1 box (4 sleeves) saltine crackers
1¼ cups canola oil
2 Tablespoons crushed red pepper (pizza pepper)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less, to taste)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or less, to taste)
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 package dry Ranch Salad Dressing mix
Stand all crackers on their edges (like papers in a file) in a large glass or plastic jar.
Mix all remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour mixture over crackers. Roll container every 5 minutes for 30 minutes to coat.
Note from Mary: These are positively addictive!
WHALES AND CHEESE
1 box Goldfish crackers
Velveeta Cheese, use the amount needed to reach your desired consistency
1 pound ground hamburger meat
Cook hamburger meat until brown. Drain meat. Over medium heat, add meat, cheese and Goldfish crackers. Cook until cheese is melted.
10 large jalapeños
1 large habanero
22 strips bacon
Pepper Jack and Cheddar
Cut all peppers in half, long ways and clean out. Place an assortment of cheese cubes in the pepper halves. Wrap in bacon using toothpicks to keep bacon on. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes until bacon is cooked. Serve and watch for the reaction from the ones who get the habanero halves.
Note: If you want to really have fun, leave the seeds in the habanero!!!
6 large jalapeno peppers, washed
2 cups Velveeta cheese, or Cheese Whiz
1½ Tablespoons Tabasco sauce
2 Tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot sauce
½ brick cream cheese
1 package raw bacon
Cut horizontal strips from the peppers, but do not cut them in half. Save the strips. Take out the seeds and cores. Put in pan. Mix all remaining ingredients except the bacon and jalapenos. Melt. Mix with a blender. Stuff mixture into jalapenos. Replace the strips on the peppers and wrap in bacon, using toothpicks to hold the bacon in place. Bake at 350° until bacon is done, about 45 minutes.
Note: These are even better if you grill them. Watch out — they are HOT!
Six medium potatoes
Garlic salt, to taste
Dried basil, to taste
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil,
more if needed.
Cube potatoes, leaving peelings on. Put vegetable oil in a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add potatoes, garlic salt and basil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender.
EASY BAKED LASAGNA
1 packet (16 ounces) ground beef
1 packet oven-ready lasagna noodles
1 can spaghetti sauce
1 large marble cheese block, shredded
Pinch of parsley
Pinch of basil
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of pepper
Cook ground beef until brown. Add spaghetti sauce and stir until well mixed. Add spices. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Layer noodles, sauce and cheese. Repeat until ingredients run out. Top layer should be sauce with cheese on top. Place foil over baking dish and bake at 375° for 40 minutes.
2 boxes lasagna noodles
1 pound hamburger meat
2 jars spaghetti sauce
8 cups cheese, shredded
Spices, to taste (garlic, oregano, parsley, basil or pepper)
Pre-heat oven to 450°. Brown hamburger meat and drain. Mix meat and sauce. In a large pan, layer uncooked noodles, meat sauce, cheese and spices until all used. Cover with foil and place in oven for 30-45 minutes.
EASY HOMEMADE PIZZA
1 can biscuits
Spaghetti sauce, use as desired
Open the can of biscuits. Flatten out biscuits and place on a pizza pan. Spread the sauce over the biscuits. Top with cheese and pepperoni. Preheat oven and cook at 350° until desired crust, soft or crisp, is reached.
1 box of noodles, any kind you prefer
2 large jars Alfredo sauce
1 can pre-cooked chicken
Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain. Mix noodles and all remaining ingredients into a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes.
Note from Mary: Easy and Yummy!
MICROWAVED BAKED BEANS
1 can (2 cups) baked beans
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 small onion, finely chopped
¼ cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
4 slices bacon, chopped
Thoroughly mix beans, mustard, onion, ketchup and brown sugar in quart casserole dish. Mix well. Top with bacon. Cover with plastic wrap. Cook 10 minutes in microwave, turning dish halfway through cooking time. Enjoy.
4 medium large potatoes
1 quart water, boiling
1 quart milk
1 large onion, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Slice potatoes into water. Add milk and onion. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Mix egg with as much flour as needed to moisten. Add to soup just before serving. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
COCA COLA CAKE (COKE-A COLA)
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
3 Tablespoons baking cocoa
1 cup Coca Cola
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 325°. Sift together flour and sugar; set aside. Mix butter, cocoa and Coca Cola in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and take off heat. Add flour/sugar mixture, buttermilk, baking soda, vanilla and eggs. Mixing well with electric mixer. Pour into a greased 9” X 13” pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
1 stick butter
2 Tablespoons baking cocoa
6 Tablespoons Coca Cola
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup small marshmallows
1 cup nuts, chopped
Boil butter, cocoa and Coca Cola. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, marshmallows and nuts. Pour on the cake while it is hot.
Note from Mary: This is absolutely delicious.