Thursday, August 13, 2009


*As you've probably noticed, particularly on Facebook, my "more healthful eating" plan has been shot since I've been in Louisiana. I'm getting back on the bandwagon next week. :-)*

Sunday is my family church's Homecoming. It's a huge event and we'll cook a big dinner for extended family and anyone who might drop by afterward. This is one day on which my mom takes lead; I'll be like the sous chef :-)

Anyway, Mama is cooking dressing, greens, cornbread, potato salad, fried chicken, sweet potato pies and pound cake. I'm going to make chicken and dumplings and I usually make mac and cheese, but I want to make something different. I also need to make a dessert. I'm determined to make something besides red velvet cake, peach dumplings, or strawberry shortcake (my standards) or cheesecake (which I make occasionally but I don't feel like that much effort, especially when they still sometimes get those fine little cracks in the top).

I thought maybe something with egg noodles... only because I'm looking at a pack now. The only thing I've found online that remotely interests me is another play on mac and cheeses, so it doesn't have to be that though. Go ahead; leave me ideas (or e-mail them). It doesn't have to be traditional southern food--I like to throw something new on 'em every once in a while.


Anonymous said...

just sent you an email for a great dip! it is easy and sooo yummy!

dragondreamer said...

I just found your blog and being a Louisiana girl, I know what you mean about the "healthy eating". It can be done.. but it is a challenge!

I recently did a recipe called chicken florentine with egg noodles on my blog, it might be just what you are looking for. Florentine is basically anything served with spinach from what I can tell, but they ate it! LOL! Add more, take out, change ingredients.. it's what Southern cooking is all about, right? :)

Here's the link:

Hope to get to know you and your blog well,

Anne Marie

summer of sam said...

i'm sorry. i have nothing to add other than the fact that this post made me very, very hungry. these trader joe's o's are not doing it for me now.

Bella said...

This isn't healthy eating in the slightest, but it sure is delicious. :) My mom got the recipe out of the local paper several years back; apparently it's been floating around for awhile.


2 lb. ground beef
2 t. minced garlic
1/2 t. salt
28 oz. tomato sauce
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies, optional
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 pt. sour cream
1 c. chopped onions
1 lb. egg noodles
3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown ground beef til done. Then add garlic, salt, green chilies and tomato sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes. While that simmers, mix together cream cheese, sour cream and onions.
Cook noodles.

In a pan 9x13" that has been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray,
Layer: 1/3 of sauce, 1/2 noodles, 1/2 cream cheese mixture, 1/2 mozzarella cheese, cover with 1/3 more sauce, remaining noodles, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and sauce
Bake at 350, uncovered for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, cover and let sit 10 min. before serving.

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