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There is a single word in the Minnesotan vocabulary that has hundreds of variations yet represents a singular consistent feeling: comfort. Of course, that word it is the quintessential “hotdish”. This one-pot wonder has been spreading "the love” in homes and at potlucks within our state for centuries.
The tale tales of the first hotdish are what legends are made of, but the sad truth is that we will probably never know who opened that first can of cream of mushroom soup and thought, “I wonder what it would taste like if I added hamburger, cheese, and some tater tots?”
What we do know is that, for some reason, when life happens, there is nothing like a good old fashioned hotdish to bring comfort, ease, and calm to our lives. So, in an effort to bring you comfort, calm, and a little bit of joy in the midst of this seemingly endless winter, here are a few tried and true hotdish recipes brought to us by our own Mrs. Karen Evans, secondary science teacher. Enjoy!
Before you begin here are some helpful hints:
1. It is unwise to ask what the difference is between a hotdish and casserole in mixed company. This can insight long explanations and lots of arm waving.
2. Do not tell a North Dakotan that the hotdish originated in Minnesota. This can insight long explanations and lots of arm waving.
3. Do not tell a Minnesotan that you do not like hotdish. This can insight long explanations and lots of arm waving.
4. Do not tell a Minnesotan that you have had enough hotdish. This can insight long explanations and lots of arm waving.
5. During long Minnesota winters, it is wise to have several cans of cream of mushroom, celery, chicken, and cheddar cheese soup plus a bag of frozen mixed veggies on hand at all times.
One Pot Tuna Casserole
16 oz egg noodles
10 oz frozen peas
2 T butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cans of tuna, drained
1/4 c milk
1-2 c shredded cheddar
1.Cook pasta until it is almost done in a large saucepan. Add the peas for the last three minutes.
2.Drain the pasta and peas in a colander. Use the same saucepan for the next step.
3.Melt the butter in the saucepan, then add the cream of mushroom soup, tuna and milk. When it is hot and bubbly, add back the pasta and peas.
4.Add cheese and stir just until melted, but do not let it boil.
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1/3 c water
9 oz frozen ravioli
1 slightly beaten egg
15 oz ricotta cheese
1/4 c parmesan cheese
10 oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1.In large skillet, combine spaghetti sauce and water.
2.Bring it to a boil, then add the ravioli
3.Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the ravioli are almost tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
4.In a medium bowl, combine egg, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese.
5.Dot simmering ravioli with spinach. The spoon the ricotta mixture on top of the spinach. Cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the ricotta layer is thickened and the pasta in tender.
Cheesy Ham and Vegetables
1 c water
1 c long grain rice
8 c shredded cabbage
4-6 oz shredded carrots
1 c milk
1/3 c chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 c ham or smoked sausage
1 c cheddar cheese
1.In a large skillet, combine rice and water and bring to a boil.
2.Stir in cabbage, carrots, milk and onion. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes until rice vegetables are almost tender.
3.In a medium bowl, stir together soup and milk. Stir into rice mixture and simmer 2 minutes until rice is tender.
4.Stir in ham.
5.Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
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- 2014-03-06 Chris Behnen, a 2009 Bethany Academy graduate, recently shared this update about his film, "Suzie May", which was filmed partially at Bethany last spring. Chris wrote, "'Suzie May' was initially created to be the opening for the 2013 University of Northwestern Film festival. It is one of the most attended on campus events by both students and non-students every year. It kicked off the evening, and the crowd of well over 1000 loved it! Last November, the director (Krista Rose Koester) and I entered it into the 2014 INRB (Intercollegiate Branch of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention) Student Production Awards. We entered it as a promo video, and it ended up winning First Place." Congratulations, Chris, on this fantastic achievement! Your school is proud of you! You can check out the film for yourself here, and keep your eyes open for the BA cameos: http://vimeo.com/66928333
- 2014-03-05 Last night, we received this awesome message from Angela, a Bethany Parent, "Hello, Grace wrote a book about how much she loves BETHANY this evening. She was out sharing it in our Savage neighborhood with the kids, and inviting them to The Secret Garden on Friday/Saturday. Thought I would share! ;-) Blessings, Angela" Thanks to Angela for sharing, and HUGE THANKS to Grace for Loving Your School Out Loud!
- 2014-03-05 Don't keep this "Secret" a secret! Plan on coming this weekend with friends and family!
