Category Archives: main dishes

#Cookbook Review Idiot’s Guides: the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

I have long been a fan of Mediterranean cooking.  I love fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and yogurt.  When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to review Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.  This series of books breaks the subjects down to the nitty gritty.  I read the whole book while sitting by the community pool one afternoon.  I knew the first recipe I wanted to make from it was Garlic Scrambled Eggs.  They sounded like something my entire family would devour.

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Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Skillet

A recipe similar to this Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Skillet is pictured on my kitchen calendar.  All month, fourth son has been staring at it and mentioning it as he walks by it.  When I told him that I was actually going to be making it for dinner, he  was a happy camper.

Cheese and Sausage Biscuit Skillet #bread #breakfast***ANNOUNCEMENT*** I have started a new blog that is called Just Me, Gluten Free.  From now on, that is where all my gluten free recipes will live and where new ones will be published.  Frugal Antics will be the home of any full gluten foods I make. Continue reading

King’s Ranch Pasta and Cheese

Time is rushing on toward summer. It seems like we were complaining so much that winter wouldn’t leave and now there are only two weeks left until summer vacation starts! With time spinning crazily out of control, I turn to simple dinner recipes. I found a cookbook on clearance called Southern Living Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook (brought to you by Winn Dixie) a while ago. It is full of convenient recipes like this King’s Ranch Pasta and Cheese.
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Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Roast

My son’s motto is “bury me in bacon.”  He would eat it every day, if it weren’t for his mama.  When he sees a package of bacon on the counter and me getting pots and pans out to make dinner, he asks if we are having bacon.  He has learned, however, to follow that question up with, “is it going in something?”  It is the bane of his existence that I use bacon as an ingredient instead of as a focal point.Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Roast Continue reading

Breakfast Sausage Meatballs and Rotini and Cookbook Giveaway

This month’s Pass the CookBook Club book is Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil.  As an added bonus this month, we are also able to giveaway three copies of this wonderful cookbook!  As always, three recipes were chosen for us to pick from, each of us made one.  You can see the dishes in the linky at the bottom of the post.Breakfast Meatballs and Rotini
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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

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash: a one pan skillet dinnerNow that the weather is warmer, I have started walking my daughter to and from school.  Actually, she mostly rides her bike with her friends in the morning and in the afternoons, I walk down to the school to make sure she safely gets through the mass of big kids on bikes on the way home.  She loves the freedom.  I like that I can still keep an eye on her as she starts to spread the wings of freedom. Continue reading

Chicken Alfredo French Bread Pizza

Chicken Alfredo French Bread PizzaYears ago, I wrote my first sponsored post.  The gig was to come up with nine, yes NINE recipes for a well known company.  It was back in the day when my photos were still marginally awful bordering on grotesque.   In the last year, I have been culling those photos and even some of the posts.  This is a rewrite of one of those nine recipes.  Basically everything has changed, including the ingredients (except the chicken and French bread).  This version is MUCH better and surprisingly, there is a gluten free option. Continue reading

Sausage, Mushroom and Spinach Crustless Quiche

Sausage, Mushroom and Spinach Crustless QuicheWhere did the last month go?  It’s Improv Challenge time again and this time we are cooking up Sausage and Mushrooms.  This was an extra fun theme for me because I have a few mushroom haters in my family, so I got to make something just for the grown-ups!  In a big family, it’s a treat not having to share. Continue reading

#FreshFromFlorida Ratatouille and Pulled Pork over Cheese Grits

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

Ratatouille and Pulled Pork over Cheese Grits using #FreshFromFlorida vegetables

I have become a huge locivore since moving to Florida.  The fresh produce that we enjoy all year long is amazing.  While the rest of the country is still fighting snow and ice, we are enjoying fresh summer squash and tomatoes!  It always puts a smile on my face when I see the Fresh From Florida signs in the grocery store next to vegetables that, in other parts of the country, won’t be in season for another five or six months! Continue reading

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage JambalayaIt’s time for Pass the Cookbook Club founded by Kita from Pass the Sushi.  It’s an opportunity for us to use those cookbooks that are gathering dust on our shelves.  Each month, a member of the group chooses a three recipes from a cookbook they own and shares them with the group.  We then make one, photograph it and post about it, either on a blog or on the Facebook group to which we all belong.  This month’s cookbook was Cooking Up a Storm. Continue reading