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Grandpa generally likes to go out for lunch, but when he is in the mood to cook, these are some of the recipes that he thrills his guests with.

Savory Empanadas

by May 14, 2016

If you are making Chicken Empanadas, START HERE. Use the back button on the Poached Chicken page to return to this recipe. You can also use a mixture of ground beef and ground pork. START HERE to read about the dough you will be using.  You will then have a Read more »

Backyard Baked Beans

by April 19, 2016

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons Jim Beam whiskey 2 tablespoons sugar 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 3⁄4 cup chopped onion (1/2 medium) 1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 tablespoons molasses 2 (15 ounce) cans small white beans, drained (See note) 1 tablespoon dry mustard Read more »

Chicken Pot Pie – COLLECTION

by March 24, 2016

Basic Chicken Pot Pie This recipe is much like the one shown below. You may use my ingredients, but be sure to watch the video for some important tips. Ingredients – Filling 4 TBL butter 1/4 C AP flour 1-1/2 C chicken broth IN A SEPARATE MIXING BOWL, COMBINE Read more »

Easy Pizza Sauce and Easy Pizza


Ingredients 1 can San Marzano tomatoes 5-10 leaves fresh basil 3 cloves garlic 1 packet red pepper flakes 1 TBL EVOO Puree/Blend ingredients, and you are ready to go. Easy Pizza Buy a ball of pizza dough from your local pizzeria (about $3) Flatten it and spread Read more »

Lentil Soup


Ingredients 1  C dry lentils 2 C distilled water 2 C beef stock Step by Step Heat above to boiling and simmer 5 minutes Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour 1 bottle lager beer 1/2 C diced celery 1/2 C diced carrots Read more »

Cream of Broccoli Soup

by March 23, 2016

1 small onion (pieces) 1 TBL Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 box frozen chopped broccoli 1 C chicken broth 1 tsp nutmeg 1 TBL butter 1 can mushroom soup 1 C sour cream or 1 C heavy cream with 1 tsp sugar or 1 C sweetened condensed milk Read more »

Talapia Two Ways

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BAKED or FRIED Ingredients Talapia, sole or flounder 1 C milk 1 tsp salt 1/2 onion (slivered) 1/4 C AP flour 1 egg (beaten) Panko bread crumbs 1/2 onion (grated) salt, pepper 2 TBL butter Step by Step Place fish in a zip lock baggie with 1 Read more »

Miso Glazed Salmon

by March 14, 2016
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Ramen noodles (without the flavor packet) – or Basmati rice 2 TBL Red miso paste 2 TBL Honey or maple syrup 2 TBL Rice wine vinegar 1 TBL Soy 1 TBL Siracha hot sauce 2 TBL Smooth peanut butter Juice and zest from 1 lime 2 C Coleslaw Read more »

Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potato

by March 9, 2016

Start out just as if you were making a twice-baked potato. Scrub four russet potatoes (high starch – good for baking) Poke a few holes in the top of the potato to let the steam escape. Bake the potato for about 40 minutes at 400º Cut the top off Read more »

Kung Pao Beef

by March 3, 2016
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Before we begin… If you want to know the differences between the five main traditional Chinese dishes, Kung Pao usually starts off with fresh, moist, unroasted peanuts or cashew nuts. These are often used instead of their pre-roasted versions. The peanuts or cashew nuts are dropped into the Read more »

Sichuan Beef

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( formerly Szechwan or Szechuan ) Before we begin… If you want to know the differences between some of these traditional Chinese dishes, Sichuan Beef usually includes Thai peppers or some other very hot peppers Ingredients to feed 4 people 1 lb. beef flank Read more »

Hunan Beef


Before we begin… If you want to know the differences between some of these traditional Chinese dishes, Hunan Beef is very spicy, and is sometimes difficult to distinguish from a Sichuan meal.  There are minor differences in vegetables and seasonings.  Hunan uses hot Thai peppers. Ingredients to Read more »

Mandarin Beef


Before we begin… If you want to know the differences between some of these traditional Chinese dishes, The beef is tossed in cornstarch early, which gives it kind of a coating. Mandarin Beef is the least spicy of the five recipes outlined here at GrandpaCooks.com Ingredients to Read more »

Mongolian Beef


Before we begin… If you want to know the differences between some of these traditional Chinese dishes, Freezing your meat for 30 minutes will help you get nice thin cuts Mongolian cuisine primarily consists of green onion/scallions and beef. Use of vegetables and spices is limited. Sometimes foods Read more »

Beer Braised Brisket

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Before we begin… Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. The beef brisket is one of the nine beef primal cuts, though the precise definition of the cut differs internationally. The brisket muscles include the superficial and deep pectorals. As Read more »

Bread Bowl

by March 1, 2016

This is the perfect presentation for chili, spinach dip.  A filling suggestion from the Feb 2015 issue of Bon Appetit Magazine is at the bottom of this recipe. Bake a loaf of bread.  Any flavor!  Here are a few of my recipes: – French Bread Loaf – No Knead Read more »

Mushroom Soup


Feeds four Prep time 20 min Cooking time 35 min Total time about an hour 1 TBL EVOO 5 C cremini mushrooms – cleaned, stemmed, quartered 1 onion – half chopped, half minced 1 TBL AP flour 1 tsp celery salt Dash cayenne pepper – powder or sauce Dash Read more »

Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich

by February 21, 2016

Cut pineapple into thick rounds. Remove the core. Grill the rounds.  Set aside Rub boneless pork butt with – 1/2  tsp each salt, pepper, cinnamon – 1 tsp each cumin, corriander,  garlic powder, onion powder – 1 TBL brown sugar Sear all sides in Dutch Oven Pour one bottle Read more »

Beef Stromboli

by February 20, 2016

Any meat, cheese and fillings can be used. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Here is my recipe for PIZZA DOUGH. Slow cook Chuck Roast, let cool and shred Roll pizza dough out to approx 6 x 12 inches Cover with shredded mozzarella – leave one edge Read more »

Super Sub Sandwich

by February 18, 2016

Mix your own bread dough and make a LONG tube and bake it on two or three trays lined end to end. Bake it as you would any sub roll or bread Cut it lengthwise and fill it with mortadella cheese, relish, ham, etc. Lay down mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Read more »