mexican shells

Feb 7, 2012 by

this dish is a hybrid of mexican food and italian.   it was another pinterest find and it has definitely found a permanent spot on our dinner rotation!  i originally halved the recipe (as shown in the pics below) but now make a full batch, because it is great for lunch leftovers. source: the way to his heart  1 lb. ground beef (or turkey) 1 pkg taco seasoning 6-8 oz. cream cheese 16 jumbo pasta shells 1 1/2 c salsa 1 c taco sauce 1 c cheddar cheese 1 c pepper jack cheese garnish (green onions, sour cream, olives, onions) preheat oven to 350°. in a large pot, bring water to a boil for shells. in a medium pan, brown the ground beef, drain and add taco seasoning.  cook according to package directions.  add...

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cheese sauce

Dec 14, 2011 by

this cheese sauce is great.  it is great with chili cheese fries, can be used for dunking pretzel bites, smothered on top of nachos… i’ll bet that it would be great mixed up with some pasta.   the evaporated milk gives it a very smooth texture and the cheese can easily be changed, based on what you’re serving.  try pepper jack with your pretzel bites or nachos.  white cheddar for pasta.  the possibilities are endless! source: seriouseats 8 oz. cheese, grated 1 tbsp cornstarch 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk 2 tsp (or more) frank’s red hot sauce cayenne pepper, to taste in a small bowl, toss cheese and cornstarch, until the cheese is evenly coated.  put in a medium sauce pan. add 2/3 of the can of milk and hot sauce.  add the...

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popper grilled cheese

Dec 10, 2011 by

i missed out on a lot of awesome food growing up, due to my excessive pickyness.  food was too spicy, too meaty, too sour, yadda yadda yadda.  i think i could have lived on mac and cheese, chicken patties from the freezer and ice cream.  i’m so glad that i’ve expanded my food horizons so i can try new things!  this is another pinterest find, i believe and it will definitely be making an appearance on our weekly menu sometime soon.  it goes well with salad or a bowl of brothy soup. this dish combines my favorite food, cheese, with jalapeño poppers.  it all goes together with tasty fashion in a grilled sandwich.  once the peppers have been roasted, you can throw it all together pretty easily on a week night.  make sure to...

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chicago style pizza

Nov 27, 2011 by

on my first trip to chicago in 7th grade, i had a slice of chicago style pizza.  it was love at first bite.   years later, i discovered that my mom had a stonewear chicago style pizza pan and have been making my own chicago style pizza ever since.  (thanks for giving me your pan, mom! :)) i have been through a few different recipes for dough.  it all started with freezer section bread dough, which was great, but difficult to find in stores that are not vg’s.  then, i tried a variety of box mixes, and none had the same texture or flavor.  this most recent recipe is the closest that i’ve found to a true chicago style crust.  it’s full of cornmeal and is very buttery.  it’s the perfect pizza crust! also, as...

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sausage pasta bake

Mar 26, 2011 by

i wish that i could be italian… making meatballs, homemade pasta and cannolis filled with marscapone cheese.  but i’m not.  i was, however, elated when i received “the italian issue” of the food network magazine a few months back.  it was full of all things italian and made me a very happy italian wannabe. anyways, this is a really fun dish to throw together.  i thought that i was making it for two, by significantly cutting down the original amounts listed in the article.  let’s just say that moderation isn’t my strong suit when cooking.  i was going for a 8″ square dish, but it made enough for a 9×13″ pan and we had it for leftovers and lunch.  a few times.  it was still very delicious!  this dish is also very customizable, based on your...

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chicken zucchini bake

Feb 8, 2011 by

zucchini was on sale at publix a few weeks ago.  i get a lot of from the sale ads which incidentally, makes tom happy because i spend less on groceries each week.  thinking about zucchini took me back to summer and out of the icy winter that we’ve been having down here in nashville.  so i found this recipe online. it’s a recipe that needs a bit of tweaking, but was pretty tasty for a first try. slightly adapted from: allrecipes.com 1 8 oz. can refridgerated crescent rolls 2 tbsp honey mustard 2 c sliced zucchini 1/2 onion, sliced 1/8 c butter 2 c cooked, shredded chicken meat 2 eggs 1/2 c milk 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp dried basil 1/4 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp garlic powder 2...

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breakfast quiche

Jan 30, 2011 by

i tried to think of a food related to 100 for this 100th post.  100 grand cookies.  something shaped as 100.  100 calorie servings.  i wasn’t feeling it.  so i decided a site revamp would be a lot more fun than foods related to 100.  well, fun for me to pick out what i wanted, and a lot of work for tom to make it happen.  thanks, babe! i also realized last weekend that i had not blogged about this dish.  how have i not blogged about quiche?!  this is one of those recipes that was the reason that i created shoebox.  when you try it, you have to have the recipe for it…  and then i say: “visit my blog!” so, without any more delay, here is the perfect recipe for my 100th...

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crab cake mac n’ cheese

Jan 25, 2011 by

kicked up mac n’ cheese is just about as good as the plain ol’ mac n’ cheese.  this particular dish is not as cheesy as i would have liked for it to be, but it is probably for the best.  this does taste just like a crab cake and too much cheese would probably kill all of those delicious flavors.  i also understand why crab cakes are so expensive!  1/2 lb. of fresh crab meat put me back $10.99.  also, be prepared to use a lot of pans for this dish. with all that said, it’s still worth it to make this dish. adapted slightly from rachaelray.com 1/2 lb. cavatappi pasta 2 tbsp evoo 6 tbsp butter, divided 2 ribs celery, with leafy tops, finely chopped 3/4 medium onion, finely chopped 1/2 small red bell...

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cheese biscuits

Jan 20, 2011 by

my favorite part about goulash growing up were the cheese biscuits that my mom served with it.  cheese biscuits trumped quite a few dishes for me growing up.   the best part of the dish are the two pieces in the center.  i wish that somehow all of the pieces could be middle ones. 🙂 source: mom 4 tbsp butter 1 tube refrigerator biscuits, 8 count, regular size (not the “big” ones.) velveeta cheese garlic powder, to taste microwave 4 tbsp butter in a 9″ pyrex pie dish, until melted. arrange biscuits in the dish. top with velveeta cheese (pictured above). lightly sprinkle garlic powder on top. bake according to the instructions found on the biscuit tube.  or until the edges brown slightly....

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