Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

Want a simple one-pan skillet dinner? Make paella. Seriously. If there’s ever been a simple dish so wrapped in mystique with so many rules, I don’t know what it is. If you want a “world class” Paella, follow them all. If you want a fabulous supper, keep reading. Yeah, we’re gonna break a few rules and get you a fantastic Paella. Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

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Mexican Pot Roast Carne Guisada

Mexican Pot Roast

Mexican Pot Roast - Super Easy, just right and so many things to do with the leftovers!! Insanely good!

If you’re looking for a simple dinner with flavor to die for, this is the one. Mexican Style Pot Roast. Perfect for a family, easy to make and a bounty of succulent, tender meat for dinner (and if there’s any left) some of the best leftovers, ever.

Mexican Pot Roast

Mexican Pot Roast – leftover as tostadas

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Maid-Rite Sandwiches, Sloppy Joe Tavern Burger old Church Cookbook recipe

Maid-Rite Sandwiches – Instant Pot or Stove-top

I grew up in the Midwest in the 60’s eating various and assorted “loose-meat” sandwiches, mainly Maid-Rite Sandwiches or as they are sometimes called Tavern Burgers. I never heard the word Sloppy Joe until I was an adult and moved away, and then no-one seemed to know what a Maid-Rite was!

Maid-Rite Sandwiches Sloppy Joe Tavern Burger old Church Cookbook recipe

This is the old family, Church Cookbook recipe for the Maid-Rite made with Campbell’s Chicken Gumbo Soup.

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Betty Crocker Pancakes

Best Basic Pancakes (Betty Crocker)

Betty Crocker Pancakes - these are the BEST no fuss, easy to make pancakes, ever!!

One Saturday morning, I woke up to two beaming youngsters. My daughter had pulled out a couple of cookbooks and found this recipe in an old Betty Crocker cookbook. To my mind, it’s the first thing she ever really made, and she was around 10. I’m still boggled! The logistics of making and cooking pancakes is a lot for a child that age. Heck, it’s a lot for me (not a morning person.)

Betty Crocker Pancakes

Best Basic Pancake (Betty Crocker)

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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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Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches

Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches

The Original Cheese Zombies: Baked Cheese Sandwiches full of ooey, gooey deliciousness and an easy home-made dough (use store bought in a pinch) these are fantastic for a crowd and freeze well. The classic is cheese but add what you'd like inside!

It might have been the name that drew me in. The Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches. It was the wholehearted endorsement of those who had grown up on The Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches that hooked me. A Cheese Zombie is a sheet tray of home-made bread layered with an oozy, gooey American cheese and Cheese Zombies are sooo much better than they sound.

Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches

The last time I made Original Cheese Zombie Sandwiches, I made 1/3 plain cheese, 1/3 with pickled Jalapenos and 1/3 with ham. The possibilities are endless.

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Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

This Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce is one of my fave recipes and it came from leftover steak. Who has leftover steak, anyway? I don’t know about you, but certainly not at my house where steak is a bit of a rarity. At my folks? Yeah. Quite frequently. A love of beef (they live in ranching country) and smaller appetites often lead to a bit of steak that could easily languish in the fridge.

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

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Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja - National dish of Cuba. Beef cooked with peppers and onions until it's beautiful shreds.

Ropa Vieja. Translates to old clothes or old rags – gosh that name just does not do this lovely meal justice! Slowly simmered beef, simmered until it’s all but fallen apart, with garlic and cumin and aromatics. And peppers. Oh my.

Cuban Ropa Vieja - Shredded Beef

Cuban Ropa Vieja – Shredded Beef

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3 Ways to Caramelize Onions

If you just need a few onions for a quick burger topping, it’s no big deal and you can probably do it in 25 to 30 minutes. If you’re caramelizing onions in a larger batch, it takes time. At least if you want onions with a deep rich flavor and just the perfect, tender bite.

Seriously gorgeous (in my eyes, at least!)

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Bloody Mary Pot Roast

A great pot roast with a seriously delicious sauce!

Here’s an oldie but a goodie recipe, a pot roast with a Bloody Mary sauce. Of course, you’re not going to get tipsy and it’s perfectly fine for children! If there’s any concern about the alcohol, substitute white or white wine vinegar for the Vodka.

Bloody Mary Pot Roast - Spicy V8 & a little vodka

Bloody Mary Pot Roast with Oven Roasted Root Vegetables & Mashed Potatoes

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