Shepherd’s Pie

Cottage Pie was originally eaten in England by the lower class (who lived in cottages – hence the name), after the potato was introduced as an edible crop for the poor.  It was typically made with whatever meat scraps were on hand, ground up, and then topped with potatoes as a way to stretch the […]

Mini Butter Bomb Burgers

My husband is an AMAZING story teller. Unfortunately most of them just aren’t true…Even our 6 year old knows to ask if he’s fibbing. For example, my husband loves to regale people with this story about how once upon a time I made these Martha Stewart hamburgers with this herb butter in the middle that […]

Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf

I started with a recipe from a Paula Deen cookbook, and then I mucked it all up because that’s the joy of making it yourself! I can have it exactly how I want it! And it was yummy – definitely a keeper and really nice change to plain old meatloaf. Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf 1 1/2 […]

Melt-in-your-mouth Chuck Roast

The past three months have been anything but the easiest in our house, what with the plague going around, and there have been many nights where the closest I’ve come to cooking all day is microwaving a cup of tea. But, hopefully we’re all finished with the quarantine, and I can resume my normal kitchen […]

Brian’s Favorite Pot Roast

My husband loves pot roast, so I have tried oodles of recipes over the years. Eventually I came up with my own. It comes out nice and tender and perfectly flavored every time. This is my “standard” pot roast. Brian’s Favorite Pot Roast 1 (2-2 1/2 lb) chuck roast 2 tbs. vegetable oil 1 c. […]

Old Fashioned Meatloaf

My very first cookbook I bought when I moved out was a copy of the Betty Crocker red checkered classic cookbook. My version of meatloaf is a variation of a recipe in that cookbook. And let’s just say it took a few tries to get it just right… Old Fashioned Meat Loaf 1 1/2 lbs. […]

Mini Burgers on Toasted Disks

This recipe isn’t a new one, but it is one of my son’s absolute favorites! If I ask for his input on the weekly menu, he suggests breakfast casserole, my Old Fashioned Meatloaf, and these burgers! Every single time… They are great for dinner or for an appetizer. They’re bite size and convenient munchie when […]

Chicken Fried Steak

I am a Yankee, even worse as my husband would joke, I am a damn Yankee because I was born in Boston. As such, I had NEVER heard of chicken fried steak until I married my Texan husband and accompanied him back to the Lone Star state for the first time. I still don’t get […]

Italian Pot Roast

Italian Pot Roast Slightly adapted from Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Magazine, Oct/Nov 2009 2 tbs. vegetable oil 1 (2-2 1/2 lb) chuck roast 1 tsp salt 1 tsp. black pepper 2 c. beef broth 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 2 bay leaves 1 small onion, halved and quartered 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces […]

Rinse and Repeat: Beef Stew Shepherd’s Pie

I was watching Sandra Lee’s new show “Money Saving Meals” the other day, and she was making beef stew (which is what made me crave beef stew badly enough to make it for dinner last night – even though it is still August). But, she used her leftovers to make mini Shepherd’s Pies, and I […]