Lentil Soup version 2

This is for Dayna…a girl after my own heart.  MORE LENTILS!!!


1/4 C margarine

3/4 C. chopped celery

3/4 C. chopped onion

6C water

3/4 C lentils

1 qt. tomato juice

3/4 C. barley

2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp. rosemary

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 C. shredded carrots

Leftover ham, diced (optional)


Saute the margarine, celery and onion in a large pan.  Add water and lentils.  Cook 20 minutes.  Add tomato juice, barley, salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic salt.  Simmer 45 to 60 minutes.  Add carrots and ham and cook 5 more minutes

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Creamy Wild Rice Soup

We got a bag of wild rice for a Christmas present so I went on a mission trying to find ways to enjoy it.

This recipe came from a cookbook published by a local church


6T of butter

3T chopped onion

1/3 C flour

4C Chicken broth

2C cooked wild rice

1/4 C finely grated carrots

3T chopped pecans

1/4 t white pepper

1C 2% milk

Saute onion in butter.  Blend in flour.  Gradually add broth and boil one minute.

Add cooked rice, carrots, nuts and pepper.

Blend in milk.

Boil again, then turn down and simmer for 1/2 hour or so.  It’ll get thicker as it simmers

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Nice chicken main dish

This one is good. Tastes a lot like BBQ sauce and goes really good with rice.

I used bone in chicken breasts. Again. Just don’t like the boneless skinless things. This time though, I DID remove the skin.

Mix together:
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Bread crumbs …I used about a cup but there were a lot left over.
Use 2 bone in chicken breasts
Dip chicken breasts into mixed ingredients, then dip into bread crumbs. Bake in greased baking dish, uncovered, for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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Anna’s Favorite-cheese potatoes

I work with a sweet girl who’s addicted to these things.

6 big potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 C sour cream
4 oz (1/2 package) cream cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup half and half
2T parsley
3T garlic flakes
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
3C grated sharp cheddar cheese

Cook potatoes until tender.  Mix soup, sour cream and cream cheese
Stir in cheese, onions, half and half, garlic, salt and pepper
Stir in potatoes
put in 2 qt. baking dish
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes

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Goodbye Cecil Gonzales

This isn’t food.  It’s more important.

A lot of people are missing their best friend today. A dancing, shining light. Circus will miss him, Ice shows will miss him, the world will miss him.

Love you Cecil

Do it because you can. Do it because you are who you are. Do it because someone should. Do it because, one day at a time, the calendar of life is running out. Do it because you will otherwise always regret it. Do it because no one but you, and nothing but your fear, are standing in the way. Just be sure to do it, before you cannot

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Potato-Ham Scallop

This one is really good and really filling.  The only thing you’ve  got

to watch is the salt.  You have to tweak it depending how salty the ham is, so take a bite and test it before you start.

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
6-8 potatoes peeled and sliced thin (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup fine chopped onion
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
3 Tablespoons of fine dry bread crumbs

Place 1/2 the ham in a 1-3/4 to 2 qt casserole dish. Cover with 1/2 the potatoes and half the onion. Spread 1/2 the flour over: season with salt and pepper. Repeat layering ham, potatoes and onion. Season with additional salt and pepper. Spread remaining flour on top. Pour milk over all of it.

Bake covered at 350 until potatoes are nearly tender. 1 hour to 1-1/4 hour. Uncover and sprinkle bread crumbs and top. Bake 15 min. more
Makes 4-6 servings

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Tuna Casserole

Ok….this is cheating.  The same recipe was in a cookbook I have PLUS online so I just copied the online one for here.  Lazy?  Sometimes.



  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook noodles according to package instructions, adding peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking; drain in colander.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together soup, milk and garlic powder.  Stir in noodles, peas, tuna and thyme.
  4. Transfer to a 1-½ quart casserole.  Bake 15 minutes; top with chips. Continue baking 5 – 10 minutes or until heated through.


You can put a little grated cheese on top when you add the chips if you want to change it. I used crumbled feta last time and that was pretty good

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