Monday, May 24, 2010

Oyster Crackers

* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 1 (1 ounce) package dry Ranch-style dressing mix
* 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
* 1 (12 ounce) package oyster crackers

Pour crackers into a bowl (preferably one that has a lid) Dump the packet of Ranch, dill and oil on top of crackers. Put lid on bowl and shake well until everything is mixed well, Let sit for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ginger Ale Meatballs

40 frozen, fully cooked meatballs (I used turkey ones)
2 cups ginger ale
2 cups ketchup
1 teaspoon minced garlic

Place frozen meatballs in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker prepared with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine ginger ale, ketchup, and garlic. Pour mixture over meatballs. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3 hours. Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer, on hoagie buns, or over hot cooked noodles.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Perfect, Simple Chili

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond.


2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 pounds ground beef (i used turkey, as usual)
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup masa (corn flour, found in the Mexican section of many supermarkets)

Optional Ingredients

1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
1 can diced tomatoes and chilis
(i didn't use any of these)

For Serving

Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped green onion

* Place the ground beef (or turkey) in a large pot and throw in the garlic.

* Cook the until brown.

* Unless you want to tick off your cardiologist, drain off the excess fat.

* Pour in the tomato sauce, followed by the spices and the salt.

* Stir together well, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add in 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

* After an hour, place the masa in a small bowl. Add 1 cup of water and stir together with a fork.

* Dump the masa mixture into the chili and stir together well. Taste, adjust the seasonings, and add more masa paste and/or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or add more corn flavor. Add the beans, jalapeño, and tomatoes if desired. Simmer for 10 minutes.

* Serve with shredded cheddar, chopped green onions, sour cream, and Fritos.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ramen Noodle Salad

Dressing Ingredients:
* 2/3 cups oil
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup vinegar
* seasoning packets from ramen noodles

Salad Ingredients:
* 1 pkg. cole slaw mix
* 1 bunches of green onions (chopped)
* 1 cup sunflower seeds
* 2 pkg. chicken ramen noodles (broken up)

Mix dressing ingredients. I mix them in the blender, makes it much easier. Mix salad ingredients. Add dressing and toss. Let stand for a few hours to overnight in the refrigerator.