Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jesus Loves Casseroles

I know I know I know!!!!
But before you start sending me hate mail or want to burn my house down, hear me out and let me explain.

On the 5 hour trip to Spokane to
The Farm Chicks Show we had a lot of time to chat about a lot of things. One of subjects was religion.
Now I’m not going to bore you with a play by play as to how we got to this subject or how it ended up where it did.
In the car I was traveling with a Mormon, a Lutheran, and someone who is fascinated with all different religions, especially the Jewish Religion. She claims at times to be a French Vegetarian Jew who has a secret fondness for bacon. Yeah, I know………she ain't right!
As we were talking, we somehow got on the subject of church casseroles and how most of the religions we know of all serve great food at church functions funerals.
Also how taking a casserole, a crock-pot, salad or dessert to someone is the ultimate good deed.
The conclusion was…..
Jesus must love casseroles!
Now when I ran this by some of my regular church goin' friends of all different faiths they all laughed and said “you're right!”
Making a dish of love and goodness and sharing it with friends and family is something we all want to do, should do, and do it on a regular basis.
So lets share our favorite recipes.

This is how it’s going to work
Every Wednesday on my blog I’m going to feature new recipes sent to me by you!

Send me your favorite recipe, pictures with your recipe, a story about your recipe, recipe variations, or what your favorite dish is to serve it in.
Whatever you want me to know about the recipe or yourself.

I’m going to feature what you send me on my blog giving you full credit with a link back to your blog. In return I’ll send you a little art work that you can feature on your blog that lets people know your recipe was featured.
Not a blogger?
No problem send me your recipes anyway. I’ll still post it.
Send me your favorite recipes, your blog link and where your from to
I'll feature the recipes in the order I receive them.

I’ll feature a main dish recipe, a salad recipe, and a dessert recipe every week.
Because we all know that Jesus doesn't just love casseroles, he loves salads and desserts too!

This week's recipes...
Chicken Stew for the Soul
(baked casserole)
From Angie Carmen
3 cups cooked, cut-up leftover chicken
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 can diced new potatoes, drained
1/4 cup celery, finely diced
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 can half & half (or milk)
1 tsp. poultry seasoning (or more to taste)
salt and pepper to taste
1 package Stove Top Stuffing Savory Herb (follow box directions to mix)

Place the cooked chicken, peas, corn, diced potatoes, celery, onion, salt and pepper in an appropriate sized casserole dish. In a bowl, mix the cream of chicken soup, half & half and poultry seasoning together. Pour half (1/2) of the soup mixture over the casserole ingredients; tossing all together to combine.
Prepare the stuffing mix according to the package directions. Place the stuffing mix over the casserole and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
Pour the remaining soup mixture over the baked casserole and return to oven to bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes; or until the center is hot and the top is bubbly.
Serves 4.


If you are a masochist (or have tons of stuffing leftover from Thanksgiving) feel free to make and use your own homemade stuffing;

Use favorite flavor of Stove Top Stuffing (so much simpler for a casserole);

Add 1/2 cup pre-cooked and crumbled Jimmy Dean Sage sausage to the chicken mixture;

Use cooked and diced Turkey for a post-Thanksgiving casserole;

Use cooked and diced Ham for a post-Easter casserole;

Add canned (4 ounce) sliced or diced mushrooms (drained) and substitute cream of mushroom soup;

Use a combination of cream of chicken and cream of celery soups for flavor variation;

Use 2 ounces (1/2 can) of mild green chiles, mixed with can of Fiesta Nacho Cheese cream soup (Campbell's); omit the peas and add 1/2 cup drained black beans to the vegetable mixture and use Stove Top Stuffing Cornbread flavor for a tamale like casserole;

Finally, you can forget about the stuffing and spread the whole thing with leftover mashed potatoes....yum!
Marinated Tomato & Basil Pasta Salad
Here's my favorite
It's easy, eat-too-much good and everyone always loves it.
From Shawn Severin
Chop 3-4 large or 5-6 small tomatoes, removing as many seeds as possible.
In a large serving bowl combine the tomatoes with:
1/4 cup good quality olive oil
2 Tbls. red wine vinegar
2-3 cloves of crushed garlic
1/2 cup chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste
Allow ingredients to marinate 1-4 hours at room temp
Add 1 lb. of penne pasta and 1 cup of diced mozzarella cheese and stir well.
Can be served immediately or at room temperature.
Kahlua Cake

1 Chocolate Cake Mix (I like the Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Super moist Cake Mix)
1 Pint Sour Cream
1 small package chocolate or vanilla instant pudding
2 eggs
¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
½ cup Kahlua
Chocolate chips optional

Mix all together by hand. Do not use mixer. It doesn’t have to be mixed until the lumps are out. Just mix until the cake mix is mixed in with all the other ingredients. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes in a greased bunt pan. This also works well in cupcake tins. Frost with either chocolate frosting, powder sugar frosting, or sprinkle with powder sugar.
I like to make this cake in mini bunt pans and give it away as gifts with a plate of cookies for the holidays. It’s always a hit.

Bust out those recipe boxes and cookbooks and share a recipe.


A Thing for Roses said...

OMG! I love this new feature. The artwork is perfect. Will go dig out a couple of my favorite recipes to send to you. Too cute and funny! Miss you!



Donna said...

I love the artwork too! Fun!! I think Jesus is smiling on you today!

WSU Laura said...

Jesus also loves a good idea! I may have to send in a recipe for my Chicken Slush Mush.

Linda said...

Timi, and Jesus loves people who make us laugh, like you! Always give me a giggle or two with your posts. Ha
I think you need to write a book!
I will dig up a recipe for you ASAP.
Hey, after we were talking or you were about Paula Deen on Mon. then I saw her twice that day on the TV. Rerun on Bonnie Hunt show and then on Kathy Griffin's show that night, which was a hoot, they stayed at Paula's house which is cool!
I enjoyed it, I think we all need a bus trip to Savannah to see her and her boys, restuarant and all!

Laurie Anne said...

Timi, you crack me up. I think I need to do a little cookin' so I can send pics with my recipes. I've got a couple of yummy ones to send your way :0)

Amber Rose said...

Ok..just had to comment from PARIS!! Fricken funny girl!! Being a church girl myself, I'm not at all offended..cuz it's true!! I have a great recipe I will send over to you when I return..Trish and I call it yip yip..mmm it's super yum yum:)

Terra said...

Love the last recipe! I am a slacker when it comes to cooking so no help in that department but you gave me a great one so thanks!!!

kal said...

Jesus had to eat too! I LOVE it! I'm in, I will be digging out my casserole recipes to send your way.

debra said...

That's great! You have me thinking about cooking now. It's so true about church functions - the best food is served there. We have a family recipe called 'funeral potatoes' (maybe other families have the same one). Thanks for doing this! Can't wait to check out all the recipes.

Brunch at Saks said...

Just found your blog- it is fabulous and I love it! Your recipes sound so yummy- I think I might try the "Chicken Stew for the Soul' this weekend during our time off! Looking forward to reading more of your blog :)