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Baked: Makeshift Mac and Cheese

Hey everyone,

I was feeling macaroni and cheese for dinner tonight but I did not want to eat a boxed macaroni and cheese with the powdered cheese, if you can even call that cheese… So I decided to make my own makeshift mac and cheese from some pasta noodles, cheese and a few other ingredients.  It was quite cheesy and easy.  Hope you like it.

What you need:

  • 2 cups raw pasta noodles
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • shredded mozzarella
  • bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 lb Velveeta cheese
  1. Boil water and put the raw pasta noodles into the water and leave them in there until they are 3/4 cooked.  Drain the water from the pasta and add the Velveeta cheese until it completely melts into the noodles.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  3. Put the pasta in an oven safe dish and mix in the chopped onions and milk.  Top the mac and cheese with the mozerella cheese and bread crumbs and put the dish in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese on top has melted.
  4. Enjoy

-Ryan

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“EGGcellent” Easter Bread

Hey everyone it is almost Easter Sunday and I know we all have our own traditions for how or what we celebrate.  When I first started living with one of my roommates he introduced me to “Easter bread” that his mom makes.  His mom mails one down every year for Easter and I look forward to it each time. Unfortunately, my roommate went home for Easter so his mom didn’t mail down an Easter bread so I decided to go looking for a recipe on my own.  I found a blog called theitaliandishblog.com that had a pretty appetizing recipe for Easter bread.  Check out their Easter bread and let them know how you feel about it.

-Ryan

Edible Crafts for Easter

Hi everyone,

Are you trying to find something fun to do this holiday weekend for easter that satisfies your sweet tooth too?  Well, these edible crafts are perfect.  You can make these with your family or friends and enjoy the delicious product at the end.  There are many different crafts that you can do from this blog. Happy Easter.

http://ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com/

-Sarah

Happy Easter: Deviled Eggs

Hi everyone,

It’s almost time for Easter weekend where everyone cooks special meals for the holiday.  Deviled eggs are the perfect dish for Easter and can be enjoyed by many as a great appetizer for a dinner party or just a snack for yourself.  This recipe is easy and is relatively quick to make with simple ingredients.

Things you need:

  • eggs (as many as you want to make)
  • dijon mustard
  • mayo
  • minced onion
  • salt & pepper
  • paprika

First, you will need to hard boil the eggs on the stove then drain the eggs and put them in cool water for a few minutes.  After that, you peel the eggs and slice the eggs in half.  Then, you take the yolk out carefully from each half and put the yolk into a bowl.  Mash up the yolk and add mustard, mayo, onion and salt and pepper.  Spoon the yolk back into the egg white halves and sprinkle the papricka on top.

This recipe is good way to celebrate Easter and can also be made at any other time throughout the year.  I hope you enjoy this meal and have a great holiday weekend.

-Sarah

Kool-Aid not Just for Jungle Juice

Hey foodies! Looking for a cheap and easy way to dye eggs for the upcoming Easter holiday? Well, you may already have all you need in you pantry. Check out this great post from heyjenrenee.com about how to dye eggs with Kool-aid. Plus, you can still eat them and they don’t taste like fruit flavors. Surprise, surprise, Kool-aid isn’t just for Jungle juice… who knew?

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-Kelsey-

BAKED with an Orange Glow Shrimp

This is by far the tastiest post I have made to date.  I really enjoy seafood and the bags of shrimp were on sale, buy one get one free, so I decided to get some and see where my imagination would take me.  It really reminds me of coconut shrimp, minus the coconut coating. Its sweet and juicy with a slight hint of spiciness.  The other thing I love about the recipe is it is quick.  Shrimp doesn’t take long at all, 15 minutes in the oven and its ready to go.
I’m not kidding I really do believe this is the best tasting recipe I have made to date.  Try making this yourself, you will not be disappointed I promise.     
  • 1/2 bottle of Italian Dressing 
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic 
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 pinch of Old-Bay seasoning
  • 1 Orange- cut into slices and squeezed 
  • 1 pound of shrimp peeled
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. After the ingredients are blended eventually, pour in a baking pan. 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make sure you keep an eye on the shrimp because if you cook them too long they will become rubbery.
Serve and enjoy, I hope you like it.
-Ryan

Chicken Enchiladas

Today, I decided to try something new.  I am a big fan of Mexican food but never want to spend money to eat out.  One of my all time favorites is chicken enchiladas so I took a stab at making up a recipe myself.

