Category Archives: Sandwiches

Club Quesadillas

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Looking for an easy summer dish? Look no further. This comes together quickly, AND griddles up fast!! (This would also be a great side to have with soup in the colder months, so keep it in mind ~ I know I will!)

* I do not like the taste of mayo, so I use Dijon mustard, honey mustard, or one of the “dippers” listed below in place of mayo.
* Serve this cold or cooked on a griddle, either was is good!

Club Quesadillas
8 (8″) flour tortillas
1/2 c. mayonnaise
8 slices deli turkey meat
8 slices deli ham meat
8 slices provolone cheese
8 strips of bacon, cooked
lettuce leaves
tomato slices
“Dippers” ~ such as ranch, salsa, BBQ sauce, a combo of ranch + salsa, or a combo of mayo + BBQ

Lay out all 8 tortillas and spread some mayonnaise on each one. On 4 of those tortillas, layer the meats and cheese. Top with the other 4 tortillas. Cook on a griddle about 3-5 minutes per side. Quarter and serve with lettuce, tomato and “dipper” of choice. Enjoy. (This may also be left un-cooked as well. It is yummy that way too.)

Recipe from the cookbook “Tasteful Traditions” (Trinity PRC).

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It’s a “small town” kinda thing….. and Basic Burgers & How to Clean Smelly Dish Cloths.

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So I was just thinking. Some blogs are more of “Big City” Blogs ~ you know, everyone knows about them, everyone likes them, everyone wants to go there. Other blogs are more like “Small Town” Blogs ~ not everyone knows about them, or ever visits them. Suiting to my blog and myself. A bit more “Small Town” are we.  In a small town you basically know everyone. Well…..(you KNOW what is coming!!!) …… YOU know me, now I am interested it knowing you!!!!

Give a shout out, say “Hi!”, tell me your favorite color or number. Are you ready for summer??? What is your favorite thing to make/do?? Least favorite thing to make/do? ANYTHING!!!! Made anything REALLY good lately??? I just wonder if this small town has a population more than 5 others, myself and, well, me…..

I will tell you 1 thing. I am DONE (d.o.n.e.) with minute rice, brown and white. It turns out mushy and soggy ~ or maybe it is just me. I have quit them and moved on to long grain longer cooking rice. (UNLESS you have tips, tricks or recipes for me to try involving minutes rice……..) I am fine with the long grain rice. It is basic and I wonder if Ma from the “Little House” Books cooked it? She probably didn’t have minute rice and she was fine. (Though she didn’t have M&M’s,  Sugar Smacks, frozen pizza or many of the store-bought fancies that we have….so I am quite content to be where I am. Though I do enjoy watching a girl in a dress tromp through long grass  with the  wind blowing…. or a nice shady spot under a tree near the creek…….or thinking about wearing long fun dresses.) Anyway. Back to you. “HI!! Nice to meet you!!!

This spring  day is beautifully blustery rainy and chilly. Though, with Memorial weekend coming right up, grilling will be on our minds!! So a burger recipe coming up!!!!

* Usually 1 lb. of ground meat yields about 4 burgers. Though, gauge the size of your buns and/or the people eating the burgers and shape your patties according to that! For my kids I like to make some smaller ones………

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Basic Burgers 

1 tsp. dried onion flakes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 lb. ground beef
8 buns

Mix together the spices and seasonings. Mix well, add the ground beef and mix well. Shape into the size patties you want. Grill, how long?? Well, till your husband brings them in cooked…..oh. Just kidding. Cook over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes, (OF course you may cook your differently!!! Over lower or higher heat for longer OR for shorter…….grills cook differently, so watch carefully and cook till your desired doneness.) flip, cook 3-4 minutes(ish). Till done to your liking.

Take the time to toast your buns if you want to……just 1-2 minutes, cut side down, directly on the grill will give you nice buns. (FOR  your burger……)

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from “Everything Freezes” Cookbook.

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Ever have yucky smelling dish cloth??? Boil them for 7-8 minutes. Takes that smell right out!! Thanks, Kathy, for that very helpful tip!!

Homemade Coffee Cream & Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

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Silly me to share a coffee cream recipe, as I am not a HUGE coffee fan. But my husband is and he likes cream in his coffee. I ran out one day. Not a bit deal, really, BUT I wanted to have it for him. So I made this. It was good. I actually have had a few cups of coffee so I could have the cream. OK, so, my coffee may be more cream than coffee, but whatever……I am OK with that. You drink yours how you like it and I will drink mine how I like it (mine will just get colder faster….).

