Mix-n-Match Recipes

As people find themselves staring at full pantries with questions about how to use up all the contents of their cupboards, Mix-n-Match Recipes could be the answer people are looking for. A little bit of this, a dash of that, and suddenly you have a full meal instead of just random ingredients. Try it! These recipes are being offered free of charge to hopefully bring some help in the midst of a difficult time.


What People are Saying About Mix-n-Match Recipes:

  • Mix and Match Recipes is a tiny treasure of a cookbook that will get you in and out of the kitchen in a hurry. The recipe for the Mix and Match Fruit Crisp is worth the price of the book! I love this recipe, especially served with ice cream.” – The Rebecca Review
  • “I love the mix and match soup recipe. The only soup I remember my mother making was a big deal all day soup. Thanks to mix and match, I have learned how easy soup is to make.” – Mary Beth
  • “For many years I’ve cooked from the original Mix and Match Recipes: Creative Recipes for Busy Kitchens and I was so happy to find her book reprinted and also in the Kindle format. I use the Kindle reading app on my iPad meaning I can quickly check recipe ingredients while I’m shopping. I can also use my iPad while cooking in the kitchen, if needed. This cookbook is tried and true (TNT) and the recipe combinations are endless.” – Amazon reader

Mix-n-Match Quick Bread

MIX-N-MATCH QUICK BREAD (from Mix-n-Match Recipes)
(Makes two loaves)
You can also make muffins with this recipe.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups Mix-n-Match (see below)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts or seeds (your choice)

Mix-n-Match (one or more of the following to equal 2 cups)

  • Apples, grated or chopped
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots, chopped
  • Bananas, mashed or chopped
  • Berries
  • Carrots, cooked and mashed or grated
  • Cherries, pitted and chopped
  • Coconut, grated
  • Cranberries, dry or raw, chopped
  • Dates or figs, pitted and finely chopped
  • Lemon, 1/2 cup juice
  • Marmalade (omit 1 cup sugar)
  • Oranges, chopped
  • Orange juice, 1/2 cup juice
  • Peaches, fresh or canned, chopped
  • Pears, fresh or canned, chopped
  • Pineapple, crushed and well-drained
  • Prunes, chopped
  • Pumpkin, canned
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb, finely chopped (add 1/2 cup more sugar)
  • Strawberries, well-drained
  • Sweet Potatoes or Yams, cooked and mashed, or grated
  • Zucchini, grated and well-drained


  1. Sift together dry ingredients.
  2. In separate bowl, beat eggs; add oil and sugar; cream together.
  3. Stir in vanilla and your choice of Mix-n-Match.
  4. Add dry ingredients; mix well. Stir in nuts.
  5. Spoon into 2 well-greased loaf pans.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

For Muffins:

  1. Spoon batter into muffin tins.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

Tasty MIX-N-MATCH combinations:

  • Carrot-Raisin-Walnut
  • Pumpkin-Raisin-Sunflower seeds
  • Apple-Cranberry-Walnut
  • Cranberry-Orange-Walnut


Mix-n-Match Skillet Meals

An excellent way to use up leftovers or pantry items.  Excerpted from Mix-n-Match Recipes by Deborah Taylor-Hough.

Mix-n-Match Skillet Meals

Choose one (1) food from each of the following groups:

Breads and Cereals (1 cup raw)

  • Macaroni
  • Spaghetti
  • Rice (white or brown)
  • Noodles
  • Bulgar
  • Any pasta

Sauce (1 can soup plus 1.5 cans milk, broth or water)

  • Cream of Mushroom
  • Cream of Celery
  • Cream of Chicken
  • Cream of Potato
  • Tomato Soup
  • French Onion Soup

Protein (1 pound or 1 cup cooked)

  • Chopped beef
  • Chopped pork or ham
  • Ground beef or turkey
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Cooked dry beans
  • Frankfurters
  • Keilbasa

Vegetables (1.5 to 2 cups canned, cooked or raw)

  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Lima beans
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Celery
  • Green Pepper
  • Whatever you have around

1/2 to 1 cup cheese (any kind) can be stirred into sauce at the end of the cooking time.

  1. Choose one food from each of the four groups above.
  2. Stir together in skillet.
  3. Season to taste with salt, pepper, soy sauce, onion flakes, garlic, or whatever spices you enjoy.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to lowest setting.
  6. Cover pan and simmer 30 minutes until pasta or rice is tender.
  7. Stir occasionaly to prevent rice and pasta from sticking.
  8. Stir in cheese, if desired.
  9. Serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

To bake in oven: Mix all ingredients in casserole dish and cover tightly; bake at 350 F for one hour. If you use tuna, noodles, peas, and a cream soup, it’s essentially a good old-fashioned tuna casserole.


Mix-n-Match Soup

A simple and tasty homemade soup using things in your pantry, cupboards, and freezer. My kids called this Stone Soup because it resembles the soup in the classic children’s tale.

