So here we go again..... what did I manage to use of my random list??
Monkey bread - my husband's favorite and I never made it before. Frozen dough balls.... rolled in melted butter.. and then in brown sugar / cinnamon mixture..... then stacked in a bundt pan.... left overnight in the fridge to thaw... and then baked up for Father's Day breakfast! Sweet! I used about half the frozen dough balls.. and will use the other half in the same way - either with the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture OR with a garlic butter mix... I think that will go very well here too!
I used half of those individual packets of Italian salad dressing as a marinade for a grilled chicken dinner we had last week.... SCORE! I still had 3 of them left so I used one with some leftover pasta and McCormick's Salad Supreme to make an individual pasta salad just for me :-) That was one of my better ideas since my crew won't eat any cold salads and I like them. I will use the other two in that very same way within the next few weeks. Adding in some chopped veggies and olives & parmesan... I have a nice side dish just for one!
And then.... I had to hunt down a recipe to use some of that 'cream of' soup. I used to do a lot of casseroles but don't any more. And, with no kitchen sense... I don't remember what I did with it! I love research though - so the hunting intrigues me :-) I found a dish that supposedly has Amish origins... called yumazuti. And, yes, the name made me smile so it was worth a second look! I won't post the recipe because I did it my way using things I thought my family would eat :-) And I was right this time.... basically I made a ground beef mixture (I use onions, celery, garlic and carrots... though I have been known to chop and hide almost any vegetable in there!) and mixed that up with the two soups - cream of chicken and cream of tomato. I prepared egg noodles... and then did a layering thing with the meat, noodles and shredded cheese. I used a monterey jack-cheddar mix because that is what I keep on hand. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.. and we had some pretty good comfort food! I had one small container left for the freezer and one for the fridge... so that was good too :-)
Oh.... and a friend told me that Liquid Smoke was used to give meat a grilled kind of flavor. I still don't remember why I bought it but I gave it to my friend since she uses the stuff. I have a hard enough time simply grilling... I don't need extra things to think about :-) So it's gone!
Soon this list will be mostly done.... and I can start a new month with a new list :-) Many of these items are condiments that will have to be opened and used one at a time. While they need to be used, they will have to sit on the shelf and be opened as I can use them.
I will give myself one more week to resolve what I will do with these items and then we can start over!
frozen dough balls
individual packets of Italian dressing
can cream of chicken soup
can cream of tomato soup
open container of mayo
1 pkg bacon pieces
1 container cottage cheese
2 containers sour cream
jar roasted red peppers *used in salads
1 pkage sliced Swiss cheese
1 bags frozen blueberries
1 cntr sweet gherkins
3/4 jar wheat germ
2 containers of Laughing Cow cheese
frozen orange juice (not to drink)
1 box of veggie bacon
1 frozen banana
1 bag frozen blueberries
bag sundried tomatoes
Spicy brown mustard *opened to use
Bleu Cheese Dressing
German chocolate cake mix & icing
yellow cake mix
3 different bottles of hot sauce
1 pkgs bacon bits
4 ind cntrs of berry flavored applesauce (didn't care for the flavor)
1 ind cntrs of sweet gherkin pickles
box chicken soup
can water chestnuts
jar szechuan sauce
wasabi sandwich spread