Friday, December 18, 2009

Fettuccine Alfredo

This recipe was contributed by Marie Newman via Sarah McKenna. Marie's comments and directions on making this delectable health food delicacy are below. Ha. :) This one is for you, Rachel!

Fettuccine Alfredo

3/4 lb uncooked fettuccine
6 Tbsp butter
2/3 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp salt
dash of white pepper and ground nutmeg
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (I use the packaged grated stuff in the refrigerator section)

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. While cooking, place butter and cream in heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until butter melts and mixture bubbles. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Remove from heat and gradually stir in cheese until thoroughly blended. Pour sauce over fettuccine and toss to combine. Can serve with bbq chicken.

This is my favorite alfredo sauce because it is the cheapest! I know you can reduce cream and make it taste like Olive Garden, but I don't want to pay for all that cream and watch it reduce for forever. I think this tastes pretty good and it is so fast and easy. My sister would probably shake her head at me that I don't reduce my cream or buy the expensive parmesan blocks to grate myself. Don't tell...

Taco Soup

This recipe was contributed by Marie Newman via Sarah McKenna.  Marie's comments are below the recipe.  Bon appetite!
Taco Soup

3/4 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, undrained
1 (16 oz) can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 package taco seasoning

corn chips
grated Cheddar cheese
sour cream

In large soup pot, brown ground beef and onion.  Drain.  Stir in tomatoes, beans, corn, and taco seasoning.  Simmer 1/2 hour, uncovered.  Serve topped with chips, cheese, and sour cream.

So easy and yummy!  Sometimes I brown the beef and onion over the stove and then throw it in the crock pot for four hours if I have a minute in the middle of the day.  That way you don't have to watch the simmer and worry about the bottom scorching.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

This recipe was contributed by Chelsea Fisher via Sarah McKenna.

I have never tried this soup, but I can't wait to make it! Mmmmm....cheesy soup..... Chelsea sent me a whole bunch of recipes, which I posted below, and most of them are soup. She says that this is the easiest of her recipes.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Makes enough for 10 bowls.

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped 

1 large bunch broccoli 

3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
6 cups chicken stock 

1 1/4 cups milk (lower fat grams by using skim) 

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (can use less) 

Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded (can use less)

Melt butter in a 4-6-quart soup pot. Saute onion until softened, about 
three minutes. Cut broccoli into flowerets and thinly slice tender 
upper portion of stems. Add to pot along with potatoes and chicken
stock. Cover and simmer until potatoes and broccoli are tender, about
20 minutes. 

Puree mixture in several batches in food processor or blender. Return 
puree to soup pot and stir in milk, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper
to taste. Gently heat (a hard boil will cause the soup to break and 
the milk to turn to curds!)

To serve, ladle 8-ounce servings into broiler-safe dishes. Sprinkle
 each bowl with a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese, put it on the 
broiler for a second and serve, all hot and bubbly. Your family is
 going to love it!

Nutritional Data: Per serving: 234 calories; 15g fat; 10g protein; 15g
carbohydrate; 3g dietary fiber; 21mg cholesterol; 1728mg sodium.
Exchanges: 1/2 grain (starch); 1 lean meat; 1 vegetable; 0 non-fat
milk; 2 1/2 fat.

Corn-Sausage Chowder

This recipe was contributed by Chelsea Fisher via Sarah McKenna.  Once again, I have not tried it, but it looks easy!
Corn-Sausage Chowder
Makes 6 servings

Start to Finish: 30 minutes 

1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
4 cups peeled potatoes cut in 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 17-ounce can cream-style corn
1 17-ounce can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1. In a Dutch oven or kettle, cook the pork sausage and onion until the sausage is brown and the onion is tender. Drain mixture on paper towels.
2. Return sausage mixture to Dutch oven. Stir in potatoes, water, salt, marjoram, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until potato is just tender.
3. Add the cream-style corn, whole-kernel corn, and the evaporated milk. Heat through. Makes 6 servings.

Corn-Sausage Chowder
Makes 6 servings
Start to Finish: 45 minutes
•    4 cups peeled potatoes cut in 1/2-inch cubes  (I used red potatoes and left the peels on)
•    2 cups water
•    1 teaspoon salt
•    1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram (oregano or Italian seasoning), crushed
•    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
•    1 pound bulk pork sausage
•    1 cup coarsely chopped onion
•    1 17-ounce can cream-style corn
•    1 17-ounce can whole-kernel corn, drained
•    1 12-ounce can evaporated milk

1. In large pot, boil potatoes, water, salt, marjoram, and pepper.
2. Meanwhile, cook the pork sausage and onion until the sausage is brown and the onion is tender. Drain mixture on paper towels.
3. Add to potato mixture, and simmer for a total of 30 minutes (so about 15-20 more minutes), until potato is just tender.
4. Add cream-style corn and whole-kernel corn. Bring back to a boil.
5. Remove from heat, and add evaporated milk. Makes 6 servings.

