Category Archives: Casseroles

Onion Casserole

Hello Everyone,

Here’s a great casserole for all you onion lovers!

Onion Casserole:

2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings, divided

2 large red onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings, divided

12 green onions, chopped and divided

1 tsp. black pepper

10 oz. blue cheese, crumbled

10 oz. (about 2-1/2 cups) shredded havarti cheese

3 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces

3/4 cup dry white wine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Layer half of yellow, red and green onion. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. pepper over onions. Top with blue cheese. Layer remaining onions and sprinkle with remaining pepper. Top with havarti cheese. Pour wine over casserole. Bake 1 hour or until onions are tender. If cheese browns to quickly, cover with aluminum foil. Serve hot.

I do have one Angle cake this week for the VA home, I’ll work on it tomorrow. He likes the San Francisco 49rs. That’s also my dad’s favorite football team! I thought I would make  the vet a football since he wants chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I want to make it easy on myself this week…

I do have an ultrasound tomorrow to make sure the cysts are shrinking still. I hate this kind of ultrasound. You have to drink a lot of water and then they put a scan on your belly with a full bladder and all it makes me want to do is go pee!! lol!! I can’t wait for it be over with.. I still don’t feel well, I have a bad stomach ache. I hope I don’t have the flu… Ick.. I did get a flu shot this year… So I’m not sure what this is… Might just be the steroids making me sick again.. I see the lung DR. in Jan. I hope she’ll lower the dosage..

Well I am getting really tired again, I’ll talk more later…


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Posted by on December 26, 2010 in Casseroles


Corn Pudding

Hello everyone,

I know I haven’t been very good about posting anything for a while… I’m still feeling a bit blue this time of year… I had another great-uncle pass away over the weekend. This makes 4 people in my family to pass away in just the last 6 months! I hope it stops, can’t take much more of this..

Here is a recipe I made last year for Christmas. My husband loved this one, of course anything with corn and bacon he loves!!!

Corn Pudding:

1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick) 4 oz.

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp. salt

1-1/2 cups half and half

4 cups drained canned corn

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, onion, sugar, and salt. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Continuing to stir constantly, add half and half and cook until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in corn, eggs, bacon, parsley, and cayenne. Pour into a lightly buttered 2-quart baking dish. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

My husband’s Birthday was Saturday and we didn’t do too much. We went to a restaurant here we like to go to on Friday, then on Saturday we went to see Tron in 3-D, it was a really good movie! On Saturday I made him something his mom made for him when he was growing up. Chocolate and biscuits. I had never heard of putting chocolate sauce on baking powder biscuits before. My dad made sausage gravy for them when I was a kid. I really liked the chocolate sauce of the biscuits, I’ll be making it more often. I’ll get the recipe and post it tomorrow, its super simple and so tasty!!!

We celebrated my grandma’s Birthday today. I guess my grandma just wanted spaghetti, salad, and pineapple upside-down cake. My aunt made all this for her today, since it was an impromptu party with just a few of us there. We had a nice time tonight..

Well I’m off to bed… I have A LOT to get done tomorrow!! An Angel cake to get finished and lots of Christmas baking to do… Nite all…


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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in Casseroles, Side Dishes


Ham and Potatoe Dish

Hello everyone,

I made up this recipe last night and my husband loved it. Now, I know it’s not for everyone, anyone on a diet or anyone that has dairy allergies better stay away from it!! I don’t normally make potatoes this way, I just wanted to use up some ingredient’s in the refrigerator. Enjoy!!

Ham and Potato Dish

8 medium potatoes, peeled and slice paper-thin.

4 cloves garlic, minced

5 green onions, minced

2 springs fresh rosemary, minced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 lb. smoked ham, chopped

2-1/4 cups heavy cream

2 cups shredded cheese, your choice..

Butter a 9-inch square deep-dish glass pan. Heat oven to 400 degrees. First layer 3 potatoes on bottom on pan, sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and rosemary. Last layer on some of the ham, repeat until all the potatoes, ham, garlic, and rosemary are used up. Lightly salt and pepper each layer (optional). Pour heavy cream over entire dish tapping pan on counter lightly to get the cream evenly distributed over mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 2 hours until potatoes are very tender. In the last 15 minutes of baking, cover top with cheese and let it melt and get crispy on the edges. Let dish rest for 15 minutes, give it time to set… Enjoy everyone!!

I have a VA cake to get baked today and Ray is going to deliver it on Saturday. The vet likes airplanes, so I’ll be using the cross pan to make a plane. It’s one I saw on Wilton’s webpage and have been wanting to make for a while. My mom has an airplane cake pan, but they are out-of-town and I don’t want to use it anyway. I want to try this other one and see how it works out.  I am feeling a bit better, the steroids are giving me a buzz all the time.. Which is ok when I want to get stuff done around the house, but it doesn’t help me sleep at all. Right now I feel kinda weird, because I had to take a pain pill. On Tuesday Ray took me to the ER late that night, I can’t tell between my lung pain and a heart attack. I am waiting to hear from a cardiologist to see what they would like to do.. So for right now I’m just trying to stay calm and away from my family. I talked to my mom awhile ago, and all the same family crap, she thinks I don’t know what all goes on, but I do. I told her to stop underestimating me and what I know!! It pisses me off when she does that!!! I finally had to tell her I needed to go take a nap, my stomach is hurting, which is true right now… 

Well goodbye for now!!

Happy baking and cooking everyone!!! 🙂

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Posted by on September 16, 2010 in Casseroles


Corn Tamale Casserole & VA cake


Hello everyone,

I have a VA cake to finish tonight, it’s now 10:30 p.m. I’m afraid I’m going to be up late tonight. I don’t know why I wait so long to get the cakes done.  I made  a french vanilla cake with creme brulee icing. I know I’ve made that icing a lot lately, I really like the taste of it. I hope the people I give the cakes to like it as much as I do!!! lol!!! I’ll post the link for the cake I’m making,  I hope the vet likes it!!! Sometimes I get thank you cards from people.  It’s nice to hear from the people we make cakes for! Not that’s the reason I make the cakes, I do it because I love it!!!

Healthwise I’m doing better, my leg is feeling a lot better. My DR said I can’t take birth control pills anymore. I’m not happy about that. I have poly cystic ovarian syndrome, it’s where I have cysts grow on my ovaries. The BC was the only thing I have found that worked for me. To be honest I don’t think I ever want kids. I’m 34 now and have to many other issues to deal with. Do you think that’s selfish of someone to not want kids??? I like my freedom, you have to give up a lot to have kids.  I just don’t think I have it in me to be a mother anymore. I like animals better, they don’t cost as much and don’t talk back! I used to want kids really bad and was willing to do anything, something changed with me awhile ago to change my mind. I don’t know what it was, but the desire for kids went away. I love baking cakes for kids through, that’s about it. When I told my mom what the Dr. said, she said tell them you want a baby that will take care of the BC thing, I said no way!!! That’s the last thing I need now!!! I was raised with a lot of foster kids, to many sometimes. Foster care isn’t something I want to do either. I know there’s a lot of kids that need good homes, but I think I’ll stick to just baking cakes for them. When we move (don’t know when that will ever happen) I wouldn’t mind taking in a student from another country. I think I could handle them ok??? We’ll see what happens, first I need to get healthy!!!

Well I better go get the cake done, I’ll be up the next 2 hours or so getting it done. I’m glad we have satellite tv, otherwise there wouldn’t be anything on to listen to. I’m watching Forrest Gump now, love that movie!!!

Here’s a recipe for my corn tamale casserole, hope ya all like it!!!  🙂

Corn Tamale Casserole:

Beef mixture:

1- lb., ground beef

3, green onions white and green parts, chopped

1, (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1, (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

1, (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1, (14.75 oz.) can cream style corn

1, (4 oz.) can diced fire roasted chilies, undrained

1, tblsp. chili powder

1, tsp. Ground cumin

1, tsp. granulated garlic

1, tsp. salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 pan with vegetable spray.

Brown beef in large skillet, do not drain. Add remaining ingredients and heat through. Set aside and keep warm.

Tamale Topping:

1-cup cornmeal

1-cup all-purpose flour

4, tablespoon sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1-cup whole milk

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup butter, melted

1, cup shredded cheddar cheese

1, (4 oz.) can, diced fire roasted chilies

1, (8-3/4 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained

1/2, tsp. cayenne powder

1/2, tsp. Ground Cumin

In mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Make a well in the center of mixture and pour in milk, butter, and the egg. Blend to combine. Mix in remaining ingredient’s just until blended, no do over mix.

Pour beef mixture into prepared pan; pour cornmeal topping over beef mixture. Smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes until top in brown. Yield 12 servings.

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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in Casseroles


Chicken Devin and a Cake to Bake this Weekend? I must be crazy!!!

Hello everyone,

Yes, I do have a cake to bake this weekend, it’s for a nursing home resident. I’ve been looking all afternoon through my Wilton books for inspiration. I am so tired of making the same round 8-9-inch cake!!! I found a really nice cake in Wilton’s 1984 Yearbook. It’s a square cake with small roses, drop flowers, and fleur-de-lis borders on it. I hope I can make it look like the picture!  Wish me luck!!!

I have been wanting to bake sourdough bread for a while, so a couple of days ago I made some starter. I love sourdough bread, I still remember my grandma Shirley baking sourdough bread when I was a kid.  She made the best bread ever!!! She always had some starter working on the counter or in the refrigerator. She made bread, pancakes and biscuits with it all the time. The recipe is from my old standby the Betty Crocker cookbook, I have always had good results from that cookbook. It’s one of my favorite’s!

 I watched Julia and Julie again for the 4th time tonight, there wasn’t anything else on T.V.  I really want Julia’s French cookbook. Can you believe with all my cookbooks that I don’t have that one??? I have (Baking with Julia), but that’s all. The other French cookbooks I have is the (The French Laundry by Thomas Keller) and (Cooking Provence by Antoine Bouterin). I’m going to try some recipes from the Cooking Provence book next week and see how they turn out. I haven’t decided what yet???

I haven’t felt very well today, upset stomach all day… 😦  Don’t know if it was something I ate or what.

I hope you all have a great night!!! Here’s another recipe for you all to try, let me know what you think!!! PLEASE I need feedback!!!!

Chicken Devin

1, 4lb. pound chicken cooked, deboned, and skinned.

1, 16oz. bag frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained.


1 ½ cups evaporated milk

2 T. lemon juice

2/3 cup mayonnaise

2 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded


Two, slices bread

2 T. butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9×13 casserole dish. In food processor add bread and the 2 T. butter, pulse to combine to a fine crumb. Set aside. In a large bowl combine chicken and broccoli. In separate bowl mix together sauce ingredients and pour over chicken and broccoli. Mix to combine. Pour into casserole pan and top with topping.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until topping is brown and sauce is bubbling. Serves 12

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Posted by on January 30, 2010 in Casseroles