Category: Side dishes

Top 5 Recipes of 2016

From Meatball Baked Ziti to Strawberry Fluff Salad, these are the top 5 most clicked on recipes from 2016. Since 2016 just came to a close, I am thrilled to share the top 5 Cooking Up Cottage recipes of last year.  Now It seems you all enjoy a good main dish for a weeknight along with some goodies for dessert so I’ll be sure to include more of those recipes in 2017!  

1. Baked Ziti with Meatballs – This recipe features homemade meatballs, a delightful amount of gooey cheeses all mixed together with a hearty ziti pasta. [GET THE RECIPE HERE]

2. Cream Cheese and Chive Stuffed Chicken – This chicken recipe stays so moist when cooked to perfection, because it is baked in butter and its crispy coating holds in the juices. [GET THE RECIPE HERE]

3. Chicken Pot Pie – This recipe is so simple that your kids can help make it on those busy weeknights. And, it’s healthy since it’s packed full of vegetables so you can feel good about getting the kids to eat their corn, beans, carrots, peas, and green beans. The best part of this dish is the flakey, buttery crescent roll topping that is woven over the filling.  [GET THE RECIPE HERE]

4. Strawberry Fluff Salad – This is a fun, light, and fluffy salad. It will satisfy your party guests with its sweet flavor and heavenly fresh strawberries. [GET THE RECIPE HERE]

5. Blueberry Bars – This bar will make your taste buds dance. It has a blueberry topping on a wonderfully buttery cake. [GET THE RECIPE HERE] 

Happy New Year!

Green Bean Casserole

Today I’m featuring a classic recipe that is a holiday meal favorite! My family has been wondering why this particular recipe wasn’t on the blog yet, since we’ve all gotten used to relying on this blog for our “grocery list” when we go to the store for ingredients. It’s so nice not having to carry around the paper recipe, not having to write down a list of ingredients. Now we just look it up on the phone, and we’re all set. Now my family is starting to name off a list of recipes that I need to feature, and Green Bean Casserole made the top of the list this week. This recipe is so simple to make, and it only requires four basic ingredients that combine to make a wonderful mixture topped with crunchy, flavorful, fried onions. So if you are bringing a dish to your family’s meal or you’re hosting a dinner, choose this family favorite for a guaranteed thumbs up from the bunch.

bean-1Start by greasing a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. If you are making this dish for a large crowd you will need to double the recipe and use a bigger casserole dish. Then drain the two cans of green beans.

draining-beansThen put one can of beans in the bottom of the casserole dish.

green-bean-layerMix the can of soup and 1/2 of an empty soup can of milk in a bowl.

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Pour half of this mixture over the beans.

soup-layerNow add a layer of 3/4 of the can of crispy fried onions.

onion-layerAdd the other can of beans, the rest of the soup mixture, and then the rest of the onions.

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Now bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Green Bean Casserole
Serves 6
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 (14.5 oz.) cans of green beans
  2. 1 (10 1/2 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup
  3. 1 (2.8 oz.) can crispy fried onion rings
  4. 1/2 of a soup can of milk
Instructions
  1. Start by greasing a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. If you are making this dish for a large crowd you will need to double the recipe and use a bigger casserole dish. Then drain the two cans of green beans.
  2. Then put one can of beans in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  3. Mix the can of soup and 1/2 of an empty soup can of milk in a bowl.
  4. Pour half of this mixture over the beans.
  5. Now add a layer of 3/4 of the can of crispy fried onions.
  6. Add the other can of beans, the rest of the soup mixture, and then the rest of the onions.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
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Spring Pasta Salad

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The first day of Spring was last Sunday and if you are like me you are starting to plan and dream about your garden. I have a large flower garden in my back yard so usually I am dreaming about what flowers to plant.

FullSizeRenderHowever, for the past few years I have grown a few vegetables, and many of the vegetables I have grown are included in this flavorful Spring Pasta Salad: radishes, green pepper, red onions, and grape tomatoes.  These four main vegetables come together beautifully as they get tossed into a tangy dressing with shell pasta.  This combination is perfect for any celebration including Easter which will be here before you know it.

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Start by boiling 1 (16 oz.) package of medium pasta shells according to the package directions.shellsboiling pasta

While the noodles are boiling, chop 1 cup of red onions, 1 cup of green peppers, 1 cup of sliced radishes and cut 1 pint of grape tomatoes by cutting each tomato in half.tomaotes , onions, green peppers and tomatoes

Now set the vegetables to the side and mix up your dressing.  In a bowl combine the 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of sugar.

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Drain your pasta and rinse it in cold water.  Now you can mix everything together in a large bowl.

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Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before you serve to let the flavors mix together.

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Spring Pasta Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 oz.) package of medium pasta shells
  • 1 cup of chopped red onions
  • 1 cup of chopped green peppers
  • 1 cup of sliced radishes
  • 1 pint of grape or cherry tomatoes (cut each tomato in half)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of sugar
Instructions
  1. Start by boiling 1 (16 oz.) package of medium pasta shells according to the package directions.
  2. While the noodles are boiling, chop 1 cup of red onions, 1 cup of green peppers, 1 cup of sliced radishes and cut 1 pint of grape tomatoes by cutting each tomato in half.
  3. Now set the vegetables to the side and mix up your dressing. In a bowl combine the 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups of mayonnaise, ½ cup of white vinegar, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and ½ cup of sugar.
  4. Drain your pasta and rinse it in cold water. Now you can mix everything together in a large bowl.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before you serve to let the flavors mix together.

 

 

 

Scalloped Corn

Scalloped Corn 1Today I’m featuring an old-fashioned side dish that will take you down memory lane and become an instant favorite at your holiday table. It’s quick and easy to make, because it features just a handful of ingredients. My family always has a cream style corn recipe on our holiday table whether it is Creamed Corn Cornbread or Scalloped Corn.  They are both great choices and everyone has their favorite. This recipe is simple and topped with the richness of hand buttered saltines.  So if you need a quick side dish for Thanksgiving, look no further than this Scalloped Corn recipe.

Scalloped corn 2For this recipe you will need 2 (14.75) ounce cans of cream style corn, 1 cup of milk, 1 well-beaten egg, 35 crushed saltine crackers, 2 tablespoons dried minced onion, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and 20 crushed and buttered saltine crackers for the top.

ingredients for scalloped corn

Mix two cans of cream style corn with the milk and then stir in one well beaten egg.

mixing in milkNext crush 35 saltines in a bag into fine pieces.

crackers in bagPour the crackers into the corn.

mixing in crackersNow add 2 tablespoons of dried minced onion, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper to the corn mixture.

adding onion Butter 20 saltine crackers.

buttering crackersCrush the saltines in a bag.

crushing buttered crackersPour the corn mixture in a greased 8 inch baking dish and top with the buttered crackers.corn with buttered crackers on topBake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.  Now you have the perfect old-fashioned side dish to feed to your holiday guests.

Scalloped Corn

Ingredients

  • 2 (14.75 ounce) cans of cream style corn
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 well-beaten egg
  • 35 saltine crackers crushed into crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of finely minced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 20 buttered saltine crackers crushed into crumbs for the top

Instructions

  1. Mix two cans of cream style corn with the milk and then stir in one well beaten egg.
  2. Next crush 35 saltines in a bag into fine pieces.
  3. Pour the crackers into the corn.
  4. Now add 2 tablespoons of dried minced onion, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper to the corn mixture.
  5. Butter 20 saltine crackers. Crush the saltines in a bag.
  6. Pour the corn mixture in a greased 8 inch baking dish and top with the buttered crackers.
  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.
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