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Friday, October 03, 2008
Favorite Ingredients Friday

My recipe for this week is a throw it all in a pot until something works recipe.

When you're a decent cook, you get complacent, even a little cocky. Isn't that always a prescription for disaster?

Jim wasn't home for dinner on Wednesday and had to work late on Thursday this week because of Parent Conferences. For Wednesday's dinner, I decided to make a hamburger stroganoffish like dish. Jim's not crazy about it, but I like it, and even better, it's easy. I browned a pound of ground beef with some onions, added some worcestershire sauce, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms and beef base. I also made a pot of rice to go with it. Sometimes I'll use chicken broth; sometimes I add a little chicken base. This time it was chicken base.

I don't know what happened. I threw it all together pretty quickly while also playing with Sera. But when Sera and I sat down to eat, she put one bite in her mouth and looked at me like I was trying to kill her. I grabbed a napkin and caught the food before she spit it completely out. I took a bite from my plate to see what was wrong. Holey Moley! It was salty enough to kill a person. I'm wondering if I lost track and added the base twice? Dinner became PB&J sandwiches.

Not willing to throw away a pound of ground beef, I packed it up and put it in the fridge.

My thought was to turn it into vegetable soup. When I went to start dinner yesterday, I looked in the frig, pantry, and freezer. The only vegetables I could find was one can of cream-style corn. (It's time to go shopping!) That's okay, I'll make a chili out of it. No tomatoes. Though I did find one can of Ro-tel and some tomato sauce. Hmm....

Okay, I'll work with what I have. I pulled out my beautiful Le Creuset pot. In went the Ro-tel, in went the tomato sauce and the creamed corn. Oh, look...there are some kidney beans. They went in, too. Add one tomato can full of water, and heat.

It was delicious. I call it....

Are you ready?

Mommy tried to kill us with salt, so she had to come up with something else Potluck.

Feel free to come up with your own name, if you're brave enough to try it.

Be sure to visit the Favorite Ingredients Friday home to find more great recipes!

Past FIF recipes:
Amish Friendship Bread
Ice Cream in a Bag
Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Chocolate Pudding Fudge Cake
Pasta, Pesto, and Peas
Basic Beef Starter, Plus
Pineapple Upside Down Biscuits
Tomato Chicken
Greatest Hits: Enchiladas de Pollo and Old-fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge
Almost Cabbage Rolls
German Chocolate Pie
Carne Asada & Sour Cream Tortilla Casserole
Dorito Salad
Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes
Apple Cake
Vegetable Beef Soup
Stuffed Cabbage Soup
Raspberry Pie & White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie
Breakfast Granola
Shrimp Creole
Lazy Man's Lasagna & Apple Cake
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Jim's Favorite Jelly Cookie
Eye of Round Roast
Mozzarella & Tomato Sandwich
Marcia's Taco Soup
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Cajun Baked Catfish
Jim's Snickers Pancake
Crawfish Monica
Grilled Meats and Vegetables over Saffron Orzo
Crockpot Red Beans
Better Than Almost Anything Cake
Fruity Sangria
Outrageous Brownies
Enchiladas de Pollo
Catalina Chicken
Croissant French Toast
Corned Beef
Sloppy Joe, Mac 'n Cheese Casserole
Shredded Chicken
Baked Bean & Burger Casserole
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Crab Rangoon
Sausage con Queso and Ro-tel Cheese Dip
Blueberry Multigrain Coffeecake
Banana Bread
Bananas Foster
Old-Time Beef Stew
White Chocolate Snack Mix
Gorilla Bread
Ginger Shrimp
Roast Chicken
Tex-Mex Chicken Taco Soup
Shrimp Mold
Pasta Puttanesca
Pork Milanese
Pumpkin Dip
Oven-fried Chicken
Best Bundt Cake Ever
Hot Dog Casserole
Chicken & Rice
Peanut Butter Fudge
Omelets in a Bag
Shrimp Boil
Apple Cheese
Pulled Pork BBQ

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Sounds good. I have a similar recipe that also has cream cheese and cottage cheese instead of the soups and it is a real stick to your ribs kinda meal.

Blogger Two Pearls said...

Oooo...dontcha just love Le Creuset. I have 1 or 2 of their pots and love them. Worth every penny. Someday when I hit the lottery, I'm gonna buy one of every size in every color!!! :)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about getting cocky leading to disaster. I used to be a good, solid cook. Now, I have ruined many a dinner (more than I ever did when I started cooking)!! I think the careful attention to details was good thing in my cooking of the days I seemed to have more time!

Blogger Barb said...

My goodness, what a creative recipe, Magi. I do this kind of thing all the time - invent as I go, depending on what's in the cupboards and fridge. Amazingly, these things usually come out pretty darn good!

Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

This is a great recipe! :) When I try to be creative like that, I end up with two unpalatable meals. :)

Thanks for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange! I do appreciate it! :)

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