Food for you and ME

"Food for You & ME"

Clare-and-Danielle.jpgFebruary finds us in the depths of winter. Cold follows us all day long. By the time we get home in the dark, we’ve probably lost our desire to cook supper. That’s why casseroles are the way to go!

We’ve been scouring recipes to bring you some tasty offerings for a cold February night. Danielle Sylvester is my partner for “Food for You and Me?” She is the owner of Bee’s Snack Bar located in Winslow. She has been using her cooking creativity to bring tasty food to everyone’s palates. If you need vegetarian or gluten free entrees, call ahead and she can share her daily specials with you. She tries to offer a variety of dietary delights.

Danielle began her cooking career in Skowhegan at Shirley’s Diner at age 15. She learned all aspects from waitressing and cooking during the 5 years she worked there. She credits her aunt and grandmother for teaching her to cook at an early age. Danielle also worked with Alice LaChance at the St. John’s School where she volunteered to feed hungry kids and parishioners included Saturday evening meals to take home after church.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, cooked
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped and sautéed
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 20 ounce bag frozen hash browns (diced)
  • 8 ounces shredded chedder cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 9x13 pan. Prepare sausage and onions in a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients with sausage and onions. Pour into casserole dish. Keep about one cup of cheese to top. Bake 35 minutes. Take out of oven and top with reserved cheese. Return to oven to melt cheese. Let rest out of oven for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Crockpot Cabbage Soup

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 12 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 cup of minute rice
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Mix all together cook on high 4 hours, then on low for 6 hours.

Crockpot Chocolate Cake

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp. coco powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Mix all together.

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Danielle’s Favorite Bread Pudding

  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Shake of nutmeg and cinnamon
  • Raisins to suit
  • Bread crumbs

Combine and bake at 350° for 45 minutes.


Danielle’s Tourtiere Pie

Danielles Tourtiere Pie 12 22Makes Two Pies

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 2 lbs. pork
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 bay leaves

Cover with water and cook in oven for 4 hours at 325. Drain fat, add mashed potatoes to liking, put in pie crust and bake for 1 hour at 325.

Gingerbread Cake


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp. clove powder
  • 1 cup boiling water

Mix all of the ingredients together and bake at 350 for 35 to 45 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream.

Million Dollar Casserole

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 26 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I like pepperjack)

Preheat oven to 350°. While noodles are boiling, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese until smooth (may be slightly lumpy). Cook ground beef. Drain spaghetti and ground beef. Spray 9x13 pan. Put half of cooked spaghetti and ground beef in pan, then put cheese mixture, then put the remaining spaghetti, ground beef, and cheese mixture. Then slice butter on top, pour spaghetti sauce on top. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, put shredded cheese on top and place back in oven until melted. Enjoy!

Milton’s 3rd generation Crock Pot “Yummy Beef Surprise”

This is a recipe that was originally prepared in a Dutch oven on the wood stove. It takes all day to tenderly slow cook the beef until it flakes apart with your fork.

  • 1 large package of cubed beef
  • 1 large package of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 large cans of Campbell’s tomato soup

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Seafood Stew for Two

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  • 1 cup of shrimp
  • 1 cup of scallops
  • 1 cup of haddock pieces
  • 1 cup of lobster
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • Butter to taste
  • 1 cup of chicken broth

Sauté the seafood together until cooked, then add liquid ingredients. Simmer for 20 minutes.