Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Finish 2014 with Big Flavor!

It's the next to last day of 2014 and I've decided to go out with a big taste! I thawed some shrimp and thought why not do a roasted Greek style shrimp? I knew it would need a "bed" so I thought why not give barley a chance to shine?

Roasted Greek Shrimp

Preheat oven to 400
1/2 pound shelled shrimp
1/4 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup white wine
salt and pepper, some Italian seasoning
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 can tomato sauce
1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives
feta cheese
3/4 cup Panko crumbs tossed with 2 T olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced

In ovenproof skillet, sauté onion in some olive oil. Add the garlic and stir around then stir in wine and deglaze. Add the the chopped tomatoes, the spices and the tomato sauce and simmer the sauce for around 15 minutes or so. Turn off the heat, lay the shrimp on the sauce, sprinkle with olives, feta cheese, and the Panko crumbs. Pop into the oven for about 15 minutes. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over before serving. Would be nice with some parsley on top but I didn't have any!

Barley and Mushrooms

1 cup quick cooking barley
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 pkg sliced mushrooms, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 onion chopped
salt and pepper

Brown the mushroom and onion in some olive oil. Add the garlic and stir around. Add the barley and let it brown up a bit. Add the broth, salt and pepper--bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Chicken with Shallots and Tarragon

I am here to tell you that if you like chicken then you really do need to make this. My DH sends me ideas for meals all the time and truth be told I often ignore what he sends. However, the other day he sent me something that piqued my interest: what chefs cook at home. This recipe has been tweaked by moi because basically I always have to change a recipe due to what I have on hand or what I like. This recipe is a keeper. I strayed quite a bit from the one that appeared in the NYT but hey,  that's why I have a food blog :-)

You will need:

2 bone in chicken thighs
2 wings
2 chicken legs
some flour
salt and pepper
2 cups white wine
2 T butter
5 large shallots, sliced
2 t dried tarragon
2 cups cherry tomatoes

Flour the chicken, salt and pepper. Brown the chicken on both sides well in large skillet. Remove chicken and brown shallots, add the wine, tarragon, some more salt and pepper and stir well. Add the chicken back in and bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Take lid off and add the cherry tomatoes and cook for another 20 minutes as sauce thickens.

Serve over some sort of grain and with bread cause this sauce is GOOD.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Easy Frittata and Easier Potato Pancakes

It felt like a "Breakfast for Dinner" kind of night. I usually always have eggs and some veggies around and that means a frittata is a possibility. A frittata is basically just a lazy omelette---no flipping or rolling--just bake it up! And, a really easy side dish was potato pancakes from Trader Joe. They are not as good as luscious homemade latkes, but in 20 minutes from freezer to table they're quite passable--especially with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce.

preheat oven 400

6 eggs, whisked
1 red pepper, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
salt and pepper
some Italian seasoning
some goat cheese

In 10 inch oven proof skillet, sauté the onion and red pepper in some olive oil. Add salt, pepper, and Italian spices. Pour in the eggs and let that cook for several minutes, lifting the edges and letting the egg mixture run under--cook until the edges start to be firm. Sprinkle on the goat cheese and pop into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Steak and Potatoes a Dud and a Flub

Things don't always work out when you cook. Or maybe you're different and every recipe always works out great for you, but not for me all the time. Take this dinner for instance. I had purchased a couple of really pricey steaks and they were cooked perfectly and the meat turned out to be sort of tough. Now, we like our steaks medium rare so it wasn't due to overcooking--we just got a couple of duds for steaks and that happens sometimes. So, that's a  product problem. Now sometimes you get user error and that's what happened to the potato dish. I made this wonderful version of Potatoes Anna and it turned out great but guess who salted the layers WAY too much?? Yep, that would be me but I'm blaming my son because he called while I was in the middle of making this and I was distracted. This potato dish calls for very thin slices that you layer with butter, salt and pepper. I was using Kosher salt (which was also a no no as it's not subtle) and I was gabbing away. Word to the wise, use the salt sparingly in the dish and you will have a beautiful version of Potatoes Anna. Ah, but I have to say, it looked gorgeous and you do eat with our eyes first so it was a success visually! ha

Steaks with Peppercorn Cream Sauce

1/4 cup coarsely crushed black peppercorns
2 rib eye steaks
1 T butter
1 t olive oil
1/3 cup beef broth
1 cup heavy cream

Coat both sides of steaks with salt and crushed peppercorns.
Melt butter and olive oil in heavy skillet, when smoking add the steaks and cook undisturbed for 3 minutes, then turn and do another 3 minutes (for medium rare). Remove steaks and cover with foil to keep warm.

