Main Dishes

July 31, 2015 - Chicken & Squash Casserole

While it’s true that I have no squash in my garden (read the obituary here), I do have squash! Family and friends and even workshop attendees have been offering up their squash to fill the vacancy. Because anyone who does have squash has way, way, way too much of it. It’s feast or famine when...
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April 7, 2015 - Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is one of those quintessential comfort food dishes that has reigned supreme for decades because it’s simple, inexpensive, nutritious, and just plain good. Chicken was on sale last week at the grocery store, so this was actually what I made for my holiday main course this weekend–because it’s not only inexpensive, it’s...
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February 11, 2015 - Homestyle Fast Food Big Mac

We all have our occasional indulgences. Since I’m known for cooking from scratch, sometimes I get asked what I do for an indulgence, if I’m not going to cook. I’ve been asked this question several different times when I’ve been interviewed. My answer is always the same. Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles,...
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October 27, 2014 - Playing with Pasta Attachments

A few years ago, my cousin gave me a manual pasta-making machine he picked up from a thrift store for $25, along with ravioli plates and a pasta drying rack. I had never made homemade pasta before, so it inspired me to learn. I was surprised at how easy it was. Basically, it’s no more...
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April 10, 2014 - Tamale Pie with Spoon Bread

Spoon bread is like a cross between a souffle and polenta, and if you like cornbread (or even if you don’t–this might change your mind) you’ll love spoon bread. It’s a little more trouble to make than cornbread, but the extra trouble is worth it. It’s a very light, tender type of cornbread–due to the...
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March 17, 2014 - Home-Style Pastitsio

Pastitsio is a relatively simple casserole that belies its weird name, made up of layers of pasta and saucy beef topped with a creamy white sauce. It’s a Greek dish, and I first tasted it at a Greek festival years ago, loved it, and searched out recipes to make it at home. It’s one of...
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February 13, 2014 - Making Fried Chicken

Back in my college days at Texas Tech (Lubbock, Texas), I became a vegetarian. For awhile, I was even the president of a student organization called the Animal Rights Coalition. Really! In fact, I was a founding member and helped create the organization. Our claim to fame was stopping an annual fur coat giveaway that...
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August 21, 2013 - The Sloppiest of Joes

If you haven’t had a sloppy joe since you were a kid, and if it came out of a can, or if you just need an easy supper idea for tonight, this one is for you. Sometimes I have to really remind myself that Morgan and I aren’t chopped liver and that just because it’s...
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August 2, 2013 - A Little Sandwich Stir

A tray of carefully made sandwiches is appealing to the eye as well as the palate, and most women enjoy the little stir of admiration which they are bound to create. –Meta Given, The Modern Family Cook Book Yes, I’m still finding myself entertained by the 1942 Modern Family Cook Book and it’s fascinatingly antiquated,...
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July 31, 2013 - Meat Loaf and Bacon Jam

I had lunch recently at a place called the Secret Society of Sandwiches in Fayetteville, near the New River Gorge, and had THE best meat loaf and bacon jam sandwiches, which put me in the mood for meat loaf and bacon jam. I love a spicy meat loaf, but you can substitute the jalapeno peppers...
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May 29, 2013 - Beer Batter Fried Chicken

I love fried chicken (who doesn’t) and beer batter is one of the easiest ways to make it–and have it come out perfect every time. Beer batter is a “puffy” coating because of the baking powder, so it also makes a “pretty” fried chicken. I use my homemade baking mix, but you can substitute any...
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November 22, 2012 - How to Cook a Deer Heart

Oh my. This post is not for everyone! It’s for those of you interested in making the most of a deer. People sometimes throw away the organs, but they are good meat! And I’m sure there are as many ways to prepare a deer heart as there are hunters, but here is how I prepared...
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July 9, 2012 - Bacon Burger Dogs

On the morning of July Fourth, I was charging my cell phone and sucking in some a/c at a friend’s house when I saw this awe-inducing concoction on the Today show. I knew immediately that I had to make this for Ross. It’s a meat lover’s fantasy, and Ross loves meat. (Yes, we go from...
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December 26, 2010 - Party Sandwich Ring

Yesterday afternoon, we were going to a little family get-together and I was supposed to bring something sandwichy. I baked a ham last week, and I love sandwiches on thick-sliced homemade bread, but even that gets a little old sometimes and I want something different. Different yet still sandwichy. I had this dim, distant, long-ago...
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November 19, 2010 - Chicken Fried Steak

