Grandma’s Spaghetti

One of the most comforting of all comfort foods is my mother-in-law’s baked spaghetti.  She told me how to make it, but it was never as good as when  she made it.  I even made it in her kitchen with her magic cast iron skillet, and did it exactly as I was told, but it […]

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  April 2, 2012   No comments

Irish Beef and Stout Stew

Here is a wonderful stew for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration using Irish stout. Irish stew is a celebrated Irish dish, yet its composition is a matter of dispute. Purists maintain that the only acceptable and traditional ingredients are neck mutton chops or kid, potatoes, onions, and water. Other would add such items as carrots, turnips, […]

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  March 15, 2012   4 comments

Australian Meat Pie

My friend, Sharon, who lives in Brisbane, Australia sent me an article about how the Australian meat pie is taking over Manhattan. Meat pies are apparently hitting “trend status” in the US. It’s exotic, inexpensive, and easy and fun to eat. Pie Face has hit New York big. People are lining up and loving it. […]

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  March 7, 2012   1 comment

In-N-Out Burger

I’m not much of a hamburger fan, but In-N-Out Burger does it for me.  I think it’s the best fast food burger anywhere hands down.  In-N-Out Burger is a West Coast institution. One reason why they are so successful is because they have  kept their menu very simple. There are only four food items on the […]

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  February 10, 2012   4 comments

Swiss Steak

The process of “Swissing”! Yesterday, it was my mother-in-law’s birthday. I wanted to make her something that she used to make. I searched through the Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cook Book and found a recipe for Swiss Steak. Why on earth is it called swiss steak??? Swiss steak is a method of preparing meat, usually beef, by […]

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  December 14, 2011   No comments

Harissa Marinated Top Sirloin Tips

The Ketchup of North Africa My friend, Jessica, found this recipe on Epicurious. It got 24 rave reviews and 100% of the reviewers would make this recipe again!  I, of course, had to give it a go. Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili sauce commonly eaten in North Africa whose main ingredients are piri piri […]

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  November 30, 2011   No comments

Betty Crocker Classic Fluffy Meatloaf

The Good Old Days…. My husband, Eric, bought everything to make meatloaf for dinner.  Every family has their version.  I talked to my mother-in-law about her recipe, which is in her head – she never used a recipe.  I dug through her cupboards and found the Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook from 1961, the year of my birth.  I […]

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  November 28, 2011   No comments

Pepper Steaks with Balsamic Onions

Balsamic Onions… I made some steaks last night with balsamic onions. The onions would be good on pork or on a sandwich.  Serve it with a baked yam, baby zucchini and your favorite red wine. Pepper Steaks with Balsamic Onions Serves 4 2 Tbs butter 2 Tbs olive oil 2 sweet onions (1½ lb total), […]

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  November 15, 2011   No comments

Taco Soup

Ranch Style Beans with Jalapenos! I found this Taco Soup recipe using my all time favorite canned beans – Ranch Style Beans with Jalapenos. I love eating these beans with hot dogs or BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. They have just the right amount of heat. Also included in the recipe below is a recipe for […]

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  November 2, 2011   No comments

Calf’s Liver with Bacon and Onions 

This is love! Last night I decided I would make my mother-in-law and husband their all time favorite dinner – liver and onions.  I won’t go into the fact that I detest the whole idea of this meal….  Even the girl at the check out at the market was wondering why I would make it. […]

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  October 19, 2011   No comments