Creamy Mushroom Brie Bisque

Creamy Mushroom Brie Bisque

Sometimes, even if you are frugal, you need an indulgence and this Creamy Mushroom Brie Bisque is one of those. When I had this for dinner the other night I was literally transported to cozy little Bistro.

Creamy Mushroom Brie Bisque

Creamy Mushroom Brie Bisque

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Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

So hey, here I am a Minnesota blogger and I have no Wild Rice Soup on my blog. Uff da. Well, I do have a Wild Rice and Smoked Turkey Chowder (amazingly good and healthy!) but it’s just not the same as a Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot, now is it? (As a quick aside, I will be posting recipes that aren’t Instant Pot and aren’t soup, it’s just been a crazy Holiday week, so if you don’t have an “IP” please bear with me!)

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

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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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Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

The best stuffed mushroom, ever! I mean, bacon! Creamy, cheesy and so much flavor.

There’s something that’s very gratifying about cooking for my folks – I teasingly call them my victims because they get the brunt of my new recipes and various concoctions. You’d think at their age they’d be a little jaded about food so I love it when their eyes light up and I get the little happy noises when they eat.

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

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Guest Post at A Pug in the Kitchen

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce

I’m sure more than a few of you who stop by my blog or get email updates on what I’m cooking up also follow Suzanne from A Pug in the Kitchen. If you don’t, you’re missing out on a very special blog from a charming lady & her sidekick Percy. You’ll find a post from me there, for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce. So there, that’s your “teaser” so click over now to find out more about this enticing recipe, and be sure to take a few minutes to explore Suzanne’s blog while you’re there. 🙂

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chermoula Sauce

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Steak House Mushrooms - so beautifully cooked & caramelized - this method is magic!

Steakhouse Mushrooms

Steak House Mushrooms - it's not so much the recipe as the method. Beautifully browned, caramelized mushrooms that taste amazing!

Steakhouse Mushrooms are such an easy skillet side for steak or maybe for roasted chicken. You can make them right on the grill if you’d like, or maybe you’re more the type to cook them indoors. Either way, you’re going to love this simple but scrumptious recipe for Steakhouse Mushrooms.

Steak House Mushrooms - so beautifully cooked & caramelized - this method is magic!

Steakhouse Mushrooms

Don’t be surprised, by the way, if you see more leftover steak recipes in the future! I’m back at the folk’s house again, and they are fiends for their steak.

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Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms & Smashburger

This spectacular salad, the Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger, was stolen – or at least the idea of it was. This is my version of a Taphouse Salad, inspired by a beer pub in Sioux Falls, Taphouse 41. First of all, I never would have thought to order such a thing – my Dad did. Then I salivated over his meal while I ate mine. Bless his heart, he did give me a little tidbit here and there.

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

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Pan Roasted Mushrooms & Onions

I often search out flavors and ingredients from across the globe – but sometimes I find the simplest, truest flavors are the most welcome. Savory onions, beautifully browned mushrooms, cooked simply in their own juices. A touch of butter and a sprinkle of salt is all that’s needed to make this dish shine.

Pan Roasted Mushrooms & Onions

Pan Roasted Mushrooms & Onions

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Asian Inspired Individual Meatloaves

An old family favorite, long-buried away in my box, a great price on ground beef inspired me to pull out this recipe for individual meatloaves with a little Asian flair. It is a crazy cultural mix up but the results are outstanding! A gorgeous, crusty exterior hides away the moist interior and the little gingery/soy kick lends a subtle teriyaki flavor – not a sweet teriyaki, but something more reminiscent of a Japanese teriyaki.

Individual Asian Inspired Meatloaf

Individual Asian Inspired Meatloaf

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Beef & Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup - shortcut this with leftover potroast and doctored up broth! Yep. Pot Roast! It's already infused with flavor.

Beef Barley Soup seems to have never gotten it’s due. Maybe because most of us use the recipe on the back of the box. Good fare, not great. I love a good Beef Barley made with a home-made beef stock, but bones are hard to find and pricey. My solution? Make a great soup with a “doctored” broth.

Beef & Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup

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German Beef Rouladen with Mushroom Gravy . $10.00

No pickles in this rouladen! The stuffing & mushroom gravy are spectacular!

My Mom (rest her soul) was a fantastic cook. Sure, she got sidetracked into some of the weirdness in the 60’s – Porcupine Balls, Tuna Casserole and Shake and Bake but later really found her “groove.” These Beef Rouladen, as she called them, were a family favorite – made on afternoons when she cooked for the sheer joy of it.

German Rouladen with a stuffing of bread crumbs and herbs and a Mushroom gravy.

German Rouladen with a stuffing of bread crumbs and herbs and a Mushroom gravy.

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine . $2.35

A fantastic budget item for the buffet, these Stuffed Mushrooms are a bit different from some. A moderate amount of Sherry or Marsala adds a lot of flavor, but they’re dry roasted in the oven. The mushroom flavor intensifies, and these are every bit as good with a plain old button as they are with any of the fancier mushrooms – even better as they’re a bit more tender.

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine

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