I've shared some of Jake's favorite recipes so I thought it only fair if I shared one of mine; I love Navajo Tacos.

They are easy, taste divine AND they can be a dinner and dessert in one! 

What is not perfect about that?!
What you'll need:

2-3 cans of Chile (I am just a Chile bean kind of girl, so sue me!)
1 pkg Rhodes Dinner Rolls
Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Toppings:
Lettuce, shredded 
Tomatoes, chopped
Onion, chopped
Shredded Cheese
If you want to have some dessert scones you want to add... 

Butter
Honey
Powder Sugar 

and whatever else tickles your fancy to your grocery list.

Start by taking out your dough and laying your rolls out on a baking sheet. 
The dough needs to rise. 

You can take it out earlier in the day and leave a clean dish towel over the top 
OR 
if you are lazy like me you can force your dough to rise sooner. You do this by turning your oven to the 100 oF or less and pop in your rolls with pot of water on the rack below them. 

Keep a good eye on them! You don't want to cook them...just raise and fluff them :)
Prepare your toppings while your dough is rising...

Once the dough is done start stretching it. You want to make them into flatter "plate-like" circles. How is that for a confusing description?

You can check out my picture below!
While you are stretching your dough, heat up your oil; I put mine on medium heat. 

You want enough oil to be able to fry your scones...

I test to make sure it is hot enough by taking a small piece of dough and tossing it in. If it starts bubbling and browning the oil is hot enough.
Take your flattened dough and throw a couple onto your heated oil, I usually do two at a time so I don't burn them. 

No one likes burned scones!
The scones will cook quickly so make sure you watch carefully.

Mine usually cook in a minute or so. You also want to make sure you flip them and cook both sides. You can see my cooked scones in the above right photo.
Pile on your goodies and enjoy!!! 
 
 
Alright alright so this one doesn't actually have a particular recipe either, mostly because it is so simple. I make variations of this all the time. Enjoy!
What you'll need:

1 lb Meat 
*(You can use Chicken, Steak, Kalbalsa Sausage etc.)
1-2 Bell Peppers, chopped
1-2 Zucchini, sliced
1 Onion, chopped
1/2-1 C Carrots, chopped
1/4 C Soy Sauce
1 1/2 C Rice, prepared
Start by cooking your rice, I usually make about 1 1/2 C for Jake and I; I usually have enough left overs to make 4 complete servings.

Throw your meat in your pan and let it cook. Add you veggies and let them saute' in your meat juices.
Jake doesn't like soft zucchini or carrots so I throw those in at the very last...
Throw in your Soy Sauce and serve over rice.

Sometimes if I have a package stir fry mix I throw that in too. The packets are good if you want more of a sauce; the soy sauce just adds flavor not a thickness.
 
 
I found this recipe after and outing with Jake to Olive Garden, he loves Olive Garden. He had decided to try their eggplant parmeasan just for somthing new and fell in love. 

Natrually, being a newly wed (this was our first year) I wanted to impress him by making some for him. I googled and it has been so long that I don't remember my source. 

Sorry!

But it is Mmm-mmm good!
What you'll need:

1 Eggplant, sliced 1/2" thick pieces
1/3 C Parmesan cheese
1/2 C Flour
1/2 C Bread crumbs
2-3 Eggs
1 pkg SpagettiSpagetti sauce (I used Prego, but you can also make your own; see below*)

Start by boiling your water...
Pre-heat your oven to 400 oF
Then you want to prepare your eggplant; slice it into 1/2" peices
Next crack your eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk!
Mix the rest of your ingredients in a separate bowl; flour, parmesan cheese & breadcrumbs
Spray down a baking sheet with Pam
Dredge you eggplant slices in egg...
...and then in your flour, breadcrumb & cheese mixture. Make sure you cover both sides!
Arrange on your baking sheet
The recipe says you should spray the tops with Pam, but I'm not much of a excess Pam fan. I pat on olive oil to cover the dry tops.
And then pop those bad boys in the oven for 10 minutes
After you ten minutes pull your sheet out and flip your slices over. Cook the other side for another ten minutes. 

While your other sides cook heat up your sauce. 

*You can also make your own with 1 can Tomato paste, 1 can Tomato sauce, cooked hamburger, garlic and italian seasoning.
Pull your slices out after your second 10 minutes
Compile your plate and chow down!
 
 
Okay, so I didn't actually make this one. I can't really even attempt it because my oven is on the fritz. My oven actually started on fire! Awesome right? (that was sarcasm)

I got this from my mother-in-law Corina when I went over for a Father's day BBQ today. It was just too cute so I had to take a picture...and guess what?! It was tasty too.

Start with your brownie and then layer your mint chip ice cream scoop, fudge drizzle and spiral of whipping cream!
 
 
Okay so this isn't really a recipe...but I thought I would share one of my favorite meals. Who doesn't love a All-American burger? Plus, Utah does have some of the best sweet corn. Soooo good.
Some of my tricks:



For my hamburger I mix in some egg to keep my meat from separating. To season I just use a no-name brand of season salt.










