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Patty Melts


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!!!


Green Bean Casserole


Aldi Sales for Nov. 7 ~ 13.

Here are some items that caught my eye THIS week at Aldi. Don’t forget to continue to stock up on the seasonal baking items!!!  I am ALSO noticing that they have all things needed for your Thanksgiving Dinner ~ Stuffing Mix, Green Beans, Instant Potatoes, Gravy, Cream Soups, etc.   

* There is a lovely section of Ham ranging in price from 99¢ to $1.49 per lb.

* Time for Turkey!!! Grab one to serve on Thanksgiving and one to freeze to cook at a later date! I like to cook a whole turkey for us for dinner one night and shred ALL the rest and freeze in 2 c. portions to use later in casseroles, sandwiches, etc. Aldi’s price for Turkey this week is  $1.19 per lb.

* Cream Cheese (99¢), Butter ($1.99), Crescent Rolls (99¢) and Cheese Blocks ($1.49) are the same as last week!

*An 8 oz. container of  Whipped Topping is 89¢.

* A box of 10 Buttermilk Waffles (in the freezer section) is $1.29. A 32 oz. box of Buttermilk Pancake Mix is $1.29.

* 3 lb. bag of Apples is $2.19.

* 2 lb. bag of Pears is $1.69.

* Grapefruits are 39¢ each.

* Banana’s are 29¢ per lb.

* A Pineapple is 99¢.

BEFORE I get to the recipe FOR today. I want to say that I am giddy. Fall makes me giddy. I cannot help it. It is the beginning of the Holiday Festivities. It is cold, it is dark, it is pretty. You have to snuggle to keep warm and drink hot drinks. You get to eat fall foods. Cook in your crock pot. Wear hoodies that probably fit your husband BETTER than yourself. Candles are lit.  Deer are easier to spot. Memories are made. Do you like fall? Does it make you feel “twitterpayted”??? (Or excited I should say…..pardon my “Bambi” lingo.) I want to hear your favorite or least favorite part about fall!!!   I will start.   Well.  I like everything. Sorry I cheated.

Now a Thanksgivingish Recipe with ALL ingredients available at Aldi!

Some of us have grown up with the oh so traditional “Green Bean Casserole” ~ you know the one, with cream soup, milk, green beans and the crispy fried onions?!?!? That was always one I enjoyed (still do), my family as well (why does it seem that I need to “hide” veggies IN some kind of sauce or dressing or something for the kids to eat it better?!?!?!)

I have been enjoying making my own cream soup, with much success, avoiding using canned cream soup, if I can ~ so this recipe caught my eye! This is a bit of a different from the more traditional recipe with the sour cream and crunchy corn flakes. It is a keeper. See ya later old recipe, hello new….oh, hey, if you really like those crunchy fried onions, you can STILL add them to the topping, no problem! 😉

Green Bean Casserole 
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. onion, chopped fine
2 TB. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. sour cream
2 cans of green beans, drained
1 c. cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. crushed corn flakes
cooking spray
Melt the butter, add the onions and cook a minute or two. Add the flour, salt and pepper, whisk till smooth. Add the milk, cook till thickened ~ add the sour cream and heat through. Add the green beans and stir to combine. Pour into a greased baking dish, I used my 7″ x 11″ pan. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, than corn flake crumbs. Spray the crumbs, carefully (if you spray to close the crumbs with go a flyin’, with the cooking spray. Bake @ 350* for 20-30 (Mine was cold cause I made it early in the day, so it took closer to 30, if you are making it and baking it right away, it will probably only take 20.) minutes or till hot and bubbly. Enjoy!!

Recipe adapted from Peace Potluck Cookbook.

Beer Brats & Grasshopper Dessert


Yep, it is Wednesday! Time for Aldi sales! Sales are from Sept. 19-Sept. 25.

    (I had about 5 recipes to share this week….that is TOO many, so I had to choose  only 2……THAT was hard….SUCH good veggie sales this week!!)
*Broccoli is $0.99 for a 1 lb. package. I will be getting some to make this Broccoli Salad!!
* A head of cabbage is $0.69, I have 2 salads that I enjoy to make for my family, why pick??? I might just make Cabbage Crunchy Apple Slaw and Chinese Salad, will you???
*Red Potatoes are really good and for $0.79 for a 5-lb. bag ~ they are FANTASTIC!!! Now to choose between…..BLT Red Potatoes or Ranch Potatoes??
* Cauliflower is $0.99 each. I will grab one and get you a recipe ANOTHER day!! 🙂
* One of our favorite snacks is the Savoritz Wheat crackers. Plain OR dipped in BLT Dip or Pepper Jelly ~ have you tried either of these yet???
* I know that it is not “grilling” season per say, BUT Aldi has brats on sale, so that means I get to share a  “brat” recipe with you!!! (I have not tried these particular brats from Aldi….sorry, cannot give a true “critique” of those ~ had anyone tried them?? Are they good??? Prices range from $2.69 – $2.99 for 8oz.-16 oz. pkgs.
* Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies (aka Oreos….) are on special for $1.89. They have chocolate or mint, lets enjoy a taste of the Holidays with Grasshopper Dessert!!! (Or file this for your holiday parties….not me, I will be making it ASAP!!! (again….)

