Not mine but worth sharing :)

baked potato casarole

Saw this on FB and had to share…So much for my diet!!!  LOL


Blt Dip


BLT Dip (Warning, it went so fast I barely had time to try it!)
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1-1/2 pound bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled, and divided
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded) or to taste
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
1 tablespoons mustard
2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes
1-1/2 cup shredded Iceberg lettuce
pepper an salt to taste

Toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.


Preheat oven to 350˚. Spray a 11⁄2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Set aside 3/4 cup crumbled bacon.

In a large bowl, combine remaining bacon, cream cheese, shredded cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and mustard. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce over hot dip. Serve immediately with toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I love when I can make something that I know my kids are going to want seconds!  There are so many variation to this ever simple dish.  I sometimes follow this recipe and sometimes I switch the cheeses around with ones like Guyre or pepper jack.  I also swap the bread crumbs for Panko, a Japanese bread crumb.

1 8 ounce box of elbow macaroni

4 Tablespoons of flour

4 Tablespoons of butter

2 Tablespoons ground mustard

3 cups of milk

1 onion fine dice

1 bay leaf                                                                                      

1 teaspoon paprika

12 ounces shredded sharp cheddar

10 ounces shredded Monterey jack

1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled- optional


1-2 cups fresh bread crumbs

3 Tablespoons butter

Melt butter and toss bread crumbs till coated.

Cook Macaroni according to package.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Melt butter in skillet and add onion, sauté for about 5 minutes over med high heat.  Whisk in flour and mustard and stir about 5 minutes till lump free.  Add milk, bay leaf and paprika, stirring constantly simmer about 10 – 15 minutes.  Remove bay leaf.  At this point you may add 1 pound of crumbled bacon if desired.  Layer a 9×13 dish with the sauce, macaroni and both cheeses.  Repeat layers ending with the sauce and topping off with the bread crumbs.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Went on a girls weekend and discoverd some amazing recipes. The company was great the secnery was beautiful. Needless to say we ate, drank, laughed and had a wonderful time.  Thanks Michelle

2 ready made pie crust

2 large tomatoes cut into thick slices.  You should have about 5 or 6 slices from each tomato

1 bag of shredded cheese of choice

1 pound of bacon cooked and rough chopped.

3 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil

Unroll pie crust on a cookie sheet in the middle of the crust add 1 of the tomatoes top with 1/2 of the chopped basil, 1/2 of the cheese and 1/2 of the chopped bacon.  Repeat with 2nd crust.  Bake at 350° for about 15 min.  Till cheese is melted.  I like a lot of basil so I add some chopped basil to the top after cooking.  Plus it looks pretty!

Linguine With Bacon, Carmelized onions and olives

Linguine With Carmelized onions, Bacon and olives

1 pound center cut bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces

4 Tablespoons of olive oil

3 – 4 sweet onions cut into 1/4 inch strips

Carmelized onions

Carmelized onions

1 -2 cloves of garlic minced

1 2.25 ounce can of black olives

1 pound of linguine or angle hair pasta

Fresh ground pepper and Parmesan to taste.

Cook bacon in lg skillet.  Remove and set aside.  Drain grease saving about 4 Tablespoons.  Add olive oil to pan and sliced onions.  Saute on high about 10 minutes then reduce heat to med/low and cook for about another 20 minutes until onions are soft and edges are golden.  Add garlic and saute about 1 minute.  Return bacon to mixture and add olives cook for about 2 minutes.  In a large bowl mix pasta and bacon mixture.  Add bacon drippings as needed if pasta seems a little dry.  Top with parsley, ground pepper and fresh Parmesan.


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