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Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

The days are getting shorter….and colder! You know what that means right??? COMFORT FOOD!!! Pressure cooking used to be outside of my comfort zone, that is until Cosori sent me their 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker to try. Now with a dinner recipe under my belt […]

Bruschetta Chicken

Bruschetta Chicken

It’s that time of the year when tomatoes taste best so you’re gonna wanna add this next recipe into your dinner rotation right away! Bruschetta Chicken is an end of summer staple in my house. This relatively simple dish is a spectacular way to fancy […]

One Pan Skillet Lasagna

One Pan Skillet Lasagna

Summer’s heating up this week in Buffalo but our One Pan Skillet Lasagna is here to save the day! No need to crank up the oven for this one pan wonder. It’s made completely on the stovetop to help you beat the heat. This quick fix recipe will make you feel like you’re winning at life. It boasts all the same great tastes as lasagna but without all the hard work. This family friendly shortcut is sure to be a hit this Summer!

Here’s all you’ll need: ground beef, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, water, tomato paste, parsley flakes, oregano, sugar, salt, bow tie pasta, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella (optional).

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First in a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat. Yes all at once! Cook and crumble the ground beef until its no longer pink. Drain off any excess grease. I try to use 90% lean meat ground beef whenever I can. It shrinks less while cooking because it has less fat. You could also use ground chicken or turkey for a healthy spin!

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Next add the can of diced tomatoes (with the liquid), the tomato paste, 1-1/2 cups of water, dried parsley, oregano,   sugar and salt. You can skip the sugar if you like but we’re sweet sauce fans in this house! Stir the mixture until everything is combined.

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Now stir in the pasta! I love any recipe that uses bowties (seriously aren’t they so cute?!?) but you could substitute pasta shells, corkscrews, penne or whatever you have on hand. Whole wheat or veggie pasta works great too! Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir several times throughout cooking.

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As our skillet lasagna simmers, we can make our yummy cheesy topping. In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.

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Stir in mozzarella cheese until melted if desired. Remove the skillet from the heat and drop the cottage cheese mixture by the spoonful onto the pasta. Sprinkle with fresh parsley to garnish. Serve warm and enjoy!! Cool kitchen, full bellies, and minimal dishes!!! I told you this easy skillet lasagna was winning at life!!! Our Parmesan Garlic Knots are a great way to complete the meal!

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One Pan Skillet Lasagna

June 25, 2018
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 3/4 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, chopped onion, and garlic over medium heat. Cook and crumble the ground beef until its no longer pink. Drain off any excess grease.
  • Step 2 Add the can of diced tomatoes (with the liquid), the tomato paste, 1-1/2 cups of water, dried parsley, oregano, sugar and salt. Stir the mixture until well combined.
  • Step 3 Stir in the pasta. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir several times throughout cooking.
  • Step 4 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  • Step 5 Stir in mozzarella cheese until melted if desired. Remove the skillet from the heat and drop the cottage cheese mixture by the spoonful onto the pasta. Sprinkle with fresh parsley to garnish. Serve warm and enjoy!!

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My All Time Favorite Steak Marinade!

My All Time Favorite Steak Marinade!

This is my all time favorite steak marinade for grilled steaks! I’ve shared this recipe with literally EVERYONE I know and now it’s time to share it with you! Now I must confess, I was never really a big steak eater. I was a total […]

Light & Flaky Biscuits

Light & Flaky Biscuits

If you love to hit the bread basket during dinner then this recipe is for you! Our Light & Flaky Biscuits bake up soft and buttery in a matter of minutes! A few simple ingredients (that you probably already have on hand) are all that’s […]

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole is a staple on the dinner menu rotation in our house! It’s SOOO good!!! But it’s also SOOO easy!! If you’re tired of all those boring steamed vegetable side, then this recipe is for YOU!! This super versatile side dish goes with pretty much any meal. This crowd pleasing recipe will be your new go to for weeknight dinners, holiday meals, and family potlucks. Everyone loves it! Frozen veggies make this creamy casserole a breeze to throw together. This colorful dish is loaded with flavor. Topped buttery Ritz crackers, Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole really has that homestyle cooking feel.  Eating your vegetables never tasted so good!

