Panzanella

Panzanella is a wonderful Italian “bread salad”. Use a firm, dense bread to avoid sogginess. Enjoy.                                                                              …

Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

I found this recipe on Pinterest. Don’t you just love Pinterest? When I made this recipe I tripled it and it turned out great.  This is a custard style mac-n-cheese. Cooking Spray 2 cups milk 1 (12oz) can evaporated milk 1 egg 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (your choice…

Sauced Burritos

When I say “sauced”, I mean covered in sauce, not drunk.  Although I suppose you could add tequila to this recipe pretty easily!  <wink, wink>    I stumbled upon this recipe after making way too much stuffing for my Southwest Stuffed Peppers, thus creating my Southwest Meal Starter.  Cool huh!  Frankly, you can throw just…

Southwest Meatloaf

This is a smaller version of the recipe that I use for my Southwest Meal Starter.  The only difference is that you aren’t stuffing anything…anything but yourself that is! 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef (or turkey, or a mixture of beef and turkey…you make the call.  You could even add chorizo and kick it…

Southwest Stuffed Peppers

This is one of my recipes that uses my Southwest Meal Starter concoction.  It’s meat, rice, corn, beans, and spices.  Delicious! 1/2 to 1 pound of Southwest Meal Starter 4 bell peppers (any color, I like yellow, orange and red as they have the best flavor) – cut in half and remove the seed pod…

Southwest Meal Starter

Yeah, funky name I know.  So, what exactly IS meal starter?  It’s the perfect base for stuffed peppers, southwest meatloaf and the most awesome sauced burritos you’ll ever make.   2 pounds of ground beef (or turkey, or a mixture of beef and turkey…you make the call.  You could even add chorizo and kick it…

Ruth’s Chicken Tortilla

This recipe came from a family friend when I was a kid.  I have modified it (with the substitutions) as the first time I made this I didn’t have all the ingredients. I haven’t eaten this in more than 20 years and with one bite I was back home. Thanks Ruth.  And thanks Mom. 4…

Fontina Macaroni and Cheese

This is an altered Williams-Sonoma recipe.  I’m a mac n cheese purist myself, so I typically don’t add all (or any) of the alternate ingredients however the bacon (or ham and veggies) kicks this recipe to a new level.  Give it a try for a quick week night meal. Ingredients: 2 sticks butter 1 clove…

Laura’s Quickie (Quiche)

This quiche is a Christmas Day tradition in my family. 1 dozen eggs, beaten 1 12oz can of evaporated milk (you can add up to another half can if you like your quiche a little “wetter”) 1/2 loaf (6-8 slices)  white bread, crusts trimmed (the cheapest white bread you can find works great for this)…

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I came up with this one night after having a fight with corn tortillas, and losing.  This has quickly become a family favorite, replacing standard enchiladas!  It is so easy to make and so delicious your family will be enchilada “casserole” converts too! Yield:  6-8 servings 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – cooked and shredded…

Pork Chops and Mushrooms

This is a variation of my Easy Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Green Beans, which I wanted to make recently and discovered I didn’t have all of the ingredients. So, I changed it up a bit and it turned out really good! Yield:  6 servings 6 pork tenderloin (about 1/2 inch thick) 1/2 teaspoon garlic…

Pepper Steak

There are SO many recipes out there for Pepper Steak, and NONE that I liked the sound of.  So, I created my own.  I hope you like. 2 pounds top sirloin (slightly frozen is best for perfect thin slices) 2 medium yellow onions, sliced 6 bell peppers (I use red, yellow and orange when in…