Corn Casserole

I found this recipe on Pinterest, made it one time and now it is a family favorite. 1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces (optional) 1/2 onion, finely chopped (optional) 1 clove garlic, minced OR 1 TBSP minced garlic (I buy mine in the produce section of the grocery store in jars so I don’t…

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…

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…

Healthier Green Bean Casserole

The traditional version of this casserole, made with cans of cream of mushroom soup and French-fried onions, is a celebration of American convenience foods and a standard offering on countless holiday menus. This updated recipe, made with fresh ingredients, is guaranteed to push that old formula aside. Ingredients: 1 1/4 lbs. green beans Kosher salt…

Pineapple-Raisin Slaw

When I first came up with this recipe (back in college) I named it California Cole Slaw. Today, there are SO many recipes with that same name (totally different recipes than mine) I thought it would be too confusing.  This is a sweet, delicious alternative to the standard Cole Slaw.  Almost like Carrot Raisin Salad…

Broccoli Risotto

I came across this recipe a few years ago.  The original had lemon and thyme in it, both sounded awful in risotto so I changed it adding garlic and white wine.  Not too bad! Yield:  4-8 servings (depending on size) 3 cans (14 1/2 oz each) chicken broth 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic,…

Easy Refried Beans

This recipe is ridiculously simple and makes canned beans so yummy that even my 3 year old devours them! 1 10 oz can refried beans 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup shredded cheese 1/4 cup sour cream Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan, stir vigorously until well combined.  Heat until bubbly and serve. You…

Quick Spanish Rice

Once you make this you will never buy the boxed rice again.  Promise. Yield:  4-6 servings 1 can of stewed tomatoes (I just use whatever I have on hand, could be ready cut, whole or stewed) 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 1/4 cups uncooked white rice (not minute rice!) 1 Tablespoon butter 2 teaspoons…

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

This is hands down the easiest side dish!  Total prep time is less than 10 minutes, cooking time about an hour. Yields:  5-6 servings 6-8 Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil 1-2 Tablespoons minced garlic (amount depends on your level of garlic “love”) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper Preheat oven to 375…