Welcome back to the second post in my series on hospitality. I’ve had unexpected company for three days, and I pulled out some of my “go to” recipes. They’re nothing fancy, just simple to prepare. If you stay at my house often, you probably have eaten them! I hope these help you out as you show hospitality. I’ll give credit if I know where a recipe came from, but most of them have just been given to me over the years.
- Breakfast Casserole
This is a simple recipe that ends up different each time I make it. I’ll give you the basic recipe and show you how I adapt it. I often clean out my fridge using this recipe!
Crack 12 eggs in a large bowl. Add 1-2 cups of milk. Stir well. Add shredded cheese (1-2 cups). If you have breakfast meat, add that. I have used ham, sausage or bacon. Add any chopped veggies that would add to the taste. I have used mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives and tomatoes. I have also added salsa. Cut up bread into inch cubes. This could be sandwich bread, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, etc. This is a good use for bread that looks like it suffered in the freezer. Just thaw it and cut it up. Add this and mix everything very well. Pour into a greased 9×13 dish and cook at 350 for about 30 minutes. I have also refrigerated this overnight and baked it in the morning. I have also cooked this overnight in a slow cooker. As I said, it’s different every time I make it, but it is so nice to have an easy breakfast especially on Sunday mornings!
- FGBC Oatmeal Bake
This recipe came from Forest Glen Bible Camp’s recipe box almost 15 years ago. I don’t know who put it there, but if anyone knows, please let me know. This is a recipe that even most oatmeal haters like.
½ cup of oil
1 cup brown sugar or honey
2 cups milk
3 ½ cups oatmeal (quick)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp of nutmeg
Mix and pour into a 9×13 greased pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. (Sometimes I add fruit such as blueberries or raspberries. No specific amount, just what looks good.)
- Blasted Chicken
This recipe came from my mother-in-law, who is one of the best cooks I know. This makes an easy meal. Rub a little chicken (around 3 pounds) with seasoning. Place breast down in a baking pan or casserole dish that has been greased. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 425. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting. I usually cover the top loosely with a piece of foil to keep the oven from becoming a mess while baking, but don’t cover it too tightly. You want it to brown up.
- Easy Chili
This recipe came from my mother and has no amounts, just ingredients. Make it how you like it!
Spaghetti Sauce (I find the large club pack no name brand
is great to have on hand in case of emergency!)
Throw everything in the crock pot! Corn bread makes a nice side to this meal!
- Campbell’s Salsa Mac & Beef
This is another favourite. Instead of using picante sauce, I just use salsa. I also use whatever kind of noodles I have on hand.
This is another quick recipe I learned from my mother-in-law. Fry ground beef. Boil noodles. Drain noodles and ground beef. Combine. Add one large undrained can of diced tomatoes. Add some brown sugar to sweeten. Add some cheese. I have used slices, shredded or parmesan cheese. Mix well. Let it simmer for a few minutes to allow noodles to absorb some of the juice.
Well I hope some of the recipes are a help to you! If you ever come to stay with us, you can expect to eat some of these recipes. Please share an easy recipe that you turn to when you have company. I’m hoping that I will get some new ideas as a result of writing this post!!! Thanks for reading.
I hope you come back next Thursday as I’ll be sharing ideas for taking meals to people who are sick, shut in, or need cheering up! I have been on the receiving end of many meals, so I will share with you some of the things that others have done for me!