Pour beef broth into skillet and whisk up brown bits--whisk in the cream and simmer sauce until it's reduced and thickened-6 to 7 minutes. Place steaks back in the skillet and turn to coat. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Potatoes Anna


    • 6 medium russet potatoes (2 3/4 pounds total), peeled
    • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
    • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Using a mandoline slice the potatoes as thinly as possible, 1/4 inch thick or thinner. (Do not place sliced potatoes in water; the starch is needed to bind the layers.).
  2. Brush bottom of a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Starting in center of pan, arrange potato slices, slightly overlapping, in circular pattern, covering surface. Brush with another 1 1/2 tablespoons butter; season LIGHTLY with salt and pepper. Repeat for two more layers.
  3. Place over high heat until butter in pan sizzles, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Transfer to oven; bake until potatoes are fork-tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven. Run a small spatula around edges of potatoes; slide large spatula underneath potatoes to loosen. Carefully invert onto a plate, and cut into wedges.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve Cioppino!

So, here's the story on Cioppino. Years, I mean years ago, I wanted to start a fun Christmas Eve tradition whereby we would have this wonderful fish stew, Cioppinio on Christmas Eve. Well, I made it and at dinner that night my four year old son said, I hope this doesn't really have to be a tradition! I kid you not he was less than thrilled. So, we went back to the requisite turkey or ham to please him but hey he's friggin' 35 now so I'm having what I want! :-) All kidding aside, our dear son has a very cultivated palate now and would welcome a dish such as this. Back in the day, it was just a very funny moment in time and he was so earnest it was truly enough to break your heart. This dish is so good and wonderful served with some nice crusty bread--you need nothing else except a nice glass of wine :-)

Many thanks to Giada for this recipe: it's a keeper! I made a few tweaks but basically kept to the recipe pretty much.


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
3 large shallots, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
5 cups fish stock- I used Better Than Bouillon Fish base
1 bay leaf
3/4 pound mussels, scrubbed, debearded
1/2 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound halibut cut into 2-inch chunks


Heat the oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and 3/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and saute 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Add tomatoes with their juices, wine, fish stock and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the flavors blend, about 30 minutes.

Add the mussels to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the mussels begin to open, about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, and the mussels are completely open, stirring gently, about 5 minutes longer (discard any mussels that do not open). Season the soup, to taste, with more salt and red pepper flakes.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with crusty bread for dipping.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cuban Sammie!

Ok you all, these cuban sandwiches are the real deal. If you want to replicate this you need to make the roast pork first.  See yesterday's post about pork shoulder. I made these in my panini press.

2 long sub buns
8 slices of roast pork
2 big slices of ham
yellow mustard
swiss cheese
dill pickle

Pile it on and brush bun with butter and grill and YUM!

Tasted great with Alexia Waffle Fries!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pork Shoulder a la Chef!

The other night we saw the cutest little movie, "Chef" and it made us so hungry for Cuban sandwiches! As I was watching them marinate and then bake the pork to get just the right meat for the sandwich, I thought to myself--we need to make this! I bought a pork shoulder and marinated it for 24 hours. Tonight, I baked it and served it for dinner with spicy black beans and yellow rice. Tomorrow, I make the cubanos--stay tuned!!

1 pork shoulder (about 5 lbs)
7 or cloves of garlic, minced
a couple T olive oil
1/2 lemon,  juiced
salt and pepper
1 T oregano

Stir up that mixture and make deep slits all over the roast and rub that mixture in. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 24 hours.

Take out of fridge an hour before baking.

Remove plastic and place in deep pan. Preheat oven to 400. Bake at 400 for one hour, then turn heat down to 300 and bake for three more hours. Let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Good served with rice and beans. I did black beans and yellow rice.

1 can black beans,  rinsed
1/4 onion, chopped
1 tomato chopped
salt and pepper
some garlic powder
some chopped pickled jalapeno
2 T olive oil
Stir together and cook over low heat for 45minutes or so.

