Friday, June 28, 2013

Yummy Cheese Potatoes

Funeral Potatoes, Potato Casserole, Cheese Potatoes,  it has many names, but no matter how or what you name it,  they taste good!

This first time I ever ate these yummy potatoes, I was a teenage girl visiting my Great-Grandma and Grandpa at their home in Bountiful Utah.  We were having our annual visit to "Operation Grandma and Grandpa's house" ( a name I gave them when I was a year old just learning to talk.  Grandma had open heart surgery at that time and the name stuck.  Of course it helped me keep all my Grandparents straight since I was fifth generation living on two differnet lines with still two more sets of Grandparents on the other side.) I was extremely blessed to know my Great Grandparents.  They had a huge impact on my life.  Grandpa died in 1994 and Grandma in 1998, I grew up with them always around and being a part of my life.  My husband got to meet them and get to know them.  Two of my children were born while Grandma was still living.  We knew them well, saw them often and felt their love for us always.  I can never smell cheese potatoes or peaches and not think of them.  Grandma always invited all the extended family over for a dinner and visit while we were in town and I remember her telling us that she had a new reciepe she wanted to try out on all of us while we we there.  Grandma was an excellent cook.  Everything I ever ate made by her tasted Oh So Good!  These  spuds were no different!  Since that time they have become a yummy potatoe dish that we serve up often.  I don't like to call them funeral potatoes...though I know alot of people call them that because they are served  at a lot of funeral dinners...I don't like to eat a dish with the name funeral apart of it.  So cheese potatoes is what we call them at our house....
This is all you need. Potatoes that have been boiled, peeled and diced up, or you can cheat and do frozen hash browns, which a lot of people, I know make them that way.  My family doesn't like them the frozen hash brown way.  To mushy!  I do make them that way sometimes when I haven't gotten the time to boil potatoes and all that.  But it's rare I make them with hash browns.  If you haven't ever tried boiling the spuds and dicing them up this way, you totally should try.  It is way better!  You need some cheese, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper and I like cheddar cheese soup and cream of chicken in it.

This is what this looks like before it has gone into the oven to bake or warm through..

All done.  Yummy cheesy potatoe goodness!  Makes me thing of my sweet Operation Grandma everytime.

Cheese Potatoes
7 medium- boiled, peeled, diced potatoes
1/2 pint sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup green onions, or yellow onion
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 can cheddar cheese soup ( if you want,  I love it this way!)

Put potatoes in a 9 x 13 pan, evenly.  Melt some butter ( about 1/2 a cube) on stove and add onions.  Stir in soup, sour cream and cheese.  Heat together.  Pour over potatoes and stir in.  If it seems a little dry you can add a little bit of milk.  Stir that in.    Crush cornflakes really fine and add 1/2 tbsp of butter or margarine, melted to the cornflakes.  Spread that on top of potatoes and add a little grated cheese to the top; not very much.  Heat in oven until nice and hot @ 350 degrees.   Serves 10-12

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

White Cake Strawberry Dessert

This picture makes my mouth water all over again!  This is one of my most favorite desserts.  It makes me sad that I shouldn't eat it, I have a bite anyway.  This is a super fast and easy  to whip up anytime strawberries are in the store.  I always keep the other ingredients on hand.  It makes it really easy.  I will say this dessert is best the day you make it.  You don't have to make in in sheet cake form like I show here either.  You can make it in a 9x13 pan.  You just have more cake that way and it doesn't go as far.  I usually make it on a cookie sheet and the just share with some extended family or neighbors.  It doesn't last long in the fridge 2 days max!  You will see what I mean if you have lots of left overs, you just can't eat it fast enough.

Raspberry Or Strawberry Cake

1 White cake mix, use whole eggs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 box Danish Dessert (When I do a sheet cake Style I use 2 boxes & Add more berries)
8oz cream Cheese
8oz. Cool Whip
2 cups of berries, drained

Bake cake as directed on box.  Let cool.  After Cake has cooled.  Mix the cream Cheese, powdered sugar, and Cool whip in a mixer.  Spread over the cake.  Cook the Danish Dessert and fold in the berries.  Smooth it over the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate for 4 hours serve.


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