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Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Is there a more classic party dip than spinach and artichoke? Cheesy enough to make a good spread, and loaded with enough veggies to not feel guilty about eating so much of it. It’s the perfect combo! I’ve lightened my version up a good bit […]

Letter Pancakes

Letter Pancakes

Another snow day tomorrow here on the east coast. Our family started this really silly tradition of having letter pancakes on snow days. This came about when my oldest was first learning to spell her name. I thought it would be a cute fun way […]

Mama’s Goulash

Mama’s Goulash

Food has so much to do with family, even more so than we realize. Different foods and scents can take you places and bring up memories long forgotten. I started this blog in the memory of my late grandmother, and father in law, both of whom were amazing cooks and loved to feed people. I learned so much from both of them and just wish they had written down their recipes. Enter Mommy Spice, a place to write down recipes for my children, and hopefully their children and for you and yours too. Being able to look up a recipe and be transformed to another place in time is an amazing thing. I would give anything to know how to make my grandmother’s salad dressing or my father in law’s marinara sauce. So this inspired me to ask my Mom for my favorite recipe of hers from when I was kid. Also it only makes sense that my first featured recipe is from my number one supporter, my Mama! I hope that you guys enjoy her goulash as much as me, my siblings, husband and kids do.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. lean ground hamburger
1 can tomato sauce, 8oz.
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 small onion
1 garlic clove
8oz Pasta (3/4 box) I like to use either small shells or elbows
1 cup cheddar or cheddar jack cheese

Additional ingredients:

Crushed red pepper
Fresh or dried parsley for topping
Minced onion
Garlic powder

Makes 4-6 servings

Method:

In a large pot over medium heat brown and break up your hamburger meat into small pieces. Next add in your onion with a healthy pinch of salt and a pinch of crushed red pepper. While your onions cook, boil a pot of salted water and cook pasta until just al dente. When onions are translucent, add in your diced garlic clove and sauté an additional minute. Next pour in your tomato sauce and tomato soup, and stir to combine. When using the condensed soup, you add it as is. Once everything is combined, cook for 5 minutes, then you can thin out your meat mixture as desired, I usually will add half a soup can of water. If you prefer a thinner sauce, go ahead and add a full soup can of water. Next combine your al dente pasta to your meat mixture, stir to combine, then top with 1/2 cup of your cheese and turn the heat down to low. Place a lid on the pot for 2-5 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Stir goulash once more and serve hot, topped with remaining cheese.

This is a weeknight staple! Only 7 ingredients and comes together in about 20 minutes. The tomato soup might seem like an odd ingredient but it gives this dish a really nice velvety, creamy flavor. Also by only using 1/2lb of hamburger this is a total budget stretcher! If you want to make this dinner even easier, you can leave out the fresh onion and garlic and instead use minced onion and garlic powder. All of the flavors will still be there, it’ll just shave off a little bit of time chopping up veggies. If going the dried spice route, I would use a 1/2 tablespoon of minced onion and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, but as always taste as you go and adjust to your personal flavor choices. When my husband and I lived in a different state from my family my Mom would always make this every time she visited, it’s now become my husband’s favorite thing that she makes. As time went on and we moved closer, our love for this dish has remained the same. Now when my Mom comes to babysit our kids she’ll make this for dinner for them and always leave leftovers for us. My kids have grown to love it also, so much so that when I make it, they ask if Nana is coming over, because that’s what Nana always makes for dinner. And that’s how it all happens, food becomes family, one favorite dish at a time handed down from one generation to the next. So this one is for you Mom, thanks for all the love and for letting me share your delicious recipe.

2018 Top Recipes

2018 Top Recipes

I’ve always loved these end of year round-up lists. You know the ones ranking the best movies, books, news stories, trends, and events that happened in the year. I figured why not do one myself? I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed looking back […]

Strawberry Almond Candy Cane Danish

Strawberry Almond Candy Cane Danish

I have to give credit for this creation to my middle daughter. She loves to help me in the kitchen and has recently become very into watching those cooking videos that are so captivating! She loves to look at my news feed with me on […]

2 Ingredient Fruit Dip

2 Ingredient Fruit Dip

We had a holiday open house to attend this afternoon and I borrowed a new recipe from a good friend of mine to bring. It was such a hit with both the kids and adults. Also, you can’t beat it being only 2 ingredients.

Ingredients:

Equal parts cream cheese and marshmallow fluff
For the above picture I did 4oz. each

Supplies Needed:

Hand mixer

Method:

With a hand mixer you combine cream cheese and marshmallow fluff, until smooth. That’s it, so simple!

I served it with a variety of fruit, graham crackers and nilla wafers. So be sure to customize this to your families tastes and favorite fruits. If you plan to use apples, bananas or any fruit that browns, wait until just before serving to peel or chop that fruit. I already can’t wait to make this again for our next get together.

Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread

This is Christmas morning in our house. I’ve made monkey bread every year for Christmas morning since my husband and I started dating many moons ago. It’s become a really special tradition we’ve gotten to pass onto the kids. Now the kids even request it […]

Edible Gingerbread House “Glue”

Edible Gingerbread House “Glue”

It’s hard to believe Christmas will be here in LESS than two weeks! December is flying by, as it usually does with all of the fun holiday things everyone has going on. One big tradition in our house is gingerbread house building. We usually make […]

Snowman Bagel

Snowman Bagel

This little creation came about last winter and quickly became a favorite with my children. We love mini bagels around here, a staple for breakfast or packed in their lunch boxes. I turn them into pizzas, sandwiches or now, snowmen! It’s no surprise I love getting my kids involved with their food, a dish that is a meal and a craft in one is my favorite. I recently even surprised my oldest by putting a “snowman bagel kit” in her lunch box. Just a little something to make her day brighter at school when I can’t be there. Plus I hopefully earned some cool Mom points?! A girl can dream right, lol.

Ingredients:

1 plain mini bagel
1-2 tablespoons plain or lite cream cheese
2 Broken pretzel pieces or pretzel rods (ARMS)
5 blueberries (EYES & BUTTONS)
5-7 Chocolate chips (SMILE & EYES)
1 small piece of a carrot (NOSE)

Method:

Lightly toast your mini bagel, spread plain cream cheese evenly on both sides. Place one bagel half on top of the other creating your snowman stack. Next decorate, or let the kids decorate their own snowman. We use a combination of blueberries and chocolate chips for their eyes and buttons. (More blueberries if Mom makes them, more chocolate chips if the kids make them, go figure!) A small carrot piece for the nose, and pretzel rods or pieces for the arms. That’s it! Super easy, and really cute.

I love finding new ways to take what my kids already like to eat and making it new again. Also giving them a craft with their breakfast usually keeps them occupied for a few extra minutes to get ready, pack lunches, book bags, or make a cup of coffee. A win-win for a busy morning! My daughter is insisting our snowman needs a hat, my idea was bacon pieces, her’s was a Hershey kiss. We’re currently accepting new ideas, so if you have any bagel snowman hat suggestions comment below, we might just try them!

Peppermint Patty Cookie Cups

Peppermint Patty Cookie Cups

If you’re not a fan of York peppermint patties, feel free to skip this recipe. If you love them like my husband does, then these cookies are for you! I stumbled upon these mini peppermint patties when I grabbed the unwrapped mini Reese’s peanut butter […]