Red Beans and Rice

I have been making Red Beans and Rice since I got married 30+ years ago. It is delicious, economical, and all ages love it. An adaptation of a Cajun classic! Red Beans and Rice Ingredients: 1 pound red kidney beans 4 cups water 4 cups chicken stock 24 ounces (Two 12-ounce packages) Andouille sausage (I use Sam's … Continue reading Red Beans and Rice

(One Pot) Taco Skillet

One-Pan Taco Skillet is a one pot wonder dish that I can make on an evening when I have a pound of hamburger thawed but little else planned for dinner. It's really tasty, and I often get rave reviews from my household of men. Give it a try, it's really good! Taco Skillet (slightly adapted … Continue reading (One Pot) Taco Skillet

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

I have prepared many spaghetti with meat sauce recipes in my 32 years of marriage. This one is my current one and with good reason. It's delicious! Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (Mel's Kitchen Cafe) Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon dried basil … Continue reading Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Snickers Cheesecake Bars

I made this dessert for my son's graduation celebration (he got to choose, and this is what he picked.) Everyone thought they had died and gone to heaven. It's that good - did I mention it has an Oreo cookie crust?! Snickers Cheesecake Bars (Sally's Baking Addiction) Ingredients: Crust 20 Oreo cookies 5 tablespoons butter, melted Filling 2 … Continue reading Snickers Cheesecake Bars

Kicked Up Pork Ramen

I don’t remember the origin of this recipe, I just know I have been preparing it for over 20 years. I have made it with ground turkey, ground pork, and diced chicken breasts. Use whatever you have on hand. My family of guys love it; I think your gang will too. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons canola … Continue reading Kicked Up Pork Ramen

Pound Cake

This is a recipe from Paula Dean that she named "Mama's Pound Cake". It is delicious by itself and also as a base for strawberry shortcake. So good! Pound Cake (Paula Deen) Ingredients: 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter at room temperature plus more for the pan  1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3 cups sugar 5 eggs 3 … Continue reading Pound Cake

Tikka Masala with Naan Bread

I have been making this curry for several years. At first, only my youngest son and I were fans, but as time has passed this meal with homemade Naan bread has become a family favorite. Tikka Masala Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of canola oil, divided 1-2 pounds chicken breasts or thighs, cubed into 3/4 inch pieces … Continue reading Tikka Masala with Naan Bread

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice

I love one pot meals that turn out well (some end up a mushy mess!). This is a good one and my household of men love it. One Pot Creamy Chicken (i heart naptime) Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs 1 cup onion, diced 1 cup carrot, … Continue reading One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice