Hamburger and Potato Casserole

I’m not really one for hamburger casserole; however, when you have a lot of ground beef and potatoes that need to get eaten, this is a good place to start! And for once, I followed the recipe exactly (I know, I’m shocked, too)! Advertisements

Grilled Deliciousness!

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been on a grilled cheese kick. But I don’t do “normal” grilled cheese… I use whole wheat bread from Aldis. In a frying pan, I melt unsalted butter, and then I put the bread in the pan. I heated the shredded beef in a separate pan while the…

My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used to be known for my chocolate chip cookies. Now I make brownies more often (more on that later, yum!). I used to make hundreds of cookies a few times a year and share them with all my students. You know, I need to start doing that again! Anyway, my friend and I went…

Whiskey Brisket Chili

I like to experiment with recipes, I don’t think I’ve made that a secret! So when I thought I’d invented whiskey in chili (it’s a thing), I had to throw a bunch of other ingredients together and see what happened. What happened was deliciousness! Typically when I make chili, it’s bean-heavy and I’ll use ground…

Best use for left over Pesto Dipping Sauce!

I’ve never made anything with bow-tie pasta before… What you see: Grated Parmesan Cheese 2 small sides of Pesto Sauce from my favorite Pizza Delivery Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half Salt and Pepper to taste All deliciousness!

Completely Made-Up Stir Fry

I forgot to write down the portions (harrumph!), but I do remember the ingredients for the chicken marinade: Olive oil Soy sauce Ginger (dried pieces) Garlic powder Oyster sauce Sesame oil White wine vinegar

Goulash

Before we get started, you need to know that I know my version of goulash is not the traditional version. I do not like soup and while I love stew, this is not a stew. It’s a marinara pasta dish that we’ve always called goulash. So, now you know. Ingredients: 2 mild Italian sausage links…

Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I grew up, my parents both cooked dinner. Sometimes together, sometimes on alternate nights. Mom’s recipes were tried and true; Dad’s were very inventive–sometimes gross looking, sometimes gross tasting, but always exciting. Stuffed peppers were one of my mom’s specialities and a personal favorite. Unfortunately, I don’t have her recipe and these didn’t taste…

Three Ingredient Cookies

Simple recipe, simply good. 2 ripe bananas 1 3/4 cup quick oats 1/4 cup chocolate chips bake 15-20 min at 350.

Drinking while Reading

This is my take on the Old Fashioned (based on this recipe), one of my favorite drinks! The big differences are I used 3oz of Wild Turkey 101, some cherry juice (from the jar of marashinos), and I added extra cherries (because who wouldn’t?!) For years, I’ve been mad about Marcus Aurelius’s portrayal in Gladiator but…

Baked Paprika Potato Wedges

Based on this recipe. Needed: 1 large sweet potato 2 medium white potatoes To taste: Paprika Salt Pepper Garlic Preheat at 400. Toss wedges potatoes with olive oil, mix in dry ingredients. Distribute on lined baking sheet. Bake about 30-40 min, flip, then bake another 30-40 min or until it is crispy goodness. Serve with…

Grandma’s Creamy Oatmeal

I have all these pictures of making spritz cookies with my siblings and Grandma, but I don’t really remember doing it. What I do remember is one morning waking up early and Grandma making me oatmeal for breakfast. I was used to adding brown sugar, butter, and milk after it was in the bowl. Grandma…