125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals

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125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals is one of my favorite cookbooks.  Casseroles and one-pot meals are the ideal solution for busy home cooks who want wonderful food with a minimum of fuss and maximum taste. Convenience, easy preparation, economy and portability make this method of cooking perfect for today’s busy lifestyles.  I know I am running most nights after school getting the kids everywhere they need to be.   Many of these recipes you can actually make ahead too!  This cookbook includes big casseroles to delight a number of friends or to freeze in small amounts for future family meals, to long-simmering stews that will warm and comfort all on cold winter nights. The skillet meals range from small and quick dinners and stir-fries that are easy for novice cooks to elegant dishes that are entertaining worthy.  Here are a few of the recipes that can be found:

Pasta

  • Baked Tortellini with Three Cheeses, Quick Mushroom-Beef Lasagna, Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai, Pasta E Fagioli Casserole

Chicken and Turkey

  • Honey-Curried Chicken and Apricots, Individual Chicken Pot Pies, Quick Cassoulet, Turkey and Corn Enchiladas

Beef and Veal

  • Meatball Stroganoff, Osso Buco-Style Braised Veal, Skillet Shepherd’s Pie, Indian Corn Stew, Classic Cabbage Rolls

Lamb, Fish and Seafood

  • Braised Lamb Shanks with Olives, Grilled Eggplant Moussaka, Salmon and Potato Strata, Seafood and Broccoli Lasagna

Vegetarian

  • Garden Paella, Confetti Corn and Chili Pie, Squash and Bean Stew with Chipotle Cream, Roasted Summer Vegetable Lasagna.

I recommend getting your hands on 125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals!

Betty Crocker Potato Buds Giveaway

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Pamela S. Congrats!

Whether you prefer your mashed potatoes topped with butter, sour cream or cheese, the Betty Crocker Potato Buds that you’ve come to know and love has a new and improved taste that is sure to please even your pickiest eaters. And ready in just five minutes, they’re perfect for busy weeknights and last minute dinner ideas!  I like real mashed potatoes just as much as the next person, but with two little ones (and a puppy), I just don’t have the time nor the patience to make them.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll remember a few of my recipes that use mashed potatoes: Cheeseburger Mashed Potato Bake, Italian Style Meatloaf, and Italian Sausage Mashed Potato Pie.  Betty Crocker Potato Buds would work perfect in all three of these recipes.  Betty Crocker has a few of their own recipes that this can be used in too including Beef Pot Pie with Potato Biscuit Crust and Italian Hamburger Deep Dish.

Did you know that Betty Crocker Potato Buds are gluten-free?  If you are looking for some gluten-free recipes, make sure you check out Potato-Crusted Salmon and Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Soup!

Since my family has enjoyed this so much, I’ve arrange for one lucky reader to get a Betty Crocker Potato Buds prize pack.  The prize pack  includes a box of Betty Crocker Potato Buds, a serving bowl, a trivet and a serving spoon.  Who couldn’t use that?  For those who don’t win, I have a 55 cent off coupon you can download, so you can try these yourself!  Here’s what you need to enter:

Tell me what you would use the Betty Crocker Potato Buds for?  A side dish?  Do you have a favorite recipe that calls for mashed potatoes?  Did you find something on the Betty Crocker website that you want to try these with?

These will give you one additional entry (for each thing):

1. Twitter about this contest. I’ve added a Tweet button at the top of this post to make it super easy to do too! Just let me know in the comments that you did. Also, you can do this daily!

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5. Comment on any other post on this blog. Let me know which one and you’ve got an additional entry. (One entry per post you comment on, so if you comment on 5 post, you’ve got five extra entries! Comments must not be spam.)

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Good luck! This contest will end November 1st, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.

The product, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

Baking Tips 101

Baking requires a ton of patience and a lot of knowledge to make quality desserts that every one will enjoy and eat before you even get a chance to taste it.

Before anyone gets started with their baking, they should be aware of the initial steps needed to be taken before starting. Here are some cooking tips for the beginning baker:

Tip #1 – When you start out, you should read the recipe entirely before beginning to mix the ingredients. This is the most important tip because many times ingredients are divided and you need to know this ahead of time. Then, pre-heat the oven to the required temperature before placing any ingredients in it.

Tip #2 – With baking, it is very important to follow the instructions carefully. Ensure that you have adjusted the baking racks in the oven according to the instructions, set the proper temperature, using the proper baking sheets and baking containers. Then you must measure the ingredients properly according to the recipe. Dry ingredients must be leveled off in the measuring cup. The last step is to place the ingredients in the oven.

Tip #3 – It is important to understand that there are many different kinds of flour that are used in baking. Yeast bread is made from wheat flour. This is commonly known as brown bread. Then there is bread flour which is used in yeast loaves. If this is put in yeast bread it will come out as a very heavy cake. Flour used to make cake is very fine and all-purpose flour is used for almost any kind of baking. Then there are bleached and unbleached flours that can be used interchangeably. Baking flour should be stored in airtight containers in a place that is cool and dry, but never ore than 6 months.

Tip #4 – Apart from flour you will have to get used to using baking powder. Baking powder will help your cakes and other desserts rise.

Good luck baking! With each dessert you bake, you will improve your baking skills.

Try this delicious and easy pumpkin pie recipe.