Yellow rice: Heat 1 t turmeric, 1/2 t cumin and a  pinch of cinnamon in medium saucepan then pour into 3 cups of water and 1 T butter, bring to a boil. Add 12 oz white basmati rice and some salt, bring back to a boil, cover and cook on low for 25 minutes or so. Fluff with a fork.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stove Top Flank Steak

We like flank steak and often grill it during the summer months. Now that December is upon us here in Michigan I decided to try a a method I found on Chowhound called Stove Top Flank Steak. I am posting the link because it's a great explanation along with pictures:  http://www.chow.com/assets/2008/12/FlankSteak.pdf

To accompany the steak I found a pretty good side which allowed me to use up some leftover quinoa as well as a large bottomless bag of kale I recently purchased.

Creamed Kale
2 bunches curly kale, torn
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 T  olive oil
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat and cook garlic until fragrant-1 to 2 minutes. Add kale in batches and some salt and pepper until kale is wilted, but still bright green. Add the cream and 1/4 water. Cook another 7 to 8 minutes, add the beans and stir to warm through. I served this over the leftover quinoa with the steak sliced on top.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicken with Chive Mustard Cream and Roasted Carrot Farro

Wow, that title was a mouthful, wasn't it? So, both of these dishes are really good and they're really good together. I am gonna write this down before I forget how it all went down but to suffice it to say, it was darn tasty.

Chicken with Chive Mustard Cream

1 pkg of two boneless breasts cut into cutlets (slice the breasts if they're really think and huge) Salt and pepper the cutlets.
2 T butter
1 cup white wine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 t Dijon mustard
1 t brown mustard
chopped chives

Brown the cutlets in the butter quickly in a large skillet-maybe two minutes per side. Set aside. Add the garlic and stir around, add the wine and cook down a bit. Add the mustards and the cream, stir around. Add the chicken back and cook for a few minutes--add the chopped chives.

Roasted Carrot Farro

Mark my words, farro is the new quinoa. Farro is a nice cross between rice and barley. This is a yummy side dish and works well with another dish that has a flavorful sauce such as the above mentioned mustard cream sauce.

1 pkg quick cooking farro, cooked
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks.
some olive oil
salt and pepper
some Parmesan

Roast the carrots which have been tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper for 40 minutes at 425. In the meantime, cook the farro. When the farro is cooked and drained, add 2 T butter to melt. When the carrots are done throw into the pot with the farro and add a touch of olive oil and some Parmesan. Very tasty indeed.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Kale and Quinoa

Sometimes I see something like a huge bag of beautiful kale at the market and can't resist. Then, later at home I think about how I'm only cooking for two and this means we'll be eating a lot of kale! We do like it so that's a good thing.

Spicy  Garlic  Shrimp  with  Kale  and  Quinoa

For the quinoa:*
*1 cup red quinoa
*2 cups water
*pinch of sea salt

For the garlic shrimp with kale:
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1 tablespoon organic butter
*2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced (use more if you really like garlic) 

*1/2 pound wild caught shrimp, preferably sustainably harvested
*1-‐‑2 cups kale, chopped fine
*1/2 cup tomato sauce
*juice from 1/2 lemon
*pinch or two of red pepper flakes
*course sea salt
*cooked quinoa (or pasta), for serving
*fresh parmesan cheese for serving-‐‑optional

For the quinoa:
Thoroughly rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer (this is important or it will be bitter). Place in an uncovered 1 quart pan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook until all water is absorbed (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to sit in covered pot for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
For the garlic shrimp with kale:
1. In a large skillet with lid, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute, being careful so it doesn't burn.
2. Add the kale and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the kale is cooked through.
3. Add tomato sauce, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and salt. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Cover pan, and simmer for 10 minutes. In the meantime, heat some butter in a medium skillet and quickly saute the shrimp.
4. Serve over quinoa (or pasta), and sprinkle with fresh parmesan, if desired. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thanksgiving Menu-2014