- 2014-03-04 Toast Strudel Tuesday was a huge hit for NHS this morning! Don't forget to bring your dollar tomorrow for Waffle Wednesday!
- 2014-03-03 Last Friday, some BA elementary students got to take a journey through Spanish-speaking countries as they viewed poster displays created by high school Spanish students. The students had lots of fun, without the jet lag!
- 2014-03-01 National Honor Society Breakfast Week starts on Monday. Students and their families can grab breakfast right at school before setting off to complete the day’s schedule. Each item is only $1. Peek at the poster, take note of the menu, and marvel at the amazing alliteration. (OK, so they cheated a little bit with Thursday…)
- 2014-02-28 At the State of the School Address on Monday, parents had the chance to view "Augmented Reality" posters by students in Grades 2, 8, and 12. These posters "come to life" when viewed using the Aurasma app on mobile devices and were partially created on iPads. The posters are still on display in the hall near the school office. Meanwhile, check out these photos of 8th Grade students checking out the projects.
- 2014-02-28 You're encouraged to invite your pastors to a 2-hour workshop focused on helping Christian children fight the desire to be “of the world.” TOPIC: The Spiritual Formation of Youth in Today’s Culture Featuring: James K.A. Smith and a panel including Jason Meyer, Pastor of Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, and Alex Grahmann, Senior High Teaching Pastor, Eagle Brook Church. LOCATION: Nazareth Hall Blue Room, University of Northwestern St. Paul DATE: Thursday, March 6, 3:00-5:00 pm SPONSOR: Twin Cities Christian Schools Partnership Get additional details here: bit.ly/1fuCCVi
- 2014-02-27 Weeks of rehearsals, learning lines, making tech plans, and using God-given gifts and talents are almost over, which means that our annual play is almost here! Don't miss "The Secret Garden" on March 7 and 8!
- 2014-02-26 The State of the School Event was a great evening of news, celebration, fellowship, and food. After you look at these visual highlights, you can get more information and download documents at http://www.bethanyacademy.org/stateofschool.cfm .
- 2014-02-24 Rosey Brausen is taking a very brief break from helping to prepare dinner for tonight's State of the School event. If you didn't RSVP for dinner at 6:00, you're still welcome to come for the presentation, starting at 6:30!
- 2014-02-21 All activities for this afternoon and evening have been cancelled, including the basketball games. Please stay safe.
- 2014-02-21 Our Late-Start has been upgraded to a cancellation. NO SCHOOL TODAY. At the moment, tonight's athletic events will proceed as scheduled.
- 2014-02-21 We're on a two hour DELAYED START this morning. Drive safely!
- 2014-02-20 Due to impending weather conditions, we are closing school at 2:15pm today, Thursday, February 20th. Our main goal is for all of our students and faculty to get home safely before the main portion of the storm hits. All after school activities are also cancelled. Please make arrangements to have your student(s) picked up as close to 2:15pm as possible. Please watch channel 5 news Friday morning for information on a potential late start.
- 2014-02-20 Hi! Just wondering if you could post something here on Facebook in case the kids are released from school early today. It's so much easier to access this than the Parents Web. Thanks so much!!
- 2014-02-19 On Friday, Feb 21, at 7:30pm come out and enjoy a fun filled night of basketball where our Boys Varsity Team will be playing their last regularly scheduled home game of the season. There will be free hot dogs for all, and immediately following the game, the Boys and Girls Basketball Teams and Cheerleading Team will be available to sign a free poster of the players and cheerleaders. In addition, you will be entertained and amazed at halftime by a game featuring our boys’ 5-8th grade team members! There will also be special recognition of our senior team members. Don’t miss out on this exciting night!
- 2014-02-18 Did you know today is the 100th day of school this year? We sure didn't. Thankfully, the First Grade stopped by the office and told us...
- 2014-02-14 "We love because He first loved us." -1 John 4:19
- 2014-02-13 It was a bit of a Throwback Thursday today, as BA alumni Nick Tousley and Matt Berend hung out with Miss Clark and Mr. Peters during lunch. They were both here with Rivendell Sanctuary as part of our College Fair Week.
- 2014-02-12 For secondary students, an hour of praise and worship makes Wednesdays at BA the BEST days!
- 2014-02-11 It's College and Career Fair Week during secondary lunches. Yesterday we were visited by Christian colleges and universities, and today branches of the military were here to meet with students. The Army had a secret weapon to draw traffic to their table: lots of freebies, including slices of pizza!