Monday, January 30, 2012

Easy Belgian Waffles Recipe

Have you ever tried the Belgian waffles at a Best Western Plus breakfast bar? Talk about delicious! They are light and airy; the maple syrup and butter soak right in making a delectable and slightly naughty calorie-wise, morning treat.
I say, what are vacations for if not to gain a few pounds?

After staying at a Best Western Plus hotel in Texas and enjoying these waffles I was determined to hunt down the recipe or at least find one that was a close cousin. I can't recall where I found this easy Belgian waffles recipe but it is THE BEST waffle recipe I have found in my 40 years of cooking. *smile*

Best Waffles
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together flour, salt, sugar and baking soda. Blend together buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into dry. Mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into a pre-heated belgian waffle iron.
Cook per waffle iron instructions. Makes 1 large waffle.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Recipe for Goulash with Ground Beef

Here's an easy-to-do hamburger goulash recipe; ground beef, noodles, tomatoes, onions, and green pepper make a filling main dish perfect for cold winter evenings. It also makes a delicious addition to a game day buffet.

Hamburger Goulash Recipe

8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

1 pound ground beef
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup water

Boil macaroni, set aside. Brown ground beef with onion and green pepper; drain off liquid. Add the remaining ingredients except for the macaroni. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 3-4 minutes or until mixture is heated through. Stir in macaroni. Dinner is served! Serves 6.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles- Easy Crock Pot Beef Recipes

I discovered this crock pot beef and noodles recipe in a Rival Crock Pot recipe book from the 1960s. This tasty main dish reminds me of true comfort food; the kind you might find at a local, small town diner.

It's been a family favorite of ours for years and very quick to make; just throw in the ingredients, stir, and cook. Serve over buttered noodles or rice for a satisfying meal. *smile*

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles
2 pounds stew beef
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 oz. can whole mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup water or red wine

Cooked noodles or rice

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot stirring together well. Cover with lid and cook on LOW (200 degrees) 8 to 12 hours or HIGH (300 degrees) 5 to 6 hours. Remove the lid for the last 45 minutes of cooking to thicken the sauce. Serve over noodles or rice. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Everyday Grocery Savings- Grocery Cart Savings on Lunchmeat

I love tips for saving on groceries! Here's a tip for buying lunchmeat I discovered recently.
It applies to sliced ham in particular.

While grocery shopping at Walmart the other day I was in the lunchmeat section comparing prices. After much thought, I selected a one pound package of Land O' Frost sliced ham priced at 24.9 cents an ounce. Then I proceeded on to the meat section to check out the half hams. While there I noticed a one pound package of Farmland sliced ham, virtually identical to the ham I had just put in my cart, but it was 20.4 cents an ounce. That's a savings of 4.5 cents an ounce!

Needless to say, I returned my initial choice to the lunchmeat section. Lesson learned. From now on I'm buying my sliced ham for sandwiches from the meat section. Do your own price comparison. You may be surprised at the price difference too. *smile*