I need quick fixes. Time gets away from me ALL of the Time. I’ll be on the computer or spending time with my kids and then WHAM it’s dinner time. That’s why I love this Homemade Gravy Mix. AND it’s gluten-free. Continue reading
When my fourth son came upstairs for dinner and saw these Manwich Sloppy Joe Egg Rolls, he exclaimed, “Mom! Why didn’t you tell me we were having sloppy Joes?! I’d have been up here much sooner! Continue reading
Bacon Cheeseburger Dip: it’s like a fast food burger on a chip!
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
All of the flavor of a traditional Reuben sandwich in a 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: 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 is a hearty casserole with ground beef, egg noodles, cream cheese, tomatoes and tons of flavor.
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
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.
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.
This 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
When I was about nine years old, my grandmother gave me an Irish cookbook. It had the usual potato and cabbage and corned beef recipes that one would expect, but it also had this recipe. With the help of my mother, I made it for dinner and it became a family favorite. Continue reading
Have you ever seen big bags of dried chiles in a grocery store and wondered what people did with them? I used to. Of course, I go up and down the grocery aisles like some people shop at Nordstom’s. If I have the time, I look at everything on every aisle, except maybe the toilet paper aisle. Continue reading
I have one last Sloppy Joe recipe for you this month and then I will give it a rest. I don’t know what it is about cold weather and football that screams for this kind of food, but there have been no complaints from the peanut gallery
I adore brie cheese. It is so good with fruit and nuts or wrapped in pastry. My husband thinks brie is “fancy” cheese and rarely deigns to eat it when I serve it. I took it upon myself to make it a little less fancy. Continue reading
I 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
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.
I 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
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
Blaaaaaah! 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
I 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
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.