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Beginner Pork Chops

by December 4, 2017

  INGREDIENTS 1 TBS Vegetable oil 4 pork chops 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup ½ CU water STEP BY STEP Heat oil in skillet Cook chops until browned Add soup and water – heat to boil Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes This is Read more »

Grandma’s Mac and Cheese


Ingredients to feed 6 or 12 people 2 C large elbow macaroni 1 C sour cream 1 C shredded Colby – mixed in 2 C shredded Colby – for topping Grandma likes to use 1 C coarsely chopped black olives when she makes this, but you can leave Read more »

Meat and Cheddar Pies

by September 16, 2017

Ingredients 12 Rhodes Frozen Dinner Rolls – one ball for each pie 1/2 C Ground or shredded meat 1/2 C Shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 C canned Mixed Veggies (drained) 1/2 tsp Garlic powder 1/4 tsp Salt and pepper to taste Step by Step Let balls defrost and Read more »

Brunch Quiche

by July 15, 2017

Buy a pastry shell from the freezer section of the grocery store. Quiche filling: 6 eggs 1-1/2 C half and half Salt, pepper to taste or a small amount of Gruyere cheese (grated) Add special ingredients Cooked bacon – pieces Cheddar cheese – grated Onion – Read more »

Machaca Beef

by March 19, 2017

Thanks to Ninos Restaurant in Sun City and Macayos Restaurant in Phoenix for this recipe. Use a chuck roast or chuck eye roast or bottom roast Cut into large pieces – about 2-3 inches Put into a pot of water (or crock pot) and cover with beer plus two Read more »

Steve’s Chicken Burrito

by January 24, 2017

Ingredients 1/2 LB shredded precooked chicken 1 onion 2 Roma Tomatoes 1 or 2 jalapeños (optional) – Seeds and veins removed 1 TBL tomato paste 1 taco seasoning packet Step by Step Brown the chicken in 1 TBL butter (Ground chicken is OK, but not as good) Read more »

Green Bean Casserole

by December 25, 2016

This is the classic dish from most of our childhoods. INGREDIENTS 1 regular sized can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 C whole milk – I like to use lowfat buttermilk because it is thick and creamy AND it is low fat.  Two good things! 1 tsp soy Read more »

Chicken Paillard Sandwich

by November 7, 2016

Paillard means that it is flat because you have pounded the heck out of it. The reason for flattening the chicken breast is that it will cook more quickly and it will cook evenly. INGREDIENTS Chicken Breast – MARINATED 2 TBL EVOO MARINADE – MIX IN A BOWL Read more »

Best Burrito Ever

by October 18, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to use left-over filet mignon, here is the ultimate use.  No filet?  Use any good piece of cooked beef. INGREDIENTS 1-2 oz Left-over beef Optional: thinly sliced ham Shredded cheese – Mexican blend Salsa – strained for about 30 seconds Tiny bit of minced cilantro Read more »

Party Sub

by October 6, 2016
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If you want to be a hit at your next party or potluck, consider making a six foot sub.  HINT:  It is not really six foot long, it just looks that way. INGREDIENTS 6-8 sub sandwich rolls about 24 slices of provalone cheese 24 slices of ham 30 slices Read more »

July 4 – Corn Dog Bites

by July 8, 2016

INGREDIENTS 4 Hot Dogs 1/2 C corn meal 1/4 C flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp corn starch  1 tsp 1 tsp sugar 1 egg 1/2 C buttermilk 1 tsp EVOO STEP BY STEP Mix all above together (except hot dogs) Put hot dogs on Read more »

Breakfast or Lunch for a Dozen

by June 22, 2016

Breakfast Bacon on crinkled foil Preheat the oven to 400º Crinkle up a  sheet of aluminum foil and put onto a baking sheet Put bacon onto the foil Bake 12-18 minutes or until it turns crisp Scrambled Eggs Break two eggs per person into a large mixing Read more »

Chicken and Pasta


INGREDIENTS Chicken breast Bacon – cut into 1/2 inch pieces Wide pasta – pappardelle 1/4 C dry white wine 1 TBL butter – cold Several basil leaves Parmesan cheese to garnish Select THREE of the following ingredients Kalamata olives Artichoke hearts Bell peppers Onions Sausage Sun dried tomatoes Read more »

Pizza Scrap Frittata

by June 4, 2016

INGREDIENTS Left over pizza crusts – about 3 cups 3 eggs 1/4 C milk 1 C shredded cheese (Mexican mix) yellow and white 1 can Crushed tomatoes (drained) Basil 2 chopped cloves of garlic STEP BY STEP Beat together your milk, eggs and cheese in a large Read more »

Easy Pasta Salad

by May 29, 2016

Ingredients Some sort of fancy pasta – twirls, ears, whatever… One egg (separated) This means the yolk in one small bowl, and the yolk in another 1 TBL red vinegar 1 TBL honey 1 TBL mayo 1 TBL EVOO 2 basil leaves 1 clove of garlic – crushed Salt Read more »

Four Big Ol’ Meatballs

by May 21, 2016

INGREDIENTS 1/2 LB ground pork or Italian sausage 1 LB 80/20 chuck hamburger 2 TBL chopped parsley 1/4 C milk 1/2 C Parmesan cheese 1/2 C bread crumbs 2 tsp onion powder 2 tsp granulated garlic (not garlic powder) 1 tsp crushed chili flakes or 1 tsp sage Read more »

Sloppy Tony

by May 16, 2016

INGREDIENTS 1 LB hamburger 1 LB sausage 3 C marinara sauce 1/2 C chicken broth STEP BY STEP Brown meat and break it up Add about 3  C of sauce stir until all sauce is absorbed Add your chicken broth Cover and simmer 30 minutes Cut hamburger Read more »

Grandma’s Basic Chili

by May 13, 2016

INGREDIENTS 1 LB hamburger 1 can kidney beans – drained 1 can diced or chopped tomatoes – not drained 1/4 C sugar 1/4 tsp ground cloves STEP BY STEP Brown the hamburger Add the beans and tomatoes Bring up to a simmer Add sugar and cloves Simmer Read more »

Hawaiian Roll Sliders

by May 8, 2016

INGREDIENTS 1 PKG King’s Hawaiian Rolls 1 LB thinly shredded roast beef or corned beef Sliced Provolone cheese Sweet onion – thinly sliced Pickles – thinly sliced Tomatoes – thinly sliced STEP BY STEP Saute onion slices and set aside Slice pickles very thinly and set aside Read more »

Scratch Gravy

by April 21, 2016

Use homemade stock as your base. INGREDIENTS 2 TBL Butter 2 TBL Homemade or Canned Stock 4 TBL Flour Once this has cooked, you will need 1 TBL Corn Starch 1 C WATER 1/2 C Homemade or Canned Stock STEP BY STEP Take 2 TBL butter and Read more »