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I like food. A lot. In this blog, I will divulge all my delicious recipes, giving you a full list of ingredients, step-by-step instructions, and notes to help you successfully make the dish. Feel free to try these at home, and let me know how it went in the comments for the dish! If you have any questions, I will answer them as quickly as possible. If you use my recipe and discuss it on your site, please link back to this blog. Happy eating!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cheesy Velveeta Mac with Ground Beef Casserole

A simple, delicious, cheesy dinner. This is a modification of a version I found a recipe for a while ago in a magazine my mother sent me. The original recipe called for Kraft macaroni and cheese, but I thought it was unfortunately bland, and the beef was dry when using the instructions in the recipe. So I modified it, and it came out way better.
This made a really nice "easy dinner night" meal for my house, but it would also be great as a dish for get togethers. It also goes really nice on flour tortillas!

1 box Velveeta shells and cheese
1 pound lean ground beef
Dried oregano
Ground black pepper
Garlic powder
Worcestershire sauce
Shredded mild cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F (about 175 C).
Cook Velveeta as directed on package.
As pasta cooks, add small amount of butter or oil to fry pan and bring to medium low heat. Add beef.
Add seasonings as desired.
Cook beef until no pink remains. Bring to low heat and stir occasionally.
When pasta is ready, pour into a casserole dish.
Drain beef of grease, add to casserole dish.
Stir mixture in dish until well mixed.
Add shredded cheese to top.
Put in oven and bake between 5 and 10 minutes, or until cheese on top is melted.
Serve with garlic bread or tortillas.

The amounts in this recipe gave two nice-sized bowls as shown in the photo. If served as part of a larger meal, it will yield more servings.
Experiment with the cheesiness of this dish by adding more or less cheese, or different kinds. Since Velveeta cheese is sold in blocks in grocery store dairy sections, you may wish to add slabs of Velveeta for extra creamy cheesiness.
My biggest suggestion is to maintain moisture in the beef, so don't drain/cook off all of the grease. Dry beef can really kill this dish, so take care when you're removing the grease.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Vegetable Stir Fry with Imitation Crab

Momma Brayton got us a very nice hand-hammered wok for Christmas. It's been sitting on top of our shelf-pantry since then, and I occasionally looked at it and sighed with the dreams of an amazing wok-cooked dinner. And I planned.
And here it is. I finally seasoned the bloody wok and made this spectacular stir fry. This meal has actually lasted multiple days. I usually plate big and then the leftovers get placed in a container.
Anyway, I made the sauce for this mostly by just dumping stuff in, so there are no real measurements. It's "to taste," really!

Stir fry (not sauce)
Button mushrooms, cleaned (These were sold in our supermarket in very small packs, so I got three. You can use larger mushrooms, but quarter them)
Baby carrots, about one half of a package (You can cut these if you wish -- I left them whole)
1 can baby corn, drained
Sticky Asian rice
Chopped fresh garlic -  2 medium cloves
Corn oil (or other oil)

Low sodium soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Iron Chef General Tso sauce and glaze
House of Tsang Szechuan spicy stir-fry sauce
Sesame seeds

One package imitation crab meat
1 good-sized knob of unsalted butter
Sesame seeds

Follow rice package instructions to make rice. Use a rice cooker if possible. Begin cooking rice before starting stir fry.
Add enough oil to wok to cover bottom. Bring heat up to medium-high. When oil is hot, add garlic.
Add carrots, turning heat down slightly. Carefully add small amount of water, soy sauce, and Worcestershire, and stir constantly for two minutes. Allow liquids to steam carrots on medium/medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, melt butter in large pan and add crab. Pan fry at medium-low heat, tossing occasionally.
When carrots are sufficiently steamed, add baby corn and mushrooms. Add a very small amount of water, more soy. Steam, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
Add sauce ingredients to discretion, saving sesame seeds until last. Stir thoroughly and very often.
Serve immediately, adding remainder of sauce to the top of the dish.

Imitation crab is entirely optional to this dish. You can substitute anything else.
More or different vegetables can be added to this dish, as long as you adjust for their cooking. For example, cooking time will be reduced if you omit carrots or cut them.
Some other vegetables you might want to add include: peppers, water chestnuts, bok choy, or onions.
My sauce had a nice sweet and spicy flavour that didn't detract from the natural flavours of the vegetables. Adjust your sauce as desired.

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