Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Hopping Gourmet

Moved by Rob's incessant whining about casseroles (or, rather, the lack thereof), The Frog has donned an apron (no small task when you have no waistline) taken whisk in hand, and assembled the ingredients for his world-infamous Whitefish/Tuna Casserole Surprise. (With the emphasis on Surprise.)

Now it's your turn. The Frog expects everybody in this close knit cyber-community to send Rob a cyber-casserole. Submit a recipe (real or imagined) for a dish you hope will make poor Rob all better. (Or sicken him further. He knows how some of you are.) On Tuesday Rob will pick his favorite and the winner will receive a fantabulous, *ALL NEW* , never-before-offered Fun Froggie Pack. (Or is it a Froggie Fun Pack? When you finish with those recipes will somebody please consult an editor -- or Strunk & White -- and get back to me?)

The Frog poses with a few of the items that are included in the new Froggie Fun Pack. (I'm almost sure that's right.) Sorry, but the table, fake plant, doily, chairs, Frog, and black cat (back left corner) are not included. Not pictured is the autographed picture The Frog modestly includes!

Be the first on your block to get in on the fun! Send Rob a casserole recipe today!


At 4/13/2007 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anura Ranidae said...

Miss Piggy assured me this is her very best recipe: 801-566-6111

At 4/13/2007 1:26 PM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm sure poor Rob has had every home remedy in the world sent to him (I sent him some myself, so I should know) but here is one I forgot to tell him about.

Eye of Newt and Salamander Soup

1 cup diced salamander
14 newt eyes
3 c. water
4 c. tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
1 large diced white onion
2 cloves garlic
1 t. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Bring water to boil. Put in salamander and newt eyes, boil until tender (about ten minutes.)

In a skillet, heat the oil and fry the onions and garlic. Drain the salamander and newt eyes, add to the onion and garlic. Stir together. Heat and stirfry for another five minutes.

In a soup pot, place the tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt and pepper, then add items from skillet. Add another 2 cups of water. Simmer gently for fifteen minutes, then serve, preferably in a silver tureen for full potency.

Serving suggestions: place a sprig of parsley on top and a slice of rosemary olive oil bread on the side. Goes well with mango gelato and cranberry raspberry juice.

At 4/13/2007 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the missionaries over for lunch every Thursday, and this is one of my favourite recipes for feeding hungry elders or sisters. I figure Rob might like it. To give credit where credit is due, I found the recipe in an issue of Taste of Home magazine.

Cabbage Roll Casserole

2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (15 oz. each) tomato sauce
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. rubbed sage
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cups cooked rice
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 pounds cabbage, shredded
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in one can of tomato sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the rice and bacon; heat through. Remove from the heat. Layer a third of the cabbage in a greated 13x9 pbaking dish. Top with half of the meat mixture. Repeat layers, top with remaining cagge. Pour remaining tomato sauce over top. Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Guten Appetit, Rob, and get better soon!

Melanie Goldmund

At 4/13/2007 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blast, I hate typos. That should read, top with remaining cabbage not cagge.


At 4/14/2007 6:47 AM, Blogger John Ferguson said...

To the often late, Mr. Wells,

Your precarious position has come to our attention many times of late. As we cannot do anything for your surplus of whine, we can offer you this recipe in the hopes it will help resolve your drought of casserole.

Kitty Litter Casserole
* 1 cup Bisquick
* 1 cup Shredded Cheddar cheese
* 1 pound Ground beef
* 2 cups Long grain rice
* 3 3/4 cups Water
* 2 teaspoons Salt
* 2 tablespoons Butter

Combine the Bisquick, cheese, and ground beef. Form into tootsie-roll shapes of different sizes. Set oven to 350F. Place beef rolls in a baking pan in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked. Drain on paper towels.

Combine the rice, water, salt and butter in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is cooked.

Combine rice and beef rolls in a baking dish.

Serve with a clean NEW kitty litter scoop for added effect.

At 4/14/2007 11:02 AM, Anonymous Jennie said...

Rob, I don't know what to say. I don't have a casselrole for you--I don't make casseroles, unless you count lasagne and I don't make that anymore either because my husband has to have a gluten free diet. You probably wouldn't want any casserole I made anyway because I don't even have things like pasta, cheese and mushroom soup around my house. How about carrot sticks--I've got plenty of those. Oh, I know. I found a great sale on those little New York steaks. If you can crawl out of your sick bed and make your way to my house, I'll stick a few on the grill.

