Taco Pie

Why’s the plate messy? Because that’s my second helping, that’s why. This is one of my favorite recipes, and I was hungry! It’s my adaptation of a recipe my mom used to make. I’ve changed a few things from the way she made it. One was to make my own seasoning for better flavor and…

Split Pea Soup

It hasn’t been this cold here in years! I’m no lightweight when it comes to cold and snow, having spent my whole life In Upstate NY. My first year in Buffalo, it didn’t go above 0℉ for something like 62 days. That was the year I had no car, didn’t live on a bus route,…

Italian-Style Pot Roast

What is it about autumn that brings out all the comfort food? Even more so than winter, I think. Maybe it’s because people need comfort to get over summer ending, but that’s not it for me. I’ve always loved fall. I’ve even grown fond of winter. But still, comfort food. This take on the classic…

Beef Stew (Instant Pot)

Once a decade. That’s what I used to tell my kids when they suggested I might be wrong. I mean, Rule Number One is Mom’s always right, and Rule Number Two is if you think Mom might be wrong, see Rule Number One, right? But I’m also sciencey. (Is that actually a word? If it’s not,…

Homemade Lasagna

“Lasagna: the world’s most perfect food!” — Garfield (Jim Davis) There are no two ways about it, lasagna is a labor of love. Whether you’re making it for someone you love, or because you really love lasagna, I can’t imagine making lasagna with indifference. If I just wanted pasta with sauce, I’d make spaghetti or…

Egg & Olive

I remember this as one of my dad’s favorite lunches. Well, minus the whole wheat bread. He liked his sandwiches on swirly rye. As a kid, I didn’t much care for green olives. It was a rare thing to be granted food preference concessions in our house. You ate what was served, period. Egg salad was…

Santa Fe Stew

    Here is one of my favorite recipes of all time! It’s so yummy, very filling, and really easy to make. This definitely falls into the category of comfort food in our house. But unlike a lot of comfort foods, this stuff is actually good for you! No matter how often I make it, we…

Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

I love winter. I know, that makes my sanity suspect to some people. But I love the crisp air, the sparkly snow on the trees, the intensely blue sky, and the way you can smell the outdoors when someone comes inside. Mind you, I didn’t love it quite as much last week, when I was…