Pumpkin Soup

This recipe was contributed by Chelsea Fisher via Sarah McKenna.

I have never tried it, but Chelsea says that it is yummy! Please comment if you make it and let us know what you think!

Pumpkin Soup

2 Tablespoons butter
1 Onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon red pepper
1 teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 large can pumpkin
2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 ¼ cups evaporated milk
¼ cup brown sugar

Sautee onion, add spices. Blend. Add pumpkin and broth. Blend. Add milk and sugar.

Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This recipe was contributed by Chelsea Fisher via Sarah McKenna. 

It is hard to know whether a recipe really belongs on this blog when I have never made it, so I am just trusting the judgement of others here.  The original form of this recipe doesn't look super easy to me, but at the bottom Chelsea made a note on how she usually makes it...which I think makes it qualify.  If you make it please leave a comment so we know if you liked it!

Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breasts 
(serves 4-6)

5 Tablespoons butter
½ pound mushrooms, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 ½ cup freshly-made bread crumbs
½ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
4 chicken breasts, boned, halved, and pounded flat
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350°.
Melt 4 T butter in a skillet. 
Add mushrooms, salt, pepper. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms turn dark and absorb all the butter. 
Remove heat & stir in ¾ c. of bread crumbs & nutmeg. 
Divide mushroom stuffing into 8 portions and place a portion in the center of each piece of chicken. 
Fold the chicken around the stuffing and place seam side down in a buttered shallow casserole or baking dish. 
Melt the remaining T of butter and brush over the chicken. 
Sprinkle w/ remaining ¾ c bread crumbs. 
Pour on cream and broth. 
Bake for 30+ minutes until lightly brown.

(Fanny Farmer Cookbook)

Or just throw the mushroom stuffing in the bottom of the pan, cover it with the chicken, and then pour the stuff on top of it.  More like a casserole, but still tastes great.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe was contirbuted by Laura Webb.

This recipe comes from my (Laura's) mother-in-law, Jan.  She is an amazing cook and (unlike us) tends to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  So I was thrilled to discover how easy these enchiladas are.  I always keep pepper jack cheese and green chilis on hand because the rest of the ingredients are no brainers.

Jan's Enchiladas
Serves about 4 people (but they make great leftovers, so I usually make extra)

Approx. 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1–2 smalls cans of chopped green chilis (I think Ortega brand medium are the best)
Soft taco sized flour tortillas
1 lb. Pepperjack cheese
½ lb. Cheddar cheese
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
½ pint sour cream (thinned slightly with milk so it is more runny than super thick)

Mix shredded chicken with 1 can green chilis.  Load tortillas with chicken mixture and a generous amount of both cheeses. Roll tightly and place in shallow pan. Mix the cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, and second can of chilis if you want more "kick."  Pour sauce over enchiladas. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Bake at 350ยบ until bubbly (about 30 mins).  

NOTE:  They are still delicious even if you cut back on the cheese.  I am a BIG TIME cheese lover, and even I never use that much.  


Quick and Easy Waffles a la Our Dad

This recipe was contributed by Mike Westover, our father, who is always exceedingly amused by himself.  :)

Quick and Easy Waffles

Open freezer and remove Eggo box.
Place two frozen waffles in toaster.
Push down handle of toaster, then wait.
When waffles pop up, remove and place on a plate.
Slather waffles with peanut butter (chunky, not creamy).
Pour heated syrup on top and eat with a fork.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe was contributed by Rachel Nielson.  

 This recipe is my crowning glory as a chef.  I created it.  Yes, it's true...I, Rachel Westover Nielson, the laziest, worst chef in the world, created a recipe that is delicious.  Amazing, right???

When we were little, my mom made a chicken pot pie that we all loved, but she never wrote down the recipe; so when she passed away, we thought the recipe was gone forever.  But a few years later, I was eating a dish with a white sauce base, and I realized that it tasted very similar to my mom's famous pot pie.  Using that recipe as a basis, I started experimenting with white sauces, and I eventually figured out how to make a pot pie filling that tasted a lot like my mom's...but even better.  I am going to go ahead and say that this pot pie is delicious.  I am allowed to brag about this one achievement in my life because I am a terrible cook overall, so this pie is especially impressive.

It's not particularly healthy, but it's easy and fast, and it's an impressive "company meal."  It makes enough filling for two good-sized pies (which is a lot).  I usually make one pie, and then I freeze the rest of the filling in a gallon bag to use another time.  (Or you can give away the second pie--whenever I bring this pie to people who are sick, who have had babies, etc. I get rave reviews!)

