Shepherd’s Pie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Bust out the green beer and the shamrock bead necklaces, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Me? I’ll be sitting at home, wearing my customary green outfit and eating leftover Shepherd’s pie. Sounds like my kind of party!

Don’t forget to wear green, you don’t want to get pinched!

Anyways, back to the food. Mmmm food… I grew up eating shepherd’s pie with my mom, although her version was a bit different than this.

Shepherd’s pie has always been a favorite meal for me. What’s not to love? Flavorful meat and veggie filling all topped with glorious mashed potatoes. Continue reading “Shepherd’s Pie”

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Taco Taters

One of the downfalls of cooking for two people (our toddler hardly counts) is that sometimes I get a little carried away and we basically have to eat leftovers for an entire week. That can get a little tedious and so trying to revamp leftovers has become a fun game for me so we don’t lose our minds eating the same thing over and over again.

Last week, I made tacos… a lot of tacos. So many tacos.

To get creative with the taco meat I decided to slap it on some baked potatoes as a hearty and tasty alternative. Continue reading “Taco Taters”

Slow Cooker Cajun Pot Roast

This roast was hollerin’ at me from the freezer.

You know how it is. You stock up the freezer when meat is on sale and you have to get creative when you’re trying to use it up. I have recently made my favorite Classic Pot Roast so I needed something a little different to spice things up.

Ha! I sure did that! I took my classic pot roast for a fun and delicious Cajun spin.

This slow cooker Cajun pot roast was so easy but packed a serious flavor punch. I love making a big roast and re-purposing the meat for different meals throughout that week, that’s called thrifty kitchen sense. I just made that up. But it’s a good idea. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Cajun Pot Roast”

Sausage and Spinach Pasta

Have you made any New Year resolutions? I have… to share more desserts, to share more salads, to eat more butter, to eat more greens.

It’s all about balance here in 2017.

If you’re trying to eat more greens like I am, this is exactly the kind of recipe you want.

Don’t let the amount of butter startle you, it’s delicious. Own it! Continue reading “Sausage and Spinach Pasta”

One-Pot Meal: Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans

Here is another simple and fast recipe for those days when you have no will power to pull supper together but you know you have to anyhow.

So after you’ve thrown a fit and whined that there is nothing to eat in this darn house, just pull on your big girl pants and throw supper into the pot.

I can’t even begin to describe how often I ate this while growing up. I’m fairly sure we had it at least once a week, and why not? It’s simple, yet still tasty.

Nothing fancy or complicated in this post. If you’re here looking for some culinary masterpiece you should run far far away, far far away. But if you’re in need of a meal that requires almost no work and definitely no mental strain, keep reading. Continue reading “One-Pot Meal: Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans”

Pepperoni Pizzadillas

With how hectic and worn out I’ve been lately I have needed to come up with ultra fast and easy meals to fill our bellies.

Do you like pizza? Do you like quesadillas? Can’t decide which you want the most? Don’t decide, make these super-duper pizzadillas! Did that sound like an infomercial? If so, are you sold?

I am!

Anyways, you’ll be more than happy when you make these Pizzadillas (isn’t that a fun word?) because not only will you have happy eaters at your table, you’ll have supper on the table in no time at all. That’s the kind of meal I’m looking for nowadays. Continue reading “Pepperoni Pizzadillas”

Bratwurst and Sour Cream

Today is my lovely mother’s birthday. She would have been 54 years old this year. I can’t believe it has been almost 4 years since she passed away and I miss her all the time. One of my favorite memories is my mother making this delicious meal for us. It was our special dinner and a royal treat!

My mother always said that when you try this recipe you either love it or hate it. And I absolutely love it! Thankfully, most of the guests we served it to loved it as well.

In our household we call this “Bratwurst and Sour Cream” but I realize that this name is a little confusing for an outsider.

We’ve got hearty bratwurst, onions, a mellow beer flavor and the creamy goodness that sour cream brings to the mix. All of that delicious sauce is served over a mountain of spaghetti noodles and all is right with the world.

Seriously guys, this meal soothes my soul and brings back many happy memories.

Here is a toast to my lovely mother, she was my rock while growing up and she did everything in her power to give me everything even when it felt like we had nothing. I’m sad that Sam doesn’t get to know my mother as his grandma but I won’t let her memory be forgotten. I know we are well looked after from heaven. Continue reading “Bratwurst and Sour Cream”

Not My Mama’s Tuna Noodle Casserole

I have told you before just how ingenious my mother was when figuring out how to feed us. She worked full time (plus some) and had to deal with me on her own, so it’s no wonder we ate quick and easy meals most of the time.

My mama’s tuna noodle casserole consisted of egg noodles, cream of chicken soup, a couple of slices of american cheese, a can of peas, and a can of tuna. That was that.

I loved my mama’s tuna noodle casserole, and I won’t pretend like I have never made it that way myself, but if you’re looking for a delicious stove top version of this classic meal and don’t want to use canned soups definitely give this recipe a try!

Don’t worry about the dijon mustard, it adds a nice little sumtin’ sumtin’ to this dish! Continue reading “Not My Mama’s Tuna Noodle Casserole”

Slow-Cooker Zesty Italian Beef: Part Two

Remember that delicious Zesty Italian Beef I made yesterday? Of course you do!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting this delicious beef take a look!

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Dinner #1- a comforting plateful of mashed potatoes, creamed peas, and a huge pile of beef with the broth spooned all over the meat and potatoes. Swoon worthy!

Dinner #2- a groan inducing beef sandwich with the most flavorful broth to dip it in!

So this is love, hmmm…

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These were some homemade hoagie buns I attempted, but I would say that I definitely need to work on that recipe a bit more. These rolls were quite tasty but the dough was a little tricky.

Oh well, that just means I have an excuse to keep practicing!

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Pile on the meat and spoon yourself a bowl of broth to dip. I wish I had an extra jar of banana peppers on hand as a topping, but I didn’t think far enough in advance. This is my life.

And, because I couldn’t bring myself to think of any other side, grab a handful of fresh veggies for a good crunch.

Sometimes I am super lazy… ultra lazy.

I can deal with being lazy.

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The flavor in this meat is so delightfully tangy and unlike any other recipe I have tasted.

If you have any reservations against trying it, don’t fret! It is wonderful, glorious, and mouth watering!

Enjoy my lovelies

 

Slow-Cooker Zesty Italian Beef: Part One

The days are cooling down and I am practically beside myself with glee.

Fall is the BEST time of the year. Don’t try to tell me otherwise, I’ll fight you!

Cooler weather means I can wear comfy sweaters, eat warm comforting soup, and enjoy the beautiful change happening to the leaves outside.

Warm comfy clothes makes me happy.

Comfort food makes me happy.

Food makes me happy.

I’m glad we cleared that up.

On the topic of food, this Zesty Italian beef makes me VERY happy! When I first tried it I was worried that I had made a terrible mistake and ruined an entire roast, but thank goodness I was not disappointed!

Sure, it sounds a bit strange to cook a roast with a whole jar of pickled peppers but for goodness sake if it didn’t result in the most tender and seriously flavorful meat you ever did taste! Continue reading “Slow-Cooker Zesty Italian Beef: Part One”