Turkey and Dressing Casserole

      INGREDIENTS   1 package (14 ounces) seasoned dry seasoning mix 1 teaspoon ground sage 1 cup chopped celery ½ cup College Inn Chicken broth 1 – 10.5 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup 1 – 10.5 ounce can condensed cream of turkey soup 3 cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey ¼ […]

Crabmeat au Gratin

Serve this rich and delicious crabmeat dish with a crisp green salad, crusty bread and a glass of your favorite white wine. Yield:  8 servings   INGREDIENTS   1/3 cup unsalted butter 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped 1 medium stalk of celery, finely chopped ½ cup all-purpose flour 2 (12 ounce cans evaporated milk […]

Quick Mac and Cheese

Obviously, I haven’t really met a homemade mac and cheese that I didn’t like.  That said, stovetop varieties typically leave a bit to desire, however if you want to get it to the table in a jiffy, usually the stovetop is the preferred method.  If you’re in a hurry, baking in the oven for 30-40 […]

Herbed Roasted Pork Tenderloin

  Yield: 10 Servings   INGREDIENTS   One 4-lb boneless pork tenderloin 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 teaspoons fresh basil, finely chopped 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped   PREPARATION   Preheat oven to […]

Penne Pasta with Goat Cheese, Canadian Bacon and Basil

Creamy and Delicious On the table in 30 minutes   Penne Pasta with Goat Cheese, Canadian Bacon and Basil with Toasted Walnuts Yield:  4-6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   4 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces mini penne pasta 3 ounces Canadian bacon, rind removed and cut into small pieces 2 gloves garlic, finely chopped ½ – […]

Crockpot Beef Stew

Yield: 6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 ½ lb stew meat, typically cut into 1-2 inch cubes 4-5 tablespoons vegetable oil ½ cup all purpose flour 4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes 3 carrots, peeled and diced 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 3 gloves garlic, minced 1 cup frozen vegetables, either corn, […]

Tomato, Basil and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza

Yield:  6-8 slices (more for smaller appetizer portions)   INGREDIENTS   1 lb pre-made pizza dough (I buy mine at Publix supermarkets in the Bakery section), let rest at room temperature 1–8 ounce jar of your favorite pizza sauce or pasta sauce 8 ounces grated mozzarella cheese ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup […]

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Yield: 8 Servings INGREDIENTS Crust 1 ½ cups all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter ¼ cup vegetable shortening 1 teaspoon white or cider vinegar 4-5 tablespoons ice water Filling 6 tablespoons butter 6 tablespoons all purpose flour 2 ½ chicken stock 6-7 cups boneless, skinless cooked […]

Beefy Shepherd’s Pie

Great way to use leftover mashed potatoes!   Yield: 4 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 ½ lbs ground beef 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 1 cup carrots, diced ½ cup corn, fresh or frozen ½ cup peas, frozen ½ cup beef broth 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and quartered (or use leftover […]

Crab Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes

Yield: 4 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 large baking potatoes 4 tablespoons butter ½ cup chopped yellow onion ½ cup finely chopped mushrooms 2 cups cooked crab meat 1 cup dry white wine ½ cup Crème Fraiche (see recipe below) ½ cup grated Swiss cheese, plus additional for topping potatoes 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream PREPARATION Preheat oven […]

Beef and Bean Chili

Yield: 6-8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef 1 cup onion, chopped 1 cup green pepper, chopped 3- 16 ounce cans of chili beans, undrained, I prefer Bush’s beans 1-6 ounce can of tomato paste 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ½ cup of water 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon smoked […]

Broccoli and Corn Calzones

Yield:  6 Calzones   INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups chopped broccoli florets 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears or use frozen that has been cooked and drained) 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2/3 cup ricotta cheese 4 scallions, finely chopped ¼ cup chopped basil ½ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper […]

Crabmeat Casserole

Yield:  4 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 green onions, trimmed and finely chopped 6 sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, drained and finely chopped 2 teaspoons dried tarragon 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1-½ cups milk ½ cup heavy cream 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 lb cooked crabmeat, picked over for shell and cartilage […]

Pasta With Gorgonzola and Spinach

Yield:  4-6 Servings   INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled into small pieces 1 ¼ cups heavy cream 8 ounces fresh spinach, stemmed, rinsed well and coarsely chopped 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 lb spaghetti or penne pasta 3 tablespoons pine nuts, […]

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Balsamic Vinegar

Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 lb pork tenderloin Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 yellow onion, finely chopped ½ cup apple chopped 1 ½ tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar PREPARATION Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.  Lightly spray roasting […]

Mini Meatloaves

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef ½ yellow onion, finely chopped 1 glove garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley, rough chop 2 eggs 1 sleeve of saltines, crushed or ½ -3/4 cup bread crumbs 3 tablespoons ketchup or your favorite BBQ sauce 6 – 1 inch cubes of your favorite cheese, […]