Melt 2 sticks of butter in a skillet.
Slowly add 1 cup flour.  Stir until mixed.
Slowly add 2 1/2 cups chicken broth.  Stir until mixed.
Slowly add 2 cups milk.  Stir until a thick gravy sauce has formed.
Add 1 packet of dry ranch dressing.

Add salt and pepper to taste.  This is very important or else the filling in bland.

Add as much of the following as you'd like:

-Cooked and shredded chicken
-Frozen peas
-Frozen corn
-Sliced potatoes (I use them from a can)
-Cooked and chopped carrots

Pour filling to two pie crusts.  (I used the roll-out Pillsbury crusts that you can find in the dairy aisle of the grocery store.)  Add top crusts.  Make sure to cut slits or a design into the top crust, so the air has a way to escape.

Bake at 425 until the crust is golden brown.  (about 30 minutes?)

Emily's Zucchini Soup

This recipe was contributed by Sarah (Jacobs) Huff via Sarah McKenna.

Emily's Zucchini Soup

Saute until tender:
2 medium zucchini, chopped (green and yellow crookneck are pretty together)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T parsley
1 t dried basil (use more if you've got fresh)
1/3 C butter

Stir in:
1/3 C flour
salt and pepper to taste, about 1 t salt and 1/4 t pepper

Stir in:
3 C chicken broth
1 t lemon juice

Let boil for 2 minutes, then add:
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 large can of evaporated milk
2 C of frozen corn

Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Just before serving add:
1/4 C parmesan
2 C shredded cheddar

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Paulette Corn Bread

This recipe was contributed by Sarah McKenna.

This is an extremely easy recipe for the sweetest, moistest cornbread on this planet!  Our dad calls it "Paulette Corn Bread" because my mother-in-law, Paulette, made it once while he was eating at their home with us.  In reality, it comes from a cookbook called The Essential Mormon Cookbook: Green Jell-o, Funeral Potatoes, and Other Secret Combinations.  What a clever title!  We always make this to accompany the infamous chicken tortilla soup, so I thought I'd better post it as well.  Enjoy!

**Please note: This recipe is for a SQUARE PAN!  For a 9x13 pan, DOUBLE IT and cook it for a bit longer.***

Cousin's Corn Bread (a.k.a. Paulette Corn Bread)

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups milk

Cream butter, sugar, and eggs.  In a separate bowl blend cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt.  (For this recipe I don't think it really matters, so I always just throw them in the same bowl to save on dishes.  But that's just me.)  Combine creamed mix, dry mix, and milk.  Blend.  Bake in a square pan at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.  

This cornbread is super yummy with honey butter!  Just mix equal parts softened butter and honey, and then throw in a dash of vanilla.  Yum!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup in the World!

This recipe was contributed by Sarah McKenna.

This soup is divine.  It has become a family staple, and I mean a serious staple.  Our dad makes himself a batch and then eats it every day for a week.  Know why else it is great?  It makes a gigantic batch, so unless you are feeding a huge group of people, you will have some left over to freeze. So here it is . . .

Chicken Tortilla Soup


3 cans chicken broth
1 can beef broth
2 cans tomato soup
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
1 chopped onion
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 c. fresh cilantro
1 T chili powder (you can add a bit more or less with the spices)
1 T cumin
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 can garbanzo beans, drained


Place all ingredients into a large pot.  Bring to a boil; turn down heat and simmer for at least one hour.  Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips on top.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Our Mother's Divine Pumpkin Bread . . . Yum!

This recipe was contributed by Sarah McKenna.

In the spirit of this lovely fall season, the first recipe that we are going to share is our mom's divine pumpkin bread. YUM! Seriously. It is so easy---throw everything in a mixer and bake---but perfectly moist and scrumptious. Whenever I make it people rave about it and say it's the best pumpkin bread ever. They think that I am quite skilled. Little do they know. :) Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

3 1/3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix together.

1 cup cooking oil
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin

Mix well.

1 cup chocolate chips (or nuts or coconut)

Pour into 2 or 3 greased and floured bread tins. (Baking PAM, baby! It ROCKS!)
Bake for one hour at 350 degrees.

Lazy Chefs Unite!

I have always been a lazy chef.  Cooking was just never my thing.  Baking more so, but I still only enjoy it when I have a lot of time, a place to really showcase my final product, and someone else to do the dishes for me after it's all over.  Every since my baby boy was born I have been even less inclined to cook, and I find myself collecting easy recipes from friends and eagerly emailing out any newly found easy and delicious recipes, especially to my sisters.  And that is why we have decided to start this multi-author blog.  I envision it as a place for all of us lazy chefs to unite and share our best easy recipes in an attempt to make other lazy chefs' lives a little bit more delicious.  If you would like to join in our effort by contributing an occasional recipe or by becoming a regularly contributing author on this blog, then please email us at  Happy Cooking!