Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole & Beef Enchiladas

Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us, the day that commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French near the city of Puebla on 5 May 1862. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican culture. If you know me, you gotta know that I’m down with that & I hardly need any excuse to whip up some Mexican food. I thought I’d celebrate the day with Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole napped over Shredded Barbacoa Beef Enchiladas.

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

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Three Cheese Chicken Casserole

the creamiest, cheesiest casserole with chicken, mushrooms and penne.

We’ve been having the dreariest, dark, cold, wet weather all week. How about you? I know it’s good for the plants but I get feeling a little blue. I want to get outside and DO things! Instead, we’ve tucked in and made something warm and comforting and creamy and cheesy! Three Cheese Chicken Casserole!

Three Cheese Chicken Casserole

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole

I know I’ve said it before. I don’t really “get” casseroles! Cook a bunch of good food, mix it together and recook it! But even I get how nice it is to pull a pan of hot, bubbly, and cheesy deliciousness out of the oven, plop it on the table and call “Dinner!” And when “Dinner” was this Sloppy Joe Casserole, everyone would come running, especially my son!

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole

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Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

Cheesy Pasta Bake

This is the best!! Italian Sausage, fresh Mozzarella, Wine...make it!

Can a person have too many pasta recipes? Possibly, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s almost too easy to turn to pasta dishes, so when I do make one, I try to make it the best! You’ll love this warm and comforting dish loaded with fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage and for a healthier twist, ground chicken or turkey. Use ground beef if you’d rather, though.

Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

Cheesy Pasta Bake – The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

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Classic American Goulash sometimes called Macaroni Beef or Chili Mac.

Mom’s Classic American Goulash

Goulash - such comfort food! Easy & fast from pantry ingredients.

Goulash is an old American standby dish from pantry ingredients. Wikipedia notes Goulash celebrated its 100th birthday last year, being published in cookbooks as early as 1914. Simple, tasty, cheap and filling, Goulash is familiar to generations of Americans. Talk about comfort food!

Classic American Goulash sometimes called Macaroni Beef or Chili Mac.

Classic American Goulash sometimes called Macaroni Beef or Chili Mac.

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Chicken Pot Pie - top with biscuit, pie crust, potatoes or puff pastry

Chicken Pot Pie like you WISH your Grandma made!

not to "dis" grandma, but this is outstanding!!

I originally posted this Chicken Pot Pie in November of 2011, one of my very first posts! Today, as I made it again, I updated with new photos. That night, I had been looking at Time’s Money Issue and became sidetracked. Pretty soon, I was clicking on one link after another; you know how that goes, right?

Chicken Pot Pie - top with biscuit, pie crust, potatoes or puff pastry

Chicken Pot Pie like you Wish your Grandma made! Tender, flaky crust, gorgeous vegetables and a gravy out of this world!

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Chicken Pot Pie - top with biscuit, pie crust, potatoes or puff pastry

Buttermilk Biscuits for Topping for a 13 x 9″ Casserole or Ramekins

Years ago I came across this recipe, so long ago, I’m not sure where it came from. This makes enough to cover a 13 x 9 inch casserole or to make a topping for 6 individual Pot Pies, like my “Chicken Pot Pie you WISH your Grandma Made!” They also make some of the best drop or rolled or patted out biscuits you’ll ever taste! Can I say superb? Yep, I just did!

Chicken Pot Pie like you Wish your Grandma made! Tender, flaky crust, gorgeous vegetables and a gravy out of this world!

Chicken Pot Pie like you Wish your Grandma made! Tender, flaky crust, gorgeous vegetables and a gravy out of this world!

These biscuits are formulated to be a fantastic topping, but sometimes I cheat when I want a biscuit – they’re that good. With any biscuit, the ingredients are important, but the technique will make it or break it. Handle gently and minimally and you’ll be rewarded.

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Taco Night Casserole

What can I say about this casserole? All the appeal of tacos combined with a nacho like topping, hearty, with vegetables and added fiber from the beans? I tried it, thinking my teenager would like it. I was wrong, he loved it. A little salsa, a few slices of avocado and a dab of sour cream add a freshness to this substantial meal.

Taco Night Casserole

Taco Night Casserole

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Scalloped Potatoes Like the ones your Grandma Made

Scalloped Potatoes, like the ones your Grandma made!

If there ever was a universal comfort, at least in the Midwest and maybe even the rest of the country, it has got to be Scalloped Potatoes. Rich and creamy, bubbly and hot golden brown deliciousness, pulled right from the oven and placed at the table! I mean c’mon! This is the recipe for Scalloped Potatoes, like the ones your Grandma made.

Scalloped Potatoes Like the ones your Grandma Made

Scalloped Potatoes Like the ones your Grandma Made

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Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini, a creamy casserole of turkey, mushrooms, sherry and pasta is like a little black dress; it never really goes out of style. Developed by a chef for a favorite Opera singer, the name Tetrazzini, is exotic, but the flavors are familiar and it is always a crowd pleaser.

Turkey Tetrazzini - this one made with a home-made white sauce instead of soup

Turkey Tetrazzini – this one made with a home-made white sauce instead of soup

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