Pillsbury Bake-Off recipe winners in your home state is such a fun section to wander in. I’m rarely disappointed when I use a recipe by Pillsbury.
I used to buy the little recipe books at the grocery store checkout counter displays all the time. I have quite a collection and used to use them quite a bit. Now, with the internet so easy to search by keyword and/or ingredient, I find it much simpler to find ideas online. But I’ll never part with my little books since I still like to sit with a cup of coffee and look them over.
These Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies are going to be in my kitchen before the weekend is over!
And this Ham and Cheese Omelet Bake is tomorrows’ breakfast since I have leftover ham from yesterday! YUM!
-2 cans Pillsbury butter crescent rolls
-2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup butter (melted)
-Cinnamon & sugar (I used about 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbs cinnamon)Instructions:
Unroll and spread 1 can crescent rolls on bottom of un-greased pan. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Place 2 sliced apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch salt in the bottom of the crock pot.
Pour in 2 cups of oatmeal, 2 cups of milk and 2 cups water.
Do NOT stir.
Cook overnight for 8 – 9 hours on low.
16 ounces softened cream cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup cooked and chopped bacon
⅛ cup DRY Ranch Dressing mix
¼ cup chopped green onions
1 cup chopped pecans ( optional, good with or without ) .
In medium bowl combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, ranch mix, and green onions. Mix well and form into a ball. Roll cheese ball in pecans and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
7 red potatoes, washed and cut in half
2-3 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
freshly cracked pepper1). Preheat oven to 400F. Melt butter in the bottom of a 9×13 glass pan.2). Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and seasonings over butter. Place potatoes cut side down and sprinkle more seasonings on top of potatoes.
3). Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before serving.
I received my first Better Homes and Gardens cookbook in 1975. You know, the one with the red and white checkered cloth covers? I used that book so much the pages were falling out, some of them were stuck together or had been stuck and were now torn from separating them. So by the early 90’s I thought it would be fun if I’d go treat myself to a new copy of the book. This was before they shrink-wrapped them so you don’t know for sure what’s inside until you buy it. But back then you could flip though the pages at will.
The crisp, clean pages were such a treat to fondle. No sticky spots, no coffee spills, no pages glued together from dripped egg whites. But wait. This looked odd. They’d changed the format. I flipped through to the cake section and I was appalled.
The chocolate cake recipe in the old book began with
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
…and so on.
The new book had changed the ingredient list quite a bit. Now it read:
1 box of chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup oil…
What? Excuse me? Aren’t there instructions right on the cake box? Why would I need to buy a cookbook that has the exact same instructions that you can get on the boxed mixes? I thought maybe I was mistaken and maybe this was the quicky cooking section. So I started looking under the main course index for a spaghetti sauce recipe.
Again I read:
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 lbs. ground beef
I pkg of onion soup mix…
My audible gasp could be heard two aisles away. That’s not my idea of “cooking”. That’s “slam some crap together and call it food because you’re too busy to bother with real food” cooking. I didn’t buy that new cookbook. Instead I went to the stationary department and picked up some of those little white binder ring page enforcers (remember those?) and put my old cookbook back together. I’m still using that thing and the kids argue over who’s going to inherit it. Of all the crap I’ve collected over the years, lost or misplaced and replaced, I’m glad I have one thing they all value!