Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bacon Cheeseburger Upside-Down Pizza

I started again with a recipe from the first section of the book "One-Dish Meals Cookbook. I didn't think this would turn out, but it tasted like "More" and we were pleasantly surprised.
6 slices bacon
1 lb lean ground beef
1 med onion, quartered and sliced
1 med bell pepper cut into bite sized strips
1 (14.5 oz. ) can chunky style pizza sauce
2-3 plum tomatoes, chopped
6 thin slices of Cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon
1 cup milk
1 Tbs oil
1 Cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

1. Heat oven to 400 Cook 8 strips of bacon until crisp. Drain on paper and st aside. They didn't need to tell me that. What else was I going to do with them?
2. Brown beef with onions and pepper. Crumble 6 strips of bacon and add them and pizza sauce to beef mixture. Spoon into ungreased 13 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with tomatoes: top with cheese slices. I goofed and forgot to buy the tomatoes. Oh well.
3. beat eggs slightly. Add milk and oil: mix well. Add flour and salt: beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Pour evenly over cheese slices. Crumble remaining 2 slices of bacon: sprinkle over top.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until topping is slightly puffed and deep golden brown.

Remove thumb from photo and enjoy!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Where I have been

Cha asked why I have not been posting. Good question. First, I was hacked into and lost the blog on my computer. Second, Mom had a stroke the day after Christmas and I have been 100% taking care of her. No time for thinking about cooking.

I will get back to this soon with new recipes.
Are you still out there?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spicy Southwest Beef and Bean Chili. This is the first recipe in the third section of the book, Slow-Cooker recipes. I should have known from the name that it would be a little too much for us. It called for two tablespoons of chili powder. I hesitated. Thought I should decrease the amount, but then would I be following my original intentions --of cooking like I filled prescriptions.

One friend told me to heat it with potatoes to decrease the spice. Another said to heat it with yogurt. I did that and it made it tolerable. What would you have done? Or maybe you like that much chili powder.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

You asked.

As I am not making casseroles daily, many have asked what we eat on other days. Last night Joyce did a roast although she rarely cooks. She does liver and onions about once a month and her special chicken casserole. Not from the book.
We get casseroles from Nancy's Kitchen in the neighborhood and meals from "What's for dinner" in Lake Oswego. They deliver and the meals are about $13-$14. Although they are made for two they always feed three of us with some left over. I also, have met a little Asian man at Safeway who guides me to the best value in fish for that day and tells me how to cook it. Also, usually rubs it with his mixture of "secret spices".
I buy the $5.00 roasted chicken at Safeway when they have it. They also have a Coconut and Curry Bisque at Safeway We often have that on Mondays when I clean out the refrigerator with left overs (chicken, vegetables, rice, etc.)and place them in my "Refrigerator Soup". Thought you would like to know.

Monday, January 18, 2010


2 cups instant cooked rice
2 C water
3/4 lb ground beef Beef again. Is this book produced by the Cattle producers of America?
1 (1 lb) frozen broccali florets, carrots and water chestnuts
4 oz snow pea pods, trimmed - I used frozen Chinese Style Peapods
1/2 cup Szechuan spicy stir-fry sauce Here I used a stir fry sauce making the recipe much less spicy. The pharmacist in me had trouble not following the recipe to the T.
3 Tbs dry-roasted peanuts

If you have followed this far I am sure you know how to throw it all together and pour over rice.

Number Five

As explained in my last post I discovered that my "One- Dish Meals Cookbook was divided into three sections, Casseroles, Skillet Dishes, and Slow-Cooker Meals. I am now doing these in rotation. This is the first of the Skillet Meals, Spicy Szechuan Beef and Vegetables. But THAT IS A LIE. I had three clerks at the Safeway searching for Szechuan sauce among the myriad of other sauces. I guess I will have to go to China to get some. What to do? Abandon the project? No, the Julias would not have quit. So with much consternation I purchased a Stir Fry Sauce. So here it is No Szechuan Beef and vegetables, not Spicy and rather bland.

Number Five

As my last post explained I found that my "ONE-DISH MEALS COOKBOOK was divided into three sections - Casseroles, Skillet Dishes and Slow-Cooker Meals. So, I am making one from each group in succession. This is my first of the Skillet group. It is called Spicy Szechuan Beef and Vegetables, but to tell you the truth. THAT IS A BIG LIE.
I had three clerks at the Safeway searching for Scechuan Sauce with no luck. What to do? Give up? Forget it? No, the Julia's would not have given up.
Much to my consternation I purchased a Stir Fry Sauce chosen from the large selection.
The resulting meal was OK, probably not as spicy as it could have been.