Overnight Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Overnight Breakfast Sausage Casserole

I typically don’t make a lot of breakfast casseroles. I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because I had a small family, I’m not a morning person (I should hashtag that!) and for years, although I have a few breakfast casseroles on my site, I love this Potato Cheese Strata. It’s kind of like my “signature” dish when I have overnight company, but it’s huge and more complicated. But now I have a “new” breakfast casserole, Overnight Breakfast Sausage Casserole. I’m kinda psyched about it.

Overnight Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Overnight Breakfast Sausage Casserole

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Cheap Holiday Party Tray

Cheap Holiday Party Tray

When the holidays roll around and you’re asked to a party, do you usually say, “What can I bring?” And what if you don’t usually cook, or can’t cook. And maybe your budget is overextended as it is. That’s when you might think Party Tray. And if you know how to assemble a Cheap Holiday Party Tray, all your problems are solved. At least the what to bring option is. I apologize that this tray isn’t decked out in Christmas trappings. Between my bad shoulder and hand, I’m a bit limited and obviously made this Cheap Holiday Party Tray right around Thanksgiving. If you follow me, you might even recognize a few of these items. I’ll link to them, too.

 

Cheap Holiday Party Tray

Cheap Holiday Party Tray

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Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Copycat

Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Copycat

There’s something about Olive Garden. People love it or hate it, but I have to say they’ve cracked the code on how to keep America’s diners happy and coming back. My folks are big fans (more about that, below) but my favorite thing, by far on the menu, is their Zuppa Toscana Soup. Luckily, it’s super easy and fast to make at home. You just need Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Copycat recipe.

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Copycat

Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Copycat

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Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for years and have never posted my Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy. I think it’s because I have a little angst about the dish.

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

It’s so good and I’m crazy about it, but I try not to eat it too often. Actually, though, with today’s leaner pork and sausage it probably isn’t as bad as I fear, but I’m still not going to run the nutritional numbers. I’d rather be happy and ignorant!

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Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup - Instant Pot or Stove-top

Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup – Instant Pot or Stove-top

Oh, but I do love me some soup. Especially in the fall. And since I had some sausage left after making Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup in the Instant Pot the other day, I thought I’d make more soup, but take it in another direction. I could hardly think of a better use for that sausage than Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup – Instant Pot or Stove-top.

Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup - Instant Pot or Stove-top

Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup – Instant Pot or Stove-top

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Classic Midwestern Stuffing or Dressing

Classic Midwestern Stuffing or Dressing

Thanksgiving food, here in the US, isn’t really about the turkey – it’s about the sides. To me, it’s not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes, gravy and of course, stuffing! Notice the explanation point. I get excited about stuffing, especially since I usually only have it once a year. Anything else can be as gourmet or as basic as you’d like, but the stuffing? It has to be this one. This is my Classic Midwestern Stuffing or Dressing,

Classic Midwestern Stuffing or Dressing

Classic Midwestern Stuffing – shown here is 1/2 a recipe

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Home Made Chorizo

Homemade Chorizo

I used to have such “food envy” about Mexican Chorizo. See, I couldn’t buy it where I lived. So sad, huh? And when it started becoming available, it was super pricey and usually frozen. So I learned to whip up my own Homemade Chorizo. Chorizo is quick and easy to make at home and problem solved!

Home Made Chorizo

Home Made Chorizo

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Jambalaya - perfectly cooked rice, make either roux or tomato based jambalaya

Jambalaya Recipe

The Best Roux Based or Tomato Based Jambalaya - either way the rice is perfect!

Jambalaya truly reflects a cultural heritage carried into the New World, nurtured and melded into its own special blend – hundreds of years ago, displaced French Canadians settled into the Louisiana area and adapted this dish to their new surroundings. A lovely melange of vegetables, earthy sausage and chicken are in this version, as well as just the right amount of spice to be interesting.

Jambalaya - perfectly cooked rice, make either roux or tomato based jambalaya

Jambalaya – perfectly cooked rice, make either roux, red or tomato based jambalaya

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Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

I didn’t used to care for Minestrone. And that’s putting it mildly. I’d had a couple at restaurants that weren’t great and I never explored it further. What I had was kind of muddy and dull in flavor and that pasta in it? Ummm, no thank you! If you’re like I was, it’s time to revisit and check out this Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans.

Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans adapted from Tyler Florence

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Red Beans & Rice - the classic recipe

Red Beans & Rice

Years ago, my son and I had Red Beans and Rice in New Orleans – and if you’ve had that experience, you know how the flavors of that dish can literally haunt you; you’ll think about it, taste it again in your mind, and not be satisfied until you have it again. Luckily, its only a food or I’d sound like some kind of crazy stalker…

Red Beans & Rice - the classic recipe

Red Beans & Rice – the classic recipe

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