Here’s all you’ll need: frozen mixed vegetables, onion, celery, cheddar cheese, mayo, Ritz crackers and butter. Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole ingredients list

In a large bowl combine the mixed vegetables, chopped onion and celery, shredded cheese, and mayo. The addition of fresh celery and onion gives this dish a surprising crunch. I love using a low-fat version of mayo or the mayo with olive oil (my absolute favorite!) to cut down on some of the fat. But it’s all about personal preference here. I know people can be picky about their mayo. Everyone pretty much has one brand that they stick with!

In a large bowl combine the mixed vegetables, chopped onion and celery, shredded cheese, and mayo.

Stir to combine and mix well. Get those veggies nice and coated and make sure the cheese is spread throughout. Spread into a greased 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. Look at all those colorful vegetables!! This dish is jam-packed with carrots, peas, corn, and green beans. All of my favorites!!

Mix well. Spread into a greased 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. 

Next we need to make the Ritz cracker topping. This is my favorite part of the dish! We need 3/4 cup of crushed crackers which works out to be about 18 crackers. You can use a food processor to crush, I mean if you’re that every day basic type. But if you’re lazy and hate the extra dishes (like me!) just add the crackers to a Ziploc bag and smoosh em! I love handing this part off to a kiddo. My niece Jenna goes nuts trying to crush and smoosh every last cracker. Just makes sure the bag is sealed tight!!! You won’t believe some of the creative ways she’s come up with to get the job done…like stepping on the bag. That kid cracks me up!

Add 18 crackers to a ziploc bag or food processor and lightly crush.

Then melt the butter and add to the crushed crackers. Stir it all up to combine. If you really wanna walk on the wild side swap out the Ritz crackers for Cheez Its! Yum!!!! The would go great with the cheddar cheese! Trying it next time!

Melt the butter and add to the crushed crackers. Stir to combine.

Next sprinkle the cracker mixture on top of the casserole. I like to go just around the edges and leave the middle open. That way people can see what they’re getting themselves into! Plus it makes it pretty! Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. This recipe is great on the reheat too. The flavors don’t change and the veggies aren’t soggy! What more can you ask for?

Sprinkle the cracker mixture on top of the casserole.

Serve hot and bubbly! Seriously so good!! Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole needs to be on your table tonight!! You can thank me later. Our Smoky Roasted Cauliflower is another great way to eat your veggies!

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Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

April 13, 2018
: 6
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup crushed Ritz crackers (about 18 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl combine the mixed vegetables, chopped onion and celery, shredded cheese, and mayo. Stir to combine.
  • Step 2 Spread into a greased 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
  • Step 3 Crush about 18 Ritz crackers. Mix in the melted butter. Sprinkle over the top of casserole.
  • Step 4 Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Serve hot and bubbly. Enjoy!

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

I’ve been making this Creamy Macaroni and Cheese recipe for about 10 years now and it’s literally THE BEST!!  It’s so good in fact that it’s the ONLY mac and cheese recipe that gets made in our house! My hubby went to college at Penn […]

Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

There’s something about a good pasta dish that just can’t be beat! Bring on the carbs!! Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken has that fancy Italian restaurant feel but I’ll let you in on a little secret…..it actually comes together in a snap! Besides boiling the pasta, […]

Perfect Baked Potato

Perfect Baked Potato

There are some recipes that I feel like EVERYONE needs to know and this is one of those recipes!!! A classic baked potato….it should be simple, right?!? A quick internet search for “baked potato” will show you there are apparently about a gazillion ways to bake a potato. With or without foil? In the oven or in the microwave? 350 degrees, no 400 degrees? Ugh!!! And did you ever notice when you bake a potato at home it just never quite comes out like the kind you get in a fancy steakhouse or a nice restaurant? Well I’m here to let you in on the biggest baked potato secret! This one simple trick will give you light and fluffy, no fail, restaurant quality potatoes every. Single. Time. You’re going to die when you see just how ridiculously easy it really is!! For real. You won’t believe it!

