Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alicia's White Bread Recipe for Bread Machines


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 package (1-1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 extra large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Place the water and yeast in the bread machine pan first. This activates the yeast. 
  2. Next add the egg and the oil.
  3. Finally add the dry ingredients.
  4. Select basic bread setting, normal crust.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tim's Tater Tot Casserole

Double this recipe and make-ahead two Tater Tot Casseroles for baking later in the month. That way you use your whole package of tater tots!

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound (1/2 of 32-oz. package) frozen tater tots


  1. Brown the ground beef and saute onion together. When meat is browned, drain grease and add frozen veggies, soup and milk. Mix well. Spray nonstick spray into a 9x13 pan. Pour soup mixture into bottom of pan. Top with potatoes.
  2. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Include a small baggie of cheese with each meal for topping casserole at the end of baking. Label and freeze.
  3. Thaw the meal in the fridge overnight and then bake at 350 degrees covered for the first 40 minutes. Top with cheese and bake another 10 minutes uncovered.
Recipe from the kitchen of Tim Kasen.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Make Ahead Meatloaf

Tim has been teaching me a lot about saving money on groceries as well as how to make meals in advance. This recipe combines both concepts into one! If you buy hamburger in bulk it is less expensive. Buy two four-pound packages and when you get home from the grocery store separate them as follows: Place two one-pound pieces into two separate freezer bags for Taco Tuesday nights. Take two more pounds and make them into hamburg patties for grill nights. The Tupperware hamburg patty maker works great. Or just place four patties into a freezer bag in a single layer and be sure to lay them flat in the freezer. Take two more pounds and brown the meat for make-ahead Tater Tot casserole (see tomorrow's post for that recipe). And use the last two pounds for make ahead meat loaves.  Sure makes meal prep much easier after a long day at work!


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 package (6 ounces) stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, divided


  1. Mix all ingredients well except for the 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce. Divide meat mixture in half and place into two rectangular loaf pans. Cover with aluminum foil, label, and freeze. 
  2. When ready to make for dinner, place the frozen loaf in the refrigerator before work in the morning to thaw. After work, remove the aluminum foil, top the meat loaf with the remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, replace aluminum foil, and bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until center is no longer pink.
  3. Optional: For a super decadent meat loaf you can top it with a few strips of raw bacon before placing in the oven. The Kasen family LOVES bacon!
Recipe from the kitchen of Tim Kasen.