Main Dishes

October 6, 2008 - How to Make the Cheesiest Macaroni & Cheese

Simple, pure, unadulterated, cheesy. That’s kid-pleasin’ mac ‘n’ cheese, and so much better than anything you can get out of a box! Of course, kids have a weird thing about mac ‘n’ cheese from the box. They actually like it. But I can’t stand it when I see that powdered cheese come out of the...
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August 1, 2008 - Iron Skillet Upside Down Pizza

A meal in a skillet–and it’s upside down, just for fun! See how it puffs up when it bakes? Like you did some magic on it. Plus, you get to call it “pizza” and you know how everybody likes that word. And, okay, you don’t have to cook it in an iron skillet, but don’t...
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July 28, 2008 - Summer Vegetable Pie

It’s that time of year. You know, when if you don’t have a garden of your own overflowing with squash and zucchini, somebody you know does and they’re dropping it off with you by the bagful. Or just setting it on your front porch and running. Not that there’s anything wrong with squash and zucchini....
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June 12, 2008 - Spaghetti & Meatballs

I love make-ahead recipes so that on busy evenings when dinner gets the short stick on time, it doesn’t have to get the short stick on homemade goodness, and this sauce is one of my favorites because it works as a flavorful base sauce for many Italian-style recipes, including, of course, spaghetti and meatballs! You...
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May 19, 2008 - Georgia’s Easy Lunch Rolls

These easy lunch rolls are Georgia’s favorite thing to make for just about any occasion. Like if there’s a church supper. Or a funeral lunch. Or her neighbor fell off his tractor and broke his leg. Or if you have been gone all day and she’s standing outside your bathroom door with your mail (after...
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April 30, 2008 - Cooking with Wild Ramps

You know it’s springtime in Appalachia when they’re selling ramps on the side of the road! If you don’t know what ramps are, they’re wild leeks native to the Appalachian Mountain region. West Virginia is the ramps capitol of the world (a claim to fame!). People dig them up in the rich, dark woodland soil,...
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February 27, 2008 - Shrimp French Bread Pizza

Last year, after a trip to Myrtle Beach with a friend, we detoured by Wilmington, North Carolina, on the way back and I had the most wonderful dish at a restaurant right on the water. I can’t remember what they called it, but it was basically strips of french bread pizza with olive oil, shrimp,...
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February 4, 2008 - Pepperoni Lasagna

You’ve probably heard people claim they have the world’s best lasagna before, but they’re misinformed. This is the world’s best lasagna. I was first introduced to the idea of putting pepperoni in lasagna by my cousin after I moved to West Virginia. He’s a genius. Lasagna is one of our favorite meals. I make it...
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January 24, 2008 - Homemade Hot Pockets

Homemade hot pockets! There’s nothing they can package up and sell at the grocery store that you can’t make better at home. My kids love store-bought hot pockets, so I came up with my own homemade version that I can feel good about. How to make Homemade Hot Pockets: Start with the basic one-loaf Grandmother...
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