anything in this. I just used what I had. You could make it paleo by using coconut oil and milk and almond butter. I didn’t have those ingredients or I would have. The instructions are the same no matter how you cook it!   It’s creamy and nutty and good for you! Plus it takes 10 minutes to make, so it’s good for lunch or dinner (it’s filling enough, I promise). AND as a bonus, it freezes well. It’s kind of the perfect food (not...