Burrilada--A burrito baked enchilada style.

Burr-i-lada

Burrilada is what you get when you transform a burrito into an enchilada. I really wanted to call this recipe Easy Enchiritos which I think sounded better, but Taco Bell already trademarked the name, Enchirito, so Burrilada it is. This recipe continues our Pantry Cooking Series. Today’s recipe begins with frozen burritos. These particular burritos had been abandoned in our freezer long enough that they […]

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches can be made on the heels of bread. No one will notice.

A Well Heeled Grilled Cheese

I don’t know what you do with the heels of your loaves of bread, but I’m hoping that your response is not that you throw them out.  Little kids, and adults, often turn up their noses when offered a sandwich made on the heels from the loaf of bread, but I have a solution.    Everyone loves grilled cheese sandwiches, and it’s possible to use the […]

This delicious combination of bacon, eggs, cheese, and a biscuit is baked in a miffin tin.

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Bake

This is a simple and delicious way to start your morning with a quick and easy breakfast of bacon, eggs, and a biscuit that’s cooked entirely in a muffin tin.  The result is delicious, and it’s a unique way to present breakfast to your family.  It’s practically a one dish meal, too. That makes breakfast clean up very simple.  Who doesn’t love a quick and […]

Macaroni and cheese cooked in the slow cooker--a one pot meal

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

What is better than cheesy gooey macaroni and cheese?   Macaroni and cheese made in the slow cooker that  cooked itself while you were at church or out running errands.  This version, made entirely in the slow cooker using uncooked pasta is rich and creamy and doesn’t disappoint.  The one pot preparation is a snap. Macaroni and cheese is a true comfort food, and since I […]

tortilla chips topped with chili and cheese are baked for nachos

Chili Cheese Nacho Bake

What do you do with leftover chili? The list is very long, but one of  our family’s leftover solutions is the chili-cheese nacho bake.  It’s a simple layer of tortilla chips that are topped with chili and shredded cheese and then baked.  When it comes out of the oven, additional toppings are added to individual servings as desired.  Some of our favorites are  sliced green […]

bean and cheese tamales

Bean and Cheese Tamales

I love Mexican food, so no month of beans would be complete without featuring at least a couple of Mexican dishes.  Today’s post is about bean and cheese tamales.   I was concerned that these might not be very well received, but I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised. Making Tamales is not for the faint of heart.  Everyone I talked to, and […]

mleted cheese on top of pressure cooker mac and cheese

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

I received an electric pressure cooker as a gift for Christmas.  I didn’t have a pressure cooker on my wish list, but Bus Boy decided that I needed one.  I was very surprised, but didn’t know what I would use it for.  I have a stove top pressure cooker that’s an older model, and it works fine.  I didn’t see a reason for a new […]

shell pasta baked in a creamy cheese sauce wtih added shrimp and spinach

Baked Shrimp and Shells

Pasta is a food that is a great pantry staple due to its versatility.  It can be served cold in a salad, stirred into soups, topped with a sauce, or baked into a casserole.  It comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes so you won’t get bored.  When you consider that a pound of pasta can often be purchased for $1.00, it’s obvious […]

Bacon Ranch Pizza Bites

When I was a little girl,  my dad would make little kitchen experiments.  One of those experiments that I have always remembered was his bacon pizzas.  I remember the first time he made them for us.  He invited me into the kitchen to watch him cook.  He took slices of bread and topped them with slices of cheese and sprinkled chopped leftover bacon on top […]