Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Breakfast Julius

My mom gave me this recipe years and years ago, before IT Guy and I married. Then I used to make it for my kids when they were little. They loved hearing the blender whirring because that usually meant this treat was on its way. The original recipe called for a raw egg. (Remember this was given to me back in the 70's when people weren't concerned about salmonella.) If you can lay (hahaha!!) your hands on a FRESH raw egg, you can use it in this recipe if you want. I know some people are squeamish about raw eggs. I am one of them. I certainly would never eat a raw egg by itself. But I promise you can't taste it in this recipe! I've changed the raw egg to meringue powder and actually got the same results. The egg white/meringue powder gives this drink a little froth and foam. If you like Orange Julius', then you'll love this!

Breakfast Julius

6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
12 ice cubes
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons meringue powder (or for you brave souls, 1 raw egg)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Serve immediately.
Makes 6 1-cup servings
Here's the goods.
Here's the goods.
Plop everything into a blender and give it a go!
Plop everything into a 
blender and give it a go!
Pour into glasses and drink!!
Pour into glasses and drink!!

Lemon Snowbars

I know you can buy a boxed mix for lemon bars but why would you when you can make these just as easily....and they taste better???????

Lemon Snowbars

1 cup flour
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8x8 inch pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until mixture clings together. 

Pat into your prepared pan. 

Bake for 12 minutes.

While crust is baking, beat eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Add sugar and lemon juice and continue to beat for 8 - 10 minutes until mixture is slightly thick and pale yellow in color.

Stir together the 2 tablespoons flour and the baking powder.

Add to egg mixture and stir just til blended and moistened.

Pour over partially baked crust.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until set.

Allow to cool then dust with powdered sugar.

Cut into squares. 

 Photo: I just made this HUGE pan of Lemon Snowbars for a wedding rehearsal dinner. Into the freezer they go!!

Here's the recipe. 

Make it: https://www.facebook.com/notes/simple-fare-fairly-simple/lemon-snowbars/679021348780777

Pizza Casserole

We love pizza around our house so when I found this recipe I knew it would be a hit! And I was right! It's so easy to prepare and doesn't make a HUGE amount but is easily doubled if you need to feed a bigger crowd. You can change things up if you don't like pepperoni. Use sausage instead of ground beef. Add cheddar cheese along with the mozzarella. If you like it a little hotter, add some red pepper flakes. Olives!! Don't forget olives!! So many options! I think young kids would LOVE this....I know my three-year old granddaughter LOVED it...but it suits grown-ups, too. An easy family dinner sure to please everyone!

Pizza Casserole

2 cups uncooked egg noodles - any cut (I used bow-tie)
1/2 pound ground beef
1 onion - chopped
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 green bell pepper - chopped
1 cup pepperoni slices - cut in half
16 oz pizza sauce - I was out and used Marinara sauce..worked great
4 tablespoons milk
1 cup mozzarella cheese - grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook noodles according to package directions
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for a couple of minutes. Add the chopped bell pepper and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until done. Drain fat. Stir in the noodles, pepperoni, pizza sauce and milk and mix well. Pour this mixture into a greased 2 quart casserole dish.
Bake for 20 minutes. Top with cheese then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Here's (almost) everything you need. The sauce...I forgot the sauce.
Here's (almost) everything you need. 
The sauce...I forgot the sauce.
Here it is!
Here it is!
Chop, chop, chop.
Chop, chop, chop.
Saute and fry....
Saute and fry....
Add the cut up pepperoni.
Add the cut up pepperoni.
Stir everything in except the cheese...
Stir everything in except the cheese...
...even the cooked noodles.
...even the cooked noodles.
I left my mixture in my skillet and baked the casserole in that.
I left my mixture in my skillet 
and baked the casserole in that.
Add the cheese...bake for a few more minutes.
Add the cheese...bake for a few more minutes.
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