Irish Stew with Noodles, for St. Patrick’s Day

If you like beef stew, you will want to try this Irish Stew with Noodles. The fork-tender beef is cooked in a tomato-based gravy, then served over cooked noodles. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Irish Stew for me and you! St. Patrick's Day is coming soon! I love This little holiday with the "wearing of the green", the leprechauns, shamrocks, and the traditional Irish foods! And let's not forget the legend of St. Patrick as well as the true story of his life. We all remember the story of St. Patrick banish all the snakes out of Ireland. Right? Well that is a legend. But did you know he was an ordained priest who went to Ireland to share Christianity with the Irish people? Lots of good things to share about St. Patrick and St. Patrick's … [Read more...]

Smothered Pork Chops, a comfort food favorite

When you want some really good comfort food, these Smothered Pork Chops are top of the list! Tender pork chops smothered in gravy and onions. Comfort food at it's best! Smothered Pork Chops . . . Comfort food! Candace called Sunday and invited us to dinner. She had made my Smothered Pork Chops. Lynn loves pork chops, so we, of course, accepted the invitation. Candace had bought thick pork chops, very lean, hardly any fat and no bone.  And, since my recipe makes lots of gravy, she made our Mashed Potato Casserole to go with the pork chops. Making the Smothered Pork Chops . . . This recipe take some time, so allow at least 2-3 hours from the time you begin preparing the pork chops to serving time. Here are some tips on making this … [Read more...]

Bean, Corn and Brown Rice Casserole

If you are looking for a vegetarian Mexican dish, this Bean, Corn and Brown Rice Casserole is a perfect one to try. It is hearty, filling and delicious. Plus it pairs well with just about any of your favorite Mexican side dishes. Bean, Corn and Brown Rice Casserole for a hearty vegetarian meal! Recently I made this Bean, Corn and Brown Rice Casserole for our dinner. I had made a Bean and Corn Tamale Pie in December that had a cornbread-type crust on the bottom. Regrettably, the crust didn't get done. So, I adapted that recipe for this Mexican casserole. We thought it was really good as a vegetarian meal. Making the Bean, Corn and Brown Rice Casserole . . . This Bean, Corn and Brown Rice Casserole was fairly easy to make. I did make some … [Read more...]

Aunt Kathleen’s Spaghetti and Meat Sauce for Valentine’s Day!

I first posted this in 2014. It is my "go-to" Valentine's Day dinner. Italian is always an excellent choice for a lovely dinner. And my Aunt Kathleen's Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is my favorite. Add a salad, French bread, a chocolate dessert and celebrate! Today is Valentine's Day. . . As I pondered for two days what to make for our Valentine's Day dinner, I finally decided on Aunt Kathleen's Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. For years spaghetti and meat sauce was my "go-to" Valentine's dinner. When my children were small, this is what we would always have. I usually made a Min's Italian Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, and it's still one of my favorite recipes. However, it has to cook for 4-5 hours. Since I didn't have that much time, I opted to … [Read more...]

Maque Choux, for Mardi Gras!

Maque Choux for Mardi Gras? Absolutely! A delicious, hearty meal that will surely become a favorite! Maque Choux, a new dish for Mardi Gras . . . My best friend, Patti, sent me this recipe for Maque Choux. It is a filling, delicious, (almost) one-pot meal that will be great for Mardi Gras or anytime you want something a little "cajun". This colorful dish is full of the most delightful ingredients: andouille sausage, corn, assorted peppers, whipping cream, shrimp . . . yum!!! Serve with a salad and French bread for a delicious meal going into Mardi Gras or just because . . . Making Maque Choux . . . This recipe, though the name sounds "fancy", is quite easy to make. You simply make it layer by layer. The end result will be … [Read more...]