Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crunch Time

I wish I was talking about this kind of Crunch time…

But instead, I am referring to this kind..


Well and this crunchy casserole….


but more that in a second.

Yesterday marked the last day of spring semester classes, finals week starts tomorrow, and that means I am just one week away from becoming a senior in college! Wow, I felt like I just said I was going to be a senior in high school last year—time flies is an understatement these days.

I also have an interview next Tuesday in Minneapolis at Macy’s for the Culinary Professional position which entails:

  • Set up inviting Demo Cart displays, including recipes and food products
  • Conduct gourmet foods and candy product knowledge seminars for the Foods Team members
  • Produce and present freshly prepared products to customers, encouraging them to sample items while enthusiastically educating to guide customers in their buying decisions
  • Assist with special events, including shopping and prepping for guest chefs, cookbook authors, and celebrities

So please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Now back to more crunch time!

I’m sure you remember in the last post I talked about two more recipes I’ve made to use up leftover holiday ham. Well here’s another coming at ya! This one is a really unique—a creamy ham and potato mix topped with a crunchy Corn Flakes mix. And what’s easier than a casserole? One pan to bake, one pan to clean—count me in!


Crunch Top Ham & Potato Casserole

Serves: 4


  • 16 oz frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed (1/2 32 oz package)
  • 1c cubed cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup (8 oz) fat-free sour cream
  • 1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) fat-free condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 c I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Fat Free
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 c chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Topping:

    • 1 c crushed Corn Flakes cereal


    • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.
    • Transfer to a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish.
    • Sprinkle crushed topping evenly over casserole.
    • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through.

    What’s your favorite candy bar?

    Mine has always been a tie between Crunch, Skors, and Heath!


    Kelly said...

    A very huge good luck with the interview and with the remaining days of school!

    Lisa said...

    Good luck in your interview and on your finals. You're gonna do great!

    Erica said...

    Good luck on finals and with the Culinary Professional position! That position sounds just perfect for you. I hope you get it :) What a fun way to use up leftovers- love a good bake or casserole. The leftovers are usually even better than the original. Not really a chocolate I don't have a favorite candy bar

    Nicci said...

    Good luck with your interview, you will rock it!

    Nicole, RD said...

    The casserole looks delicious!

    I remember how terrible finals week is. Keep calm and keep at it! It'll be over soon enough :) And then..senior year! BEST of luck on your interview! You have some amazing things going on, so great!! :)

    sophia said...

    Best of luck, Casaundra!! I'm sure you'll excel. :D

    My favorite candy bar...would have to be Violet Crumble or Snickers.

    Kerstin said...

    Good luck with your interview (not that you need it, I'm sure you'll rock it!)! Great idea to use those crunchy cornflakes on top too!

    Jenny said...

    BEST OF LUCK, DOLL! I'll be thinking of you :)!

    p.s. that casserole looks awesome!

    Krista said...

    Fingers are crossed! Sounds like a fun position at a great store!!!

    Vivianne said...

    Good luck! That sounds like a great job and something you would be really good at (:

    My favorite candy bar is definitely a 3 musketeers. So yummy and fluffy! <3

    Mini Baker said...

    good luck at your interview!! what a fun position!!
    Just re-discovered your blog and I love it!
    This casserole looks GREAT!
    -mini baker

    brandi said...

    i hope your interview goes well!!

    Kim said...

    Best of luck for the culinary job at Macy's. I bet you'll do great!

    Tropical Eats said...

    hope your interview went well my dear!

    sorry ive been so behind on commenting :(

    will catch up this week!

    fave candy bar is butterfingers for sure. mmmm

    Janna Renee said...

    I love all things casserole! my crockpot and my casserole dishes are my faves ;) candy bar wise, i think my fave is 100grand bars. they are yummy!

    Anonymous said...

    Ohhh the casserole looks so good! Reminds me of my moms growing up!

    Fave candy bar = Reeses. Plain and simple.

    Sook said...

    The casserole looks fab, CaSaundra! I like that you used your leftovers to create this yummy recipe. :)

    hbobier said...

    Good luck on the interview!! I'm sure you'll do amazing! :)

    As for candy, I'm totally weird and don't really like it. Haha. I like salty not sweet!

    prepaid phones said...

    This is interesting snack. I'll try this at home for my kids.

    Timmy said...

    Your do well on your interview your smart!

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