"Nothing brings people together like Momma's cooking"- Unknown
Momma 10-Bar's Chicken Casserole
Momma 10-Bar is known for her amazing dishes on the table, that fuel our bodies so our family operation runs smoother. One of her staple meals is Chicken Casserole, adapted from a traditional Tuna Casserole to most of the world. Momma 10-Bar focuses on yummy meals that can be served right out of the oven or be frozen for a rainy day. Chicken Casserole brings elements fresh from the farm and combines them with your staple kitchen ingredients, creating a flavor explosion in your mouth.
Enjoying a meal with the family is sometimes a rare occurrence during the week. With everyone's individual events, from rodeos, sports and even just feeding the animals it can be rough to find the time. Freezer meals have saved us during rodeo season. Having something from home to eat brings comfort and is a great way to calm the kids nerves. Chicken Casserole is delicious and easy; even tastes amazing after being frozen. Momma 10-Bar’s Chicken Casserole is a perfect staple food for western lifestyle.
Step 1: Steam Carrots
The first step to any good recipe is to make sure you have all your ingredients together, and then begin the prep work. First step Momma 10-Bar recommends is chop the carrots into small circles or chunks. After cutting the carrots steam them for 2-3 minutes until soft.
Step 2: Bring water to a boil and add noddles
After you have got your carrots chopped and ready to go, in a large pot bring water to a boil. Once your water is boiling add your three cups of egg pasta noddles. Everyone is different when it comes to the tenderness of their noodles, boil your noodles for about 6 minutes a dente. Drain the noodles and add in your steamed carrots.
Step 3: Drain chicken
The original dish calls for tuna fish, however our family has always loved beef and chicken. You can use fish, canned chicken or cubbed chicken depending on your preference. Using your choice of meat, saute the meat and add it to your noddles and carrots.
Step 4: Cream Mixture
Measure out the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, milk, mayo and lemon juice. Combine each of the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Step 5: Add cheese to noodles
If you haven’t already, drain your carrots and noodles. Combine and mix the noodles, carrots, chicken together, then add your shredded cheese in a large bowl.
Step 6: Combine sauce and noodles
After you have completed step 5, gently pour the cream mixture over the noodles, carrots, shredded chicken and cheese mixture. Mix the sauce in with the noodles to the consistency desired.
Step 7: Crush Ritz cracker topping
In a ziplock bag crush one sleeve of ritz crackers. Feel free to add more crackers depending on your preference. Once ritz crackers are crushed add 1/2 cup grated cheese, salt and pepper and spices to taste and mix well in the zip lock bag.
Step 8: Spoon Casserole into Pan
Spoon the casserole mix into a 9x13 pan and top with cracker/cheese mixture. At this step you can choose to freeze the casserole for a later day. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve hot and ready to your family. If you choose to freeze the casserole, cover it with tinfoil and place it in the freezer. When you are ready to eat it thaw in the fridge overnight then bake 350 for 45 min to 1 hour.
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ c sour cream
¾ c milk
½ c mayo
1 can shredded chicken (or meat of your choosing)
1 c cheddar cheese
½ t salt and pepper
1 T lemon juice
3 c cooked noodles
Top with crushed ritz crackers and then bake
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10 Lessons of Ranch Life
I would rather be on my farm, than be emperor of the world." - George Washington
Every day on the ranch is a new experience, and with experience comes wisdom. Some of the wisdom gained is learned through a period of trial and error. Choosing to live a country lifestyle teaches you lessons in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Some of these lessons are welcomed with open arms, others are great stories later on. We have learned so much from our farm, and want to share 10 quick lessons learned on the ranch.
The 10 Lessons
1: Put the light in the chicken coop before it freezes, or you'll have frozen eggs for breakfast
This last year didn't get too cold at the ranch until late December. We had just upgraded our chicken coop and honestly didn't even think anything of the colder weather. One morning after it first snowed, Ellie (8) came in from collecting eggs. She wanted some eggs for breakfast, so she cracked on a freshly gathered egg to find it a little frozen. Needless to say if you don't have a heat light in your coop your eggs might freeze and breakfast takes twice as long.
2: Don’t wait for the hose. Fill your buckets and carry them to water the horses. It makes strong muscles and good kids
Momma didn't raise no sissys. Being in a large family we all had animals to take care of and sometimes one hose wasn't enough. We kids got "farmer" strong from hauling water to different animals and getting our work done.
3: Always remember to chain the gate shut.—Otherwise mom gets to catch the horses all by herself while the kids are at school.
How many times has this happened in your family? During the school year all the kids are at school and there have been multiple times horses, dogs, goats... you name it have gotten out. Luckily they are all pretty good to catch, but we always get an earful when we get home. :)
4: Play hard, work Hard! Go ahead and eat the dirt, the doctor says it keeps you healthy!
A couple years ago, Cam, told one of her friends the reason she wasn't allergic to anything was because she ate dirt as a kid. There is a lot of dirt involved in ranch life and a little dirt never hurt anyone. Whether it's working hard or playing hard dirt is always involved somehow, even if its a little mud wrestling.
5: When dad says we have a half days work that means 12 hours, remember there are 24 hours in a day
Sisters of the 10-Bar-Y Brand sharing stories and updates from the ranch.