Ground Beef Noodle Bake

Ground Beef Noodle Bake

I’m not sure what made me think of this old-fashioned recipe…I’d call it comfort food. I don’t think I grew up on it, but it was always around at someone’s house. I remember making this way back when I was a young Mom. I always called it Ground Beef Noodle Bake. I suspect it has roots in the German Kugel but became “casseroled up” in the U.S., much the way our “American Goulash” did.

Ground Beef Noodle Bake

Ground Beef Noodle Bake

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Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf

Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf

Do y’all know Nathalie Dupree? She’s like the queen of Southern cooking; the Southern Julia Child. So when a friend (the same friend who introduced me to Panera’s Steak & White Cheddar Panini and many other meals & recipes over the years – she has great taste!) mentioned that Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf was a family favorite, I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s actually been on my must make list for a while and I gotta say it’s just the perfect thing to make on a cold winter weekend.

 

Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf

Nathalie Duprees Meatloaf

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Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Fresh Tomato Pasta - super easy, super fast, super fresh.

So they’re finally here. Tomatoes. First one, then three, now nine – all from our little garden. As you can see, they’re multiplying exponentially! But even if you don’t grow your own, you’ll find great tomatoes this time of year, and great tomatoes make the best Fresh Tomato Pasta.

Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta

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Puerto Rican Rice

Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

This rice has a Puerto RIcan flair - fantastic with Pernil

I gotta admit that usually when I’m looking for a killer side, I’m thinking potatoes. What can I say? I’m from the North and have Irish roots – so maybe it’s genetic, lol! Sometimes rice just feels right, though, and it definitely did when I served Pernil, an herby, garlicky pork roast with Puerto Rican roots. Whoever guesses what recipe is coming next gets a prize…a free recipe for Pernil!

Puerto Rican Rice

Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

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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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Quick Marinara

Another favorite Tomato Sauce, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated. This sauce has body, but the blending eliminates too many “chunky” pieces – something that always seems to be a turn off to children. It’s zesty and full bodied and the wine is wonderful.

Cook's Illustrated Quick Marinara

Cook’s Illustrated Quick Marinara

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