As always, I would love to hear if you tried anything, liked or disliked anything ~ maybe I shared a recipe that you already know and love!! I would love to hear about it all!! Lets have a gab session….oh.. Hey, don’t forget IF you have a recipe your family LOVES and want to share it with me, so I can make it and share it with EVERYONE, share it here @  favoritefamilyfoods@hotmail.com  !!!

Now for the recipes……

I really wanted to make this for my husband, he had been requesting brats and I wanted to make them “special” ~ it WAS easy, and delish…..and I don’t like beer, but the flavor was nice. I had eaten “beer brats” before, but have never made them. I will FOR SURE do it again, it was nice to have them simmered and ready to go when we were ready to throw them on the grill. Just keep in mind that the red pepper flakes pack a wallop of heat ~ so go for less if you are not into that sorta thing!!! Enjoy this truely summer treat.

Beer Brats
2 cans of beer
1 onion, chopped
5 brats (good quality ones IF you can get your hands on them)
3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Bring the beer and onion to a boil, I used my large deepish skillet for this. Add the rest of the ingredients and lower the heat to medium and cook about 10-12 minutes. Take the brats out and grill, just keep on eye on them and turn them when they need to be and talk to my husband more about the about of time and doneness and when to take them off I am not even going to pretend to tell you how long they took to cook and he is not here right now to remind me….breath…..moving on. Simmer the onions till liquid is cooked down a bit and onions are wonderfully tender. Serve the brats on buns with the onions and mustard. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from a recipe shared with me from a friend via Facebook.

Ready for DESSERT!????!!!

Anyone enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream??? Mint Meltaways?? Grasshopper cookies? Mint Oreos?? York Peppermint patties??? Maybe you are in? Maybe you are not. I just know that mint/chocolate is wonderful combination that I have loved for as long as I can remember. I was hot, I was hungry, I wanted something cold for dessert (I know…..making this “Christmas lookin’ ” dessert in the summer, I must be CRAZY!….. I was going to wait till  the holidays ~ to share this with you ~ but it is not MY fault that Aldi has mint Oreos NOW……NOR will you find me complaining, just all the more I can make this dessert!!  We fought over the leftovers the 1st time I made it, so since then ~ yep, I double it to a 9″ x 13″ pan. 🙂 Nice and versatile.

* I used this Hot Fudge Sauce. (Cooled NOT actually hot.) Though I am sure that a hot fudge sauce from the store will be fine, you do NOT want to use chocolate syrup though, it will most definitely change the whole consistency of this thing I am sure!

* Mint oil can be found in the cake baking section of stores like Wal-Mart or Joanne’s. It has a VERY strong flavor without using much, so proceed with caution and just start with a drop, taste, add a drop, taste, go from there. IF you go over board your nose will begin to feel like you have a peppermint stuck in there…sorry. I would imagine you could also use mint extract, though I have not tried it that way. Start with 1/2 tsp. or so, that would be my guess.

Grasshopper Dessert 
15 Mint Oreos, crushed
1 1/2 TB. melted butter
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. HOT FUDGE sauce (from the store or maybe this one?)
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed and divided to 2 – 4 oz. sections
mint oil
green food coloring, opt.
1-2 mint candy canes, crushed (or crushed Starlight mints)
3 TB. (or so) of mini chocolate chips
Combine the crushed Oreos and the butter, press this mixture into the bottom of a 9″ square pan. Set aside. Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar, add the hot fudge (not hot though :)) and beat just till combined. Fold in 4 oz. of the Cool Whip. Pour into crust. Set aside. Fold a drop of mint oil in the remaining 4 oz. of Cool Whip, stir ~ give  it a taste and see if you need to add another drop you two. You want a nice mint flavor, nothing TOO overpowering. Add a drop or two of green food coloring. Stir, spread over chocolate layer. Top with crushed candy canes and mini chocolate chips. Freeze. ENJOY!!!

Avocado Ranch Dip, Yellow Summer Squash Relish & Whole Grain Waffles


Aldi Sales for the week of Sept. 12-18.

Sorry for my lack of Aldi “recipes” this week. I only have one to share. That is Avocado Ranch Dip. I also wanted to share a canning recipe, it IS harvest time!!! 🙂 Also, school is back in session and I know that it is important to give those kids a good hearty breakfast so they have energy for the day of school ahead of them.  So look for those recipes here too! I hope you enjoy!(~ and missed me  recieving new recipes a little bit during my “break” from the computer, I am happy to be back at it!!!)