I am very tardy getting this post out since it's all about Thanksgiving! However, we were away for the holiday visiting family and I was too busy having fun to work on my blog. I think that's a reasonable excuse. I cooked this meal in the beach house we rented out in San Diego and I have to say it was somewhat heavenly taking occasional breaks from the meal preparation to gaze out over the Pacific. I wanted to try a lot of make ahead dishes this year since I was cooking in an unfamiliar kitchen and also because I wanted to enjoy Thanksgiving day! I neglected to take a picture of the Kale Salad but it was a winner. The majority of the recipes have been adapted from the New York Times Essential Thanksgiving site. I also loved Mark Bittman's Make Ahead Gravy and will never go nuts making gravy at the last minute again. So, here's our Thanksgiving menu just in time for Hanukkah or Christmas :-)

Herb Roasted Turkey
Make Ahead Gravy
Mashed Potato Casserole with Sour Cream and Chives
Two-Way Stuffing with Mushrooms and Bacon
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad

Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream

Prosecco and Pinot Noir

Ready for the oven

Carved by my son ;-)

Two Way Stuffing

Potatoes with Sour Cream and chives

Sweet Potato Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

  1. Simple Roast Turkey
  2. TIME
    3 1/2 hours, plus 1 to 3 days’ standing
    10 to 12 servings
    1 turkey
    (10 to 12 pounds) 

    Coarse kosher salt
    1 tablespoon black pepper
    1 lemon, zested and quartered
    1 bunch fresh thyme or rosemary
    1 bunch fresh sage
    12 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled  apple cider (12 ounces) Dry white wine, as needed
    2 onions, peeled and quartered
    3 bay leaves
    Olive oil or melted butter, as needed

    Remove any giblets from the cavity and reserve for stock or gravy. Pat turkey and turkey neck dry with paper towel; rub turkey all over with 1/2 teaspoon salt per pound of turkey, the pepper and the lemon zest, including the neck. Transfer to a 2-­gallon (or larger) resealable plastic bag. Tuck herbs and 6 garlic cloves inside bag. Seal and refrigerate on a small rimmed baking sheet (or wrapped in another bag) for at least 1 day and up to 3 days, turning the bird over every day (or after 12 hours if brining for only 1 day).
    Remove turkey from bag and pat dry with paper towels. Place turkey, uncovered, back on the baking sheet. Return to the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 12 hours to dry out the skin (this helps crisp it).
    When you are ready to cook the turkey, remove it from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for one hour.
    Heat oven to 450 degrees. In the bottom of a large roasting pan, add the cider and enough wine to fill the pan to a 1/4-­inch depth. Add half the onions, the remaining 6 garlic cloves and the bay leaves. Stuff remaining onions and the lemon quarters into the turkey cavity. Brush turkey skin generously with oil or melted butter.
    Place turkey, breast side up, on a roasting rack set inside the roasting pan. Transfer pan to oven and roast 30 minutes. Cover breast with aluminum foil. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue roasting until an instant-­read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a thigh reaches 165 degrees, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours more.  I kept adding apple cider to the the roasting pan so it didn't get all dark and burned like. Transfer turkey to a cutting board to rest for 30 minutes before carving. 
  3. Mashed Potato
    Casserole With Sour
    Cream and Chives
    This makes a A LOT so if you want lots of  leftovers or are serving a crowd it's great. Otherwise, cut the recipe in half.
    12 to 14 servings
    14 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, and more for the pan
    6 pounds russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/2 cups sour cream
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    6 tablespoons finely chopped chives

    2/3 cup bread crumbs
    2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-­Reggiano cheese

    Lightly grease a 9-­inch-­by-­13-­inch baking pan.
    In a large pot, bring the potatoes, 4 quarts water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Boil potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
    Mash potatoes with 10 tablespoons butter, sour cream, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper. (If you have a food mill or ricer, now is the time to use it; push the potatoes through and then gently combine them with the butter, sour cream, salt and pepper.) Mash in the chives. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Spread potatoes into the prepared pan. At this point you can cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
    In a small bowl, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, bread crumbs and cheese. Mix together until it forms coarse crumbs. Crumbs can be refrigerated for three days.
    Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle crumbs over the top of the potato casserole and bake until golden and crisp, 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Two-­Way Stuffing With Mushrooms and Bacon
    2 to 2 1/2 hours
    8 to 10 servings
    3 tablespoons melted butter, more as needed for greasing pan
    1 1/2 pounds sliced white bread
    1/2 pound thick-­cut bacon
    2 large leeks, trimmed and sliced (3 cups)
    1 1/2 pounds mixed mushrooms, cut into bite-­size pieces 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

