appetizers & snacks, lunch box, vegetarian

Granny’s Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

I was talking to my mom about the menu for my party this weekend, and she suggested I make my grandmother's cucumber sandwiches. She went on and on about how great they are. Unfortunately, I don't remember Granny ever making these for me, so I had to take my mom's word for it (and thankfully… Continue reading Granny’s Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Southwestern Pasta Salad
make ahead / reheat, sides, vegetarian

Southwestern Pasta Salad

My horseback riding club has a monthly meeting and themed potluck. This month's potluck theme was salad. The meetings are on Friday evenings, so anything I bring to the potluck needs to be something that I can either make the night before or is quick and easy to make after work. Also, because it's Lent,… Continue reading Southwestern Pasta Salad

beef, lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, soups

Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

I love my German grandmother's goulash. I have the recipe, and I can come pretty close to making the real deal. We were supposed to get snow or rain today, and Sunday is also when I try to make my lunches for the week. I couldn't decide whether to make beef stew or goulash, so… Continue reading Beef Stew: Inspired by Grandma’s Goulash

beef, lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, slow cooker, soups

Sirloin Chili (Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker)

This chili was perfect for the snow day we had here a couple of weeks ago. I let it simmer on the stove for several hours, but it could also be done in a slow cooker. The beef was super tender, and the chili had a lot of flavor. I've included instructions for either method below.… Continue reading Sirloin Chili (Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker)

appetizers & snacks, vegetarian

Fried Green Tomatoes

I've been having some trouble with my lower oven, and I finally had a repair person out yesterday because I'm at the end of my troubleshooting abilities. Of course I could't get it to replicate the problem when the repair person was at my house. Last time it happened, I was cooking bacon in the… Continue reading Fried Green Tomatoes

chicken, low-cost, main courses, make ahead / reheat, weeknight cooking

Easy Chicken Tacos

I volunteer to cook at a local shelter with my church, and this month I'd signed up to prepare the main dish. It seems like every time I'm there cooking, I'm always rushing to finish on time, like I'm on an episode of a cooking show. I was able to prepare the recipe for 60… Continue reading Easy Chicken Tacos

low-cost, lunch box, make ahead / reheat, soups, vegetarian

Vegetarian Chili (vegan option, too)

This recipe follows the basic method of what I usually use to make my chicken tortilla soup and meat chilis. For the first time ever, my chili came out perfectly seasoned without any adjusting needed at all. The recipe itself is vegan - only the toppings take away the vegan-ness and make it vegetarian. Ingredients… Continue reading Vegetarian Chili (vegan option, too)

sauces & seasonings

BBQ Dry Rub

I'm just posting the dry rub instead of my full pulled pork recipe because I made a rookie food blogger mistake and didn't write down the rest of the recipe! I used this on a 2½ lb bone-in pork shoulder, but it could also be used on ribs or chicken, including smoked or grilled chicken… Continue reading BBQ Dry Rub

disaster, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Southwestern Corn

Ok, so this was a bit of a disaster when I first made it, but I adjusted the recipe. It was way too spicy the first time - too much cayenne. It had a little kick to it when I first tasted it, which was fine. But then I let the sauce sit in the… Continue reading Southwestern Corn

soups

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cold, cold day today, and I spent several hours outside at the barn this afternoon. Soup was definitely a good choice to help me warm up when I got home. Ingredients 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 tbsp Tastefully Simple Wahoo! chili seasoning (or 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, and… Continue reading Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup