Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Major Cooking Sessions/Edited

Major cooking sessions have been going on here. So far we have cooked and frozen:

36 Texas size muffin tin mini-quiches
6 dinners of beef stroganoff
9 lasagna size pans of macaroni bake (recipe below)
8 enchilada dinners from The Pioneer Woman

Today we're making 6 Beef and Tomato Pies.
Tomorrow we're making 8 Black-eyed Pea Pies and I'll cook the pork roast for the tamales.
Thursday will be spaghetti and tamales.

Over the past few weeks I've made lasagna, vegetable soup, etc.

One hit wonders where you can just add a salad and presto dinner is done. I love it when that happens.

Because I love you I'm going to share my friend Susan's, recipe for the macaroni bake. It totally rocks the house. I haven't met a person yet who doesn't love it so you won't be disappointed. Huge hit for kids too! J begs for it.

Macaroni Bake
1 lb of ground beef
1 yellow onion
16 oz can of tomato sauce
1 tsp of celery salt
¼ tsp of black pepper
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 cup cottage cheese
½ cup sour cream
¼ tsp of either fresh cilantro (I prefer cilantro) or flat leaf parsley
8 oz of baby macaroni

Brown ground beef. Drain. Add tomato sauce, celery salt, pepper, salt to taste. Cook 10 minutes or longer to let it marry.

In another bowl mix cheeses, sour cream and cilantro/parsley.

Prepare pan. I made it in a throw away loaf shaped lasagna pan. A layer of macaroni, layer of cheese, layer of macaroni, layer of cheese. Top with meat mixture.

Bake @ 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until bubbly.

You can thank me later. ;-)

*****edited to add that J & I had the enchiladas for dinner and they were so good we could've taken a bath in them. Worth the trouble of frying those corn tortillas. We're on our way back to the store to buy the stuff to make another 2 more batches. Those will go quick.

Marion: I usually cook then freeze everything (like my mashed potatoes) but on these recipes I'm preparing them and will thaw and cook them when needed. It beats frozen TV dinners by a long shot!


SocialWkr24/7 said...

I assume this is more "nesting"? ;)

Yum, that maccaroni bake sounds good! Too bad me and the kitchen don't mesh well - Wanna send me some?

obladi oblada said...

Yummy. Ill have to try some of the recipes. Happy Nesting!

Kristina P. said...

This recipe sounds delicious!

Little Wonder said...

holy crapoli to the ultimate cooker momma! (that's what Little B calls me -- The Cooker) I'm jealous! :)

Glad you got that snake post off...I was so ickied by it that I couldn't even post a comment, lol!

Jillene said...

You 2 have been VERY busy!! The recipe sounds DELISH!!

marion said...

Are you cooking these before you freeze or just as you take them out of the freezer? Thanks, EndersQueen

Christa said...

I definitely have to try this recipe. I can tell that I will be thanking you later.

Anne said...

Yum, that recipe sounds delish. I think Elizabeth and I will be taking a trip to the grocery store after work today:)

Maury said...

You are on a roll!!! You are doing great! I wish I had of thought to do this before I said I was ready for a new foster....there isn't much time for cooking these days. You are smart!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Huh, I was going to make a crack about hamburger helper being my best friend, but that macaroni bake thing looks really good. I may actually cook it.
(Am I going to need a pan?)

Jo said...

You will be able to know a good dinner awaits you no matter how the day has gone! Good funneling of your energy!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE fried corn tortillas.