(8 generous servings)

Excerpted from Mix-n-Match Recipes by Deborah Taylor-Hough.

BROTH (Choose One)
Tomato: One 12-oz. can tomato paste PLUS two 16-oz. cans tomatoes with juice (chopped) PLUS water to equal 10 cups total
Chicken/Turkey: 10 cups broth or 5 bouillon cubes dissolved in 10 cups water
Beef: 10 cups broth or 5 bouillon cubes dissolved in 10 cups water

PROTEIN (Choose One – 1 lb or 2 cups cooked)
Ground beef, browned
Cooked chicken, turkey or ham – cut up
Lentils, raw or cooked
Frankfurters, sausage, Kielbasa – sliced
Cooked or canned beans (pinto, kidney, etc.)

GRAIN (Choose One – 2 cups)
Rice, cooked
Barley, cooked
Pasta, raw
Dumplings (add at end of cooking time)

VEGETABLES (Choose Two – 1-2 cups sliced, diced or shredded)
Green Beans
Peas or pea pods

SEASONINGS (Choose 2 to 4 – 1-2 teaspoons each)
Cayenne (dash)
Onion Powder

Bring stock to boil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Add all ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat. Simmer one hour.

Excerpted from the book Mix-n-Match Recipes.



Basic “Use-It-Up” Quiche

Basic “Use-It-Up” Quiche Recipe
(Serves 6)

Excerpted from Mix-n-Match Recipes by Deborah Taylor-Hough.

You can use almost any leftover vegetable or meat in this recipe. If you have eggs, milk, rice and cheese, you can practically clean out your fridge right into your quiche pan. I always add the cheese last when making this quiche. The cheese makes a beautiful mellow-brown crust on the top. I usually add a bit of chopped onion to my quiches for flavor, and broccoli makes an especially nice vegetable quiche.  And it’s gluten-free, too!

Crust Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice, cooked (white or brown)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb any leftover vegetable, chopped (single vegetable or a mix)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, or light cream
  • 1 cup cheese, grated (your choice: Swiss, Cheddar, Jack, etc.)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Dash nutmeg, or ground mace

Crust Directions:

  1. Mix together cooked rice, egg and soy sauce.
  2. Spread evenly to cover well- buttered quiche pan or pie plate.
  3. Bake rice crust at 350 F for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven.

Filling Directions:

  1. Place chopped vegetable in bottom of crust.
  2. Mix together: eggs, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pour over broccoli.
  3. Top with grated cheese. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes, or until set.
  4. Remove from oven, and let sit ten minutes before slicing, if serving fresh; or wrap pie pan, label and freeze.
  5. Quiche can be served cold after thawing for a yummy hot weather treat; or heat the thawed quiche at 350 F for 20 minutes.




31m2vqk1gvlBAD THINGS HAPPEN is an experimental book length erasure poem. An erasure is a “found” poem in which the poet works with text from an original work to create something new. An erasure is often created in response to, or in conversation with, the original source text. Through purposeful decision-making, the erasure poet will subvert, challenge, question, or build upon the meaning and themes in the source text. Unlike a blackout poem (which presents the original redacted text with the new poem as a visual art form), an erasure constructs the new work into lines/stanzas, thus creating something separate from the original source text.

BAD THINGS HAPPEN is a book-length collection of erasure poems constructed in response to the book, Lord, Where Are You When Bad Things Happen? by Kay Arthur. Arthur’s book is a daily Bible study examining questions about the role of God in difficult life events and was written to an audience mainly of Evangelical Christians.

While creating the works in BAD THINGS HAPPEN, the author sought to take the viewpoint of someone who doesn’t claim the infallibility of the Bible or even necessarily believe in any sort of god. The reality in life is that bad things happen. Truly bad things happen. Even evil things.  To Believers and Unbelievers, alike.

The erasure poems in BAD THINGS HAPPEN don’t necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of the poet, but are offered as food for thought and as a means for looking at life through the lens of someone outside the purview of modern Evangelical Christian thought and practice.

Book Excerpt: “Mix-n-Match Quiche”

This recipe is excerpted from Mix-n-Match Recipes by Deborah Taylor-Hough.

You can use almost any leftover vegetable or meat in this recipe. If you have eggs, milk, rice, and cheese, you can practically clean out your fridge right into your quiche pan. I always add the cheese last when making this quiche. The cheese makes a beautiful mellow-brown crust on the top. I usually add a bit of chopped onion to my quiches for flavor, and broccoli makes an especially nice vegetable quiche.

Mix-n-Match Quiche
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Book Excerpt: Charlotte Mason on “Ideas”

Excerpted and adapted from
Ideas and Books: The Means of Education

Book CoverThe Life of the Mind Grows Upon Ideas

Now that life, which we call education, receives only one kind of sustenance; it grows upon ideas. You may go through years of so-called ‘education’ without getting a single vital idea; and that is why many a well-fed body carries about a feeble, starved intelligence; and no society for the prevention of cruelty to children cries shame on the parents. Continue reading