In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Tacos are on the menu here every week. Some of us have taco salads, instead of using tortillas. I prefer a the salad. Some, like my husband, have tacos and a taco salad. lol At least he’s getting plenty of veggies!

 

taco salad

 

These Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops from MyFreezEasy were so easy to make. The family loved them! They were so good. These will be a regular on the menu now.

 

cheesy ranch pork chops

 

This week I will be spending all my kitchen time getting ready for Thanksgiving!

 

What are your plans for Thanksgiving Dinner?

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Dinner at a wedding

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Cheeseburgers, tortellini

Monday – chicken or turkey –  Chicken Fajita Bake (from MyFreezEasy), rice, beets

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- breakfast for supper – biscuits & gravy

Thursday – pork or venison – Thanksgiving Day!

Friday venison  – Thanksgiving leftovers!

 

Check out my newest recipes!

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

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In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

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I didn’t post a menu last week, but I did plan one out. Thankfully! I worked my menu plan and had a pretty easy week in the kitchen. It allowed me to have some extra time to cook for the freezer!

 

I put two Chicken Fajita Bake dinners in the freezer. I got this recipe from MyFreezEasy and it’s a family favorite.

 

Chicken Fajita Bake

 

I made a batch of brownies. I wrapped them individually, put half in a snack bin and put the other half in the freezer. Shhhh…..don’t tell my family. They don’t know they are there!

 

homemade brownies

 

I made two meals of Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos, also from MyFreezeEasy. Well, I made the meat and bacon mixture. Defrost, heat, serve on tortilla chips, top with cheddar cheese. Yum! I also put one meals worth of cooked hamburger in the freezer. That will be going on the spaghetti this week.

 

bacon cheeseburger nachos , cooked hamburger

 

I made a batch of taco meat, and divided it into 2 meals, and froze them.

 

taco meat for freezer

 

I made a big batch of french toast. I used 14 eggs, and almost 2 loaves of bread. We ate some for supper that night, with bacon, and I froze the rest. I flash freeze them with waxed paper in between layers. Then I put them in freezer bags and we can take out just the amount we need for whoever is eating breakfast.

 

french toast for freezer

 

Deer hunting season started and my husband got one over the weekend. We process the meat ourselves. This is how I set up the counter for my husband and son when they are cutting the meat. I then take the final cuts of meat and vacuum seal them. I use chucks (those pads they put on beds that absorb moisture) or puppy pads. I use whatever we have on hand. I cover the pads with newspaper. This way all the blood from cutting the meat is absorbed, instead of getting all over my kitchen. Yes, I still sanitize after they are done! But this saves a lot of clean up work.

 

kitchen prep area

 

I made 4 loaves of banana bread. We ate 2. lol It was over the course of 2 days, though! lol I put the other 2 in the freezer. I have them waiting there until I need a quick snack to serve.

 

banana bread

 

I also made lasagna last week. I get the noodles ready the easy way. lay them out on a baking sheet, and pour boiling water over them. They soften,  but are still really easy to handle.  And after cooking the lasagna, the noodles come out perfect, not overcooked.

 

easy lasagna noodles

 

I baked one lasagna that night, and put one in the freezer.

 

lasagna for freezer

 

Lasagna is a family favorite. They family was so happy that I made it! The dug in right away, so I didn’t get a picture of the whole pan. lol

 

lasagna

 

We had another family favorite, Skillet Sausage Pasta. I served it with peas and cornbread this time.

 

sausage pasta skillet dinner

 

I made homemade pizza on Saturday! It was cause for celebration, as I haven’t made homemade pizza in almost a year. My mother was in the hospital for 4 months, starting last December. I didn’t make any then. By the time she got home and got settled in our home to finish recuperating, it was getting too hot to bake.

 

There’s nothing like homemade pizza! I made pepperoni, it’s hard to tell in the picture, but these are extra large pizzas. I used a whole package of pepperoni on this one pizza, in 2 to 3 layers!

 

pepperoni pizza

 

I also made an onion and green pepper pizza. Yum!

 

pepper and onion pizza

 

I got some baking in over the weekend, too. I made Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies!

 

pumpkin cinnamon chip cookies

 

I also made homemade biscuits. I thought it sounded like a good idea to cut them extra thick. Well, I ended up with very tall biscuits! lol I baked some, and put some unbaked in the freezer for future breakfasts.

 

homemade biscuits

 

Phew! That was a lot of cooking and baking! What have you been up to in the kitchen lately?

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Homemade Pizza with pepperoni, green peppers and onions

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches on Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

Monday – chicken or turkey –  Chicken Fajita Bake, rice, green beans

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- Tacos with all the fixin’s & taco salads for some

Thursday – pork or venison – Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops, baked potatoes, broccoli

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, & carrots in slow cooker,

 

Check out my newest recipes!

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

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We love cupcakes around here Yesterday was National Vanilla Cupcake Day (I just ran out of time to post it yesterday!), so I made these Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

They are so good! The cake is soft, and flavorful, very vanilla-y. If that is a word. lol

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Here’s how I made them.

 

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

 

Vanilla Cupcakes

 

2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar.

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Add eggs one at a time, beating well in between. Add vanilla. Beat in half the milk, then half the flour. Beat in the remaining milk. Then beat in the remaining flour, the baking powder and the salt.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Fill paper lined cupcake pan  about 3/4’s full.  Bake for 15 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick.  Cool completely before frosting.  Yield: 24 cupcakes

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients in bowl and beat well until frosting is smooth and creamy.  I used about a tablespoon of frosting for each cupcake. The cupcakes are so flavorful, and the frosting is rich, so you don’t need a lot of it. I had plenty to frost all 24 cupcakes. Ok, there was a spoonful left. And I ate it…….

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Enjoy! My family loved them! Thankfully I stashed half of them in the freezer before my family saw all of them!

 

Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later!

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

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In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

 

I didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen last week. No freezer cooking, no cookie making. Just simple, go to meals that could be made quickly.

 

Like this oven bbq chicken.

 

bbq chicken

 

I served it with rice and broccoli.

 

bbq chicken rice broccoli

 

Later in the week, I used the planned over rice to make chicken stir fried rice. Planned overs are when you plan to have leftovers and make extra. Stir fry goes together very quickly when the rice is already made.

 

chicken fried rice

 

Sunday, my daughter cooked. She make fried potatoes, cabbage, and smoked sausage. We usually put onions in it, too, but she didn’t this time for some reason. My family loves this, and we call it “slop”. lol

 

fried potatoes cabbage smoked sausage

 

 

 

Check out the two recipes I shared last week! Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

And Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Cookout! Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, roasted marshmallows

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Daughter cooked! Fried potatoes, cabbage, smoked sausage

Monday – chicken or turkey –  Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore, rice, broccoli

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Lasagna, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- Tacos with all the fixin’s

Thursday – pork or venison – Skillet Sausage Pasta, green beans

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, & carrots in slow cooker,

 

Check out my 5 Great Glazed Carrots Recipes!

 

5 Great Glazed Carrot Recipes

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies

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I got this recipe off an email list I was part of quite a few years ago.  They are so good! They are a soft, almost cake like cookie. The cinnamon chips are usually available in the stores in the fall. I like to buy extra so I can make these cookies whenever I want.

Hersey’s has a product locator so you can see if any store near you carries the cinnamon chips. You can also find the Cinnamon Chips on Amazon now.

 

Pictures coming soon! I forgot to take pictures the last time I made these cookies and I’m out of pumpkin today!

 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies

 

1 c. pumpkin
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil
1 egg
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp milk
1 c. cinnamon chips
1 tsp vanilla

 

Dissolve baking soda in milk; set aside. In large bowl, add pumpkin, sugar, oil and egg. Stir. Add flour, baking powder cinnamon, salt and baking soda mixture. Mix well. stir in cinnamon chips and vanilla Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 – 12 minutes till done.

 

These are also good with chocolate chips instead of cinnamon.

 

The cookie dough can be frozen and baked later. Or the cookies can be frozen after baking. If your family doesn’t eat them all!

 

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Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

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This is my new favorite pumpkin pie. It’s so good!

And there are leftover gingersnaps that you get to eat! I love them with a nice, hot cup of tea.

 

Make it gluten free by using Gluten Free Ginger Snaps!

 

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

 

 

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

Crust

1 1/3 cups ginger snap crumbs (you used to be able to buy the crumbs, I don’t know if you still can)
2 T sugar
2 1/2 T melted butter

 

Run the ginger snaps through the food processor, blender, or use a rolling pin to crush them in a plastic bag. It just takes a couple of handfuls, so crumb them then measure, so you don’t end up with a lot of extra crumbs. Of course, they can be saved in an airtight container until you make pie again.

 

 

 

Mix the crumbs, sugar and butter. Spray the pie pan, I prefer using glass pie pans. Press the crumb mixture into the pan and up the sides. Bake at 325* for 5 minutes. Cool. Can be stored in fridge up to 2 days before filling.

 

Filling


1  1/2 cups pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1 – 12 ounce can evaporated milk

 

 

Combine everything in a bowl. Whisk well.

 

 

Pour into shell. Bake 325*  1 hour or until firm.

 

 

Cool completely. Chill.

 

 

Look at that crust!

 

 

 

 

Serve with lots of whipped cream!

 

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

If you should happen to have any leftovers, store them in the fridge.

 

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In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

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I made 2 different kinds of hummus last week. Classic and roasted red pepper hummus. Yum! I used Hummus Made Easy and it really is easy. And delicious!

 

humus

 

I made the last package of Slow Cooker Butter Chicken that I had in the freezer. I need to make more to freeze and it’s really good. I use the recipe from MyFreezEasy.com.

 

butter chicken

 

I also used the last package of Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos I had in the freezer. I was make your own nachos night. I set everything on the table and let them have at it. lol This recipe is also from MyFreezEasy and my family loves it.

 

Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos

 

I had some bananas ready to use for banana bread. I actually had enough to make 2 loaves of bread. My family loves banana bread. They would have eaten both loaves at once if I let them. I didn’t. Because banana bread is even better the next day. Have you ever tried toasting it? Slathered in butter, it’s amazing for breakfast!  I have 3 banana bread recipes.  Banana Bread, Cinnamon Apple Banana Bread, and Gluten Free Banana Bread.  Check them out!

 

banana bread

 

Apparently, last week’s theme was use the last of everything in the freezer. lol I used the last Chicken Ranch Macaroni. This recipe is also from MyFreezEasy. It’s a family favorite. The next time I make it, I’m going to put more than 2 in the freezer. I’m also going to make some in smaller containers to freeze from lunches.

 

Ranch Chicken Macaroni

 

It is soooo good!

 

Ranch Chicken Macaroni

 

The weather turned cold here in Kentucky. Temps down in the mid 30’s, and frost a couple of mornings. It was definitely time to make some homemade hot chocolate mix! Yum! So nice on a cold morning!

 

homemade hot chocolate

 

I was very busy on Sunday afternoon making snacks for the week. 2 kinds of trail mix, one with raisins and one without. Homemade Chex Mix, and cheese cracker snack mix.

 

trail mix chex mix homemade no bake granola bars

 

I also made a pan of no bake granola bars. I wrapped them individually in plastic wrap so everyone can grab one when they want it.

 

homemade no bake granola bars

 

Now that the family is stock on snacks for the week, I need to plan my next freezer cooking section!

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Get your own day! They had Soup, sandwiches, hot dogs

Monday – chicken or turkey –  BBQ Chicken, rice, broccoli

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with bolognase sauce, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- Tacos with all the fixin’s

Thursday – pork or venison – Pork chops, oven roasted potatoes, green beans, homemade applesauce

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, & carrots in slow cooker,

 

Check out my 5 Great Glazed Carrots Recipes!

 

5 Great Glazed Carrot Recipes

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

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