Recipes

Tacos de Carnitas

Tacos de Carnitas

Posted on May 4, 2017
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I had a houseful for the 4th and rain all weekend long!  Ugh, after days of blue skies, heat and humidity, the long weekend was rained out.  For the most part though, it didn’t keep us from having fun.  I made sure we had plenty of food and I seemed to cook all weekend long. …

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Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Posted on Apr 27, 2017
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I don’t even know where to start with this post.  This is the kind of food that is just good old comfort food, plain and simple.  It’s homey, hearty, down-home delicious.  And it is so easy to make. Here I go with another Ohio story.  When we visit my husband’s family, we stay with his …

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St. Louis-style Ribs

BBQ St. Louis-Style Ribs

Posted on Apr 26, 2017
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  My husband.  It’s time to name him I think.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use his real name or a pseudonym.  His name is Mark.  I might nickname him once in a while, we’ll see.  A few things about Mark.  He likes his meat, or protein as he says.  Mark consumes a …

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Spaghetti with Bacon Sauce

Spaghetti with Bacon Sauce

Posted on Apr 25, 2017
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I grew up in the 70’s with a father who was an amazing cook.  He used to make a spaghetti with bacon sauce that I loved.  If I came home from school and asked what’s for dinner and was told this spaghetti, I could hardly wait to eat.  It was so good and there was lots of slurping …

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Diner-Style Patty Melts

Diner-Style Patty Melts

Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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One of my favorite things to order at a greasy spoon is a patty melt, that ooey, gooey grilled cheese burger with grilled onions.  We were headed out for a quick lunch a few weeks ago and never made it.  My patty melt craving went unheeded and so I decided to make them at home. …

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Leftover Lamb Flatbreads Leftover Lamb Flatbreads

Leftover Lamb Flatbreads

Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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I’m not sure how often you roast a leg of lamb, but I’m guessing there’s a chance you might for Easter.  I recently made a beautiful roasted leg of lamb and had quite a bit left over.  What to do with all that lamb?  A lamb curry?  A tomato and lamb sauce for pasta?  I …

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Classic Bolognese Ragù

Classic Bolognese Ragù

Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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Full disclosure here ~ if I take my favorite jarred marinara sauce and doctor it up with browned ground beef, some onions and spices, Meathead thinks it’s the best pasta sauce he’s ever had.  And it’s good, but it’s not Bolognese ragù.  I’m not talking a quick 15 minute sauce here ~  this is a …

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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Posted on Apr 4, 2017
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I made a casserole!  Not just any casserole ~ King Ranch Chicken Casserole.  I have a thing about casseroles and things made with cream-of-whatever soups.  I do not know why, but I do.  Meathead’s favorite dinner growing up was his mom’s tuna noodle casserole with potato chips on top.  Say what?!?!  But King Ranch Chicken …

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Mustard and Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb

Mustard and Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb

Posted on Mar 30, 2017
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Growing up, weekends were my dad’s time to cook and Sundays almost always involved a roast of some kind ~ beef, pork, lamb, chicken, an occasional duck.  I’ve always been a little intimidated with roasts, always worried about overcooking and not being able to deliver on the gravy, my dad’s specialty.  I got over my fear because …

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Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce

Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce

Posted on Mar 16, 2017
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I found myself staring at one of my last jars of homemade marinara, wondering what I should make.  Then I remembered a baked pasta dish I made years ago in Chicago.  I would come back from the farmer’s market with fresh basil, make some pesto, and think of all the ways to eat it.  One …

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Irish Beer Cheese Soup

Irish Beer Cheese Soup

Posted on Mar 14, 2017
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Irish Beer Cheese Soup ~ if you’ve never had, you’re in for a treat.  I recently had some cheddar beer soup from my grocery and man, was it good.  With St. Pat’s Day coming up  and all things Irish in the air, I decided to tweak that midwestern version by using some Irish beer and …

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St. Patrick's Day Feast

St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Posted on Mar 9, 2017
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day next week and time to think about what to make.  I’ve been making Corned Beef and Cabbage for so long now, there isn’t much to think about.  And I always make Irish Soda Bread and finish the meal with some Chocolate Mint Cake.  If I’m lucky and have some leftover corned …

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Spicy Shrimp Sauté

Spicy Shrimp Sauté

Posted on Mar 9, 2017
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Oh, you guys, this is a good one.  I clip, tear out and save so many recipes that languish away in my messy drawer.  Not this time.  The minute I saw it I wanted to make it.  It is from Mario Batali, it’s super easy and super delicious.  I’d expect nothing less from Mr. Batali.  He …

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Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Posted on Mar 7, 2017
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Spring is in the air very early this year.  I think that’s what triggered my recent lemon bar craving.  I have a recipe a friend gave me years ago that I made a few times and then kind of forgot about.  I remember Picky Eater loving these lemon squares but I just don’t think to …

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Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna

Pumpkin, Swiss Chard and Sausage Lasagna

Posted on Mar 2, 2017
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I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty good home cook who learned from my parents, friends, cookbooks, food magazines and cooking shows ~ just to mention a few things.  Isn’t that how most of us learn how to cook?  Those of us who didn’t go to cooking school, that is.  This recipe comes …

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