The Food Brie Cooked and Baked

A record of every food cooked or baked in my kitchen in 2010

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99. Kathy’s roast and vegetables

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I’m still working on using up carrots from BP’s garden, and both BP and I love love love carrots cooked with a pot roast. We actually could care less about the roast – it’s all about the carrots in our house.

This recipe instructs you to sear the roast before placing it in the slow cooker. I highly recommend this step, as it does improve the quality of the roast, but if you’re short on time (as I was), you can just throw everything in the crock and it will still taste good.

This is a very easy, classic pot roast recipe for those days when you need a good, hearty slow cooker meal.

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Kathy's roast and vegetables


Written by louise914

October 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm

89. taco soup

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Recipe source: Simple & Delicious, August/September 2010

(This recipe is very similar: I did not use onion or green onion.)

Minimal ingredients, one-pot cooking and quick = perfect weeknight supper.

This was really good. You could add more spice to it if that’s your style. Mine was fairly mild.

taco soup

taco soup

Written by louise914

September 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm

86. beef and feta stuffed green peppers

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Recipe source: I have no idea

Ever since finding this recipe, I have never made traditional stuffed green peppers with rice. I don’t even remember where I got the recipe from, but it is the absolute best stuffed green pepper recipe I’ve ever tried. BP loves it, too.

Instead of rice, the peppers are filled with a mixture of ground beef, sausage, tomatoes, feta, Parmesan, mozzarella and some spices. Delicious.

I halve my peppers and lay them in a 9×13 dish, rather than actually trying to stuff them, which is why you can hardly see any of the green pepper in the photo. It’s buried.

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beef and feta stuffed green peppers


1 tbsp. butter

4 green peppers

1-1/2 lbs. ground sirloin (I use ground chuck usually.)

1/2 lbs. ground sausage (hot or mild)

1 small white onion, diced

oregano, seasoned pepper and fennel seed (optional) to taste

6 Roma tomatoes, sliced

2 tsp. crushed garlic or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

6 oz. fresh feta cheese, crumbled

1/2 c. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray. Cook ground sirloin and sausage at low-medium heat, stirring often. Once meat is cooked through, drain thoroughly. Add all butter, onions, garlic, oregano, seasoned pepper, fennel seed and 3/4 of the tomatoes. Simmer over low heat, approx. 20 minutes.

Cut off tops of peppers, remove inner seeds and membranes. Wash and dry. Fill peppers with meat mixture, alternating with a layer of feta and Parmesan cheeses. Place peppers into a casserole dish, side by side, adding remaining tomatoes to the dish (around and under the peppers so they cook up and into the peppers).

Add remaining mixture around the peppers and sprinkle all remaining feta and Parmesan cheeses on top. Add shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 for approx. 30 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.

Written by louise914

September 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

77. salsa sloppy joes

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Recipe source: Simple & Delicious, August/September 2010

Supper really couldn’t get much easier than this.

I had some salsa in the ‘fridge that I wanted to use up, and so this recipe caught my eye when I was flipping through my latest magazine.

These sandwiches definitely were sloppy, and they weren’t as good as the turkey sloppy joes I made earlier this year, but they were still tasty. And super, super easy.

BP thinks the salsa I buy is already too sweet, so I left out the tablespoon of brown sugar the recipe calls for.

sloppy joes

salsa sloppy joes

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August 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

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75. my favorite chili

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Recipe source: a coworker, back in the day

I realize it’s the middle of summer, but a good, hot bowl of cornbread covered with chili sounded delicious, and it was.

This is BP and my favorite chili recipe. Generally, I make it exactly as listed below. However, this time, I used half as much chili pepper and replaced the water, jalapenos and tomato soup with a jar of homemade spicy tomato juice that a friend gave to us. And, instead of a red onion, I used a fresh-from-our-garden yellow onion.


my favorite chili


Brown 1 lb. hamburger and 1 cup chopped red onion. Drain.

Add the following and heat through:

2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

basil and oregano to taste

3 small cans Campbell’s tomato soup

1/2 soup can of water

15-20 shakes Worcestershire sauce

1 lg. can drained Joan of Arc spicy chili beans

2 spoonfuls jalapenos plus jalapeno juice to taste

2 sticks Hormel pepperoni, sliced

We like ours served over cornbread with cheese sprinkled on top.

Written by louise914

July 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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73. southwest zucchini boats

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Recipe source: Simple & Delicious, June/July 2010, but I found it here for you online

If you do not have a garden, you take yourself right now to the nearest farmer’s market and buy yourself some zucchini and cilantro so that you can make this meal.

This was my first taste of zucchini this season, and I was reminded of how much I love it. Now, all I can think about is fried zucchini, zucchini bread and eating the rest of these zucchini boats tomorrow!

zucchini boats

southwest zucchini boats

Written by louise914

July 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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60. Asian lettuce wraps

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Last weekend, BP and I went to P.F. Chang’s restaurant with our friends, JW and RW. I had been craving Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps, and since then, I’ve still been craving them. (Maybe the baby likes Asian food?)

When I came across this recipe online, I knew I needed to try it. And, as a double bonus, it served as a great way to eat up the abundance of leafy greens growing in our garden.

These lettuce wraps were definitely worth trying. Although Chang’s still wins with theirs, this is a fantastic alternative to making my own at home. BP and I both agreed on that point.

I did make this recipe with beef, like it calls for. However, I may try using chicken next time – and there will be a next time for sure.

lettuce wraps

Asian lettuce wraps

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May 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm