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 and tostadas are both flat.  The difference is that tostadas are topped with beans, so I went with that model to assemble my pizza.To make this pizza I used a pre-made thin pizza crust that […]

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 anything.  I just feel guilty.   This is a really weird confession to make, but I had a weird craving.  I woke up one morning, and as I was going through my usual morning activities […]

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 mulched in the gardens for families to enjoy well into the winter.  Unfortunately, the cabbage you buy at your local grocer has been far too abused to last that long, but they will last for […]

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 entrée that would meet with their approval.  Not wanting to deal with a dinner time mutiny, I began searching the recesses of my mind for the ingredients in a can of “sandwich sauce.”   I […]

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 burgers in a skillet.  We used four burgers, but this recipe could be made using 6 burger patties, too.  Season each burger patties with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/8 teaspoon […]

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 potatoes and onions.  My father loved to eat these with a dollop of mayonnaise, while I preferred mine with a pile of ketchup.  My family didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing […]