The Garbage Plate (Burger Version)

1 servings 1 garbage plate 1 hours 30 min prep

1-1 1/2 cup cooked macaroni

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons diced celery

1 tablespoon chopped carrots

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 large potato, baked and cubed

1 tablespoon butter

2 hamburger patties

2 slices cheese




hot chili sauce (OR SPECIAL SAUCE)

3 slices Italian bread

chopped onions (optional)

refried beans (optional)


1 medium onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon oil

1 lb triple- ground beef

1 cup water

12 ounces tomato paste

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves


In large skillet fry chopped onion and garlic in oil until soft. Add

meat, stirring constantly with fork to keep its texture fine.

Once meat is cooked add water and tomato paste, cook for 10 minutes.

Then add sugar and spices. Cook 30 minutes, adding water if needed.


Mix together the noodles, mayo, celery, seasoning, and carrots and

place into a large square foam container (or plate, but not as


Fry potatoes in butter until very crispy then put next to mac salad

on plate.

Place OPTIONAL beans of plate if needed.

Cook hamburger until well done and top with sliced cheese.

Then place burgers ON TOP of the mac salad and home fries.

Mix together about equal parts mustard and horseradish and pour on

top of burgers and top with optional onions.

Pour hot sauce or VERY LARGE spoonfuls of special sauce and a HUGE

glob of ketchup over burgers (some like to stir everything together

so its one huge mess).

Eat with plastic fork, or just use the bread as a spoon and try not

to pass out. This should take about an hour to finish.

YUM, every drunk college kids dream food.


Tropical Slaw

8 servings 5 min 5 min prep

2 cups shredded white cabbage

1 cup shredded red cabbage

2 cups grated carrots

3 cups chopped celery

1/3 cup chopped dates

1/3 cup chopped dried pineapple

2/3 cup lemon yogurt or low-fat vanilla yogurt

3 tablespoons fat-free sweet and sour dressing

1/2 cup dry roasted salted peanuts, chopped

In a large bowl.

combine the cabbage, carrots, celery, dates and pineapple.

Mix in the yogurt and vinegar dressing.

Before serving, mix in the salted peanuts.



April Fools Day prank to play on all those practical jokers! These

are really meatloaves frosted with colorful mashed potatoes!!!

Disguised as cupcakes of course

12 cupcakes 25 min 10 min prep

1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 cup grated monterey jack cheese

3 tablespoons ketchup

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon celery salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 cups mashed potatoes, prepared

food coloring

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line 12 muffin tin cups with foil bake cups.

In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until

well combined. Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the

liners should be about three quarters full).

Place the filled muffin tins on a cookie sheet and bake the cupcakes

for about 15 minutes or until cooked through.

Divide the mashed potatoes among three small bowls and stir a few

drops of food coloring into each batch to create blue, yellow, and

pink pastel frostings.

Spread a generous dollop on each cupcake.


Gimme a Cheap Weeknight Dinner, QUICK!"

4 servings 35 min 5 min prep

1 lb ground beef

1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of potato soup

1 3/4 cups milk

1 stalk celery, chopped fine

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 green onions, chopped fine

1/2 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup frozen corn

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1 lb egg noodles, uncooked

1/2 cup warm water

3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, cheese.

Brown ground beef, along with garlic, celery and green onions.

Add cream of potato soup and milk and bring just to a boil.

Lower heat to a simmer and add worchestershire sauce, pepper and

onion powder.

In a pot of boiling water, cook egg noodles HALFWAY;about 5-6


Drain noodles and add to skillet with ground beef mixture.

Add peas, corn,cheese and water and stir well.

Allow to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring ocassionally.


Homemade Root Beer

For some extremely peculiar reason, there is no root beer available

where I live, but there is McCormick's root beer concentrate. I

scoured the world to find a recipe and here it is. It's not exactly

A&W, but as close as you can get to the real thing, if you can't get

the real thing.

5 servings 5 min 5 min prep

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup hot water

1 quart cold seltzer water

1/2 teaspoon root beer concentrate (McCormick is what I use)

1/8 teaspoon root beer concentrate (yes, more of this stuff)

Dissolve the sugar in the hot water.

Add the 1/2 and the 1/8 teaspoon of root beer concentrate and let it


Combine the cold root beer mixture with the seltzer water.

Pour into a glass, make a pretend mug handle with your thumb and

pinky, and drink.


Copycat KIT KAT Bars

I got this recipe from a magazine and they taste similiar to Kit

Kats, but even better. Don't let the crackers scare you off...these

really taste like candy bars!

48 pieces 20 min 15 min prep

8 ounces of waverly crackers, divided

1 cup butter

1/2 cup milk

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Place about 25 crackers in the bottom of a 9 x 13" baking dish.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add the milk, crumbs and

sugar and bring to a boil.

Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Pour half of heated mixture over crackers, quickly and carefully

spreading to cover.

Place about 25 more crackers on top and spread with remaining heated


Top with remaining crackers.

Melt the peanut butter and chips together either in a small saucepan

or in the microwave.

Spread carefully over crackers.

Chill at least 1 hour or until firm.

Cut into small squares.



Kelly in IL