Orecchiette Carbonara with Green Onions

  Yield: 4 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 bacon slices, fried and crumbled 6 green onions (onion and ½ of green) – finely chopped 1 lb Orecciette pasta or small shells 2 large eggs, room temperature ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon freshly chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup heavy whipping cream PREPARATION Cook bacon in […]

Stuffed Chicken with Garlic, Basil and Cheese

Yield: 1 Serving INGREDIENTS 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 3 fresh basil leaves Salt and freshly grated pepper to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 slice of your favorite cheese – suggestions – white cheddar or fresh mozzarella PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take one medium sized, boneless, […]

Pulled Rotissiere Chicken with Penne, Roasted Peppers, Basil and Garlic

Yield: 4 Servings   INGREDIENTS   ¼ stick of unsalted butter 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped into chiffonade 9 ounces package mini penne pasta 1 cup heavy whipping cream or half and half 3 cups pulled cooked chicken meat 1 cup roasted red peppers, sliced 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese […]

Primavera Orzo

Yield:  4 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 small zucchini, chopped 1 cup shredded carrots, chopped 1 teaspoon curry powder 3 cups chicken stock 1 cup orzo pasta ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 cup frozen peas Salt […]

Over the Top Mac and Cheese

Yield:  8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups coarsely grated Gruyere cheese 1 ½ cups coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 ½ cups diced rindless Brie (cut from 1 lb wedge) 5 tablespoons butter, divided ¼ cup all purpose flour 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves ¾ teaspoon nutmeg 4 cups whole milk 1 ¾ cups […]

Salmon Burgers

I saw Rachael Ray make these on 30 Minute Meals recently and I decided to give them a try at home.  I made a few adjustments for personal taste, omitting the poppy seeds, but adding some bread crumbs to tighten up the burgers during the grilling process.  End result, they were delicious!   Yield: 4 Salmon […]

Creamy Orzo with Chicken and Fresh Basil

Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 boneless chicken breasts, diced into 2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ medium sweet onion, finely chopped 2 gloves garlic, finely chopped ½ cup low-sodium chicken stock 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped; extra for garnish ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese; more for garnish ¼ cup heavy cream ½ lb […]

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Honey Drizzle

I have made this recipe a number of times and it always turns out great.  Soaking the chicken overnight in buttermilk is the key.  The chicken fries up tender and moist and the overnight soak gives the chicken time to absorb all the great spice flavors. Yield:  Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 quart buttermilk, plus 2 […]

Creamy Orzo

  Orzo (OHR-zoh) – In Italian this means “barley”, but it’s actually small rice-shaped pasta, that is smaller in size than a pine nut. Orzo is ideal for soups and can be used as a substitute for rice. Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 pound orzo 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large shallot, finely chopped 1 […]

Chicken Salad

Yield: 6-8 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 large split chicken breasts – bone in 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup green gapes – cut in half ¾ cup good mayonnaise 1 ½ tablespoon finely chopped tarragon Kosher salt and grated black pepper to taste PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chicken breasts skin side up […]

Chicken and Dumplings

Yield: 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS Rolled Dumplings ½ cup vegetable shortening – chilled 4 cups self-rising flour, divided – I prefer White Lily 1 cup buttermilk Chicken 1 – 2-3 lb chicken fryer, cut into pieces 3 quarts water or combination of water and low sodium chicken broth 1 carrot – cut into small chunks 1 […]

Five Star Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 lbs elbow macaroni 2 cups half and half 2 cups milk ½ cup Parmesan cheese 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese 1 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese Pinch of salt Freshly grated black pepper, to taste PREPARATION Cook the macaroni per package instructions. Drain and return to pan and keep […]

Cheesey Burger Mac

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 box Kraft Macaroni and Cheese ½ lb ground beef ½ sweet yellow onion – finely chopped 1 clove garlic – finely chopped ½ green or red bell pepper – finely chopped 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese PREPARATION In large skillet, add ground beef, onion, garlic and peppers. Saute’ on medium heat […]

Baked Ziti

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 8 ounces of Ziti pasta, uncooked ¾ lb ground beef 3 cups or 28 ounce jar of good spaghetti sauce 1 ¾ cups of ricotta cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 tablespoon fresh basil – roughly chopped ½ teaspoon salt Salt and fresh grated pepper to taste Grated Parmesan cheese PREPARATION […]

Shrimp and Grits

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS Grits 2 cups cream 4 tablespoons butter 2 cups water 1 cup quick cooking grits Salt and pepper, to taste Shrimp 4 tablespoons butter ½ medium onion, diced fine 1 shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons all purpose flour ½ lb tasso ham, cut into small dice 4 cups low-sodium […]