Go to Cookin’ with Super Pickle to find a nice selection of different Homemade Coffee Cream Recipes. Let me know what you try!!! I would love to hear about it!!! The ones that look good to me are ~ Caramel Vanilla, Peppermint Mocha (of COURSE) and Salted Caramel Mocha.

I followed the base recipe found here and followed the “Vanilla” Flavor idea. (I did skip the 1 tsp. xanthan gum, however.)  I used skim milk  and I added a vanilla bean (scraped the lovely inside out 1st. The vanilla bean startled my husband when it poured out into his coffee…….funny.) along with the vanilla extract.

I will make this again and again. Let me know what you think about Homemade Coffee Cream. Have you made it before? You will try it sometime?? Will it turn YOU into a coffee drinker???? Did you like it if you made it????

Enjoy!!!

Now for a Lunch Box Recipe or a Lunch At Home Recipe or a Simple Dinner Recipe.

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*If your kids are picky (most of mine are) then leave the red peppers off theirs. I usually don’t have salami in the house, so I leave that off. I have also used turkey in place of the ham with GREAT results.  SO, add and take away as your family’s tastes allow!

* IF your tortillas are hard (as in….not super duper fresh) then wrap in a paper towel or plastic wrap and warm slightly in the microwave, it will make rolling MUCH easier!

*As far as a “dipper” goes ~ salsa would work as well! Or ranch dressing or whatever type of sauce your family enjoys.

Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups 

2 TB. olive oil, divided
4 (10″) flour tortillas
1/2 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 lb. thinly sliced deli ham
1/4 lb. thinly sliced Provolone cheese
1/4 lb. thinly sliced hard salami
1/2 c. roasted sweet red peppers, drained and cut up
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
a good sprinkle of oregano or Italian seasoning
pizza sauce for dipping

Brush 1 TB. of the olive oil on one side of all 4 tortillas. Sprinkle with 1/4 c. of Parmesan cheese. Layer the ham, provolone cheese, salami, red peppers and mozzarella cheese evenly over the tortillas. Sprinkle with seasoning.  Fold in the  sides of tortillas and roll up carefully.

Place, seam side down, on baking sheet. Brush tortillas with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese and a shake of seasoning. Bake @ 425° for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.

Serves 4.

Recipe from a Taste of Home magazine.

Patty Melts

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THANK YOU thank you!!! To all who shared their favorites in the year-end round up post!!! (You may still put your “vote” in!) :) That ment a lot to me!! I really do so very enjoying hearing from you all!!!!  LOOKS like the winners are…..drumroll please……. Homemade Burger Buns, Cordon Blue Meatloaf and Grasshopper Dessert!! Thank you guys, I am looking forward to sharing MANY more recipes in 2013!!!! I also look forward to hearing from you all! Thanks to those who have shared recipes with me, I so very much enjoy that too!!! I  look forward to making those that you have shared with me!! If you have a recipe you would like to share, send it to favoritefamilyfoods@hotmail.com. THANKS!!

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I grew up eating this sandwich, yet I ALWAYS seem to forget about it! Then I remember and make it and think “why do I always forget about this??”  (Thank you to a friend for REMINDING me about it!!!)

It is great with soup. It is a great way to use up some leftover French Bread. You can use whatever bread your family would enjoy.

I can usually get 4 good size sandwiches out of this.

Patty Melts  

1 onion, sliced thinly
2 TB. butter
good dash of seasoning salt
1 lb. ground beef
salt & pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
6 slices of provolone or Swiss cheese
8 slices of bread (French, Rye or Pumpernickel)
butter for spreading on bread

Melt the butter in a skillet, add the onions and seasoning salt. Cook till browned and caramelized (usually takes a good 20 minutes or so). Set aside.

Mix together the beef, salt & pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Mix till just combined and shape into 4 patties (aim for a shape that is similar to your bread, so this might be more ovalish then roundish).

Cook patties, both sides,  in a skillet (I spray well with cooking spray) till cooked through.

Butter all the slices of bread on one side.

Assembly:  (I do this right on the griddle, spray with cooking spray 1st).
1 slice of bread, butter side down
1 slice of cheese
1 cooked beef patty
some onions
1/2 slice of cheese
1 slice of bread, butter side up

Brown on each side. Serve. Enjoy!!!

Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing & An Easy Egg Sandwich

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Aldi Ad Fun for Dec. 5 ~ Dec. 11.

(Not a complete list, just some things that JUMPED out at me. For a complete list AND a look at the “Switch & Save” Section look no further than right here!)

* You can get a Turkey for $1.19 per lb.

* Hams range from 99¢ to $1.49 per lb.

*16 oz. fresh Green Beans ~ $1.29

* 4 lb. Navel Oranges ~ $1.99

* 5 lb. Red Potatoes ~ 99¢

* 1 lb. Broccoli ~ 99¢

* 3 lb. Clementines ~ $2.99 ( GREAT for kids, easy to peel and NO seeds!)

* 7 oz. jar of Marshmallow Creme ~ 79¢

* 6 oz. Graham Cracker Crust ~ 99¢

* 12 oz. Chocolate Chips (Semi-Sweet, Milk, White and Butterscotch) ~ $1.29

* 8 oz. Lite or Regular Whipped Topping ~ 89¢

* 32 oz. Egg Nog ~ $1.89

* 32 oz. Chocolate Mint Milk ~ $1.99 (ummmm…..interesting…..) 

* 12 oz. Loven’ Fresh French Baguette ~ $1.99

* 12 oz. Loven’ Fresh Sandwich Skinnys  (NOT actually in the ad this week) ~ (Sorry, cannot remember the price, I picked a pack up last week while shopping. I had never bought them before, but will AGAIN! I wanted to tell you about them, in case you have seen them and wondered about them  too!) See recipes below for a delicious use for these Sandwich Skinnys!

Recipe Time!

When I was younger I did not enjoy Chicken Salad, but I have since begun to enjoy it. There are SO many varieties and it is fun to try new ones. This is a unique chicken salad, being that it is a bit sweeter then the “normal” (from the Poppy Seed Dressing) and  mayo free (unless you add a bit after it is chilled, see recipe below).  I am glad I tried it, I will be making it again.  If you are looking for a unique recipe, this might just be it!

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Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing  
2 c. cooked, cut-up chicken
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. Poppy Seed Dressing
1/2 c. cream cheese (I used about 4 oz.), softened cream cheese
1/4 c. craisins
lettuce
bread of choice

Combine the chicken, onions and walnuts. Mix together the Poppy Seed Dressing and softened cream cheese. Add to the chicken mixture, stir to coat. Add the craisins. Stir. Chill a few hours. (It might dry up a bit as it chills, I added a spoonful of mayo and a bit more Poppy Seed Dressing.)  Serve on tortilla, lettuce leave cups, toasted English Muffins or Sandwich Skinnys (see above note) with lettuce.  Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

Another Fun Recipe Idea!

I will call this An Easy Egg Sandwich, though I am not so sure it IS a recipe…..I made this egg sandwich by using a Sandwich Skinny bread and scrambled eggs that were leftover from another meal.

Open the bread up, put some eggs on, top with cheese (I already had cheese in the eggs, so I did not), feel free to add some meat too IF you want to. Wrap in foil and cook @ 350° for 20 minutes or so, till warmed through. My kids and I enjoyed this for lunch the other day! Enjoy!

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A Guest Post, Give-Away Winner Announced AND Ham & Cheese Crescent Rolls ( Lunch Box Series Part 4) and Raisin Bread Grilled Sandwich

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My friend Lisa is doing a fun series called “31 Days of $aving Money in the Kitchen” and she asked me to do a guest post about Aldi. I had a lot of fun with it! Check out the posts here and here. AND be sure to check out her “31 Series”! I have enjoyed reading it and I hope you do too!

Thanks to those who participated in the fall give-away!! I want you to know that I really appreciated the time you took to “enter” ~ it was both fun and helpful to me!!!  (OH, and honestly any kinda comment , good, bad, helpful, funny IS FUN!!! Thanks!) The randomly chosen winner is…….drum roll, please……

Carrie for this comment ~ “Nice idea Bobbi! Not only do you give us good recipes to use, you also are giving us gifts! :) And YES, I like your Aldi stuff that you post. I have added to my grocery list many times since you started doing that! Keep it up!”

