Loaded Chili Baked Potatoes


Making a simple chili can be a delicious dinner and the leftovers? A loaded Chili Baked Potato for a second dinner! Yes, I love the cook once and eat twice meals. They make life easier for getting dinner on the table. Verdict: My family loved the baked potatoes for dinner and they are so easy…

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole


It seems like days are passing faster and faster lately. I read an article about how to slow down time by not only being more mindful about what you are doing, try not to multitask everything (I am guilty of this), and to learn something new or go somewhere new. It forces your brain to…

Simple Taco Fries


It snowed this weekend. Yes, snowed. This calls for serious comfort food. It was 50 one day then snow. So, we are making all kinds of comfort food to get ourselves through the giant snowflakes were falling. I asked my daughter to go down to the freezer and bring up ground beef and french fries….

Sweet Potato Corned Beef Hash


For me breakfast for dinner means a super simple meal. I love sweet potato hash but it always seems so difficult to make. It’s not. It is all in my head. I still had 3 corned beef stashed in my freezer from St. Patrick’s Day so I pulled one out the other day and cooked…

Rochester Garbage Plates


No trip to Rochester, New York is complete without a Rochester Garbage Plate. These plates and their variations are offered at most fast food places in the area. The original from Nick Tahou’s is THE plate but this one from Charlie’s Restaurant (click for link to website) was perfection in my eyes. My son had…

A Foodie on Vacation


Spring break. So, we headed out to Rochester, NY for Spring Break. The plan was I would work as much as possible in six days for the tax place I work for and my family would visit colleges, family, and friends while I worked. This was our first day in Rochester. Some Spring Break. Working,…

German Meatballs with Spaetzle


This dish was steaming HOT when I took the picture so it looks a bit hazy. My daughter came out of her room just before we were serving dinner and said, “It smells amazing in here!” It did. The apple cider vinegar and bacon combined with the sour cream and meatballs? Heavenly. My kids are…

4 Delicious Dishes Made with Corned Beef Leftovers


Everyone have their corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day? We love corned beef and cabbage and I buy 4-6 briskets when they are on sale this time of year. You don’t need to just have brisket. The leftovers can be made into so many things. Sometimes I will even cook an extra brisket…

Slow Cooker Sauerbraten with Ginger Snap Gravy (updated)


Simple meals. That is what I am always looking for. I love pulling out recipes I haven’t made in a while and seeing how they stand up. I realized I now make this a bit differently than I did years ago. I have updated the recipe to reflect the changes I have made. This dish…

Slow Cooker Meat Sauce


Yes, you can make sauce quickly or you can spend all day stirring and watching your pot of sauce. I chose to make it in the slow cooker and I am so glad I did! I didn’t have to touch the sauce all day (I cooked the ground beef, onion, and garlic early in the…

Steak and Bleu Cheese Tostadas


We are coming off our 9th Snow Day this school year. After this I think the kids need to start making up days. We got three extra days from the state because of the State of Emergency a few weeks ago for cold weather but we are still running low. This never happens. Things around…

Beef Lo Mein II


From -30 ish to almost 50. Yes, this is the Midwest. My entire family was happy to get out of the house though. We had been doing 15 minute rotations of shoveling to try to get the cars dug out. My wife got a bit of frostbite on the back of her leg. Her jeans…