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Mimi’s Shepherd’s Pie

Here’s another comfort food “oldie-but-goodie.” Hot and bubbly from the oven ground meat and vegetable casserole topped with a classic whipped potato crust that forms a nicely browned top layer. Mimi’s Shepherd’s Pie is made special by adding a can of creamed corn on top of the meat and vegetables and before the potato layer is slathered on. Warm and satisfying, indeed. YUM!

Retro Pork Chops, Spanish Rice with Peas and Potatoes

Pork Chops, Spanish Rice with Peas & Potatoes was on of our family favorites, and one of my mother’s no fail go to dinners. Quick and inexpensive, the rice is a nice twist on traditional Spanish rice. The rice, peas and potatoes can be prepared on it’s own and served as a side dish.

Kitchen Sink Chili Mac

Ultimate comfort food. Perfect fall/winter dish. Kitchen Sink Chili Mac is chocked full of healthy comfort food ingredients. This is a phenomenal recipe for the end of the season vegetables like corn, tomatoes, and peppers. Many of the ingredients are most likely already in your pantry/refrigerator/garden.

Cauliflower Cheese Bacon Chowder

Cauliflower Cheese Bacon Chowder

A bag of riced cauliflower is transformed into a delicious, healthy bowl of steamy chowder. Just like baked potato soup without the potatoes. Treat yourself to a bowl garnished with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crispy bacon bits.

Cheesy Enchiladas in Mole

Cheesy Enchiladas in Mole

  Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and I wanted to share this fabulous recipe for Cheesy Enchiladas in Mole. This is Jeff Mauro's recipe, Ultimate Cheesy Enchiladas, from the Food Network with just a couple of changes. The sauce is not a true Mexican mole,...

One-Pot Chicken Pad Thai

One-Pot Chicken Pad Thai

I am a noodle fanatic. I love all types. And if you take a look around my blog, you'll find several noodle recipes. I prefer noodles to rice with Asian dishes. There's something so satisfying about every saucy bite. Richard bought me a pasta attachment for my mixer a...

Shirley’s Ground Beef Pot Pie

Shirley’s Ground Beef Pot Pie

My mother, Shirley, was a pie master. She could mix up crust for a double-crust pie in a matter of seconds. It was always the same recipe: 2 cups all-purpose flour mixed with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (sugar if she was making a sweet pie); 2/3 cup Crisco; and 3-4 tablespoons ice-cold water. Her’s was always perfect. Perfectly flavored, perfectly crimped, and perfectly browned. Mom didn’t make savory pies often, but this recipe was one of our favorites.

Mimi’s Fried Chicken Wings and Deep Frying Tips

Mimi’s Fried Chicken Wings and Deep Frying Tips

Richard and I love chicken wings. I mean, who doesn’t? Hot, crispy, juicy and slathered in your favorite hot sauce or dipped in any variety of dressings and sauces on-the-side, chicken wings are the perfect finger food. And Mimi’s Fried Chicken Wings deliver just that!

Dreaming of a Spring Flower Garden

Dreaming of a Spring Flower Garden

It's still not time to begin planting here in central Indiana. Our official frost-free date is May 15. For the last month adhering to the COVID-19 stay-in-place orders, I've had plenty of time to search garden/nursery websites to select exactly what I'd like to plant...

Old Fashioned Beef Cube Steak with Tomato Gravy

Old Fashioned Beef Cube Steak with Tomato Gravy

Old Fashioned Cube Steak with Tomato Gravy is an old-timey dish inspired by Mom’s roast beef recipe minus the soup. I’m also paying homage to my Midwestern roots where hearty meals are a staple. A family favorite served with lots of mashed potatoes.

Hearty & Healthy Split Pea Soup with Ham and Cornbread Croutons

Hearty & Healthy Split Pea Soup with Ham and Cornbread Croutons

Mimi’s Split Pea Soup with Cornbread Croutons is an old-timey and satisfying bowl of steamy comfort. This recipe is a good way to use up leftover ham. Add chunks of russet and sweet potatoes and top off the bowl with crunchy cornbread croutons for a filling wintry meal.

Mimi’s Minis – Lemon Cheesecakes

Mimi’s Minis – Lemon Cheesecakes

Want a quick and easy dessert? Mimi’s Mini Lemon Cheesecakes are a perfect sweet bite that I whipped these up in no time for a Christmas open house last week. All store-bought ingredients and these tasty mini’s were ready in 30 minutes.

2019 Thanksgiving Revisited

2019 Thanksgiving Revisited

Our family enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving meal this year! As promised in my earlier post, I wanted to revisit our menu selections and one last-minute dessert change. And then there’s our story about the turkey . . . everyone has a turkey story, right??