I was tickled pink when I got my March Secret Recipe Club assignment from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin because I was given my daughter, Erin’s, blog, Making Memories…One Fun Thing After Another. I had thought about how much fun that would be (never in a million years thought it would happen) and wondered whether I could keep the secret if it ever did happen. I think I managed to pull it off and I expect her to be very surprised today when she checks to see which blogger got her blog. Hehehe…Erin. Surprise!!!! I’m so happy to be able to tell you about Erin’s blog because if you have kids or grandkids you like to bake with and do craft projects with you will think you hit the mother lode when you visit Making Memories…One Fun Thing After Another. The thing I like so much about Erin’s blog and would have appreciated as a young mother of three small children who was on a very strict budget is that her recipes and craft projects use every day, inexpensive ingredients that kids of all ages can make and have lots of fun with.
But first the recipe. I was in the mood for some comfort food when I looked through Erin’s blog for a recipe for this post. I have done lots of baking recently so wanted to switch to a hearty dish that made good leftovers. This recipe for cheddar broccoli casserole was just what I was looking for. Erin often takes her lunch to work with her (she’s a middle school counselor) and she commented that this dish freezes well and easily reheats in the microwave at school. It reminds me of my favorite recipe for cheddar broccoli soup. I used extra sharp Tillamook cheddar cheese for lots of cheesy flavor. This is a perfect dish for busy weekdays because ingredients can be prepped ahead, assembled in the morning before work, then popped into the oven for a quick 30 minute heat through while you set the table and make a salad. This casserole is de-licious and will be something that I make again and again. Adding chicken was wonderful, but it can be left out if you prefer. This would be a great side with baked ham (thinking ahead to Easter here). You could easily half the recipe if you want a smaller amount.
- 3 - 4 cups cooked rice
- 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
- 4 cups cooked broccoli cut into medium size pieces
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup
- 1 tablespoon minced onion (my addition)
- 1 teaspoon Worchestershire Sauce (my addition)
- 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced (my addition)
- 4 cups cheddar cheese, grated (half mixed into the sauce, half sprinkled on top)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9 x 13-inch casserole with cooking spray. Layer cooked rice, broccoli and chicken in the pan.
- Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice and chicken soup. Add 2 cups of the grated cheese and mix well. Pour over the rice mixture. Top with the remaining grated cheese.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until bubbly and browned.
Erin has a terrific selection of cookies and pastries on her blog. She always gets her kids involved in the kitchen so they have become good at rolling out dough, decorating, mixing ingredients, reading a recipe, and of course doing a taste test. With all this going on you can imagine that Erin’s house is one of the most popular in her neighborhood. She has lots of party ideas, games, party favors and warm weather activities that will keep you and your kids happily busy through the summer ahead. I hope you will stop by Making Memories…One Fun Thing After Another and say hello to Erin and tell her that her mama sent you…LOL
This was one of Erin’s early posts and I still laugh every time I see it. Notice the little goldfish among the shells.
Racing to the Dinner Table.
Very Cute little Sloppy Joe Race Cars.
Corn Dog Cookies. Perfect for Newberg’s Old Fashioned Days Summer Picnics.
Dye-ving Dudes Easter Eggs
Believe it or not, you can take a filled Easter egg to the post office and mail it. Find out how.
Homemade Bird Seed Biscuits
Glow in the Dark Drinks
Homemade Super Balls. I think this is one of Erin’s most popular posts.
Homemade Slime. What child wouldn’t love this!
Homemade Christmas Candy Wrappers. You will see how to make Reindeer, Santas and Snowmen
Mad Scientist Party – There are two posts for this party so be sure you see both of them to learn how to make eyeball cupcakes, a tornado in a jar, magic worms and much more.