Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Another Salute to the Amish Cookbook -- Menu #1

Since I am on this "Amish Cookbook kick", I thought I would do a series of recipes from this cookbook over the next few days (and maybe some of my own recipes). I will try to do a "meal plan" each day for you. Easy recipes using simple ingredients. What more could you ask for? Enjoy!!

Meal #1: Cheese Garlic Biscuits, Lasagna, and Strawberry Poke Cake (from Betty Crocker website)

Cheese Garlic Biscuits (like the ones at Red Lobster)

2 cups Bisquick or Jiffy baking mix
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
parsley flakes
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix together baking mix, milk, cheese, anda small amount of parsley flakes until soft dough forms; beat vigorously for 30 seconds. Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Mix butter and garlic powder; brush over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm. Makes 10-12 biscuits.

Lasagna (I haven't tried this recipe yet)

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. bulk sausage
1 jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups cottage cheese
1 c. parmesan cheese, divided
12 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
9-12 lasagna noodles, cooked

Brown meat, drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Mix cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese together. Spread some meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan (or casserole dish), then alternate layers of noodles, meat sauce, cheese mixture, and mozzarella. Top with remaining parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Strawberry Poke Cake (this is very light and refreshing!)

1 white cake mix (Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on box)
1 box small box strawberry-flavored gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Fresh strawberries

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Make cake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Let cool completely.

Pierce cooled cake all over with fork. In small bowl, stir gelatin and boiling water until smooth; stir in cold water. Pour over cake. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Frost with whipped topping; garnish* with strawberries. Store covered in refrigerator.

*If you want to make your cake extra special (or impress that special someone), you can fan the strawberries to make it look more elegant.

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