At 4/14/2007 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all of Rob's whining there is only one casserole to consider:

Funeral Potoatoes

1/2 pkg hash browns (frozen) 2 lbs.
1 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 pint sour cream
1/2 cup cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup diced onion
Mix together and put in pan 9x9.

1 cup crushed cornflakes
1/4 cup melted butter.
Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle on top.

Bake at 350 for 45 mninutes.

-Mean Aunt (blogger doesn't believe I know my password).

At 4/16/2007 2:00 PM, Anonymous Gary said...

I'm not going to submit a recipe unless you agree to give the black cat shown in the back of the picture to the winner.

Gary (Kerry's husband)

At 4/16/2007 9:15 PM, Blogger Lori Nawyn said...

It was suggested I hop on over and enter my famous (or infamous, according to the disposition of your tastebuds) recipe for Southwestern Peach Divan. Somewhere there must be a law against combining fruit and green veggies in the same dish but I'll take my chances and hope the culinary police don't apprehend me. And for dessert? Why of course -- Slime!

Southwestern Peach Divan

2 packages (16 ounces each) fozen broccoli, cooked
2 cups cooked turkey, diced
2 cups peach slices, drained
1 can (4 ounces) green chilies
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) Creamy Chicken Verde soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Miracle whip
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon curry
1/2 cup snack cracker crumbs
2 teaspoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350.

Place cooked broccoli in bottom of 9X13 inch pan. Layer turkey, peaches, chilies, and almonds. In bowl, combine remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour over top of almonds. Combine crumbs and butter and crumble on top of soup mixture. Bake at 350 degrees until heated through, approximately 30 minutes.

Slime -- yet another use for green Jello

1 large package lemon pudding
1 large package green Jello

Make both according to package directions. Combine. Chill. Enjoy.

At 4/17/2007 1:40 PM, Anonymous kerry said...

I hope you people recognize that the above recipe comes from the FAMOUS Lori Nawyn. She's sold about six billion peach recipes thus far. (Conservative estimate.)

Thanks, Lori! It's so fun to hear from you!

At 4/17/2007 3:07 PM, Blogger RobisonWells said...

So! It's Tuesday and time for me to decide.

It was a tough decision, since there were so many quality entries.

Tristi, eye of newt, eh? I always knew that your alternative medicine fetish had a basis in witchcraft.

Melanie, that sounds mucho yummy (or however you say mucho in German). Lately, I've been all about cabbage. (Seriously.)

John, as much as I like Bisquik and its related recipes, refering to this as Kitty Litter really gives me the heebie-jeebies. (By the way: why weren't you at the Storymaker's conference this year?)

Jennie, anyone who will replace a casserole with a steak is OKAY in my book. Very okay indeed.

Mean Aunt, you win the prize for funniest entry. That's hilarious.

Lori, despite my love of peaches (both in the fruit sense and the Steve Miller Band sense)(!) I just can't imagine them combined with turkey and broccoli. But then again, it has green chilies in it, which are rad to the max. And curry powder? What the heck? This is the craziest recipe I've ever seen. (Though potentially quite nummy...)

The winner, though, is none other than Melanie Goldmund. Hers sounds the best of the bunch. I'm going grocery shopping today, and I'll make sure I get the ingredients.

(Jennie, you would have won, except I don't think your entry counted.) :)

At 4/18/2007 3:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yippie, I won! *does little jig of joy* So ... how'd it go? Did it cure what ails you? Or at least taste good?


At 4/18/2007 10:28 AM, Anonymous kerry said...

Congrats, Melanie! A Fantastically Fun Frog Fun Pack (try saying that five times fast) is on it's way to Germany! (This makes our blog internationally renown, right?) Of course the postage will be worth more than the pack, my dear, so try to remember it's the thought that counts!

At 4/21/2007 3:23 PM, Blogger Lori Nawyn said...

Hi, Kerry! Did I ever tell you that you're wonderful? Compliments are always great but none so sweet as those bestowed by the FAMOUS Kerry Blair.

Rob, sorry I couldn't win the confidence of your tastebuds. If you ever have another recipe contest, let me know. I'll try to whip up something more tempting...maybe a lovely peach meatloaf!


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