The Art of Meatballs

Meatballs: Meatballs are a very versatile dish that can be a main course or an appetizer.  They can be made in various sizes out of any kind of ground meat or combination of ground meat.  You just add eggs, bread crumbs and spices.  To make it gluten free, try oatmeal or rice to hold them…

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger soup is a basically a variation on vegetable soup.  Actually, it IS vegetable soup with hamburger in it.  This is what some cooks call a “dump” soup.  You start off with your stock and your meat and then you just “dump” any leftover vegetables in it.  A lot of times, I might have a…

Potato Soup

There is nothing that will warm you up inside on a cold, gloomy day like a  bowl of hot potato soup.  I prefer what I call “virgin” potato soup as opposed to those recipes that load up the soup as one would a baked potato.  Many restaurants offer  delicious varieties of this soup.  Sometimes they use…

Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos are just sliced baked potatoes, loaded. They are served with sour cream and pico de gallo, with cheese and bacon in every bite.  It is a delicious little snack if you like baked potatoes.  In our house, we have it as a meal. The perfect thing to make this in is a Pampered…

Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo is just the name of a sauce that can be put on any kind of pasta.  There is Fettuccini Alfredo and Alfredo Linguini and Angel Hair Pasta Alfredo.  The pasta is defined by the sauce, which is why I am only going to tell you how to make the homemade sauce.  Choose whatever you…

Salmon Patties

Every time I make Salmon Patties, my husband always comments about how they remind him of his Grandma Blackburn from the hills of Kentucky.  As a rule, I do NOT like salmon, but I do like these.  I especially like them with some baked pork and beans on the side.  Salmon patties are quick and…

Taverns

“Taverns” is what people call these sandwiches in the part of Iowa where I grew up.  It’s not the same as sloppy joes at all, but it does have a light but hearty flavor that can almost be addictive.  Hardly anybody can eat just one of these.  They’re especially good on those little dollar sized…

Gwen’s Artichoke Dip

In Memory of my Sister, Gwen. This is an absolutely yummy recipe for artichoke dip.  It was one of those things my sister used to make for all our special family gatherings.  People waited for it and it was gone in a hurry.  Her home was one of the happiest and warmest places to be.  She was…

Chicken Enchiladas

With the holidays coming up fast, I thought I would add a few recipes ideas for leftover turkey.  Normally, I make this particular recipe with chicken, but like most chicken recipes, turkey is just as good.  Leftovers are great to use, but canned chicken also works (but I don’t think it’s that good).  Another source…

Homemade Hummus

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t think they like Hummus, you might not want to give up just yet.  I don’t like that prepackaged hummus they sell at the store either.  My friend, Mahfuza, showed me how to make it myself and I have loved it ever since.  It’s not at all difficult….