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Volume III
September 27, 2013

Weekly Home / Cook'n & Eat'n

From Apartment #2 to You

By Whitney Saupan

One of the best things about cooking is getting to share delicious meals with family and friends. I also love sharing different recipes and trying new dishes. Because of this my roommates and I decided to share some of our favorite recipes with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have! I also hope you'll share some of your favorite recipes with me!

Michelle's Taco Soup

This beef and bean filled soup, almost a chili actually, is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Whether you are cooking for two or three, like we do, or you're cooking for a crowd, this soup will feed them all.

This easy dish is so tasty and makes enough for a crowd or plenty of leftovers!

Serving size: 5
Calories per serving: 353

2 pounds ground beef
2 cans pinto beans, undrained
1 can kidney beans, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes with chilies, undrained
2 cans green chilies, undrained
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 package ranch salad dressing mix
cheese and tortilla chips for garnish if desired

1. Brown beef, drain.
2. While beef browns, add the remaining ingredients to a large pot or slow cooker.
3. Add drained beef to the pot.
4. Simmer, covered, until heated through.
5. Serve with tortilla chips and grated cheese if desired.
6. Enjoy!

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Apartment 2 Burritos

Another apartment favorite, these burritos require five ingredients and about 10 minutes. It's a hearty, cheap meal that keeps people coming back for more. Although we go meatless, it would be very easy to add your favorite protein to this recipe!

This is one of our favorite meals! It's easy, cheap and very filling!

Serving size: 3
Calories per serving: 1

1 can pinto bean, undrained
1 package Mexican style rice
1 package flour tortilla
green enchilada sauce
grated cheese of your choice

1. Heat beans on stovetop or in the microwave.
2. Prepare rice as instructed on package
3. Mix rice and beans together, heat until warm.
4. Layer tortilla with cheese and rice and beans mixture.
5. Fold.
6. Top with more cheese and enchilada sauce if desired.

Note: You can add meat and vegetables to mix things up if you'd like!

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Mormon Cocktails

Both my roommate and I are LDS, which means we don't drink. Occasionally we need a pick me up, and this non-alcoholic, very simple drink does that. We probably aren't the first ones to come up with this idea, but we like to think we did.

Whenever one of us is having a down day, we mix up these fruity, yummy drinks!

Serving size: 2
Calories per serving: 0


1. Grab a few glasses/cups.
2. Mix together Fruit Punch, Peach Punch, or any other fruit flavored drink you'd like, with some Sprite.
3. Use your imagination. I like to make my cocktails with 1/3 Fruit Punch, 1/3 Peach Punch, and 1/3 of Sprite. My roommate likes more Sprite in her cocktail. It's really up to you what you want to add to this delicious pick me up!

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

As you can gather from the above recipes, we aren't that skilled in cooking, yet. But we are pretty amazing bakers! Our go-to is chocolate chip cookies. We make them all the time and yet we never have all of the ingredients. So we improvise. We always start with one recipe (listed below) and then make substitution and improvisations as necessary. The recipe listed is a great place to start, and if you do have all the ingredients, the cookies are irresistible!

My roommate and I have used this recipe a million times. Most of the time we have to substitute different ingredients. It's a good starter recipe!

Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 4 dozen

Serving size: 24
Calories per serving: 216

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
4. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt.
5. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.
6. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.


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There you have it; four of apartment #2's favorite dishes! As I said we want to expand our cooking skills so if you have any tasty, fairly simple, recipes you'd like to share, leave a comment please!


Whitney Saupan
Weekly Newsletter Contributer since 2013

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