In spite of the hot weather I had to use my oven on several occasions this past week. We can only eat so many hotdogs, bacon and tomato sandwiches and salads.

In spite of the hot weather I had to use my oven on several occasions this past week. We can only eat so many hotdogs, bacon and tomato sandwiches and salads.

 The “Bear” says he is wasting away to nothing because I was trying to keep the house cool, so I solved the problem. We ate out four times last week and there was no heat in the house at all.

 That however not only gets very expensive, but you burn up this high dollar gas getting to and from and you have to go out in the heat anyway. So I just dug out the recipe books and tried hard to find some tasteful recipes that did not take hours to prepare.

 

Tasty Italian Cabbage

1 pound cabbage, quartered

1 pound grand beef , raw

1 package spaghetti sauce mix

1 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and pepper

3⁄4 cup chopped onion

1⁄4 cup minute rice

1 8 ounce can tomato paste or sauce

Place 2” wedges of cabbage with core removed into 1 1⁄2 quart oiled casserole. Sprinkle rice and meat around the wedges. Cover with onion, sauces, etc. Cook at 350 degrees for one hour.



Oven Omelet

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

8 eggs

1 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 Cup finely chopped cooked ham

1⁄4 cup finely chopped green pepper

1⁄4 cup finely chopped onion

1⁄2 Cup half and half (fat free brand)

Beat eggs and cream in bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in cheese, ham, green pepper and onion. Pour into greased 9” square baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until browned. Makes 4-6 servings.

 

Mexican Casserole

1 package crescent rolls

1 bag taco or nacho cheese chips

1 pound hamburger

8 ounces sour cream

1 package taco seasoning

4 ounces shredded Cheddar Cheese

Spread rolls out into 9 x 13 pan. Crush chips and sprinkle half over rolls. Brown hamburger, drain and add sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread over chips and top with cheese and remaining  chips. Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Serve with lettuce, tomato and salsa.

 

The Bear really liked all of the above dishes and said that the only thing wrong with them was there was no biscuits and gravy on the side.

I baked a ham and divided it up for future meals. Using the cooler days to bake it allows me to have several meals prepared in advance. A quick and easy trick to get rid of ham rind is to slit rind lengthwise on the underside before putting into a roasting pan. The rind will peel away as the ham cooks and can be easily removed.

 With fall in the air the time is nearing (or perhaps here) to begin preparing for winter stash.

 We have been chopping and freezing tomatoes, freezing squash, buying meats on sale and preparing them for the freezer.

 If our winter moisture is anything close what we have had this summer we may be locked up for some long periods of time so be thinking about being ready for times when shopping will not be possible.

 See you next week.