Creamy Sausage Pasta

My daughter asked for comfort food. One of our favorites is pasta with a creamy sauce. We had some Italian sausage to use up and a creamy spaghetti sauce was the perfect bowl of comfort food. Verdict: This made my daughter so happy. Her college food has been awful and she has really struggled at…

Simple Crab Rangoons

With one of our two kids back to college we are going back to our routine of simple dinners and appetizers. I love appetizers for dinner. Serve them with a nice green salad and I almost feel okay about have a delicious bite or two instead of a whole meal. These are also great for…

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

I had everything ready to go for the new year but there is a saying by Michael Chabon, “Man makes plans… and God laughs.” I ended up going to North Carolina rather quickly to see my parents. My father was not doing well and he ended up in the Emergency Room. We thought for sure…

Happy New Year!

I have to honestly say New Years is my least favorite holiday. I have never cared for it. The passage of time hits me very hard each year. I tend to look back with sadness and forward with trepidation. This year seems especially difficult with ailing parents, the Omicron outbreak, and the state of the…

Air Fryer Ravioli

Happy first day of Winter! My favorite day of the year. Each day from now until June the days will get slowly longer. Ah…. I have hope. Now that both kids are home our eating and cooking has changed. I don’t think my grocery budget doubles but rather triples when every one is home. We…

Onion Garlic Chicken

I love caramelized onions. To me the best smell is a huge pan of onions caramelizing in butter. Seriously, I think onions go with just about any dinner. This is one of my favorites with garlic and onions. Verdict: This is a perfect simple dinner that packs a punch of flavor. The onions and garlic…

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes with Dip

More potatoes? Yes! I love potatoes. They are so versatile that they pair well with with just about any main dish you are serving. Ham, beef, fish, doesn’t seem to matter I can find a potato that goes with just about any dish. Verdict: These potatoes are so easy to make and add some fun…

Saturday Musings: Word for the New Year 2022

Every year about this time I start to ponder what is going to be my touchstone word for the next year. Some of my past words were: health, breathe, focus, and believe. This year I am taking a different tactic. The year ahead is the year of me. I realize now that my kids are…

Leftover Mashed Potatoes: Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie

With the leftover 4 lbs of mashed potatoes I made Ham & Cheese Croquettes (click here for link to recipe) and I still had enough for this recipe. If you have pre-made leftover mashed potatoes with really is simple even though the ingredient list looks long. Doctor up your mashed potatoes with a bit of…

Leftover Mashed Potatoes: Ham and Cheese Croquettes

My son was invited to a “Friendsgiving” this year and he was so excited. He volunteered to bring the mashed potatoes as he was told the host would provide the turkey, Brussels sprouts, and tableware. Super! I love mashed potatoes and they are easy to transport and keep warm in a slow cooker. We made…

1970s Throwback: Con Queso Dip

Back in the 1970s my mother-in-law went to Texas to visit her cousin. While there she had this dip and loved it. There was nothing like it up in her northeast neighborhood so she asked for the recipe (it was on a Velveeta box) and brought it home. Soon it would be everywhere. She loved…

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

When I mention making ragu to my kids they think of the red jarred tomato sauce. A ragu is actually a meat based dish with lots of diced vegetables with some tomato. It is thicker and richer tasting than a tomato sauce. Similar in premise to a bolognese but made with red wine instead of…