cooking Recipes


Spinach and Cheese Dumplings

  • 1 lb spinach
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 lb ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 melted butter
  • Parmesan cheese

Wash the spinach thoroughly and remove the white core. Cook covered in a saucepan with salt and pepper to taste. Do not add water to mixture. Drain, chop finely. Rub thru a fine sieve.

Cream the butter and ricotta cheese and add to the spinach mixture. Mix well. Beat in the flour, eggs and salt and pepper to taste. With floured hands, shape into little balls. Drop a couple into boiling salted water. The dumplings are cooked when they rise to the top. Repeat until all are done. Pour the melted butter and parmesan cheese over the dumplings and serve.


Skillet Taco Lasgna

  • 2 lbs hamburger meat, cooked and drained
  • Oven ready lasgna noodles
  • 2- 24 oz containers of cottage cheese
  • Taco seasoning packet
  • Shredded cheese, your preference
  • Velveeta cheese

Using a deep dish large sauce pan, cover the hamburger meat with the taco seasoning and water, according to the packet’s directions. Stir to mix well. Cook on low-medium heat until the water is reduced. Pour into dish but keep skillet on stove, you’re not done. Spoon the taco meat back into skillet, only covering the bottom of the skillet, reserving the rest for later. In another bowl, pour the cottage cheese and mix the shredded cheese together. Spread a thick layer on cottage cheese on top of the taco meat in the skillet. Lay the noodles on top. Another layer of taco meat and then top with remainder of the cottage cheese. Then add the velveeta cheese on the very top, using as much as you want. Put back onto the hot burner and turn down the heat till simmer. Some cooks like to put a cookie sheet under the skillet, in case the lasgna runs over. Cook for at least 10 minutes but no longer than 20 minutes. It is a sinfully cheesy lasgna.

Servings: 6 (for me, 3)


Indian Tacos…yum

I love Indian Tacos. Luckily, I live in a area with a lot of Natives, which means theOT local indian clinic sometimes has a fundraiser…making indian tacos. In Nette’s old hometown the casino has a little cafe that makes em. I was excited when we got into town, a couple days ago, but then my heart was broken when we passed by and it was closed up. I was gonna try to sweet talk them into making an indian taco lunch break but they were closed. This dish is NOT healthy, which is why I don’t have it every day.

Indian Tacos

A pot of beans, not drained. Most authentic is pinto beans and you can use canned

6-10 cups of self rising flour (look at the biscuit recipe on pkg and see if it calls for baking powder. No baking powder is self rising flour)

Parmesan Cheese 1/2 cup, optional

Buttermilk, 1/2 gallon

Mix flour and cheese into large bowl. You can use a little or a lot of cheese, according to you preferences. Slowly add the buttermilk until you have a ball of dough. Sprinkle some flour on the sides of the bowl, kneading the dough. When the dough has the consistancy of play-dough, let it sit for 10-20 minutes. In a deep pot, pour at least 3 inches deep, vegetable oil and heat to boiling hot on medium heat. Pinch a golf ball to tennis ball sized ball of dough. Roll ball in flour. Its easier to pour extra flour in bowl. Flatten the ball but not too much or you’ll get a tortilla. Make sure to drag the flat but thicker bread thru the flour. Drop a tiny piece of bread into the hot grease to test the grease. The bread should drop to the bottom of pot then slowly rise to the top to start frying. Do not move from the frying bread for you will have to turn the bread in your pot so it will brown on both sides. It doesn’t take long for bread to brown so keep an eye on your bread. Drain on paper towels. Some like to sprinkle salt on the bread and eat it plain. Once the bread is done, put one on a plate and pile on the toppings. Lettuce, tomatoes, various cheeses, cooked hamburger meat (some add the meat to the beans) and add the beans. Its simple but good. Oh so good.



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I like to cook but only simple stuff. I am no gourmet, no flashy “lay oregano on top to give it more flair” type. I am a very picky eater so I tend to tweak recipes to suit me. #3 sister, Christine, tends to do most of the cooking now. I used to do most of the cooking but gradually Christine has taken over that job and I let her.

I love going to garage sales and finding old cookbooks for only a dollar. but with this corona virus thang going on, not a lot of folks are putting on garage sales. I like them in the 50’s-60’s but if you can find them older, its a treasure.

I buy new ones too because I know that Christine bought an instapot and loves the thing. Microwave meals are interesting. I get excited for the little spiral notebook kinds, you know the ones that churches put out to fund raise. I have a cousin who loves anything pioneer woman. The really big ones I can usually find at antique stores. You wouldn’t believe a 14 year old nerd/heathen would go to an antique store with us but he will. Eagerly, in fact. He loves the copper toys while we look at everything. We have learned over the years to look in the back of the store for the books. Plain american food is what I like. But I do like to buy others, especially chinese since they all love chinese dishes.

I’m not into garnishing my food since 5 seconds after you put food in front of their faces, they start shoveling it in. We recently moved #2 sister in, various health problems, plus Renee, (my niece,who lives with boyfriend but comes over most days) and her 3 kids, that makes 8 or so people in the house that eat alot. Yep, I am the kind of diabetic that has to eat several times a day plus a big meal for supper. I snack all thru the day to keep the sugar high enough. A 20 oz Pepsi usually takes me 2 days to finish. I try to limit my caffeine since it tends to make me sleepy. Yep, I have a small allergy to caffeine, I can’t even have coffee. I love plain ol water, although I will at times at flavor packets to it.

My dream library would be filled with cookbooks of all kinds. I still go thru the book sections at the local Wal-Mart to just look at all the nice new cookbooks that I need to buy when I win the lottery. lol

I will root around my amazon and ebay stuff to see if I have any interesting books. I usually have a list of books I want but that are not in my budget right now. I will add them later…keep checking back.

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