These chicken enchiladas were super cheap, extremely easy and delicious! To make these enchiladas you will need:

  • tortillas
  • chicken or beef
  • can of enchilada sauce
  • tomato (optional)
  • cilantro (optional)
  • cheese
  • olive oil
  • small glass pan
  • skillet
  • sour cream (optional)

Prepare chicken or beef any way you like and then begin the enchilada process.  Preheat the oven to 350 and heat a small skillet to medium heat.  Put 3/4 of the enchilada sauce, all chicken or beef and half a cup of cheese in the skillet.  Stir occasionally.  At the same time heat each tortilla (I used 5 to feed myself and roommates) in the microwave for about 20 seconds to soften them.  Grease the glass pan with a bit of olive oil and then put it all together!  You will want to put a bit more cheese and 1/5 of the mix from the skillet into each tortilla, roll it up and place next to one another in the glass pan.  Once all of the tortillas are in the glass pan pour the rest of the enchilada sauce from the can on top and sprinkle more cheese.

Once the oven is preheated, place the glass pan into the oven so that it can bake for about 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.  Carefully take a glass pan out of the oven and sprinkle chopped fresh tomato and cilantro on top.  You can also add salsa or sour cream to the dish if you would like. Enjoy!

-Katie

Recipe Ruse

Hey joksters! Check out this great article for April Fools Day from Delish. Trick your friends with some recipe ruses.

Recipe Ruse: 10 April Fools’ Day Foods.

BYOBowl: Pasta Salad

Happy Friday foodies! I don’t know about you all, but I am so ready for the weekend. For our last Bring Your Own Bowl recipe of the week I decided to make pasta salad. For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 box bowtie pasta
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • ½ of a sweet onion
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • ½ can sweet yellow corn
  • ⅛ cup white wine vinegar
  • ⅛ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

First you will need to start boiling water and then cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking, chop the peppers and onions into small pieces. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse in cold water. Dry the pasta a little and then put it into a large bowl. Add the peppers and onions to the bowl and then drain the corn and olives and add them also. Pour the oil and vinegar over the pasta salad and add a little salt and pepper for seasoning. Then toss it all together and serve. After I made this, I thought a little crumbled feta cheese might be a nice addition, so if you are looking to be adventurous, give that a try. You could also add any other vegetables that you want. This is a cheap and easy recipe that is great for a potluck or barbecue, especially in this nice weather. Enjoy your pasta salad foodies and have a great weekend!

-Kelsey-

BYOBowl: Cheesy ANYday

A classic D-hall favorite that attracts tons of JMU students each week is “cheesy Thursday.”  This weekly menu option attracts long lines of students eager to get one grilled cheese and a small bowl of soup.  You may be thinking that this is a very simple recipe… you’re right, it is. To make this recipe more interesting I have a couple of different ideas to improve the meal.  Adding croutons to the soup is the first option.  This idea came from Panera which serves its tomato soup with a handful of croutons.  The second option is to put multiple types of cheese as well as slices of tomato on your grilled cheese.

Another great reason to make this meal off campus or at home is because you will save a meal plan punch or around $9.50.  Every JMU student will admit that they wait in the grilled cheese line and beg the chef to give them two at a time. This begging almost always fails to convince him or her and they end up in the back of the line to wait again for a second grilled cheese.  At home you can cook as much as you want while also saving money. Cheesy Thursday can now be on any day of the week!

Ingredients:

  • can of tomato soup
  • pepper
  • milk & water
  • croutons
  • two slices of bread
  • cheese
  • butter

Empty the can of tomato soup into a pot.  Then fill the empty soup can half and half with milk and water.  If you prefer your tomato soup extra creamy fill the entire can with milk, no water.  Stir occasionally on medium heat for about 7 minutes.  At the same time, butter both sides of each piece of bread and allow the bread and butter to heat up on a skillet (medium).  Once the first two sides of bread are headed put the cheese in the center of the heated sides and then allow the cool sides to cook until golden brown. This will take a minute or so on each side.  Once the soup is heated up add a touch of pepper and some croutons!

-Katie

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