I love to cook, and it is a good thing, because I am the only one in the family that is good at it. Any time my daughter is ready to eat she asks me to cook it for her. There are some foods I like more than others, and the ones I like are the ones that I cook the most. Some of my favorite foods are not homemade, but I sort of make them my own, in an almost homemade kind of way.
Here are a list of my most favorite foods:
1. French Fries – I like to oven fry my fries by spraying them with a little olive oil cooking spray. I bake them until they are good and crispy. I don’t like a soggy French fry. Once the fries are done I like to top them with some canned chili and cheddar cheese. These are yummy.
2. Pancakes – I make my pancakes with Bisquick only. I don’t bother using regular flour or self-rising flour, because Bisquick has them all beat. These pancakes are light and fluffy. I sometimes use them for bread when I am out. I’ve made sandwiches with the. Just a couple of days ago I used small pancakes for hamburger buns. They are so good!
3. Hot dogs – I like hot dogs any way you want to cook them. I like them in a bun, of course, piled up with relish, onions and mustard. I also like hot dogs fried and cut up on a plate. I dip them in mustard. I’ve also used hot dogs in scrambled eggs. I kind of make the eggs like a Western egg, but I add hot dog to it. This is really good if you love hot dogs.
4. Grilled cheese sandwich – I use my pancake griddle to make my grilled cheese sandwiches. I butter one side of two slices of bread. I stick one slice butter side down onto the hot grill. It will start sizzling right away. While that is sizzling I cut off 2 slices of white extra sharp Vermont cheese. I buy the Cabot brand of Vermont cheese, because that is the sharpest cheese I can find. I love really strong sharp cheese. One I put the slices of cheese on the sandwich I put the other slice of bread on top of the cheese butter side up. Then I just flip the sandwich and let it brown on the other side and serve. This is to die for!
5. Stuffed cheese burger – For this kind of burger I make a meatloaf kind of mixture by using bread crumbs, an egg, and steak sauce. Then I take a about 2 ounces of this hamburg mixture and flatten it out to make a thin hamburger. I place it down on my baking pan and put a chunk of blue cheese in the middle and then cover the top with another really thin hamburger and seal the top. I bake them until they are done and these are so very good!
6. Baked macaroni and cheese – I’m not talking about any of this boxed stuff with the fake powder cheese. No, I have to have the real thing. I boil the macaroni, and then shred a bunch of that sharp Vermont cheddar cheese I mentioned above and add that to the cooked macaroni. I add a little bit of salt and pepper and a bit of milk and put it in the oven to bake until it has a good firm crust on the top. You haven’t had anything until you have had mac and cheese done this way.
7. Freshetta Pepperoni Pizza – This is a store bought pizza, and it is so good. I buy the kind that is made of whole wheat. I don’t doctor this up at all, because it is perfect the way it is. This is really good dipped in ranch dressing.
8. Almost homemade chili – This is a chili that comes in a kit. I don’t know the name of the kit, but it comes in a brown paper bag. In the bag is chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper, and a little corn meal thickening agent. I make my chili by browning my ground beef and draining it. Then I put the meat into a pot with 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of tomato sauce, 3 cans of chili beans, and a small jar of Prego sauce. I add a chopped onion and a chopped bell pepper to the mix and let it simmer for 35 to 40 minutes and then serve with crackers. This is yummy with a dollop of sour cream and yellow cheddar cheese.
9. Brussels Sprouts – I love these things. I have always called them ‘baby cabbages’. They are awesome steamed, boiled or even sauteed in butter. They are also scrumptious with Velveeta cheese melted into them.
10. Green beans and red potatoes – These are good cooked together. I like the really little red potatoes, but if you can’t find them really small the bigger ones cut up in chunks will do just fine. I cook these until they are done and then at the end I add milk to them and heat them a bit more but I don’t let them boil. I serve this dish in a bowl and it’s good all by itself or with corn bread.