Tuna Noodle Casserole

  Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 4 cups elbow macaroni – cooked al dente 2 cans white premium tuna – drained 1 cup frozen peas or other favorite vegetable, thawed Sauce 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 5 tablespoons all purpose flour 5 green onions – finely chopped, including green tops 2 cups milk or half and half 1 […]

Vegetable Lasagna

Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS Alfredo Sauce 8 ounces unsalted butter 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese Freshly grated white or black pepper Ricotta Cheese Mixture 2 cups ricotta cheese 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped green onion 2 teaspoons freshly chopped […]

Mac and Cheese Carbonara

This is an “over the top” variation on the standard macaroni and cheese. The different types of cheeses used, herbs and the pancetta give it more depth than your typical mac and cheese dish. If you want to impress your fellow mac and cheese aficionados, this one will do it! Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon […]

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe’s

Serves 8-10 INGREDIENTS 3 lbs ground beef – (can also use ground turkey) 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped green pepper 1 garlic glove – finely chopped 1½ cups ketchup ½ cup water 4 tablespoons brown sugar 4 tablespoons prepared mustard 4 tablespoons white vinegar 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce PREPARATION In large skillet, brown […]

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs Serves 6       INGREDIENTS Extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion – finely chopped 3 cloves garlic – chopped 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley 1 – 1 ½ cups bread crumbs 3 lbs ground beef or split 50/50 with ground beef and ground pork 1 large egg 5 cups heated tomato-basil […]

Ground Beef Chili

Ground Beef Chili Yields – 10 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 lb ground beef 1 large onion – finely chopped 3 gloves garlic – finely chopped 2 -15 ounce cans of chili beans with sauce, I prefer Brooks Chili Beans 1 – 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 2 tablespoons chili powder – […]

Hearty Beef Stew

This is an easy make ahead supper. It takes some prep time with the chopping and peeling of the vegetables, but once you’re finished with that, you can pop it in the oven and forget about it; save a few stirs during the cook time. You’ll have leftovers and as always, they taste even better […]

Pasta With Garlic and Parsley

PASTA WITH GARLIC AND PARSLEY This recipe is quick and easy with ingredients that you usually have on hand in your pantry.  Serves 4 INGREDIENTS ¼ cup unsalted butter ¼ cup good olive oil ½ cup garlic – finely chopped ½ cup Italian parsley – finely chopped ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup half […]

Liguine with Gorgonzola

LINGUINE WITH GORGONZOLA 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS 6 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, cut into small pieces 1 cup whipping cream or half and half ¾ pound linguine Grated pepper 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano ½ cup toasted walnuts ½ cup toasted pecans PREPARATION Toast nuts in 350 degree F oven for approximately 5-7 minutes.  Remove from oven and […]

Roast Pork with Gorgonzola Sauce

ROAST PORK WITH GORGONZOLA SAUCE INGREDIENTS Pork 2 – ¾ lb pork tenderloins ¼ cup Dijon mustard 2 tablespoon fresh thyme 1 tablespoon olive oil Kosher salt and pepper Gorgonzola Sauce 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon all purpose flour 1 cup heavy whipping cream ¼ cup dry white wine ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth […]

Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon

INGREDIENTS Kosher salt 1 lb elbow macaroni 4 cups milk 2-3 sprigs thyme 4 cloves garlic – finely chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 5 ½ cups shredded sharp white or yellow Cheddar cheese Freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped parsley 1 large onion – diced 4 large slices of bacon […]

Chicken with Linguine in Basil Cream Sauce

CHICKEN WITH LINGUINE IN BASIL CREAM SAUCE Makes 4-6 servings INGREDIENTS Chicken 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Olive oil Kosher salt and pepper Basil Cream Sauce 1 ½ cups fresh basil leaves ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano 2 ounces walnuts Olive oil 4 cloves garlic ¼ cup olive oil 1 pint or 16 ounces of heavy whipping […]

Italian Sausage Casserole

ITALIAN SAUSAGE CASSEROLE Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef ½ lb hot Italian sausage – removed from casing 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 teaspoon oregano Kosher salt and grated black pepper, to taste 1 can cheddar cheese soup 1 can tomato soup 1 can water 4 cups cooked penne pasta Mozzarella cheese – […]

Mom’s Meatloaf

Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 2 lb ground beef 2 small onions – finely chopped 2 eggs – beaten 1 sleeve of saltine crackers – crushed 1-8 oz tomato sauce 1 cup grated cheddar cheese salt and pepper to taste 3 strips of bacon ketchup PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees In large mixing bowl add ground […]

Quiche Lorraine

QUICHE LORRAINE This can be a quick and easy meal during the week. Team it up with a fresh green salad and you’re in business. If you are great at making pie crusts, make one from scratch. Otherwise, I find using a deep dish, prepared crust, such as Mrs. Smith’s brand, work just fine. Serves […]