Friday, January 28, 2011

Stuffed Mushrooms & Sloppy Joes

So, my family has been blessed lately with some free food resources lately.  With money growing tight throughout the winter, I have taken steps to resolve that!  I go (as often as I can) to a church that has a food ministry on Saturday mornings.  It helps off-set the growing grocery bill.  Here, they have fruits, veggies, breads, and desserts that will be going out-of-date from some of the local grocery store.  Also, my husband's parents and grandparents have some cows that occasionally will be sent away and come back as meat for the family.  This past month, for one reason or another, 3 cows have had to be sent off, which means now there is a MAJOR overflow in meat!  Perfect for my family!  So, all of that to say, I have 2 AWESOME recipes that I have used recently to use some of my resources!

 Marvelous Stuffed Mushrooms (No kidding, that's the name of the recipe)
Taken from
Tested by DH and YCGP


  • 1 pound large fresh mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Remove stems from mushrooms; set caps aside. Finely chop stems. In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, flour, onion, parsley, mustard, salt, cayenne, nutmeg and chopped stems. Fill mushroom caps. Place in a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Pour cream over mushrooms. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, basting twice.
 Guinea Pig Rating:  ***** (5/5)

What I did:  I used regular mustard instead of the Dijon and milk instead of heavy whipping cream.

What will I do differently next time:  Cook them a tad longer and baste them a few more times.  They were AWESOME!


Sloppy Joes II
Taken from
Tested by: DH, BILs, BIL F, DC, & YCGP 


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids.
  2. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
 Guinea Pig rating:  ***** (5/5)

What I did:  I put everything in, except for the onion.  I have some BILs that do not like onions.  I think I added in onion powder instead.

What will I do next time:  Next time, I am going to put it over rice, instead of between hamburger buns!  :)

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