Southern Sausage and Rice Casserole


Yes, another sausage recipe. We are using up the last of the bulk sausage we bought this month. I have used it in many different dishes and my family is still not tired of sausage. That is the great thing. If you can make your dishes taste different from night to-night you can eat the…

Egg Roll Bowl


We have our room on a separate air conditioner because our room was added on several years ago but not hooked up to the main system. So, everyone has been sleeping in our room. We are basically camping in our room. What you can’t see it that this dish was pictured on my bed. Yes,…

Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale


I saved this recipe for Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale (click for link to original recipe) from the July 2012 issue of Food & Wine magazine .  I rarely make anything from this magazine although it is one of my favorites to read.  I always thought the recipes sounded too difficult for a home-cook like myself. Every…

Slow Cooker German Style Potatoes and Smoked Sausage


It is getting tougher to make different meals each night. This meal was because I needed a slow cooker meal for the kids while we were all going off in different directions. My daughter loves vinegar. Any kind of vinegar. I think she would just drink a bottle of it if we let her. So,…

Rigatoni with Zesty Pasta Sauce


St. Patrick’s Day (week) is now over. My daughter and I have been gone most of the past week so she could dance in nursing homes, schools and a few bars for charity. It was fun but TIRING! I never seem to sleep well in hotels and we were eating out every day so my…

Slow Cooker Jambalaya


Most of my dinner photographs are pretty awful.  I am not a photographer.  This has to be one of the worst pictures I have ever posted.  This was taken after dinner when I realized I forgot to take a picture and there was just a little bit of Jambalaya left in the bottom of the…

Pizza Pot Pie


This is one of those dinners that start out as one thing and ends up completely different from what you imagined.  This month is incredibly busy so I am trying to make having dinner not add to the stress of our lives but rather enhance it.  Our dinner time is the time we can sit…

Sausage Hash Casserole


Two more nights until vacation.  Two more meals to try to create from my quickly dwindling pantry and refrigerator supplies.   We are surprising our son with the vacation so every time he asks, “Why don’t you just go to the store and get x or y?”  I have to tell him that it’s not pay…

Bratwurst Macaroni and Cheese


We are back from our quick trip back home to visit my mother-in-law.  At 96 years-old she just entered a nursing home.  It has been tough on everyone but being 550 miles away from her as she makes this transition has been heartbreaking.  She has gone from stage 3 Alzheimer’s to almost stage 7 in…

No Dough Pizza


We are still in a “No-Buy” January mode that is helping me clean out my basement pantry and freezer.  We are in full on saving mode for our Walt Disney World trip.  So, I need to find dishes that use things I normally stock in my pantry, freezer and kitchen and are fairly simple and…

Three Meat Pizza


Life happens to all of us.  It takes our best plans and turns them inside out and upside down.  How do I keep us from eating out when days like this happen?  By planning ahead.  Really. I keep a stock of pre-made pizza crusts in the cupboard or the freezer, I have 2-3 packages of…

Pesto and Sausage Pizza


Store bought pizza crusts have become my best friend.  The last few weeks have been hectic and the next few days will be impossible.  So I decided to make different kinds of pizza.  This is my first experiment. I wanted to make pizzas that were “different” from the traditional red sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni.  So,…