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…

Sausage and Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes

I am ready for the soups, stews, and hearty casseroles but the weather says otherwise. This recipe uses the extra sausages leftover from our Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions (click for link to recipe). Cooking extra meat makes cooking two meals much easier. The hardest part of this meal is cooking…

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage Onions and Peppers

Our Community Support Agriculture (CSA) farm share is ending in a few weeks. We are mostly getting apples, pears, peppers, and squashes from local farms. We had a spaghetti squash this week and I remember the last time I made a spaghetti squash parmigiana my family almost revolted. They wanted meat with the dinner. Being…

Stuffed Shells

Our flower beds remind us of passing time and the care we take to watch them blossom and grow. My wife spends at least an hour day in her gardens weeding, watering, and feeding the plants. But, sometimes something happens and the plants don’t grow or bloom despite how we tend to them. We were…

Bacon Chicken Bites

Graduation, Senior Car Parade, and Baccalaureate are all this week. We are so close to being done. As much as I don’t want it to all end we are all now ready for this. It seems to drag on for weeks and gets so tiring. We even decided to do our son’s graduation party in…

Classic Style Meatballs

The other day I let my daughter decide which she wanted to do. Make dinner or clean. She chose dinner once she heard my suggestion of homemade meatballs. She hates mixing and cooking meat – I think she will be more vegetarian once she is on her own. But, she thought meatballs sounded really good….

Kielbasa with Sauerkraut

I love kielbasa. My family tends to be rather, meh, on having it for dinner. I can usually convince them once a month to have it if I pair it with cheesy eggs and potatoes or sauerkraut. I like having it with sauerkraut because that mean dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes!…

Mashed Potatoes with Simple Sausage Ragu’

My kids still think when I say ragu’ that I am talking about the American jarred pasta sauce. So, when I told them what was for dinner they thought I lost my mind (as usual!). Spaghetti sauce AND mashed potatoes? No meat sauce with mashed potatoes. A ragu is more meat less tomato sauce. More…

Stuffed Pork Chops

We are back in the kitchen trying to keep cooking at home this month to clean out our freezer and save some money. We usually do a “No Buy January” to clean out our pantry and freezer. This year because of life we did a clean out in November but decided to do a modified…

Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops

With everyone home and little to distract us we are trying to clean the house from top to bottom and get a few projects out of the way for the new year. I don’t want to fuss over dinner so I had my daughter make dinner the other night. She loves slow cooker dinners because…

Italian Sausage Crostini

When we are doing our big cook for holidays we like to have little bites instead of one big meal. This allows us to snack as we go rather than sitting down to a meal all at once. We had a package of Italian sausage in the freezer that we wanted to use and weren’t…

Cheese & Sausage Balls

Still on the finger foods for meals. These with some scrambled or fried eggs? Awesome and super simple to make. Want them as a simple bite with a salad or fresh veggie platter? Delicious! When I saw this recipe for “Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls” on Pillsbury.com (click for link to original recipe) I knew I…