Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cheesy Rice Casserole

This recipe is a quick, easy way to use leftovers.  The idea behind this dish is for you to use whatever you have available. 

Servings: 6
Time:  Prep: 5 minutes; Cooking:  30 minutes
Hardware:  A measuring cup, a wooden spoon, a can opener, a large bowl, an  8’ x 11’ glass casserole dish
  • 2 ½ cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups cubed cooked meat (ham, chicken, turkey, crumbled hamburger)
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli
  • 1 can cream of (broccoli, mushroom, celery) soup
  • Optional:  1~4oz can of mushrooms, drained
  • ¾ cup liquid (milk, cream, water, broth)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Swiss, Colby Jack)
  • ¾ cup crumbs (bread crumbs, crushed chips, crushed crackers, crushed croutons)
  • 2 tablespoons butter-sliced

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°.
  2. Spray the dish with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all the ingredients expect the crumbs and butter.  Pour the mixture into the dish
  4. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the crumbs. Dot the crumbs with sliced butter.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Allow the casserole to cool for 5 minutes before serving.


  1. What can I expect the crumbs to do?

  2. Susie,
    The crumbs will get crispy. If you want you can top the crumbs with a little butter or spray them with cooking spray. However, they should get brown on their own.


  3. I updated the recipe by adding butter. This ensures the crumbs get crispy