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I don't particulary like to cook, but I do a good portion of it. I've never opened a recipe book, I just throw things together and see how they turn out. I just wanted to share my most popular, at least around my house, with you all.

My kids call it Daddy's special noodles.

Here are the ingredients:

1 can of Dinty Moore's chicken dumplings
1 can of Cambells chicken noodle soup
1 can of Cambells cream of chicken soup
1 can of water
1 pack of raman noodles including the little pack that comes with it
2 chicken breast chopped up into bite size pieces (cook before adding)
a pinch of salt
a spoonfull of italian seasoning
a spoonfull of seasoning salt

Feeds 5 comfortably for around $7.00 and the taste is unbelievable.

What's your special recipe?

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Oct 8 @ 4:23PM  
I don't usually go by recipes as they always changed according to what I have available in the house at the time. But here is one I love and fed half the kids in the neighborhood at one time or another. If extra kids show up just throw in another box of noodles and add another can or two of water.

2lbs of boneless chicken thighs diced
I box egg noodles
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can cream od mushroom soup
1 package of frozen garden peas
2 cans water
I large box egg noodles
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon tumeric
salt and black pepper to taste

Put it all in a large dish cover with foil and cook until the noodles are done. The diced chicken should also be done at that time.

Oct 8 @ 4:25PM  
That sounds good.

Oct 8 @ 4:33PM  
Chicken Enchiladas

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cubed to bite sized pieces, saute in skillet until cooked all the way through

dash cumin (or to taste)

1-1.5 C Pace Mild Picante (I think Pace works best with can use what ever salsa you most enjoy)

3/4-1 brick cream cheese, cubed

Mix all ingredients together in skillet, stirring until cream cheese is thoroughly melted. Spoon small amount in flour tortilla, roll and put into glass baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with remaining chicken and tortillas. Spread 1/4 C picante sauce/salsa over rolled tortillas, sprinkle to cheddar cheese to taste (I prefer less or none). Heat in 350 oven until cheese melts and/or tortillas a slightly crispy on edges (about 10 minutes).

Oct 8 @ 4:48PM  
Yesterday, I did an improv that came out good. I do a lot of that but most ingredients are fresh.
1 pound of pinto beans
2 cups of rice
1 pound of chicken
1 pound of onions
2 pounds of tomatoes
Garlic powder

Do the pinto beans, rice, and chicken separately with the pinto beans in a five quart covered pan. Once the beans have gone to simmer, add everything else. I let it cook for hours to send the aroma wafting through the house and meld the flavors. You can add other spices if you want like oregano and rosemary. Sweet peppers, mushrooms and/or a small can of tomato sauce work well thrown in also.

It yields about four quarts around four bucks. It can be served as a soup or a side dish. It can be frozen for later use and usually improves.

Oct 8 @ 4:54PM  
But for someone like you, PP, that has kids try this for a spin on tuna and noodle casserole. This makes a lot. A large box of Valveeta cheese, 8 ounces of cream cheese, four ounces of ranch dressing. Melt, mix and meld in at least three cans of drained tuna I use four or five. This is all much easier done in the microwave. Serve over noodles or macaroni.

Oct 8 @ 5:15PM  
On the tuna recipe, I have tried it with chicken and beef and it didn't work so well as it is a bit tangy. I tried it with canned salmon and that was pretty good.

Oct 8 @ 7:14PM  
Here's a wonderful dish, if you like fish!!


Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce


4 tsp flour, divided
1 tsp seasoned salt
large zip-top bag
5-6 sprigs fresh Italian parsley
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 pounds Tilapia fillets
3 tbsp butter, divided
1/4 cup white wine


1. Place 3 tsp flour and seasoned salt in zip-top bag; shake to mix and set aside.
Chop (rinsed) parsley coarsely, leaves only, and measure (2 tbsps). Slice (rinsed) lemon in half. Set both aside.

2. Preheat large saute pan on medium-high 2-3 minutes. Add fish to zip-top bag; seal tightly and shake to coat.

3. Place 1 tbsp butter in pan and swirl to coat. Add fish and cook 3 minutes. Add 1 tbsp butter to center of pan. Turn fillets, using spatula, distributing butter under each fillet. Cook 3 more minutes until fish is golden and flakes easily. Place fish on serving plates.

4. Place remaining 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp flour, wine and juice from lemon in saute pan. Heat 1-2 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir parsley into butter sauce and serve over fish.

Angel Hair Fresca


8 ounces angel hair pasta (1/2 box)
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato pesto


1. Fill large saucepan 1/2 full of water. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat for pasta.

2. Stir pasta into boiling water and boil 1 minute. Stir in broccoli and boil 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Drain. Add butter to saucepan, using residual heat to melt butter. Stir in tomato pesto and pasta mixture; toss to mix and serve.


Oct 8 @ 10:48PM  
Twenty five years ago, married to my ex-husband, it was the day before payday, we were broke and I had four mouths to feed (me, him, and his 2 kids from a previous marriage).
All I had in the house was 3 strips of bacon, 4 weinies, a mac-and-cheese dinner, a can of green beans, and a little chopped onion.
I prepared the mac-and-cheese meal (without butter, I had none) cut the bacon into small pieces and fried it crisp, sliced the wienies into rounds and fried them in a bit of bacon grease, browned the onion in a bit of bacon grease and mixed it all together. I seasoned the beans with the last of the bacon grease and heated them.
Out of desperation, I created a meal that was requested over and over.
The marriage ended but my ex and I both still cook this dish occassionally.

Oct 9 @ 1:45AM  
My special recipe?
Richard's Restaurant
Two Brother's bar 'n grill

and not necessairly in that order....

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