Friday, January 8, 2010

Cold weather + hot food???

OK, I am not sure if it is this cold dreary weather that makes me want to stay home and hibernate and cook, or the discovery of Monicas Lick the Bowl Good blog, or watching Julie and Julia last weekend, or a combo of all the above. But I have been checking out recipes like crazy and I just want to cook and bake!!!!
My mom had given me this No More than 5 Ingredients cook book some time back. I went through it and flagged a bunch of recipes I want to try. I think my mom bought this from a school fundraiser somewhere. I checked for this book and they don't have this exact one, but if you search for 5 ingredient recipe books, there are others. First two things I tried were the Cheesy Potatoes and Artichoke Chicken.
I liked them both, my kids not so much. Too much stuff for them??
Here is the recipe for the potatoes: 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup sour cream, 1 bag frozen country style hash brown potatoes, and 2 to 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (I used 2 cups and that was plenty) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix soup and sour cream together in a 9X13 baking dish. Add frozen potatoes and stir until well coated. Bake for 30-45 minutes depending on the depth of your dish. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake another 15 minutes until cheese is melted and begins to brown. Serve immedietly.

At the same time I also made the Artichoke Chicken recipe.

1 15 oz can artichoke hearts drained and chopped
3/4 grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts-halved

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream and a pinch of garlic pepper (I used garlic salt and black pepper) Place chicken in a greased baking dish and cover evenly with artichoke mixture. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in the preheated over, or until chicken is no logner pink in the center and juices run clear.

Then on to dessert! This is the Snickerdoodle Blondie recipe from Lick the Bowl Good.
My kids sure liked dessert! You can tell by Zach's thumbs up! (but he wouldn't eat the chicken! )
And to mix all this stuff I have my handy Montgomery Wards 5 speed hand mixer that I received as a wedding shower gift in 1983 from my dear aunt Frances. This appliance is nearly an antique! haha! It brings fond memories of someone I love very much and miss very much!

Hate to do it, but I must say Bon Apetit! just one more time! I just can't help it.

I plan on trying the Blueberry Sour Cream bundt cake from Lick the Bowl Good sunday night! So check in again on Monday!!!! Have a great weekend!!!!


  1. I'll take Zach's portion of the artichoke chicken ~ that sounds yummy, as to do the other recipes. That Lick the Bowl Good did have some great looking food! Love ya, Jul~

  2. I don't eat meat anymore and my kids are so picky! Blueberry sour cream bundt cake sounds delish! I look forward to hearing how that one turns out. Have a great day! :) Tammy

  3. Mmm, now I want snickerdoodle blondies again. Glad you liked them :-)