Football Brownies

Aren't they the cutest things ever! Can't wait to make them this weekend. Long story short just make your fav brownie mix in a 9x13 pan. Get you a football cookie cutter. Cut the shapes and use a tube of white icing to make the marks. Love it. Got the idea HERE! Enjoy!


Grape Salsa

Lady at work told me this was awesome! Can't wait to try it! Enjoy!

1 bunch seedless green grapes, cut into halves
1 bunch seedless red grapes, cut into halves
1 pint grape tomatoes
1/2-1 purple onion, chopped
1/2 green bell peppers, chopped
1/2 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, stems removed and chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped
Juice of 3 limes
Olive oil to taste

Combine the grapes, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno chile in a bowl and mix well. Add the lime juice and olive oil and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Serve as an appetizer with corn chips or as a side salad.
River Road Recipes IV

Black Bean Soup

This looks yummy. Had Taco Soup instead of this one, but it was a close second.

1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
2 tbls vegetable oil
3 (15oz) cans black beans
3-4 cups chicken broth
1 cup salsa
1 (11oz) can Rotel
1 tbls cumin
1 tbls chili powder
juice of 1 lime
Chopped fresh cilantro to taste

Saute the onion and carrot in oil in large saucepan for 10-15 min or until tender. Process 1 can of undrained beans with 1 cup of broth in a blender until pureed. Add the puree to the onion mixture and mix well. Process another can of undrained beans and another cup of the broth in the blender until pureed and add to the onion mixture.

Stir the remaining can of undrained beans, remaning broth, salsa, undrained tomatoes, cumin and chili powder into the bean puree. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat. Simmer 20 min, stirring occasionally. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with sour cream and chopped green onion tops.
Serves 6-8
River Road Recipes IV


Cheeseburger Soup

You know it's fall when.... Soups On!

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
6 cups chicken broth
2 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced
3 tbls butter or margarine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 lb velveeta
1-1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Ground beef in a dutch oven over med heat, (3 min) stirring until meat crumbles. Add onion and next 4 ingredients and saute 4 min or until beef is no longer pink. Drain well. Return beef mixture to dutch oven.

Stir in chicken broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10-12 min or until potatoes are tender.

Melt 3 tbls butter in a non-stick skillet over med heat. Gradually stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 2-3 min or until flour is lightly brown. Whisk flour mixture into simmering beef mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 6 min or until thickened.

Whisk in cheese and next 3 ingredients just until cheese melts. Serve.
Makes 12 cups
From Southern Living Magazine, December 2004


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