Tortilla Chip Casserole

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What to do with leftover filling from another casserole dish? Improvise! Throw in some freshly shredded Cheddar cheese in between the layers, along with French-fried onions (Trader Joe’s brand) and half-heartedly crushed unsalted tortilla chips.

 Assume you have the following leftover filling: pinto beans, ground beef, shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped sweet potatoes and onions, with tomato-based sauce. Continue reading

Chicken Chop Soupy

chicken chop soupy
This recipe is similar to the Americanized concept of Chop Suey; its name based on a province in China where it originated. The dish is simply whatever you have on hand or leftovers assembled in one dish. What I had in the kitchen were white and sweet potatoes and 1 ½ cups of cooked chopped chicken. And so, Chicken Chop Soupy was borne, or made (but not in China). Continue reading

Coffee-Laced Chocolate Syrup

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One quarter cup of cold, leftover brewed coffee sat on my countertop. So there would be no joe left behind, I decided to experiment and make a new kind of chocolate syrup. Over medium low heat, using an 8-inch iron skillet, I melted 1-2 tbsp of shortening (Spectrum organic, non-hydrogenated oil) and dropped in a cupful of dark chocolate chips. Then I slowly added the ¼ cup brewed coffee, turning down the heat to low to avoid boiling. Once everything was melted and fully mixed, I poured the concoction into a glass bowl and timed it for about 10-15 minutes to cool down. Finally, I drizzled the “chocojoe” syrup over my vanilla ice cream, took one taste, and SMILED.

Yellow Split Pea Soup w/Black Beans & Vegetables

pea soup
Here’s a hearty soup for when you want something filling. For this delicious blend of legumes and vegetables, you can soak the black beans overnight. Then boil them the next day according to the instructions on the bag, or you can speed up the process considerably by using a pressure cooker. As a last resort, you can always use a can or two of black beans.
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French-Toasted Bagel Sprinkled with Cheese

bagel

This is an easy recipe that anyone can make. Surprise a loved one with this dish, which may be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Eat it with oranges and sausage for breakfast, or pair it with soup or salad for lunch or dinner. Or, enjoy it by itself as a snack. The recipe described below is for 1 bagel sliced in half. Simply increase the number of eggs per bagel, depending how well saturated you want the bagel to be. You might find 1 egg to be sufficient for 2 sliced bagels by increasing the amount of milk you mix with the egg. It’s how “eggy” you want your bagel to be.
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