I referenced my onion trick in my previous post. I actually have a picture this time! Cut off your onion butts (or ends). Next, cut down the side of the onion, one layer thick, and remove it. All the flaky layers go with it!









We love to melt swiss cheese on our burgers. Once our burgers are done I turn down the heat to low and set our cheese on to get nice and melty.










You need to be careful on how long you cook your corn. Get your water boiling, then pop in your corn for about 5 minutes.
 
 

What you'll need:

2 C rice, cooked
1-1/2 lb Chicken, boneless & skinless
1 C peas & carrots, frozen
1 Onion, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Eggs
3 Tbls Sesame oil
1/4 C Soy sauce


Start by getting your rice started. I use a rice cooker so once I throw my water, rice & salt and it does all the work. Love that thing. I think I've mentioned that before...
Start your chicken; I cut mine into little pieces, threw in some oil and fried those babies up.
While your chicken is frying chop up your onion. 

By the way, Jake loves onions so naturally I am using/cutting them all the time. Jake showed me a trick for cutting them without fighting to peel off all the skin. Start by cutting on the butts of your onion. Next, you cut your onion down the side through a layer of thick onion. Take off that complete layer and all the flaky skin layers goes with it! Bam!

Moving on...
In a separate pan heat up your sesame oil and throw in your onions, garlic and your vegetables.
Saute' your veggies until they are heated through and the onions almost transparent...
Check on your rice; fingers crossed that its almost done!

Throw your eggs in with your veggies next...
Fry your eggs in your veggies and then add in your rice and Soy sauce.
Stir, stir, stir it up...love Bob Marley. 

And there you have it, your very own home made fried rice!
 
 
I found this one on Pinterest. Again, I'm trying to gather more beef based meals. 
The original recipe is found on www.tastykitchen.com

I adapted it slightly... basically I like to add more bacon than they call for. I like bacon. 

Oh! and I don't have a skillet. 
I make this dinner in my large sauce pan which has worked our pretty good so far.

What you'll need:

1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 C Fresh Diced Onion
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 lb Hash Brown Potatoes
4 C Shredded Cabbage
4-6 Slices of cooked Bacon
1 C Beef Broth
1/4 C Apple Juice
2 Tbsp White Vinegar
2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Coarse Ground Black Pepper
Start out by cooking your hamburger, as it starts to brown you can throw in your chopped onions as well.
While your meat is browning mix your beef broth, apple juice, white vinegar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. 

You'll need to whisk pretty rigorously to get the mustard to blend.
Once you have it good and mixed up set it to the side while you return back to your beef. You can drain out excess grease now if you want but I just keep trucking...

Add your vegetable oil and hash browns to your beef.
You'll want that to cook on medium until your hash browns are browned. Pay attention not to burn and stir often.

Once your potatoes are looking good add in your liquid mix, you might need to give it another couple of whisks before you add it since it has been sitting.



Add your cabbage & bacon and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

This will allow most of your moisture to evaporate.



Serve up and enjoy!

Its recommended to serve with Irish soda bread.

This is now one of Jake's favorite new meals.
I think it has something to do with him having Irish ancestry too.
 
 
I about laughed out loud yesterday when I opened my web page and saw that I accidentally had posed my "steak sandwich" post to my "Scrap" page. It was funny because I had begun with "I'm trying to post from my phone this evening... we'll see how it goes."

Needless to say I think I will be sticking to posting from my Mac.

I thought I'd share my "go to" lunches, streak sandwiches!

Its pretty straight forward and many of you probably have made these before if so this is me reminding you that they are delicious. Period.

I make mine with whatever steak I have at the house, cube streak is cheaper and works well.

Cook up your steak with some onions and season salt. Sometimes I throw in some green peppers if I'm feeling fancy.

In the meantime grab your bread and toast it!

When your meat is cooked grab some cheese, I prefer swiss, and melt it on you're meat by reducing the heat to low.

Take your bread from the toaster, slap on some mayonnaise, your meat/melted cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and anything else you desire.

Done.
 
 
I picked this recipe up from www.therecipecritic.com while looking or recipes that called for beef. 

Like I mentioned in earlier posts, Jake's family butchers a cow every year and we always end up getting some. 

I'm always looking for more beef recipes to shake things up. This recipe is extremely cheap, easy and delicious!
What you'll need:

1 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 can Nacho Cheese Soup
2 cans Diced Tomatoes & Chilies
1 1/2 C Milk
3/4 C Sharp Cheddar

Optional:
Chips
Extra cheese
Sour cream
First start by cooking your hamburger
Then just throw everything else in!
Mix everything together well.
Let everything heat through fully.

Add some chips, extra chesse on top and enjoy! 
If you a wimp like me and need the "spicy level" to be decreased plop in a scoop of sour cream. 

Mmm-mm good!