The first time I remember eating chicken fried steak was when I was going to college in Texas. (For those of you who want to know, first to Abilene Christian University, then later to Texas Tech University, where I graduated. Some day, I should write about ACU, which is a Church of Christ college. About...
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September 16, 2010 - Sausage, Leek, and Potato Pie

What to do with leeks? Everything you’d do with onions, garlics, ramps, and so on. Leeks are milder than onions (and much milder than ramps), but they add a delicious flavor to any savory dish and can even stand out on their own. I love main dish pies, and this is one of my favorites....
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August 18, 2010 - Secrets of Chicago-Style Pizza

While I was in Great Lakes for Ross’s boot camp graduation, I got the chance to sample Chicago-style pizza at the pool party the division moms threw for the boys. Wow. Pizza in Chicago is ridiculous. But I mean that in a good way. I was able to try a piece of both stuffed and...
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July 23, 2010 - Homemade Ravioli

I’ve (finally) started playing with my new Italian kitchen. I don’t know why I’ve always been a little bit afraid of making pasta. It’s something I’ve thought about, held in the back of my mind, waiting for….someday. Then my cousin showed up with a pasta machine, pasta drying rack, and a ravioli maker one day...
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June 27, 2010 - Real Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas

If you’ve ever eaten at a hole-in-the-wall Mom and Pop Mexican restaurant in Texas, these are those cheese enchiladas. Simple corn tortillas rolled around a filling of cheese and chopped onions, swimming in that dark, flavorful sauce that you can’t find on any grocery store shelf. These aren’t what you’d call authentic Mexican enchiladas, usually...
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June 13, 2010 - Fried Bologna Sandwiches

Fried bologna sandwiches are nothing if not an homage to the country palate which bears no pride, counts no calories, and uplifts even the lowliest of ingredients to the heights of celestial delight. Which is to say that you can actually find fried bologna sandwiches on sit-down restaurant menus around here and in many other...
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April 17, 2010 - Cornbread Supper Skillet

This cornbread supper skillet is so easy and so fast, you’ll think you’re making Homemade Hamburger Helper. Only different. With cornbread! And it’s delicious. You can use this as a go-to dish for a quick dinner when you have no time at all, or bake it when you have lots of time and spend your...
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January 3, 2010 - How to Make Homemade Hamburger Helper

As an avid cook, this is almost embarrassing, but my kids love Hamburger Helper. I don’t love Hamburger Helper. It tastes like cardboard and the ingredients list on the side of the box is enough to make you run away screaming. Who knows what that stuff is. A lot of preservatives, for one thing. There’s...
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November 27, 2009 - Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Kit

I used to have no imagination when it came to turkey. Leftover turkey meant sandwiches. And more sandwiches. Then everyone would get tired of turkey and never want to see turkey again. Which explains why I only used to make turkey once a year, at Thanksgiving. It would take a whole year to get over...
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June 14, 2009 - Pie with Beef & Italian Peppers

Every once in a while, I highlight a recipe that was posted in the forum because it has become a family favorite at our house. This meat pie is one of those recipes that I’ve found I make over and over. You can see the original recipe and instructions here. This is such an easy...
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June 3, 2009 - Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch French Bread Pizza

Chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing is one of my favorite flavor combinations and this french bread pizza is divine. You must make it–today! (Or tomorrow, I’ll give you a little time.) Of course, you can use store-bought french bread as the base, but c’mon, make some homemade french bread with Grandmother Bread. You won’t be...
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April 2, 2009 - Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits

People ask me for recipes all the time. I never forget, so if you’ve asked me to post a recipe and I haven’t yet, it’s because either I haven’t found the recipe you requested yet, or I haven’t perfected it yet. When I’m asked about an old-time recipe in particular, I do a lot of...
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November 30, 2008 - Sour Cream Enchiladas

I love enchiladas. And fajitas and burritos and chimichangas and nachos and– Okay, I practically worship Mexican food. But I was born in Texas and spent more than half my life there, so I have an excuse for the salsa running through my veins. My kids love Mexican food, too, and this is one of...
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November 24, 2008 - Cranberry Pork Roast

Does that not look too delicious for words?! Bee posted this recipe in the forum and I had to try it. It was just as delicious as it looks–and soooo easy! Though I must say, the most spectacular part was how pretty it was. This is real company food. Company food that makes it look...
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