Archives for the month of: July, 2012

A few months back, a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to a delicious sounding recipe. It was for a Sour Cream Noodle Bake from The Pioneer Woman: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/sour-cream-noodle-bake/
I decided to give it a try, and it was amazing! My boyfriend, our friend James, my parents and I all loved it. It’s wonderfully savory. And filling! Now, its become a regular recipe for dinner. I don’t have a weekly menu or anything. But when I want something easy that I know we’ll enjoy for a few days, this is what I make.
I just so happen to be making it for dinner tonight. Now, The Pioneer Woman has some awesome pictures on the link I provided, but I’ve decided to take a few of my own. First, here’s the recipe, with a few changes:

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Ingredients:

•    1-1/4 pound Ground Chuck
•    1 can 15-ounces Tomato Sauce
•    1/2 teaspoon Salt
•    12 ounces Egg Noodles (The original only calls for 8 oz, but I use a whole 12 oz bag of No Yolks Extra Broad.)
•    1/2 cup Sour Cream*
•    1-1/4 cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese*
•    1/2 cup Sliced Green Onions (more or less to taste)
•    1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

*I usually add more sour cream and cottage cheese to compensate for the extra noodles. It’s not exact, I just eyeball it.
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown ground chuck in a large skillet. Drain fat, then add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add to noodles and stir. Add green onions and stir.
  5. To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.

*NOTE: My mom has a severe allergy to black, red and white pepper, so I always omit those from my cooking. If you like pepper, of course you should feel free to add it in, like the original recipe calls for.

Now for some yummy pictures!

By the way, it’s my half birthday, today! What a nice way to celebrate!

Advertisements

So, this is my first post on a brand new blog.

I wish I could say what this blog is going to be about, but I’m not really sure yet. Mostly I plan to use my blog like a diary, a way to log what has been going on in my life. I think it will also involve some creative writing, as well as my thoughts and feelings as I try to become a better writer. I love to bake and cook homemade meals, so I’ll probably post some recipes, too. I’d also like to post pictures of my duck collection.

Mostly, I just want to share who I am, and what’s important to me.

Bear with me, as I’m sure this will be an interesting learning experience for all involved. 🙂