Warm and Tasty

Today was a cold day in July, yes you read that right cold. Ok I will admit it wasn’t cold like the middle of January, but it certainly did not feel like the first week of July. As I write this blog I am enjoying a Chai tea latte, snuggled under my warm blanket. On top of it being cool outside our office was freezing today, this is not new for the summer, however on most normal summer days you can go outside and warm up. So since I was cold all day all I could think of was what can I make for dinner tonight that will warm me up? Cheesy potatoes!

Now as I have said before I Love cheese, so obviously I had to make something with cheese to warm myself up. When I first started brainstorming what to make for dinner I considered making my newest discovery grilled cheese with hummus. Seriously, try it. Obviously in the end cheesy potatoes won.

I have several recipes for cheesy potatoes, I actually have two different ones from Zach’s grandma alone, not even considering what is on Pinterest, so the hardest part was definitely picking which recipe to make. I opted to try a new one from Pinterest, since I already know I have two delicious ones, I wanted to try one that said it would take less time and had less butter, you never know until you try right? Well I will admit, new is not always better, they were not horrible, but also not my favorite. I know for a fact there are better versions out there.

So since this recipe was not a winner I will instead share the tried and true recipe Zach’s Grandma Kathy shared with me when she gave me a note book to keep my favorite recipes in.2014-06-11 18.48.25

(Yes it is open to my Mac & Cheese recipe, not that I need that one anymore, I can do it by memory.) When she gave it to me she had written several of her favorite easy recipes in it to start me off, this was one.

Hash Brown Potato Casserole

  • 1 pound frozen hash brown potatoes (I use the shredded)
  • 3/4 stick of butter – melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (can substitute any cream soup)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes (I always use Ritz crackers instead)

Mix all ingredients (except corn flakes and 2 tablespoons of butter and pour into casserole dish. Top with corn flakes that have been mixed with 2 tablespoons of butter.

Bake at 375 for 1 1/4 hours. Uncovered.

Easy right? The finished product is delicious and I could probably eat half of it in one sitting.

On a side note this week was an exciting week for the Blog, not only did I get my first follower yesterday, today I got my first comment! Thank you both! You have put a huge smile on my face!thank you