Monday, October 29, 2012

Chili (With Ground Turkey & Steak)

Chili is one of those dishes that we all seem to have our own version of. Mine is a mix of a recipe handed down to me from my mother and few tips I have picked up over the years from other friends and even my daughter. 

If I'm feeling really foodie-tudie (That would be a foodie with an attitude...), I will take the time to measure, sort, and soak my beans. But what I most often end up doing is going with canned beans. Seriously, sometimes you just have to get over yourself and cook!

Halloween just wouldn't be the same without a hot pot of this brimming on my stove! It's been a family tradition for years and years. Enjoy!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Tomato Bisque

I found myself at home today without a car. Not a big deal, right? Wrong! I woke up in the mood for soup. More specifically, Tomato Bisque. And here I was without any tomatoes. So with a trip to the grocery store out of the question, I reverted to one of my oldest and most favorite cooking tricks. And just in time for Faux Friday! I swear I did not plan this! (pinky promise) Sometimes things just fall in to place.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Shepherd's Pie Potato Boats

These are fun! A classic dish with a little twist. The whole family loves whenever I make them! I use extra large Russets, so one half of a potato is perfect as a single serving. Add a nice bowl of salad and some garlic bread to the dinner table, and you have a meal the entire family will ooh and ahh over. Promise!

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Chicken Chimichangas

 Chimichangas are basically deep fried burritos. And a quintessential menu item of every Mexican restaurant here in Southern California. So basic yet so delicious! This is my kind of dish! (And my style of cooking for sure!) It does take a little bit of effort to get these made and on the table, but I promise you they are SO worth it! 

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Lil' Smokies

I don't throw very many parties, but I absolutely love party food! So once or twice a month I like to have "appetizer night." This is where we skip dinner and  have a bunch of (about three) appetizers instead. The kids think it's fun and I get my party food fix. It's a win win deal!

I made a tray of Bacon Wrapped Lil' Smokies this last time, and was reminded of just how much I love them! They're so easy to make. Relatively inexpensive. And completely scrumptious! Seriously...what's not to love!

I know this is a dish that has been around for years and years; I contemplated even adding it to my blog. Pretty much the only thing I do different than any one else, is I like to give mine a quick dusting of black pepper before I pop them in the oven. I like a little peppery bite with mine. Especially if I'm not in a mustard dipping mood. 

I have been told that you can keep them warm in your slow cooker. I have never had the need. Every time I serve these, they vanish in minutes! Enjoy!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Apple Pie Rolled Burritos

I'm sure I have told you about our one lonely apple tree in the backyard. You know, the tree that gave us a handful of apples last year, and then decided to give us FIVE HUNDRED apples this year!?! Oh, and gave them to us back in June and July...which is NOT apple season! Well, it has really been kind of a treat! And in my efforts to not have all those apples go to waste, I made and froze several ziplock gallon bags of apple pie mix. Now that it's Fall, and officially apple season, I am putting those bags to good use.

This is probably one of the easiest recipes I have! It takes little more than a package of tortillas, apples, or apple pie filling, and some butter. Can be served warm or cold. My family likes this best warm, with a side of vanilla ice cream. The perfect Fall dessert!
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