Ham and Cheese Tortellini


As the days are getting shorter and shorter we are feeling the cold chill bearing down on us. Semi homemade meals such as this with frozen tortellini get dinner on the table fairly easily and still taste great. Don’t want ham? Change up the meat or leave it out. It is totally up to you….

Blackened Shrimp Nachos


We love nachos for dinner. On busy nights or nights no one really wants to cook it is some chips, cheese, onions, and a meat. Then we pile all the toppings we each like on top of our plates. Don’t like onions? Leave them off. Want extra hot sauce? Go for it! Verdict: These nachos…

Simple Sour Cream Chicken


This meal started out as an accident. I wasn’t feeling well and I kept telling my family I wanted to make a Cream Cheese Chicken with Mushrooms. They thought I was saying sour cream chicken. So, they made a sour cream chicken similar to what I was thinking but not quite. Notice no mushrooms or…

Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli


This soup is more stew like than soup. Part of my family are not fans of soups for dinner. It is a texture issue. They want to chew their meal. So, this is a bit of a compromise. This hearty “soup” is a cousin to minestrone. Thicker than minestrone and with lots of beans and…

Classic French Onion Soup


Sunset is getting earlier and earlier. The nights are getting cold with lots of wind. It is a perfect night for warm soup and crispy bread. The comfort of French onion soup with lots of flavorful cheese melted on top. We tend to eat more soup and bread this time of year. I think because…

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes


I love our breakfast for dinner nights. Pancakes and waffles are a favorite of ours. We love breakfast foods just not for breakfast. Experimenting with flavored pancakes and waffles is something my family loves. These apple cinnamon pancakes were from apples that were over ripe to eat but perfect for cooking. They were just a…

Turkey Meatloaf with Onion Gravy


Over the weekend when 6 more students/teachers at our high school tested positive for Covid-19, in addition to the 3 that were already positive, the number of quarantined students jumped to 97. So, today through Friday they are “testing” the remote learning system. I don’t think they will be there much longer and will be…

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Tips


One of my favorite food combinations is beef, barbecue sauce, mashed potatoes and sharp cheddar cheese. To me this is like comfort food on steroids. Slowly we are coming up for air but it has been a bumpy time the last few weeks. Verdict: This is one of our favorite dishes for cold busy nights….

Stuffed Acorn Squash


I am really trying to get my daughter at least one vegetarian meal a week. This is a stretch for me. We have quite a few squashes right now so you will be seeing a few squash recipes over the next few weeks. I made Butternut Squash Chili (click for link to recipe) last week…

Butternut Squash Chili


I, like many other Americans, needed to take the day off yesterday. I was tired physically and emotionally. So, it was a day of minimal news and internet. We shopped, we ate, and we rested. We are refreshed. This chili is perfect for these days. You can make it in a slow cooker or on…

1970s: Loaded Chicken Roll-Ups


Back to the recipes I remember when we were kids. Now, my mom would NEVER make anything like this. She wouldn’t use canned soup, canned rolls, or bottled ranch dressing in anything. She was a home cook in the truest sense. She made 5-7 loaves of bread every Saturday morning so we would have bread…

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas


I am having a hard time writing this opening. Today is election day here in the United States. I don’t think any one is certain of anything today. I know I am hopeful that whatever the outcome may be that we can slowly start to return to being a united country instead of a divided…