Category Archives: beef

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip: it’s like a fast food burger on a chip!

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

I have made a lot of good dips lately, but this one has my entire family’s vote as the best one yet.  Seriously, folks, this dip tastes like something you would by in the drive-thru under a pair of arches or giant burger signs.  It has the basic dip ingredients of cheese, cream cheese, etc, but then it has all of the components of a loaded burger, like ketchup, mustard and even a little bit of dill pickle!  Continue reading

Reuben Dip

All of the flavor of a traditional Reuben sandwich in a warm dip!

Reuben Dip: all of the delicious sandwich taste in a creamy, warm dip

This isn’t a terribly innovative dip, I have seen similar ones around the internet before.  However, I love Reuben sandwiches so much that I had to try my hand at a warm Reuben dip, too.  Who can resist melted Swiss cheese with a creamy corned beef spread?  I know that I sure can’t.  Continue reading

Hot Goulash Appetizer Dip

Hot Goulash Appetizer Dip: layers of ground beef with tomatoes and bell peppers and cheese, lots and lots of cheese!

Goulash Dip: layers of ground beef with tomatoes and bell peppers and cheese, lots and lots of cheese!

I adore hot appetizer dips.  I have made Buffalo chicken dip, lasagna dip and jambalaya dip.  Inspired by other favorite casseroles, I will be showing you some other warm cheese dips starting by this hot goulash appetizer dip.  Both my husband and I grew up with versions of this hearty casserole.  Taking out the pasta and adding layers of cream and cheddar cheese seemed like a pretty good idea.  Continue reading

Beef Lombardi

Beef Lombardi is a hearty casserole with ground beef, egg noodles, cream cheese, tomatoes and tons of flavor.

Beef Lombardi: this could become your favorite beef-tomato-pasta casserole!

I know it’s almost Christmas and everyone is anxious to read about the latest fudge or cheese filled appetizer, but let’s face it folks, we all have to sneak in a little dinner here and there.  And is this ever a dinner to remember!  Oodles of oniony cream cheese layered between egg noodles and a beefy tomato sauce will have you saying, “What plate of holiday cookies?” and going back for seconds and thirds. Continue reading

#Manwich Sloppy Joe Lasagna Brings the Family to the Table

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ah school; I love it and I hate it.  I love that the kids are busy, but I hate that the kids are busy.  That busyness floods the family’s schedule with homework, unscheduled trips to stores, school meetings, sports and so much more.  I have to pack up my summer laziness and find my inner organization mojo for another year.  It also means that I need to start making hearty, delicious meals that will bring the family to the table. Manwich is one of my little helpers. With its kid-stopping power, my family is sure to put down their homework, get up from the computer and come in from the yard to sit down to a #Manwich meal, especially if its a sloppy Joe lasagna.

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Meatball Quesadillas: an edible spaghetti western

Meatball Quesadillas: a real Spaghetti Western snackThis Spaghetti Western is true convenience food.  And yet, you can make it all with real food, too.  Homemade tortillas, homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade meatballs; this dish can take you hours to make, or you can whip it up in mere minutes.  It all depends on your food philosophy or your schedule.  You could even adapt it to be gluten free. Continue reading

Bell Pepper Beef Stew

Bell Pepper Beef StewI am so excited to be participating in a party this week; and not just any party….a Bell Pepper Party!   Our sponsor, Divemax has provided some amazing giveaways for you as well.  The growers of Divemex specialize in greenhouse grown peppers in state of the art facilities that facilitate the production of the highest quality peppers in some of the safest facilities anywhere.  But most importantly, as a Fair Trade Certified company, they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility that puts workers first.  Today’s giveaway is a Le Creuset 3 1/2 quart braiser! Continue reading

Smoked Sausage Orzo and Cheese Broccoli Skillet

Smoked Sausage Orzo and Cheese Broccoli Skillet

It’s time for the monthly Improv Cooking Challenge!  This month we are celebrating all things pasta and cheese.  It seems fitting with the children back in school that the ingredients are kid friendly.  I know, at least in my family, that all five of my kids love macaroni and cheese, lasagna, and all other cheese and pasta combinations.

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Cheese and Herb Lasagna Rolls (tomato free)

Cheese and Herb Lasagna RollsI couldn’t figure out a title for this dish that fully described it, but didn’t lead you to believe it was something else.  Confused?  Well, so am I.  When I hear the word lasagna, I picture layers of cheese and tomato sauce in an Italian style pasta dish.  Even saying lasagna rolls evokes the idea that there will be tomatoes or Italian sausage involved.  That is not the case here.  It’s the pasta shape that is getting me in trouble here. Continue reading

Herbed Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties with Beef

Isn’t is interesting how one innocent word can evolve over time into something totally different and not so innocent? Or how about pronunciations:  two words, spelled the same, but pronounced differently can be the difference between a tasty meat filled pie and a stripper’s last spot of clothing.  When I make Cornish Pasties, I always have to pause a moment and think about which is which before I announce what we are having for dinner. Continue reading

French Fry and Smoked Sausage Hash

French Fry Smoked Sausage HashBlaaaaaah!  I am having the hardest time writing anything worth reading today!   I made this amazing hash with smoked sausage and French fries and I can think of nothing to say about it.  I wish I could let you all taste the amazing flavor of the caramelized onion with the hint of apple balsamic teamed up with the smokey beef sausage.  It was a major success considering it was a thrown together meal.  Continue reading

Crunchburger: who knew my husband and Bobby Flay had so much in common?

Crunch BurgerI believe it’s rare that a couple gets married knowing everything about each other beforehand.  There are always quirks and habits that appear with time, surprising the other member of the marriage.  Case in point: my husband and I had not ever grilled hamburgers together before we married.  We were two college students living in apartments, busy with school.  We didn’t have the time or the means to grill meat together.  Immediately after we got married, we spent a summer in the Seattle area while my husband interned with Microsoft.  To save money, we lived in my husband’s parents’ basement during those three months and got to eat a lot of grilled meals with his family.  Continue reading

Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet Dinner

Smoked Sausage Pasta Dinner  My sons are huge Marvel fans and watch (and practically memorize) every single movie that comes out that contains any kind of super hero.  They can tell me how each character is related to the next, where they came from and what they can do.  I think there may even be a wiki for marvel characters that they reference when rolling their eyes at my ignorance.   They are huge critics of  movies that don’t follow the comics or cartoons exactly as they should.  They consider creative license on the part of the movie makers, nothing short of blasphemy.

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Old Fashioned Corned Beef Hash

Old Fashioned Corned Beef Hash - a very frugal meal

There are a few dishes that I grew up eating that are incredibly frugal.  Whether my mother made the dish because we had no money or because it was a family recipe that she liked, I have no idea.  None of my ancestors were particularly well off, in fact, you could say some were down right poor.  The dishes that have been in my family for generations tend to hint at low economic status, but they survived the test of time because they were and still are delicious. Continue reading