Chili, served piping hot from the stove.

Our Favorite Pot of Chili

Chili always makes me think of how different families do things differently.  When Baker’s Man and I were just starting out, I made him a pot of chili.  He complained to me that it was too runny.  “Chili is supposed to be thick.”  He proclaimed.   In my parent’s house, chili was very soup like.  It was definitely not thick.  I began to adjust my techniques […]

The mexican pizza with refried beans as sauce is removed from the oven

Mexican Pizza

I am trying to mix things up a bit i.e. serve different types of bean dishes so that I can avoid a dining room mutiny.  Toward that end, I decided that we should have some pizza.  I can honestly say that I had never eaten a pizza with beans on it, so this was a challenge.  My first though was of a tostada because pizza […]

Green onions are sprinkled atop the plated hoppin john

Hoppin’ John

When I read other people’s blogs, and they talk about having a taste for something or a craving, I often think that’s a weird way to begin their blog post, unless they’re pregnant, when it’s completely understandable.   This post is probably punishment for being so judgmental, and I would like to apologize for my behavior, not that I actually posted a rude comment or […]

Cabbage stir fried with onions and garlic

Stir Fried Cabbage

Since Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, my local grocer has had some excellent prices on cabbage.   Since I always try to shop sales, I picked up a couple of extra heads.  Cabbages tend to store for a much longer time than heads of lettuce.  Historically, they were stored for long periods hung upside down by their roots in an outside building or […]

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 […]

Salisbury Fake AKA Smothered Hamburger Steak

Salisbury Fake

What happens when you have a craving for Salisbury Steak, but the only ground meat you have is already frozen in the form of hamburger patties?  It’s simple.  You use those frozen hamburgers to make Salisbury Fake.  Granted, other people might call these smothered burgers, but in my kitchen, they’re Salisbury Fake.    The entire process is really rather simple. You being by browning the […]

Smothered Sausage and Potatoes

Smothered Potatoes and Sausage

Sometimes, simple recipes are the best.  They are tasty, easy to prepare, and easy to eat.  “Plain food” was what my mother always called it.  She would always say that her recipes were “nothing fancy.” It was those un-fancy recipes that she would often rotate through when she was cooking for us.  One of the things that was in frequent rotation on our menu was fried […]