Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I want dinner, I don't want to stand in the kitchen very long, I don't want a pile of dishes, I just want dinner! I don't wanta cook. I want it to taste good and I need it fast, and on the table.  Well, this dish may take a couple more minutes but its worth it. And it's got a little bite, we both enjoyed this meal.  Even re-heated in the microwave the next day........still good.   Hope you enjoy.  Don't forget the corn bread,  this is going to be my new go to recipe for corn bread.  I really liked it.  Standing tall with melting butter, nothing gets much better than that.   Hot cornbread with butter...          Happy Baking my friends,    Andi

1/2 to 3/4 package of Ziti noodles   (I used about 3/4 package of reg and whole grain ziti noodles)
1 pound of ground beef
1 package of Taco seasoning
1 cup water
1/2 package of cream cheese  4 ounce
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese  (I used a combo of Cheddar Jack and Pepper Jack Cheese) divided add 1 cup to the casserole and then sprinkle 1/2 cup over the top of the casserole before baking.
Boil the pasta according to package directions and drain and rinse with cold water
In a skillet cook the ground beef til no longer pink and drain,  put the drained beef back in the skillet and keeping the heat on add  the package of taco seasoning and the cup of water.   Allow this to cook for a few minutes.   Then remove from the heat source and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.  Add the shredded cheese (1 cup) keep the remaining to sprinkle over the top of the casserole then stir in the 1/2 package of cream cheese and mix until combined and melted.   Add the pasta and mix.  Then put in a greased casserole dish and sprinkle the top with the 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.    Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for about 30 minutes.  
Sweet Corn Bread  

4 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup melted butter, cooled
1 cup cornmeal
2 cups white flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 8x8 inch pan or use your black spider frypan greased. 
Separate the eggs from the whites and place the whites in a medium size bowl (these are going to be whipped until stiff peaks are formed) 
In a medium size bowl add the egg yolks, milk, vanilla, the cooled butter, and stir.  
In another bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and the salt and sugar and whisk this together.  Then add this dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine.  
Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed.   Fold the eggwhites into the cornbread mixture and keep folding until blended.   Pour into your prepared pan and bake accordingly.   The time will depend on the size pan you use, if using a 8x8 they suggest 45 minutes.  Check with a toothpick to make sure it is baked through.  


  1. I'm so into skillet bakes right now because of the cold. Great recipe!

  2. Just printed this up. Looks delicious and I love this kind of recipe!!!

  3. Both of these recipes sound great! Im saving them and making them soon!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!