Hey guys, this is a general recipe request. I need to expand my cooking repertoire and figured I'd come to you guys on what you like/know/make often, so.

Only requirements are:
No onions
No mushrooms
Preferably under $20 to make
Can feed a family of four

And if I feel ambitious enough, maybe I'll keep a log of how each one goes. With pictures and stuff. Because that's how I roll or something.

I just need a goddamn distraction from life, really
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From: [personal profile] vampydirector

Diiiiiid you want my coffee cake recipe? (I ask because it's the only one I have typed up at the mo' >.>; )
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From: [personal profile] vampydirector

Coffee Cake

For batter:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (or eyeball it; I'm never exact with salt and never use the full amount--but do use the full amount if you use unsalted butter)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (softened)
1 egg
app. 3/4 milk (see directions)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla (or more if you'd like)
app. 1 tsp cinnamon

For streusel stuff:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup (half stick) butter (softened)
2 tsp cinnamon (or more)
Optional: mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 bowls (one mixing one if you have a mixer, and a comparable sized one)
Pastry cutter
Measuring cups and spoons

1. Preheat to 350F. Grease and flour 9x13 pan (or 10x10 round).

2. In one large bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the batter (the flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt) and cut in the 1/2 cup of softened butter until the butter is in small pieces and well mixed with the rest. If you have a mixer, put this into the mixing bowl, sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon and set aside for now.

3. In the original bowl, put in all the ingredients for the streusel (the flour, white and brown sugars, cinnamon) and cut in the 1/4 cup of softened butter until it's well mixed. (Do not add chocolate chips yet.)

4. In the measuring cup, put in the egg and then in the same cup, fill with milk up to the 1 cup line. (If you double this, go up to the 2 cup line.) Then add in the vanilla, and take the whole measuring cup and pour that in with the dry ingredients you'd set aside. Mix well. Note: it will be a bit chunky because of the bits of butter in there; this is perfectly fine!

5. Spread out half the mixture into the greased/floured pan, spreading it evenly across. Then sprinkle half of the streusel topping on top of it. If you want chocolate chips, now is the time to spread them on top of the streusel topping (or else they'll all sink through to the bottom and it's not good when it does that.) Then carefully spread the other half of the batter on top of everything in the pan. This won't be easy as it'll just grab the streusel topping and make things very difficult to spread. It's all right if you don't get the top layer spread from edge to edge. Once you have all the batter in the pan, cover the top with the rest of the topping. (If you wanted, you can pat the whole thing so it's even and flat across, and you can spread the top layer out a bit better too.)

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick clean. Depending on how thick it is, it might take longer.

7. Let cool and enjoy!

(As a note, I recommend doubling this for two pans, or if you have a big rectangular one, but it's up to you.)

From: [identity profile] justspies.livejournal.com


8 cans beans (mix of them, i.e. kidney, pinto, red, northern white beans, black...whatever you like)
2 cans corn
2 cans diced tomato
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 packet ranch dressing mix

Pour it all together, heat, let simmer. Can be eaten as soon as it's hot, but there's more flavor if you let it simmer for a while. Once ready to serve, add a little shredded cheese and a dollop or two of sour cream on top.

From: [identity profile] taelow.livejournal.com

oooh. my husband loves beans. i bet he'll love this.

can tomato sauce be substituted for the diced tomatoes?

From: [identity profile] justspies.livejournal.com


1 pack of ground beef or ground turkey
1 large bag of crinkle-cut fries
1-2 cans of cream of something soup (usually cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of potato...)
1 large bag of shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the ground beef or ground turkey in a skillet. Once it's done, add it to a casserole dish, pour in the cream of whatever soup, dump in the bag of frozen fries, and add the cheese. Mix it all together, bake for 50-55 min. Voila!

From: [identity profile] darkpriestess.livejournal.com

Hamburger pie

1 lb of ground beef
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (I'd imagine this could be substituted for any cream soup, but the mushroom makes it like swiss steak, or maybe a gravy for a substitute.)
Mashed Potatoes (I'd say real and not boxed, but boxed might work?)

cook the ground beef in a skillet and then add the soup just until it's warm. At the same time on the side prepare the mashed potatoes. Once both are done take a casserole pan, or if available, a large oven safe bowl. Pour the soup/beef into the bottom of the pan and then place the mashed potatoes on top. Spread the potatoes out to try to completely cover the soup/beef mixture. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

add cheese, butter, or sour cream to taste.

From: [identity profile] taelow.livejournal.com

That reminds me of my shepherd's pie recipe, only I never used soup. It sounds yumbly

From: [identity profile] toastofrassilon.livejournal.com

I would recommend pretty much anything in the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Most of it is relatively easy, cheap, and quick to make (they even have a 20-minute meal section), and it comes in a nifty three-ring binder style so you can leave it open while you cook!

From: [identity profile] squeakchan.livejournal.com

Did you ever ask Daddy for his chicken shit recipe?

And if you don't mind waiting, I can ask some people today for their favorite recipes, so they'd run the gammut from Jamaican to Spanish to vegetarian to all points in between.

As for me, I like Stuffed Peppers.

Stuffed Peppers
2-4 peppers (red, green, yellow...)
1-1 1/2cup(s) cooked rice (I prefer brown rice)
1lb chicken breast or beef
1 can tomato sauce

First cook the rice. Before the rice is done I slice the peppers in half* vertically and then steam them. Set them aside and cook the chicken/beef in a skillet. Add the cooked rice and 3/4 tomato sauce and heat until mixed. You can also add some spices (I like basil!) if you prefer.

In a pan or oven-safe dish, coat the bottom with the remaining tomato sauce and place the peppers in. Fill the peppers with the rice/meat mix and then heat in the oven at about 350 until warm.

*you don't have to cut them, you can keep them intact and thus give everyone a whole pepper

From: [identity profile] taelow.livejournal.com

...since when did you like stuffed peppers?

and yeah get their recipes too

From: [identity profile] squeakchan.livejournal.com

Since one day I was all "...I wanna try and eat stuffed peppers" and so I went and made some. I've actually come to like peppers a lot while being here.

From: [identity profile] taelow.livejournal.com

uuuh I kind of wing it but

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 bag egg noodles
3 cans cheesy cream of mushroom soup
1 can cheddar cheese soup ... stuff
1 box stuffing

Heat the oven to 450.

Bake the chicken until it's white throughout. Cook the egg noodles and the stuffing. When the noodles are done, drain and add the soups and diced-up chicken. Add at least one can of milk to the mix so the soup thins out. Mix well, then spread into a casserole dish (I use a glass 16x8 or somesuch measurement)

Add bread crumbs to the top if desired.

Cook in the oven for ~15-20 minutes or until the edges get brown. Let sit five minutes and then serve.