Oct 142011

This is one of my family favorites. I usually make them the way my mother did, with Heinz Homestyle Savory Beef gravy. Campbell’s Beef Gravy is good, too, or just use your favorite. These boneless pork loins are so tender you can cut them with a fork. It’s simple and delicious!


Bon appétit!

Family Rating: Five Smileys


Oct 062011

Not Meat Loafanother meat loaf recipe, you say? Well, let’s add just one more to your collection. This recipe is the very last meat loaf recipe that I will ever try. There is no reason to ever look for another meat loaf recipe. This is, hands down, the best meat loaf I have ever made!

I admit it, I like simple and easy meals that I can defrost and put in the oven without much fuss. It’s been a couple of years since I made this recipe. In fact, I forgot how good it was until I made it again the other day. Most of the time, when I’m shopping I’ll grab a Stoeffer’s frozen meatloaf in gravy entree. It was always just enough for four of us, with no leftovers. It’s so easy to make, with no preservatives, gravy included, and quite tasty. I served it with mashed potatoes and vegetable, rolls and butter. However, it isn’t as good as homemade and I never had any leftovers. I love leftover meat loaf sandwiches.
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Sep 282011

This is another family favorite. If you haven’t noticed by now, almost all of my recipes have something in common. They Let's Eat!are simple and easy to prepare. Like I have said before, there’s no point in going to all the fuss of adding tons of ingredients when a jar of sauce will do. The same goes for this recipe. I use Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce. If you have a favorite, use it instead and tell us about it.

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Sep 222011

I can never pass up a good deal in the meat department. A 10 lb bag of chicken leg quarters for $6.90. That’s only $0.69 per pound. Not bad, huh?

I browsed the cooking sites and came up with the following recipe for tonight’s dinner.




Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters with Potatoes and Garlic

I left the chicken leg quarters intact, without splitting them apart. I split the remaining leg quarters with my poulty shears and put them in the freezer. I love my Oxo Good Grips Professional Poultry Shears from Amazon..

*Of course, you can use any combination of chicken pieces you’d like. I sometimes add bone-in chicken breasts.

Please come back and comment if you try this recipe!

Bon appétit!

Family Rating: Five Smileys


Sep 152011

My Mother's Baked Macaroni and CheeseThis was a satisfying meal for us when we were growing up, and I love it just as it is. However, my husband has to have some kind of meat or fish with his meals, so I either serve it as a side dish or I add browned ground beef to the macaroni. It’s great either way. It is also one of the few macaroni and cheese dishes made with American cheese. It is so good!

I know it seems like a lot of cheese, but don’t change a thing because that is what makes this dish so good. It serves 4. To double recipe, use whole box of sea shell macaroni and 12 slices of American cheese in 9″ x 13″ lasagna pan.
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Sep 062011

Another favorite of mine when I was growing up, I usually make it once a month or so. It’s a hearty soup and is great by itself, or served with BLT or grilled cheese sandwiches, crackers or warm bread and butter. Serves 4-6. I make it for three adults and always have two or three bowls leftover.

It’s a rainy day, and it’s a great time to stay in, read a good book, and have some comfort food.


    4-6 slices of bacon, cut in one-inch pieces
    1 medium onion, chopped
    3-4 potatoes, peeled, cubed (bite-sized pieces), boiled*
    2 cans cream-style corn (very important that it is cream-style)
    2 cans of milk
    salt and pepper to taste


On top of stove, in large pot or dutch oven, cook bacon and onions, then drain.

Fry bacon eggsFry bacon
Cut each bacon strip in four piecesCut bacon strips in fourths
Chop one medium onionChop one medium onion
Saute onionsSaute onions in bacon grease

* I usually boil cubed potatoes separately for about five minutes to speed up the cooking process but, if you prefer, you can just add raw cubed potatoes to chowder and let simmer on low until cooked. Just make sure the milk doesn’t boil over.

Cubed PotatoesPeel potatoes and cut into cubes
Boil cubed potatoesBoil cubed potatoes for 5 minutes

Add two cans of cream style corn and two cans of milk, stir. Add bacon pieces, pre-cooked potatoes, salt and pepper. Simmer for a bit until potatoes are tender and flavors are all combined, taste to test. That’s it!

Add two cans of cream style cornAdd two cans of cream style corn
Add two cans of milkAdd two cans of milk
Add bacon piecesAdd cut-up bacon
Add cubed potatoesAdd pre-cooked potatoes

Simmer until potatoes are tenderSimmer until potatoes are tender

For those of you who think chowder must contain clams or fish:

Chowder (noun)
: a soup or stew of seafood (as clams or fish) usually made with milk or tomatoes, salt pork, onions, and other vegetables (as potatoes); also : a soup resembling chowder (corn chowder)

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Family Rating: Five Smileys


Sep 052011

Here’s what’s for dinner this week:

    Meal Plan for Week 9/4/11 – 9/10/11

  • Sunday – Chicken Ala King served over rice
  • Monday – Leftovers – Steak, chicken ala king, baked chicken strips with hot sauce
  • Tuesday – Hot dogs, mac & cheese, and My Mother’s Corn Chowder – Click for Recipe
  • Wednesday – Baked chicken pieces, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans
  • Thursday – Open House tonight, maybe McDonald’s after
  • Friday – Oven Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings – Click for Recipe
  • Saturday – Top sirloin steak, grilled, with baked potatoes and tossed salad

Bon appétit!

Sep 022011

I Baked Buffalo Chicken Wingsknow there are lots and lots of chicken wing recipes on the Net, but most of them, in my opinion, call for way too many ingredients. I’m not a fan of making things from scratch if one jar of sauce will do the trick instead of a dozen or so ingredients. So, following is my recipe for medium hot Buffalo chicken wings, and they are so good!

* I have updated this recipe by adding a ginger-soy glaze to use on half of the wings. Also, I changed the cooking method slightly by tossing the wings with oil, salt and pepper, and placing on a wire rack, so the wings come out more crispy. (2/4/13)


    2-5 lbs frozen chicken wing flats (25-60 wings)
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    Buffalo Wing Sauce:
    1/2 cup Crystal Louisiana’s Pure Hot Sauce
    1/2 cup margarine or butter
    For variety, try this Ginger-Soy Glaze:
    1/4 cup honey
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    3 large garlic cloves, crushed
    1 2×1″ piece of ginger, peeled, sliced
    1/4 cup water
    Celery sticks
    Bleu cheese dressing

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Aug 302011

Here’s what’s for dinner this week:

    Meal Plan for Week 8/28/11 – 9/3/11

  • Sunday – Beef tips and gravy over wide noodles – Click here for recipe
  • Monday – Oven baked BBQ chicken, mac & cheese – Click here for recipe
  • Tuesday – Ham slices, mashed potatoes, corn
  • Wednesday – Burritos, tacos, black beans and rice
  • Thursday – Pizza (Digiorno’s Pepperoni Rising Crust)
  • Friday – Oven baked buffalo chicken wings – Click here for recipe
  • Saturday – Grilled top sirloin steaks, baked potatoes and broccoli

Bon appétit!