Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet is a simple, one-dish, meal that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. There’s no chopping, or dicing, to prepare this recipe. I must confess, though. I did opt to serve it with a salad on the side, so I did some chopping while everything came to a boil and simmered on the stove. Taco skillet was a big hit with our family, and I […]

Sum Gum

Sum Gum

Sum Gum is a simple and delicious combination of ground beef, green beans, rice, and Asian inspired seasonings, and it’s a perfect simple supper.    The best part is that it can all be prepared in one skillet, as long as you have some leftover rice in the refrigerator.  I love meals that don’t make a big mess, and they’re a real winner when my family […]

Spaghetti Bolognese with Mushrooms

Spaghetti Bolognese with Mushrooms

Who doesn’t love spaghetti?   This recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese with Mushrooms is a 30 days of cans twist on the recipe.  This version is shelf stable, simple to prepare, and delicious, too.  I love to add mushrooms to spaghetti sauce.  They seem to make simple canned, or jarred, sauce into something special.   We eat spaghetti often in my household, and this recipe is one […]

cheeseburger pie--a one dish entree

Cheeseburger Pie

Since making a Southwestern Cheeseburger Pie during my 30 days of beans, I have been thinking about making another plain cheeseburger pie, and I finally  had the chance today. The best thing about this pie is that if you use an oven safe skillet (like a cast iron one), the whole thing can be cooked in one pan.  Of course, I did need a bowl […]

Southwestern crescent squares out of the oven

Southwestern Crescent Squares

I made this for dinner and had the hardest time coming up with a name for it.  I wanted to call it a pot pie, but in my opinion, a pot pie should have gravy.  There’s no gravy in this recipe.  I considered calling it a pasty, but pasties are supposed to be little half round things that are crimped shut.  It’s sort of a […]

Southwest cheesebuger pie

Southwest Cheeseburger Pie

A few decades ago, Bisquick introduced the impossible pie recipe.  The recipe was so named because a batter was poured into a pie plate and made a pie.  It was called “impossible” because the pies were made without a crust.  I have an old cookbook that belonged to my mother that contains a collection of these “impossible pies.”  Basically, these recipes require you to fill […]

taco bean soup topped with a scattering of green onion

Chipotle Taco Bean Soup

I first learned of this recipe while I was at a party at a friend’s house.  She had requested that each guest bring something to contribute toward the meal.  The young woman who brought the soup course brought a pot filled with beans, corn, and meat that was reminiscent of a pot of chili.   She explained that this soup was made with whatever combination of […]

sloppy joes made from scratch

Sloppy Joe’s

This recipe was born out of desperation one evening.  I had planned and promised Sloppy Joe’s for dinner, but when I reached into the cabinet to pull out a can of that sauce that rhymes with sandwich, I realized that I didn’t have one.  That was a problem. This group can be tough to cook for, so I knew that I had to produce an […]

taco bake is like a lasagna made from tortilla chips, beans, and tao seasoned meat.

Taco Bake

This started out as some leftover beans that I needed to use up.  I started adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that and before I knew it, I had a plan.  At first, I considered making nachos, but I decided that I should just add everything to a 9×13 inch pan and bake it together to make a baked taco […]

chorizo buger

Chorizo Burgers

Recently, I was making some burgers, and didn’t have enough thawed ground beef to make burgers for all of my dinner guests.  That was when I remembered something my octogenarian friend, Pearl, told me.   She had grown up in a very large family in Louisiana.  Because beef was more expensive than pork, they frequently mixed pork sausage with their ground beef to make their […]