Baked Goods and more! (Recipes Included)

Oh, I've just baked up somethings good!  Yes, somethings.  Usually this time of the year I'm always cooking, but for some reason I've been a bit off with that.  Too many times I've looked in my refrigerator and been like, it's too bright in here; must go shopping.  But, if I don't shop with a purpose I end up wasting food so I make do with whatever until I force myself to cook.  What's that all about?

Kar's Baked Oatmeal
Anyhoo, I've been trying to do better so I started out with Kar's Baked Oatmeal dish.  No need to post the recipe because you can visit her blog for that.  *wink*  If I change anything for myself, I will add more milk next time.  If you crumble it up after it's cooled, it also makes a great granola snack.  I bet it tastes good on top of yogurt too.
I added this b&w photo because I thought it looked so cool!

Apple Butter
Then, since I had a bag of apples left over, I decided to attempt this Apple Butter recipe.  At first I thought that maybe I needed to use a different type of apple (I used Red Delicious) because it didn't firm up like apple butter should, but I put it in the refrigerator and it firmed up more after sitting.  It was quite tasty regardless.

One of the keys to using a slow cooker is to use the one the size for what you're making.

Vegetarian Bean Stoup
Interestingly enough, in the same day that I made the above two recipes, I also made this stoup.  It started out being Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup (without the chicken), but in the end it turned out being more of a vegetarian bean stoup.

There wasn't too much of a real recipe here, but I did this:
Sauteed onions and garlic in oil.  Added a large can of tomato sauce, a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, and a little water.  I added a can of rinsed black beans, a can of rinsed kidney beans, and a can of sweet corn, drained.  The seasonings were cumin, salt, pepper, and chili pepper.  At the very end, I threw in some fresh cilantro.  (I love cilantro, but I think it's one of those ingredients where you either like it or you don't.)

I topped my stoup with sour cream and shredded cheese and ate it with the Tostito Scoops.

Grits Casserole
And finally I've been craving grits, which is kind of odd, being I'm more of an oatmeal person.  But hey, I'm from the South and grits aren't going anywhere so here's to grits!  Seriously, if cooked correctly, they are quite good.  The older I get, the better they taste.  I decided to use this recipe from my Taste of Home cookbook.  I had one modification though - substituting the pork sausage for turkey sausage.  I'm streamlining my diet a bit and I had a tube of it in the freezer - win win.

Grits Casserole
1 pound (453.5 g) turkey sausage
* 4 cups of water
1 teaspoon (5 mL) salt
* 1 cup quick-cooking grits
4 eggs, lightly beaten
 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup (15 mL) butter, softened

1.  Crumble sausage into a large skillet.  Cook over medium heat until no longer pink.
2.  In a saucepan, cook grits according to package directions.  Remove from heat.
3.  Stir in a small amount of grits into the eggs, then pour egg mixture into saucepot with grits, stirring constantly.
4.  Add remaining ingredients into grits mixture and stir until butter is melted.
5.  Pour into a greased 13 in x 9 in x 2 in baking dish.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees F (176 degrees C) for 50-55 min or until top begins to brown.

*  I used 5 cups of water because I did not use the quick-cooking grits; instead I used the old fashioned grits which take about 15-20 minutes to cook as opposed to the 5 minutes for the quick grits.

I couldn't wait to this dish firmed up a bit.  Had to have it right then!  Just as good.  :-)

Well, I do hope that all of these recipes help me to have a better breakfast/snack that will carry me throughout the morning at least.  Plus I love dishes where you can cook them in advance and eat them down throughout the week.

If you have any great casserole type meals to share, please leave a link in you comment.  :-)

* Confession:  I had to take off my trusty splint to make the grits casserole.  Hope I don't pay for it later.  But at least I'll have a tasty treat to take my meds with.  LOL

p.s.  I hope I'm getting better with the metric conversions.  This is some tricky business.  I don't mind corrections from any of my metric friends.

Buen Provecho,


  1. Oooh that grits casserole...and apple butter...calling my name!!!

  2. Yummy, going to visit Kar's blog now! Thanks for the recipes and the gorgeous photos!

  3. You're starting early with all the warm food shots. I'm ready to eat right now!


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