Posts filed under ‘Recipies My Family Actually Enjoys’

Dinner Success

Serving a successful, i.e. “mom, this is really good”, dinner to your family is not normally a post-worthy moment for most people but for those of us who are fundamentally culinary challenged, its kind of big deal.  So much so, that I’ve even created a blog category on this site, “Recipes My Family Actually Enjoys” which includes my rare gastronomic successes and my amazing “dinners out of nothing” where I miraculously whip up a tasty meal from various food scraps I have sitting in my refrig.

Enter last night’s concoction I call “Riding on Suddenly Salad’s Coattails“.

I used:  1 box of Suddenly Salad Ranch

  about 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

 extra penne pasta

 cherry tomatoes


I grilled up the chicken breast topped with some poultry seasoning.  While that was cooking I put a large pot of salted water to boil.

Once boiled, I threw in the pasta from the Suddenly Salad box that I had on hand and added extra penne pasta to the pot.  Following the directions on the box I mixed up the Suddenly Salad sauce and added the cooked pasta and mixed well.  Chopped up some tomatoes and tossed them into the pasta.  I thinly sliced about 3 large chicken breasts and tossed them into the salad as well. Done.

The salad is supposed to be served cold but I kept everything warm and doled it out as I was in a hurry to get my son to his hockey game.

Verdict:  Everyone, even Emily who despises sauces of every kind, liked the dinner.  A true “This is really good Mom” moment.  Sweet!


August 17, 2012 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Is That Hamburger Helper?

No actually, it’s homemade Beef Strogenoff.  And it was simple to make and a success! (5/5 enjoyed it).  Yeah, Momma hit a home run last night.

Original Ranch Beef & Noodle SkilletPhoto from
You will need:
1 lb ground beef
1 small chopped onion
1 bag of egg noodles
vegetable oil
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1 package of Ranch dressing mix
1 cup of sour cream (I used fat-free)
3/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese or more to taste (I used more ’cause I love me some cheese!)
salt/pepper/steak seasoning to taste
1. Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.
 2. In a bowl, combine the sour cream, milk, and seasoning mix and stir until smooth.
 3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are browned.
 4. Remove the mushrooms from the skillet. Set aside.
 5. Add the beef and and chopped onion and cook stirring to break up the meat until browned. I added steak seasoning and black pepper.
 6. Drain the beef and add the mushrooms back to the skillet.
 7. Add the noodles, sour cream mixture, and cheese to the skillet and stir until the cheese has melted.
 8. Serve hot. 

July 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Friday Fun and Some Kick Ass Irish Soda Bread

Hello All and Happy Friday and St. Patrick’s Day!

Whoo hoo! It’s Friday baby!

Ok, here is your Friday Fun clip featuring Melissa McCarthy as a guest on the Ellen show.  enjoy.

Now that you’ve had a good chuckle here is the recipe for delicious Irish Soda Bread that I grew up with:

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:  (makes 1 loaf)

2 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 stick of margarine

1/2 cup (or more depending on your taste) of raisins

1 egg beaten with enough milk to make 1 cup

To Make:

preheat oven to 375

grease loaf pan (I use those disposable foil pans. You can also use a round cake pan, up to you.)

Mix together flour, baking powder and sugar.  Add raisins, mix well.  Cut in margarine, using your fingers to incorporate margarine into mixture. (This is my least favorite part as I have a thing about getting my fingers messy. It’s a OCD thing.  My dad was big on washing our hands whenever we came home, “get the aids off” – as if you could simply wash the aids away, that would nice. But I digress, back to the recipe.)  Add egg/milk mixture to dry ingredients and stir well.  Batter may seem stiff but keep mixing dry and wet ingredients together.  Pour into greased loaf pan.  Make a well in top of loaf.

Bake at 375 for 50-60 mins.  Cool on baker’s rake.  Enjoy with butter and jam.  Yum.

March 16, 2012 at 8:27 am 1 comment


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