Here’s all you’ll need: Idaho or russet baking potatoes, olive oil, salt, butter or toppings of your choice.

Perfect Baked Potato ingredient list

Gently wash potatoes and pat dry. Rub the outside of the potatoes with olive oil. Do not pierce with a fork! Seriously! I’ve pierced and I haven’t. And I’ve never once had a potato explode in the oven either way. So instead of risking jabbing myself in the hand with a fork (yup! I’ve done that more times than I’d like to admit to) I totally omit this step. I bet you can’t even tell the difference. Plus they look way prettier without all those little fork holes.

Russet potato rubbed with olive oil.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Yup! There’s my favorite kitchen supply making an appearance yet again. Sorry not sorry!! Sprinkle with salt on all sides. We haven’t made it to my super secret trick yet so keep reading!!

Potatoes on a parchment paper lined baking tray, sprinkled with sea salt.

Bake in a 425 degrees preheated oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of the potato. It should be soft when you squeeze it in your hand. Also make sure you turn the potatoes over halfway through baking. So at about 25-30 minutes I make sure to flip the potato so that the bottoms don’t get too toasty brown. Is this totally necessary??? Probably not! But I think it makes for a better presentation.

Potatoes hot out of the oven on a baking sheet.

NOW….HERE IS THE SUPER SECRET STEP!!!! RIGHT HERE!!!!! LISTEN UP!!!! Once the potato is cool enough to handle lift it up about 10 inches over a tray of cutting board. Now drop it. I’m not kidding!! Sometimes I do it twice! If your not good with distances start out low then try it a little higher. If you go too high you’ll end up with smashed potatoes. You’ll get the feel for it. Basically what’s happening is we’re loosening the inside of the potato so it’s light and fluffy on the inside when you cut into it. I told you it was ridiculously easy! Or was it ridiculous AND easy?!? Either way it totally works.

Baked potato held 6 inches over a baking sheet.

Cut a slit down the length of the potato with a knife. Be sure not to cut all the way through. I know you’re probably still thinking about that dropping technique but this really will take your potato from ho hum to epic!!! Just trust me on this one!

A slit is cut length wise down the center of a potato.

Pinch the edges together with your hands, to make the opening bigger, and “fluff” the potato up a few times.

The edges of the baked potato are pinched together to open the slit.

Add the toppings of your choice! Butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, chives, it’s all good here!! What are your favorite baked potato toppings? Wanna make it a meal? We’ll show you How to Cook the Best Steak Ever too!!!

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Perfect Baked Potato

February 12, 2018
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 Idaho or russet baking potatoes, scrubbed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • butter, or toppings of your choice
Directions
  • Step 1 Gently wash potatoes and pat dry. Rub the outside of the potatoes with olive oil. Do not pierce with a fork! Sprinkle with salt on all sides.
  • Step 2 Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until potatoes are soft to the touch. Turn potatoes halfway through baking.
  • Step 3 Remove from the oven. Once cool enough to handle, drop potato onto a cutting board or tray from about 10 inches up.
  • Step 4 Cut a slit down the length of the potato with a knife. Pinch the edges together with your hands, to make the opening bigger, and “fluff” the potato up a few times.
  • Step 5 Top with butter or toppings of your choice and enjoy!

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Creamy Chicken Marsala

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala was one of the very first grown up meals that I learned how to make. You know, the kind that doesn’t come in a blue box with a stir in cheese packet. Like REAL cooking people!! The kind of meal that makes you […]