Bratwurst and Beer Cheese Chowder


As I plan my menus for the month I try to take into consideration what we have going each day and what ingredients I will have leftover to make into other dishes. Or I also look at when I have extra time the day before to do prep for the next day’s meals when possible….

Corned Beef Potatoes Au Gratin


So I looked up what Au Gratin meant when I was making this dish. Sprinkled with bread crumbs, grated cheese, eggs and or butter. So, I think this dish kind of qualifies as most of that. It has cheese and butter.  We will just go with it. I usually try to cook large pieces of…

Six Big Game Day Crowd Favorites!


Looking for something different to serve at your Super Bowl party? I have gathered some of our favorite recipes for appetizers and sweet treats that will satisfy everyone on your guest list! These Meatball Mozzarella Bites (click for link to recipe) are simple to make and make a large amount all at once! They will have…

The End of No Buy January: Brown Bean Casserole


So it is the end of No Buy January. My freezer, pantry and refrigerator are ready to be cleaned. There are a few stray items left and now it is time to decide what to throw away or move to the front and use. This last day was particularly tough for me. I had a…

An American Cassoulet over Herbed Biscuits


My mother gave me a Lodge Dutch oven for Christmas so I have been researching all sorts of meals to make with my new pan. A cassoulet kept coming up over and over. A cassoulet is actually a French peasant dish made from sausages, bacon (or pork skin) and white beans. Many countries have  a…

Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy Stew


Reality is setting in. Vacation is over.  A return to cleaning, cooking and chauffeuring yesterday made it all crystal clear. Of course I looked to my trusty slow cooker to help get dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss. As you can see in the picture above I even pulled out the finest…

Slow Cooker Italian Beef – Chicago Style


You know I love my slow cooker. This time of year it is getting a workout as we are trying to fit in meal times between all the concerts, cookie baking, and parties. This past weekend the temperature started to drop to single digits, where it has hovered since, and it snowed on and off….

Sloppy Joe Pizza


I started mentioning this meal to my family several day before I actually made it. No one said anything but I got “The Look.” The look that says she really has gone too far this time. I love homemade Sloppy Joes but don’t make them very often.  A few days ago I really wanted to…

Cider Maple Slow Cooker Meatballs


Our Thanksgiving was as usual non-traditional. We have a few appetizers and dessert. We play games, decorate for Christmas, watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and relax. We tried several new appetizers this year. One of the best was the Cider Maple Slow Cooker Meatballs. I used frozen 1/2 oz. meatballs but you could make homemade…

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup


Here is a repeat posting of one of our most favorite hearty slow cooker soups. Has great lasagna flavor without all the fuss! Enjoy! With the weather still below 0 in the mornings every day sounds like a great soup or stew day lately.  I have found a bunch of tasty sounding soups and stews…

Bavarian Slow Cooker Pork Loin


Last night at dinner my kids were talking about what meats they liked best. My son said he prefers chicken breast. My daughter said, “Want to know what part of the chicken I like best? Steak.” Yes, we have been eating a great deal of chicken and pork lately. Here is one of our most…