I think fall always kick starts people to get back in the kitchen after a summer hiatus of grilling and picnicking. The cooler weather always arouses a want for those warm comfort foods - meatloaf, mashed potatoes, casseroles, etc. It does for me anyway so I thought I might share 2 recipes that as long as I'm able, will most likely be on the to-make list for fall foods.
First is a recipe that I'm really interested to hear if anyone has had or heard of before. As far as I know, it's original to - the great cooks we all have had in our families by the name of grandma - my grandma. :) I love this recipe and typically only make it in the fall. I remember every year my mom making large batches of this to feed the harvest crew. It is easy, makes a big amount and is even better the next day as leftovers. Seeing as how I have never come across this before, it really doesn't have an official name. We just call it ham casserole in our family....and everyone knows what it is by that name alone. I must forewarn....a lot of my recipes are not exact measurements. I approximate, so it's easy to adjust to suit your tastes and preferences as well.
- 8-12 oz egg noodles, cooked and drained
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cream of celery soup
- 1 can evaporated milk - the 12 oz size
- 1 small onion - finely chopped or grated
- Velveeta cheese
- ham, cubed
- 2 Tbs butter
- 1 1/2 c corn flakes
|This is a 12 oz bag of medium egg noodles and it was just right, so I would go closer to 12 oz than the 8 oz.|
|All that deliciousness mixed together|
The second recipe is our family's apple crisp. Probably my favorite thing ever! I love this recipe because it's fast and so easy I never have to look it up to remember how much of anything! In my mind, I call it the half recipe. :)
- In an 8x8 dish, slice approximately 4-5 peeled apples.
- In a small bowl, mix 1/2-3/4 c. sugar (however much you want) with about 2 Tbs of flour, and I add a few dashes of cinnamon. (I like cinnamon so I add it here and in the topping, but if you aren't a fan, just leave it out.) Once that is stirred together, sprinkle over the apples.
Once that is ready, the topping is super easy:
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 c. oatmeal
- a few more dashes of cinnamon if desired.
Melt the butter and add the other ingredients. Stir together and spoon out and spread over the apple mixture. Bake in 350 over for about an hour, or until the topping is browned to your liking.
Nothing tastes more like fall than this does! Yummy!!
Hope everyone has a wonderful and SAFE harvest - we have not started here in SW Minnesota YET. But we have had an absolutely beautiful growing year and are looking forward to a great harvest as well!