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The Trendy TreehouseIt’s time for food! A recipe from me to you (or rather my mother, since it is her recipe). Recently, CSN Network contacted me about reviewing a product from one of their many stores. It was hard to decide, as they have so very many places to shop! The recipe I am going to share with you has been my favorite since I was a kid. I have made it many times over the year, but it never quite comes out the way my mom’s always did. I decided it was because I didn’t have a large oval baking dish from 1965. Being unable to locate one, I found the Rachael Ray “Bubble & Brown” 3-Qt. Stoneware Baker while searching for something to review. It was the “Bubble and Brown” that caught my eye! You see, a lack of crusty goodness is exactly what has been missing from my rendition of mom’s recipe! That is my fave part of this dish and we’ve (okay just me and my dad) had full on physical battles at the dinner table fighting over who gets to scrape the bottom and sides of the dish!

So, here is my recipe and my review:

Scalloped Potatoes

  • 6 medium potatoes (peeled and sliced)
  • 3 Tbl. butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbl. flour
  • 3 C milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbl onion
  • 1 ham steak (cut into pieces)

Make white sauce of butter, flour and milk. Layer potatoes and ham cover with seasoning on each layer (end with potatoes only). Cover and bake at 350 about one hour. Uncover and continue baking until top is browned (at least another 30-45 minutes) My additions to mom’s recipe: I use a food processor to slice my potatoes really thin-easier and they cook faster. If you know my family, you know onions are not allowed into any food. Of course, I use onion in everything: they just don’t know it. To avoid detection, I food process my onion into mush. To make it even simpler, I go ahead and poor that mush into the white sauce after it’s done. Then all I do is ladle the sauce in and I don’t have to layer the onions. Lastly, I don’t measure the salt and pepper. I just well salt and pepper each and every layer. Well.



The pan is huge. Much bigger than I pictured it would be, but that works for me because I never use the recipe as stated above. I always double the potatoes and sauce. Otherwise, someone in the house wouldn’t get to eat (and it would not be me!). It’s just too yummy to stop with just one serving. My browning issues were definitely resolved with the baker! What I was most impressed with was the cleanup. After baking, this recipe it is really cooked on to the pan (despite my best scraping techniques) and this cleaned up so easily. The handles are awesome for getting it in and out of the oven. The only drawback, if I had to find one, was covering it. I used heavy foil and tucked it into the handles, which worked fine, but for this particular recipe it would be nice to have a lid. All in all, I give the Rachael Ray “Bubble & Brown” 3-Qt. Stoneware Baker a huge thumbs up!

I also made a lasagne in this pan and it was fantastic! I’ve only had the thing a week and already we’veIMG_5381 had two meals in it. But I want more! This is where you, my lovely readers and friends, come in. In the comments, leave me your favorite cassarole recipe so I can try it in my new Bubble and Brown 10 oz. Ramekins in Blue (Set of 4) pan! As a reward (besides access to my mother’s secret recipe-Hi, Mom! Hope you don’t mind I published your recipe to the world) you will get a chance to win this Rachael Ray Bubble and Brown 4-Piece 10 oz. Ramekin Set. How cute are those, right? That is a lot of reward for just a recipe!

This contest runs through next Friday, April 2nd ending midnight PST. To enter you must leave a recipe (or link) in the comment section of this post (required). Make sure you leave a valid email address also. Want additional entries? Okay. Choose any (or all of these), but be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.

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  1. Now that’s interesting.
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  2. Miss Mary

    Green Bean Casserole

    1/3 stick butter
    1/2 cup diced onions
    1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
    2 cups sliced green beans
    3 cups chicken broth
    1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
    1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onion rings
    Pinch House Seasoning, recipe follows
    1 cup grated Cheddar
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Melt the butter in a large skillet. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the butter. Boil green beans in chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain. Add the green beans, mushroom soup, onion rings, and House Seasoning, to taste, to the onion mixture. Stir well. Pour into a greased 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, then top the casserole with the Cheddar and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the casserole is hot and cheese is melted.

    House Seasoning:
    1 cup salt

    1/4 cup black pepper

    1/4 cup garlic powder

    Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

  3. I’m sharing my Barley Breakfast Hash with you; it’s here:
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  5. Barbequed Rice
    Sauté –
    • 1 cup celery
    • 1 medium onion in
    • 1 stick margarine
    Add –
    • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
    • 1 can chicken broth
    • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    Bring to a boil.
    Add 2 cups cooked rice.
    Pour into a baking dish.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

  6. I follow you and I retweeted 🙂

  7. Added your button to my blog.

  8. I’m a fan of Apron Frenzy!

  9. I’ve never made a casserole in my life. Well maybe once but it was traumatic so I have put it out of my mind. But I really want that RR dish, maybe having a cool dish will inspire me to cook in it. I’ll have to come up with a recipe so I can be eligible. My mom makes a mean egg casserole every Xmas so I’ll have to get that from her. I’m a fan and follower already cause I love me some Vixen action. xo
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  10. Oh, I forgot about the corn casserole that my 3yo Lily had at her BFF’s house and asked me to make every day for a month. I finally made this dish full of lard to have her tell me that Ashlyn’s mom makes it better. Really? Anyway, here is my recipe. It’s a hit with the kiddos, except when I make it!