    3/4 teaspoon black pepper
    2 tablespoons chopped sage
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    1 1/4 cups chicken stock, more as needed 1/4 cup apple cider, if using white bread
    3 tablespoons chopped parsley

    Heat oven to 250 degrees. Butter a 9-­by-­13-­inch baking pan. Trim the crusts from the white bread and cut into 1-­inch cubes. Spread the bread pieces out on one or two large baking sheets. Toast in the oven, tossing occasionally, until very dry, about 30 minutes for white bread. Transfer to a large bowl to cool. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees.
    In a large skillet over medium-­high heat, cook the bacon strips until crisp. Transfer to a paper-­towel-­lined plate to drain, leaving the fat in the pan. Add the leeks to the bacon fat and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook, tossing frequently, until mushrooms are tender and most of their juices have evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the sage and cook 1 minute. Add the wine and cook until it evaporates, about 2 minutes.
    Spoon the mushroom mixture over the dried bread. Stir in stock. Stir in the cider. Add parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. The mixture should be moist and very soft. If you like your stuffing extremely moist, add enough stock to make it seem slightly soggy but not wet. (Think pudding.) Crumble bacon and stir it in.
    Transfer the bread mixture to the prepared baking pan. You can refrigerate at this point and finish and bake later. Drizzle 3 tablespoons melted butter over the stuffing. Bake until golden, 35 to 45 minutes. 

Mark Bittman's Make Ahead Gravy
This is a keeper!

1 stick butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup flour
Salt and pepper
4 to 5 cups rich stock, warmed Turkey drippings and giblets, optional
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour on the onions, stirring constantly, and cook until flour is golden to brown. Adjust heat so mixture does not burn.
Gradually whisk in 4 cups stock until mixture thickens and is smooth. If it is too thick, add liquid. Cool, cover and chill.
When ready to serve, reheat mixture over low heat, stirring. Scrape bottom of turkey pan and add drippings or giblets to gravy. Taste and adjust seasoning, then serve.

Lemon Garlic Kale Salad

2 cups sliced almonds
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 to 4 lemons)
Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups extra-­virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed with the flat side of a knife, peeled and left whole
10 to 12 ounces washed and dried kale leaves, thick stems removed (if using prewashed trimmed kale, buy 3 clamshell containers)
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan (optional)
In a toaster oven or skillet, toast almonds until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl, combine lemon juice and 1 heaping teaspoon salt. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Add garlic cloves and set aside to steep.
Working in batches, cut the kale into thin ribbons: gather a large handful of leaves, bunch together tightly, and use the other hand to slice into 1/4-­inch-­ thick pieces. This need not be done very precisely or neatly; the idea is to end up with a kind of slaw. (Recipe can be made up to this point 1 day ahead. Keep kale and dressing refrigerated separately.)
Place chopped kale in a very large bowl. Sprinkle surface with almonds and then with cheese, if using. Remove and discard garlic cloves from dressing. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss. Taste for dressing and salt and add more as needed, tossing to coat thoroughly. Serve within 1 hour. 

Sweet Potato Casserole
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • juice of half an orange
Pecan topping
  • 3/4 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While water comes to a boil, peel and dice sweet potatoes into large chunks.
2. Add sweet potato chunks to water. Boil until fork tender--about 10 minutes.
3. Drain potatoes, then dump them back in the large pot with all the other ingredients. Using a hand mixer, blend until potatoes reach desired consistency and flavor. (You may like to add a little more coconut milk, spices, or syrup based on your taste.)
4. In a small bowl, combine all topping ingredients until pecans are well coated.
5. Dump sweet potatoes into an oven safe dish and top with pecans.
6. Bake in preheated oven until topping is browned--about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Green Bean Casserole


    • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 (9 ounce) packages French style green beans, thawed
    • 1 1/3 cups French-fried onions, divided


  1. Combine soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2 -quart baking dish; stir until blended.
  2. Stir in beans and 2/3 cup French Fried Onions.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until hot. Stir.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining 2/3 cup onions.
  5. Bake 5 minutes or until onions are golden.