Several years ago, I had some fresh tomatoes that needed to be used up before they spoiled. Since we don’t particularly like raw tomatoes, I was searching for a way to use them that we’d enjoy when I happened across this recipe in a church cookbook that I have. I tried it and we loved it! In fact, it was so tasty that several weeks later when I got hungry for it again and didn’t have any fresh tomatoes, I improvised and made it using canned, diced tomatoes. That was good too and works well for those days when you simply don’t have fresh ones on hand.
This Deep Dish Taco Squares is one of those comfort food sort of dishes….hearty, creamy and just plain delicious. An added bonus is that it’s always a hit with our children too and they don’t even like tomatoes. Score!
Deep Dish Taco Squares
1/2 lb. ground beef
2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. mayo
1/2. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 c. Bisquick (or use my homemade version)
1/4 c. cold water
2 tomatoes, diced* (or more if preferred)
Brown ground beef and onion. Mix sour cream, mayo, cheese and garlic powder.. Set aside. Combine Bisquick and water to form soft dough. Press into the bottom of a greased 8×8 baking dish. (It helps to make your hands slightly damp to do this!) Top with cooked ground beef then the tomatoes, then the sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with paprika if desired. Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes.* I’ve sometimes subbed 1 can of diced tomatoes. Just be sure to drain it really well!
I love zucchini! Not only is it delicious, it’s also incredibly versatile as you’ll notice from the variety in these recipes. The thing is, if you planted zucchini, there’s a good chance that you have more of it than you know what to do with. So I thought it would be fun to do a little round-up of some of the delicious zucchini recipes that I’ve found around the web.
As for me? I skipped planting zucchini this year since the last two years that I tried to grow it, my plants ended up getting a blight and I hardly got any zucchini from them. So I’m having fun trying these recipes using zucchini that some of my friends shared with me. And I just might have to actually buy some too so that I can enjoy more of it’s deliciousness!
I am a sucker for beverages, especially coffee beverages. But since I believe that homemade is usually better and since I’m frugal and hate parting with $4 every time I want to quench my craving, I’ve been on a mission to figure out how to make my own homemade coffee drinks that mimic the ones I love at restaurants.
I have an iced coffee recipe that I really like but just couldn’t come up with a homemade frappe that I truly loved. In my opinion the thing that puts this frappe a notch above other recipes that I’ve tried is the fact that it uses frozen coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice cubes. When you use regular ice cubes to get that slushy frappe texture, it just ends up making it too watery and weak. But by using coffee ice cubes, it keeps the coffee flavor nice and strong, the way it should be!
This recipe makes a very thick frappe. If you want it a bit thinner add more milk or brewed coffee. And if you think the coffee flavor should be stronger, feel free to sprinkle in a bit of instant coffee!
I recently bought some fresh green beans from a local produce farm and it made me hungry for this Cheesy Ham, Potato & Green Bean Casserole. So I made it for dinner the other night and we all enjoyed it- even the children! My 5 yr. old kept telling me how good it was and asked for multiple servings, which is always a nice compliment!
This dish can be a bit more time consuming to put together than some, but you if you work smart it’s not that bad. I like to cook the green beans and potatoes together in the same kettle to save me dishes. Or sometimes I’ll have baked potatoes earlier in the week and intentionally make extra to use in this dish. You can also save yourself a dish if you melt the butter for the topping in the same pan that you mixed the cheese sauce in. If you are like me, the less you have to clean up and wash the better!
While I think this casserole is delicious just as it is, don’t be scared to tweak it to fit your taste! Add in some basil or onion or up the black pepper for a bit more kick. It’s a great dish to play around with!
I love a good glass of creamy, rich, chocolate milk- it’s so satisfying! But for the last couple of years I rarely enjoyed that little treat because I couldn’t bring myself to buy Hershey’s syrup with it’s list of 20 some ingredients, many of which I couldn’t pronounce.
So when I discovered that I could easily make my own chocolate syrup from just 6 simple ingredients I was excited! Rich and delicious, this homemade chocolate syrup does not disappoint! It makes a wonderful glass of chocolate milk and it is also tasty drizzled over ice cream for a special treat. You can even use it in the place of caramel syrup in this homemade frappe recipe to make a mocha frappe! And on top of that it is inexpensive, easy and super fast to make. In fact, why don’t you go stir up a batch for yourself? I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it!