* Avocados are $0.49 each. A recipe using avocados coming up…..
* Roma Tomatoes are $0.69 for a 1 lb. pkg. I like to use Romas A LOT. Here are some of the recipes I like to use them in.Pico de Gallo (grab some avocados and you can make quac too….) (I know I am a broken record when it comes to guacamole, saying over and over that it is good ~ but really, it is fantastic and a great side to tacos!), BLT Dip,  Grilled Veggies and remember that Romas are great on sandwiches and pizza too!
* Mangos are $0.59 each, they are not only delicious as a snack but also in Ranch Chicken Wraps.

I recently saw this recipe at Beth’s Favorite Recipes. It jumped out at me and I had a ripe avocado just waiting to be used, so I made it and we had it for lunch and it was very good. It does get brownish after a day or so ~ I had a feeling that would happen so I halved it. I think it would be a nice sandwich or tortilla spread as well.  I did not have chives, so I left those out as well. Check the recipe out here! I hope you enjoy too!

My family in a family of pickle eaters, they enjoy relish too ~ so I knew that this recipe would be a fun one to try out. Not only is it delicious but it is also pretty in the jars. This is an easy canning recipe, not too intimidating ~ just remember that it DOES start the night before, ELSE you might just be disappointed when you go to make it one morning and realize you CANNOT cause you should have started the day before……

* I used a mixture of zucchini (about 2 cups) and yellow summer squash (about 8 cups). IT made it really pretty.

* Please do not use any bowls or cups or mugs that you REALLY love, cause the tumeric WILL turn those things yellow….I now have a lovely 1/2 yellow 1/2 white mug that I am pretty sure will either be really COOL to drink out of or be the one that everyone avoids….

* This yields about 6 1/2 pints.

Yellow Summer Squash Relish
10 c. shredded yellow summer squash
2 large onions, chopped finely
2 large green  peppers, chopped finely
6 TB. canning salt
4 c. sugar
3 c. apple cider vinegar
1 TB. celery seed
1 TB. ground mustard
1 TB. tumeric
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. pepper
Combine the 1st 4, mix well and chill overnight. In the morning drain well, rinse, drain again. In a large pot mix together the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Add the squash mixture and bring back to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes. Ladle into pint size jars and process for 15 minutes. Allow to set on your counter for 24 hours. Check to see if they all sealed. IF any did not they need to go in your fridge to be eaten right away, the others can go in your pantry to enjoy all winter long. Enjoy.

Recipe from Country Women magazine.

If you like waffles, you will like these. They cook up nicely in the waffle iron and are  good for you! Top with your choice of waffle topping~ syrup or butter, powdered sugar, whipped cream or strawberries ~ however you top it, it should be a hit!

Yields about 6 waffles, so we always double.

Whole Grain Waffles
1/2 c.flour
1/2 c. wheat flour
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1 TB. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 c. milk
1 TB.oil
1 egg
Heat your waffle iron. Whisk the egg, oil and milk together. Add the remaining ingredients and mix just till combined. I usually let the mixture set for about 5 minutes.  Spray waffle iron with cooking spray and cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.  Enjoy.

Recipe originality unknown, a recipe I have been using for years.

Brat Burgers


I was going to call these ~ “Deconstructed Brat Burgers” ~ but wasn’t so sure about the title…..maybe “Reconstructed Brat Burgers”….then decided it was too much to say. I have been contemplating these for a while now, wondering how I would make them, what to put in them and what to top them with! I told my husband the other night about my plan and he said “why not leave a brat as a brat?” My genius response was “cause.” So here you go. My family enjoyed these and I hope your’s does too!

* I think brats are ment to be topped with mustard and onions, so that is what I put in it. Have fun with your toppings. We went with tomato, lettuce, ketchup and BBQ sauce. Sorry if we broke some brat rules….

* Double the onion mixture if you want more for the top! Just put 1/2 in the meat and set the other 1/2 aside. I WILL be doing this next time for sure!

* If you are looking for a good burger bun….try these!

Brat Burgers  
1 1/2 lb. good quality brats
1 TB. mustard
1 1/4 c. onions, chopped up small
1 TB. butter
1/4 – 1/2 c. beer
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Saute the onions in butter till tender and are a lovely brown color (15 minutes or so). Add the beer, (the rest goes to the cook IF you like that sorta thing or your husband or save for another use) seasoned salt and garlic powder. Cook till liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes on low. Set aside to cool a bit. Squeeze the meat out of the casings (sorry) and put in bowl, add the mustard and cooled off onion mixture. Mix well and form into 6 patties. Grill on low for 6-8 minutes (remembering to close the grill lid, don’t be distracted by your dirty hands….). Flip and cook another 5 minutes or so. Cooking time varies when lid is left open depending on each grill. Serve on buns with desired toppings. Enjoy!!

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I just linked this recipe to lifeasmom.com. She has something called a recipe swap over there where you share your recipes….it was all about “man” food for Father’s Day, this seems like a perfect Father’s Day weekend food! Check out some other “manly” dishes! have fun!

Also linked to Six Sister’s Stuff.