Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole (No Canned Soups)


It is almost back to school time when we will be making more casseroles and slow cooker dinners. Still I wanted a comforting cheesy casserole last night. I think the thought of all I had to do today was overwhelming me. I had a bag of frozen potatoes and a ham steak in the freezer…

Herbed Cheese Crostini with Steak or Pork


To me the best dinners are the cook once and eat twice meals. We grilled extra steak the other night and a had two leftover Drunken Pork Chops (click for link to recipe). When I suggested this for dinner my family was thrilled. They love to do appetizer dinners every once in a while. I…

Drunken Pork Chops


Notice the “Drunken” theme lately? My birthday was early last month and I received LOTS of alcohol in all different forms for my birthday. So, wine in The Drunken Noodles (click for link to post) the other night and beer in the Drunken Pork Chops last night. I don’t drink much so expect to see lots…

Drunken Noodles


I took this picture yesterday. Notice anything? Over the past week or so we have all been noticing that the trees and bushes are showing signs of early color. Ahhhh! It’s too early! It is just a reminder to enjoy these last days of summer before they are gone. I decided to make a simple…

Sweet and Sour Spam


Sweet and Sour Spam. Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. Sweet and Sour Spam. This is one of those foods that most people have some sort of love/hate relationship with. It may stir up bad memories of childhood dinners or good memories of grandma frying a slice for breakfast. Wherever you fall on the…

Creamy Basil Pasta


Some days you just want comfort food that is easy. This was perfect for us. I didn’t get a picture of it with fresh basil sprinkled over the top so use your imagination. It had lots of flavor from the Italian sausage, basil, and Parmesan cheese. Super simple too! Verdict: This is a meal I…

Ham and Cheese Quiche


  Tonight’s dinner was a recipe from my trusty old Joy of Cooking cookbook.  This is how I adapted my recipe.  It is more custard like than Quiche like.  No one waited for it to cool before cutting in! This slice was falling apart as it was too warm when we took it out of…

Garlic Meatloaf with Garlic Butter Sauce


My family loves garlic. This is the perfect meatloaf and mashed potatoes for us. Minced garlic in the meatloaf, roasted garlic in the sauce over the top of the meatloaf and mashed potatoes? Perfect! Don’t have time to make the meatloaf just before dinner? Form the meatloaf the evening before or morning that you want…

Slow Cooker Asian Ribs


So, in fairness I did not take the pictures of dinner last night. My daughter and I never even got to taste them last night. Her dance recital is in 5 weeks and Feising (Irish dance competition) season starts this weekend so the class ran half-an-hour over. This will be typical for the next 2 months….

Maple Balsamic Glazed Ham


Those easy meals extended to our Easter dinner. We had a spiral ham and I didn’t want to use the packaged glaze so I needed a super simple glaze that also tasted good. I added baked sweet potatoes, steamed asparagus, rolls and salad to the ham and that was dinner. Nothing super fussy. Simple. Verdict:…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apple


Things in our house have been hectic so I am trying to use my slow cooker as often as possible. I don’t always care for meat cooked in the slow cooker as they easily overcook (like when I forget to set the timer and they cook for 10-12 hours) and though they are edible they…

Bacon Balsamic Onion Jam


I have an onion hating daughter who when I told her she would love this was adamant that she would NOT like this and didn’t know why I was making this.  I kept telling her she would. Needless to say when we had dinner tonight she was asking for more. Her brother looked at her…