Super Simplified Stroganoff

My father asked me to post this recipe. He’s the one who taught me how to make it in the first place. Of course much to his chagrin, I modified it considerably, but it still delivers a terrific comfort food flavor that is easy to serve any night of the week. Before we begin, I…

Yummy Cheesy Potatoes

My Aunt Pam introduced me to this delicacy. It’s actually a simple dish that creates the smell of the holidays in your home, and tastes like a mother’s love for her children. Oh yes, this is the dish you never knew you’ve always wanted until you’ve tried it, and afterwards you’ll long to have it…

Chicken Pot, Chicken Pot, Chicken Pot Pie!

Here’s a thought: Rather than just buy a frozen microwavable pot pie, make your own with ingredients you probably already have lying around the kitchen. “Oh, but that’s hard!” you say. Well, it does require a bit more effort, but it wasn’t really that hard. I’ve actually never made one from scratch before, but I’ve…

Baked Mac and Cheese

Personally I like the stuff out of the box because it’s so easy. It comes with almost everything you need. You just cook the pasta, mix the packet with milk and butter, and voila! Naturally you can doctor it however you like. Add things like tuna, spices, steamed broccoli or frozen peas and carrots. It’s…

Weight Loss Pizza

Wait… Does that title look a little bit like click-bait? Oh man… Sorry about that. Look, what I’m about to reveal to you is purely anecdotal. There’s not a single shred of evidence that this will help you lose weight. In fact, if you saw me right now, you’d be calling bullshit, because I’m currently…

French Dressing

This is one of those recipes that I didn’t realize had a bit of controversy lurking under the surface. Apparently there is a disagreement as to what “French” dressing actually is. In the UK, it’s a kind of vinaigrette, but not in Switzerland where it’s white and creamy, and here in the US, it’s supposedly…

Deviled Eggs

Let’s not beat around the bush. I am the King of Deviled Eggs. I love deviled eggs and consider myself a connoisseur. This is probably my most sought after recipe. If I ever find a deviled egg that tastes better than this one I will chuck this recipe to the side in a heartbeat. I’ve been making these…

Impossibly Easy “Fried” Rice

So this is a recipe that I’ve been working on for a little while. It’s somewhat under development, but it’s mostly the way I want it. I really can’t see any major changes to the dish at this point, so let’s throw caution to the wind and make some Asian style rice. So this isn’t…

TVP Chili

All I want is a simple and straight forward chili, and I subscribe to the old adage, “If your next pot of chili tastes better, it probably is because of something you left out rather than added.” This is what I had in mind when creating my TVP chili recipe. So what exactly is TVP?…

Basically Biscuits

Biscuits are in the category of quick breads, and it’s kind of nice to have biscuits at a moment’s notice. While buttermilk biscuits are the best, most people do not keep buttermilk in their fridge. If you need to make biscuits right now with the ingredients you have on hand, then this recipe is as…

Sloppy Joe – With No Meat!

I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was in my mom’s kitchen as she suspiciously gave me a sandwich to eat. She kept grinning with that, “I’ve got a secret,” look on her face as I ate it. “What do you think? Do you notice anything different about it?” she asked with anticipation.…

Breadman TR520

Homemade Bread with the Breadman TR520 Bread Maker

  I’ve been using the Breadman for several years now, and after numerous experimental loaves, this one is the one that “just works”. It goes together easy, has a great texture, and tastes amazing. This recipe is designed to work with the Breadman TR520. If you have a different model it may still turn out…

Egg Salad

I love a nice egg salad sandwich. So often they are a tad bit bland and dare I say, pasty. This egg salad promises to deliver a great flavor without the pasty texture. Serve this at a gathering and it will make housewives hate you for making them look so bad. Egg Salad Ingredients: 6…

Marinara

A Simple Marinara

From Wikipedia: At least two folk theories are given as to the origin of this sauce: One says cooks aboard Neapolitan ships invented marinara sauce in the mid-16th century after Spaniards introduced the tomato (a New World fruit) to Europe. The original recipe did not contain seafood, so it was resistant to spoilage due to…

Tomato Soup

Plain Old Tomato Soup

As far as I’m concerned, Campbell’s got it right. This is the stuff you serve on a rainy day next to a grilled cheese sandwich. It does not, and never should contain onions, celery, carrots, basil, vegetable stock, or anything other than tomato, sugar, roux, and salt. Now I’m not saying bizarrely seasoned gourmet versions aren’t…

pizza

Perfecting the Pizza

Gone are the days of ordering from Domino’s, and never giving a glance at the frozen cardboard in the grocery. In just under an hour and a half, I can produce a mouth watering oven baked national treasure… and that’s starting with flour and yeast! The Dough Into the mixing bowl: 2 cups (10oz) Bread…