Carrie, let me know what you would enjoy, the Pumpkin Pie Spice OR Caramel Sauce.  🙂  Either let me know here in the comment section or at favoritefamilyfoods@hotmail.com. Thanks!!

Another quick, easy, delicious “sandwich” to pack in your kids lunches heading YOUR way! 

* Add whatever cheese your kids like, whatever meat, or sauce (like pizza sauce….then add mozzarella cheese and pepperoni), use you imagination or let your kids pick!!

* Land o’ Lakes deli american cheese works GREAT with these. Melts real good. Or use a “harder” cheese, like cheddar or Colby jack or pepper jack. 

Ham & Cheese Crescent Rolls 
1 pkg. refrigerated crescent rolls 
4 slices of ham, cut in half
4 slices of cheese, cut in half

Unroll the crescent roll dough into 8 triangles. Top with a half slice of cheese and a half slice of ham (or load on as MUCH as you want to!).  Roll up into a crescent shape and bake @ 375° for about 13-15 minutes. Cool. Pack in lunch box.  (I make the day before.) Enjoy!!

Recipe from Kristen. Genius. 

How about a savory sandwich made out of raisin bread?

Oh, good, you are still here! I know I know….sounds CRAZY. IT is good. I usually make it for myself for lunch. One of my little guys usually snags some of it though! One night, however, I sheepishly made it for dinner along with real grilled cheese. Thinking my husband wouldn’t notice and ask “WHAT are you eating??” Well…. he noticed….and ate one…….drummmroll….he liked it! It is savory and sweet and good. (I think.)

* This is one of those recipe I promised you when I told you about Pepper Jelly.

* I use whatever cheese I have. The original recipe calls for Havarti, I have used, cheddar, monetary jack, pepper jack and  swiss. Just use what you like. Maybe NOT American or velveeta, THAT would not be right. 

* I have used turkey lunch meat as well. 

Raisin Bread Grilled Sandwich
4 slices of cinnamon-raisin bread

2 TB. pepper jelly
4 slices of deli chicken breast
3 oz. of cheese of choice (Ex. Havarti, cheddar, pepper jack, swiss)
1 TB. soft butter  

Spread two slices of bread with pepper jelly. Layer with chicken and cheese, top with the remaining bread slices. Butter the outside of the sandwiches. 

In a large skillet, over medium heat, toast sandwiches 2-3 minutes per side, or until cheese is melted and bread is browned. Enjoy. 

Serves 2. 

Recipe from Taste of Home. 

Lunch Box Items Part 3: Pickle Rolls & Chewy Granola Bars

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In a constant effort to keep lunches not only excitable bit also EATEN and not brought home, I am always trying new ideas. My kids and husband had this for lunch one day and they all enjoyed it. I even made it for those of us who were at home. It does not refrigerate over night the best, as sometimes the juice from the pickle can get the tortilla soggy *ugh*, so it is best to make this in the morning (though I have done it at night just be sure to dry off your pickle!)

Pickle Rolls
4 tortillas, the 6 ” ones fit the pickles the closest
4  dill pickle spears
4-8 slices of ham
softened cream cheese (about 4 oz. I would say)

Cut each pickle in half, lengthwise. Lay your pickles on a couple of paper towels to drain any extra liquid, this will help your tortilla from NOT being soggy. Spread a nice layer of cream cheese over your WHOLE tortilla. Lay 1-2 pieces of ham over the cream cheese.  Lay a two dill pickle spears (equaling one because you cut it in half) towards the top of the tortilla. Tuck the tortilla edge over the pickle and roll up. Secure with toothpicks….reminding your loved ones that there ARE toothpicks in there.  I like to chill for about 1 hour, it sets the cream cheese and the roll with then hold better and you can remove the toothpicks. Slice in two and pack in your child’s lunch box WITH an ice pack. Enjoy!

I have made Crunchy Granola Bars and they were a hit here, BUT I wanted to try a Chewy Granola Bar recipe I found…..GLAD I did! Yum. My family ALL enjoyed them. A great snack to have and a GREAT addition to your child (or husbands) lunch box. I cut these to 24, put them in baggies, loaded them into a container and walaa… just take one out and throw in the lunch box. Easy Peasy. I hope you give them a whirl. Thanks to Lisa for a delicious recipe. Check it out here!