    Corn Casserole

    * 1 & ½ large cans of cream corn
    * 1 ½ small cans of regular corn
    * 1 8oz tub of sour cream (light is fine but regular is better)
    * 1 stick of real butter, softened
    * 1 box Jiffy corn bread mix

    Mix all in a bowl and pour into ungreased baking dish

    Bake at 350 for 1 hour uncovered until golden brown (keep checking; it should be solid corn bread on the top)

    It may spill over the dish so put it on a baking sheet in the oven
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  11. I’m going to say you need to try our MIL’s picknick casserole but I don’t have the recipe on hand. I’ll email it to you. I’ve been wanting something like this too so I’d love to win a few. 🙂
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  12. Oh my that looks delish. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m so hungry…
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  13. Laura E

    Looks yummy

    Here from FF

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  14. I am also now following you. Makes sense since I found you through Friday Follow to start with. Haha.
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  15. I have subscribed to your feeder.
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  16. I am a facebook fan as well.
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  17. And I am proudly displaying your button on my blogroll.
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  18. Oh, I like how the handles curve up, so there’s still lots of room but you don’t have to grasp the food right where the edges are.

    Ah, a recipe. I sometimes use them, but I often just throw it all together, so I have no recipes.:D Here’s a nice recipe for Lemon Pepper Chicken Casserole. On the healthier side, too
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  19. Sue

    I posted a recipe on my blog awhile back for 7 layer dip that is good.

    here’s the link:
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  20. Sue

    Following you on Networked blogs
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    Fan of Apron Frenzy on FB
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  22. OK…I did share my cauliflower casserole with you, right? IT IS AWESOME!

    Here is the link:

    Also…as a bonus…here is my “Desperation Casserole:”

    I tube of polenta from Trader Joe’s.
    Two cans turkey chili
    Shredded cheddar.

    Crumble the polenta and put on bottom of pan.
    Pour turkey over it.
    Put cheddar on it.

    Bake it.
    At 350 for about 20 minutes.
    Add diced onions on top if you want.

    And fart.
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  23. Sue

    Follow you on Twitter & tweeted:
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  24. Sue

    I added the Apron Frenzy button to my blog.
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  25. thanks for the recipe, Vixen, will surely try this one.
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  28. Good grief, I’ve gained weight just reading your blog!!!
    A SITS Friend
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  29. I’ve made this already – well liked by all of us.

  30. Boy that looks good! Wow – thanks for sharing the recipe!
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  31. Oh wow, I have never heard of these pans. I have been looking for a giant casserole pan everywhere! All I can find are those dinky 13×9 glass things! These look totally cool! I’m in the contest!!

    I have a Hybrid Lasagna recipe that I have posted on my cooking blog. That big dish I use there– it broke. :-p Cheapo. I need a replacement.

    Anyway, rather then posting the looooooong recipe there, I’ll leave a link to it.
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  32. I’m entering again. I “followed” you on Twitter. WHY didn’t I think to do that before?!?! Well, thanks, cuz now I am. 🙂
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  33. Oooo and I’m entering again. I subscribed to your feed, via Feedburner. See how desperately I want those pans?!? 😀
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  34. Hi, I would love to be entered in the contest. I’ve followed you on Networked Blogs, and Fanned Apron Frenzy on Facebook.
    Since I’ve noticed a lot of main dishes, I’ve decided to share a dessert recipe with you. Although, it’s a pie I made for Thanksgiving, it’s good all year long. So, without further ado…Apple Pie with Crème Fraîche and Black Pepper
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  35. Love your recipe and will try it soon, I love scalloped potatoes and hopefully I can follow your Mom’s recipe without making a mess.
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  36. I have never made a caserole in my life, but I will give you my kids favorite side dish recipe, i hope it counts…

    being that when I cook, it has to be for 8 people, 6 of which eat double, lol.

    potatoes, carrots, corn

    I cut in cubes a 5 pound bag of potatoes, red or russett, they eat in anyways,lol
    2 pounds of carrots, in cubes
    3 cans of corn.

    I mix all of the veggies in a pan,
    1 1/2 cup of chicken broth
    2 table spoons of Rosemary
    3 table spoons of butter
    1/2 – 1 onion minced so the kids can’t see it
    eyeball: salt, pepper, lawry’s and anything else I find at the moment, lol

    cover with foil until carrots are soft,
    cook on bottom shelf without foil with broiler on for 2-5 minutes
    depending on how brown you want your potatoes.

    it’s the simplest thing in the world, but they love it with almost anything 😉

  37. following you through networked blogs
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  40. following you through twitter
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  42. – mom makes these, or really close to this recipe, with raisins (no nuts, thanks!) and they are my FAVORITE when they show up on the dessert table
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  43. am an apron frenzy fan on facebook
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