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Asparagus from a Can..There is a Time and Place to Use: Boyd Street Kitchen’s Asparagus Casserole

I know.. I know.  You LOVE fresh asparagus, and I do, too!  However, if there is no fresh asparagus to be found and you are craving the stuff, then canned will do in a pinch.  My Mom was not known to prepare anything “green” when it came to vegetables.  Growing up in the 50’s, I don’t think I ever tasted a good green bean, fresh asparagus, spinach, broccoli or brussel sprout until I was well past the age of 30.  Don’t get me wrong.  We had plenty of good food to eat in our home, but the green stuff wasn’t one of them..EXCEPT for Holidays and Mom would break down and make this…

Asparagus Casserole


1 or 2 cans of Asparagus (preferably tips), drained
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
3/4 Sleeve of Ritz Crackers, crushed
2 to 3 hard boiled eggs
Shredded Cheese, optional


In a 2 qt covered casserole dish, begin layering ingredients with the asparagus first, then soup, then sliced egg, then layer of crushed crackers, ending with the crackers last. Spread a layer of shredded cheese over the mixture and bake in a 350 degree oven for around 30 to 35 minutes until hot and bubbly.


Note:  Other ideas to use canned asparagus would be to add to a fresh salad or drizzle with olive oil, Italian bread crumbs and Parmesan Cheese and bake til hot and bubbly.




Curry Chicken Salad: Boyd Street Kitchen

This Curry Chicken Salad recipe is a little different in that the fruit used is not grapes but golden raisins.  I first tasted this recipe when a friend brought me a bowl (thanks, Paul) and was so intrigued by the taste that I  grabbed the recipe from The Kitchen..just love that show. It has become one of my favorites from   I have never been a lover of raisins, but this salad is so tasty and the texture of the raisins with the slight crunch of the celery, together with the hint of curry, will make you want to prepare this time and time again.  Did I say easy?  It is!!   See the recipe below.

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad



1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded cooked chicken (we used a rotisserie chicken)
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 shallot, diced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Add the mayonnaise, curry powder, lemon juice and some salt and pepper to a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the chicken, raisins, shallots and celery and mix gently. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro before serving.

*This recipe has been tested and approved by BOYD STREET KITCHEN.

Recipe courtesy of The Kitchen,

Taco Stew (Slow Cooker): Boyd Street Kitchen

Made this Taco Stew/ Soup for a large family birthday party yesterday and it was a big success.  Only one small bowl was left to take home and enjoy the next day.  This recipe is from Crockin Girls .  I doubled the recipe for a large slow cooker except only added one can of the diced tomatoes.  I also changed it up a little bit by adding just a little water and one large can of tomato sauce.  It was still plenty thick and hearty.  The toppings are important so make sure you have sour cream, shredded cheese and corn chips to go along with it!

"Taco Stew via Boyd Street Kitchen"




  • 1 Pound of Ground beef, browned and drained
  • 15 Ounces of Pinto Beans, drained
  • 15 Ounces of Ranch Style Beans, drained
  • 10 Ounces of Rotel
  • 14.5 Ounces of Diced Tomatoes (I used the ones with green chilies)
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Corn
  • 1 Package of Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Package of Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix


  1. Step One

    Brown and drain meat.

  2. Step Two

    Combine all ingredients.

  3. Step Three

    Cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 6+ Hours.


Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole from Being Grown Up: Boyd Street Kitchen

My friend just posted this recipe to Pinterest and I knew I had to post this to my recipe collection.  The reviews are amazing! Cannot wait to make this MILLION DOLLAR SPAGHETTI compliments of  Being Grown Up.  (Hint:  it has cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese!)  Since this is a one dish meal, I call this a casserole!

Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole


1 lb. of Ground Beef
1 can of Spaghetti Sauce
8 oz of Cream Cheese

1/4 cup of Sour Cream
1/2 lb. of Cottage Cheese
Whole Stick of Butter
8 oz. of Noodles
Bag of Sharp Cheddar Cheese

"Million Dollar Spaghetti"

via Being Grown Up


Preheat oven to 350.  Boil the noodles.  Mix together the cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese in a mixer to th0roughly mixed together.  Set aside.  Brown hamburger meat in a skillet and drain.  Add spaghetti sauce and mix together.  Put a few slices of butter in bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.  Then layer half of the noodles in the bottom of the dish.  Spread the cheese mixture over this layer.  Then add the rest of the noodles on top of this with a few pats of butter.

"Million Dollar Spaghetti"

via Being Grown Up

Now pour the red sauce and meat on top and spread.

"Million Dollar Spaghetti"

via Being Grown Up

Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and spread cheese on top and return to oven for another 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Cooking Oils.. How To Choose

"Cooking Oils How To Choose"

via Fox News


via The Daily Meal, Fox News, October 2, 2012

These days, the selection of cooking oils at a typical supermarket can rival the selection of products in the paint aisle at the hardware store — the endless amount of options can be overwhelming.

Refined, unrefined, extra-virgin, extra-light, and, our favorite, expeller-pressed (Ooh là là… what could that be?) — the choices are mind-boggling. And what is vegetable oil, anyway? The world of cooking oils is a vast and mysterious one.

But, as usual, The Daily Meal is here to simplify your life, at least as far as cooking is concerned. That’s why we’ve put together the low-down on cooking oils. Because sometimes, all anyone is looking for is something to keep their meat from sticking to the skillet, or an unassuming base for a flavorful marinade.

And sometimes, you’re looking for something with a bit more flavor and mouthfeel. So we’ve gathered together the vitals on just about every cooking oil you’re likely to encounter in the store, including a brief explanation on their popular uses and nutrition facts. And, just for fun, we also pulled some information on (estimated) smoke points of each oil from Cooking for Engineers. That reminds us — some definitions are definitely needed, and for that, you’ll want to read on to the slideshow.

Who knew that cooking oils could be so exciting?

Definition: Smoke Point
The smoke point is the temperature at which a cooking oil starts to break down; once an oil reaches its smoke point, it takes on an acrid flavor and smell. If your oil starts to smoke, take it off the heat and start over with fresh oil.

Definition: Saturated Fat
Saturated fats are generally solid at room temperature and come from animal products, such as butter and lard, but some plant oils such as coconut oil, palm oil, and cocoa butter are also significant sources of saturated fat. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Diets high in saturated fat have been linked to chronic disease, specifically, coronary heart disease.” In other words, it’s the type of fat that you’ll want to stay away from.

Definition: Polyunsaturated Fat
Polyunsaturated fats are a type of heart-healthy fat that are found in products such as grapeseed and walnut oils. They come in two forms: omega-3 and omega-6. They don’t hold up well to heat or light and have a fairly short shelf life, so store them in dark glass bottles and use them soon after purchasing. Unrefined oils that are made up mostly of polyunsaturated fats are generally meant for flavoring rather than cooking.

Definition: Monounsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated fats are another type of heart-healthy fat found in liquid form. Good sources of monounsaturated fat include olive, peanut, and sesame oils. Monounsaturated fats have a longer shelf life than polyunsaturated fats due to their chemical structure, but don’t last as long as saturated fats.

Definition: Refined
Refined oils generally have higher smoke points and little to no flavor, which, depending on the kind of cooking you’re doing, may just be what you’re looking for. Baking or deep-frying? You’re probably looking for a refined oil. Just know that many refined oils are produced using a chemical process.

Definition: Expeller-Pressed
Most refined oils are extracted from nuts, seeds, or other organic materials using a chemical process, typically involving hexane, a known carcinogen. Expeller-pressed oils, however, are extracted without the use of chemicals; instead, the oil is extracted using intense pressure to turn the raw materials into pulp. Expeller-pressed oils are not necessarily “cold-pressed,” however. Most likely due to their chemical-free process, expeller-pressed oils tend to cost more.

Definition: Cold-Pressed
“Cold-pressed” doesn’t have an official definition in the United States, but in Europe, oils extracted using this method cannot exceed 122 degrees Fahrenheit during the process. Cold-pressed oils are generally considered “unrefined” and have low smoking points, and should not be used for high-heat cooking techniques such as stir-frying or sautéing. True cold-pressed oils are an important component of a raw-food diet.

Vegetable Oil
Just what exactly is vegetable oil, anyway? In our survey of popular brands, it looks like it’s just a euphemism for soybean oil, but look on the back of your favorite brand of potato chips, and you’ll see there’s a different story. The line typically reads something like the following: “Vegetable Oil (contains any or all of the following: Sunflower, Corn, and/or Canola Oil).” No wonder we’ve yet to see a recipe actually call for soybean oil.

Vegetable oil is useful for just about any application calling for high heat and a neutral flavor, from marinades to stir-fries to good old sautéing and deep-frying.

One tablespoon of soybean oil contains 120 calories, 0 milligrams cholesterol, and 14 grams fat, of which 2 grams are saturated, 8 grams are polyunsaturated, and 3 grams are monounsaturated.

Smoke point: 495 degrees Fahrenheit

Canola Oil
Although canola oil is also a vegetable oil, it is marketed as a separate product, at least when it’s not used to fry up a bag of chips (see slide 8). According to Barbara Ann Kipfer’s The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference, “canola” stands for “Canadian oil, low acid.”

Canola oil is practically tasteless and odorless, so it can be used just like any other vegetable oil. It is a product of a genetically-modified version of the rapeseed plant, dubbed the canola plant, grown in northern North America (aka Canada) and known for its omega-3 content, which helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. One tablespoon of canola oil contains 120 calories, 0 milligrams cholesterol, and 14 grams fat, of which 1 gram is saturated, 4 grams are polyunsaturated, and 8 grams are monounsaturated.

Smoke point: 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Corn Oil
Yes, here’s another vegetable oil that’s marketed separately from its ilk once you get away from the junk-food aisle.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 120 calories, 0 milligrams cholesterol, and 14 grams fat, of which 2 grams are saturated, 8 grams are polyunsaturated, and 4 grams are monounsaturated.

With similar nutrition facts and similar flavor and uses, it’s no wonder corn and canola oil get lumped together as “vegetable oil” in processed product ingredient lists.

Smoke point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Olive Oil
Here is one of the most confusing products on the shelf in the cooking oils aisle at the supermarket: olive oil. It’s the base for many Spanish, Italian, Greek, and French dishes; without it, everything from arrabbiata to vinaigrette just wouldn’t taste the same.

One tablespoon of olive oil typically contains 120 calories, 0 milligrams cholesterol, and 14 grams fat, of which 2 grams are saturated, 2 grams are polyunsaturated, and 10 grams are monounsaturated.

Sesame Oil
Popular in Asian cooking, unrefined or toasted sesame oil isn’t really used for cooking, per se, but more as a flavoring agent. Use it sparingly to give stir-fries, marinades, dressings, and curries a pronounced, rich, nutty flavor.

Refined sesame oil can be used for high-temperature cooking.

One tablespoon of sesame oil contains 120 calories, 0 milligrams cholesterol, and 14 grams fat, of which 2 grams are saturated, 4 grams are polyunsaturated, and 8 grams are monounsaturated.

Smoke point, refined: 410 degrees Fahrenheit

Peanut Oil
Peanut oil’s fat is mostly monounsaturated, making it a heart-friendly option for those watching their diet. It holds up well to high temperatures and is great for deep-frying and sautéing.

One tablespoon of peanut oil contains 120 calories, 0 milligrams cholesterol, and 14 grams fat, of which 2.5 grams are saturated, 5 grams are polyunsaturated, and 6 grams are monounsaturated.

Smoke point: 440 degrees Fahrenheit

Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is obtained from the seeds leftover from winemaking. It doesn’t taste like much of anything and can be used instead of canola oil or olive oil as a light base for dressings. Its high smoke point means it is also ideal for baking, sautéing, and stir-frying.

One tablespoon of grapeseed oil contains 120 calories, 0 milligrams cholesterol, and 14 grams fat, of which 2 grams are saturated, 1.5 grams are polyunsaturated, and 10 grams are monounsaturated.

Smoke point: 420 degrees Fahrenheit

120 Calories per Tablespoon
You may have noticed by now that every oil featured here has 120 calories per tablespoon. Coincidence? Not really. That’s because the densities of many of the cooking oils featured here are fairly similar, which results in the same number of calories per tablespoon.



Carpet Stain Remover: Homemade & No Scrubbing

What to do with those large stains on your carpet?  Try this handy carpet stain removal trick from One Good Thing.

via One Good Thing by Jillee

Fill an empty spray bottle with 1 part ammonia & 1 part HOT water, spray it LIBERALLY on the stain, lay the clean white towel on top of it and start ironing away!  Within literally SECONDS…this is what the WHITE towel will look like.

via One Good Thing by Jillee

via One Good Thing by Jillee

Try it and let me know how it works for you!

Cheesy Cornbread Casserole: Boyd Street Kitchen

Cheesy Cornbread Casserole from Kraft

30 min
55 min
10 servings

What You Need

lb.  lean ground beef
 onion, chopped
 jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
can   (15 oz.) enchilada sauce
can  (15 oz.) black beans, drained
tsp.  garlic powder
tsp.  ground cumin
pkg.   (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix
pkg.  KRAFT Mexican Style Shredded Four Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA, divided

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

BROWN meat with onions and peppers in large skillet. Stir in next 4 ingredients; cook and stir 3 min. or until heated through. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish.

PREPARE muffin batter as directed on package; stir in cheese.  (or can put cheese under cornbread layer)  Spread over meat mixture.

BAKE 20 min. or until toothpick inserted in center of cornbread topping comes out clean. Cool slightly.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Serve with your favorite steamed vegetable to round out the meal.
Make Ahead
Prepare meat mixture. Refrigerate 3 to 4 days, or freeze up to 1 month. When ready to use, spoon into baking dish. (Thaw first, if frozen.) Top with muffin batter and continue as directed.
Special Extra
Bump up the flavor by stirring chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce or chopped fresh chives into muffin batter before using as directed.
10 servings
One Comment I Liked:
“We absolutely loved this meal. If you’re planning to serve this to a family of four, then I say double up the ingredients. But this was just fine for my family of 3. I used a 2qt casserole dish, used a can of green chilies instead of jalapeños, didn’t use the whole can of black beans, and seasoned my meat with Lawry’s & black pepper along with the cumin and garlic. I used Marie Calendar Honey Butter cornbread mix (but didn’t use all of the batter) which provided a nice contrast to the spicy meat mixture, and I added chives to my cornbread mix. Making this again real soon…”
Note:  Some said it came out a little soupy but got thicker as it stood.  It’s suppose to be chili!

60 Thanksgiving Side Dishes from Southern Living: Boyd Street Kitchen

60 Spectacular Thanksgiving Sides

There’s something for everyone in this special collection of Thanksgiving side dish recipes from Southern Living. Find familiar favorites, along with tempting new creations to try at your Thanksgiving dinner.  See all the recipes here .  You can also click the images below.

Easy Pumpkin Muffins: Boyd Street Kitchen

Another tailgate dessert  at a September game was PUMPKIN MUFFINS.  These are so moist and will stay that way for about a week, even if frozen and defrosted.

"Pumpkin Muffins via Boyd Street Kitchen"

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Easy Pumpkin Muffins


Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 12


1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until smooth. Spoon equal amounts of batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean.



Chicken Vegetable One Pan Oven Meal: Boyd Street Kitchen

This is a great dish for taking to people who have had surgery, had a baby, etc.  This CHICKEN VEGETABLE ONE PAN OVEN MEAL will be an easy “go to” for many occasions or for a quick supper.

"Chicken Vegetable One Dish Oven Meal"

via Pinterest

4-6 raw chicken breasts, new potatoes, green beans (fresh or canned-really any green veggie would work. Broccoli is good, too). Arrange in 9×13 dish. Sprinkle with a packet of Italian dressing mix and then top with a melted stick of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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