Cauliflower au Gratin

Cauliflower Au Gratin

So I always wonder how the winter is going for everyone – we’re going to be up to 58 tomorrow but I’m bummed because it’s supposed to rain. But it was supposed to snow, so we’re lucky for this heat wave. Then down to a more seasonal 15 degrees by the end of the week. It seems the perfect time to tuck into some comfort, like this Cauliflower Au Gratin.

Cauliflower au Gratin

Cauliflower au Gratin – simple enough and oh so scrumptious!

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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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Country Souffle

Simple Country Souffle – From Anything

If you’ve thought a Souffle was a fancy dish, the bastion of a master chef, think again. I was charmed by this simple recipe from my Grandmother’s 1917 cook book. Not as tall or high rising as a fancy souffle, this is a simple, country souffle and is absolutely delicious. No stress and worry free, a souffle like this is right at home at breakfast, brunch or as a simple side.

Country Souffle

Simple Country Souffle from Anything!

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Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy

It’s often said by “experts” in the field of nutrition that there are no “bad” foods, but I do have to wonder about Chicken Fried Steak – it just tastes so darned good! A huge fave of Child Number Two, Kraid, who has to have it when his birthday rolls around. I pull out the cast iron and go to town. Or maybe to country?

Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy

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Eggs Florentine with Sliced Tomatoes

I was watching Ann Burrell the other day “The Best Thing I Ever Made,” a Food Network show – she turned out an Eggs Flameco that looked marvelous – that recipe, though, reminded me of another old favorite, and a much healthier one: Eggs Florentine.

Eggs Florentine - poached eggs blanketed by a cheesy sauce on top a bed of flavorful spinach

Eggs Florentine – poached eggs blanketed by a cheesy sauce on top a bed of flavorful spinach

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Elegant Mushroom Lemon Basil Soup http://frugalhausfrau.com/2012/04/18/elegant-wild-rice-soup/

Elegant Mushroom Lemon Basil Soup with Wild Rice

I’ve been making Elegant Mushroom Lemon Basil Soup with Wild Rice for ages. Decades. Long before I even had kids. Way back when I was just figuring out how to really expand my cooking skills beyond what my Mom taught me, I picked up one of those little paperback cookbooks near the grocery store check out stand. Do they still have those little cookbooks – I’ve become blind to everything stuck near the checkout stand, placed there to tempt you!

Elegant Mushroom Lemon Basil Soup http://frugalhausfrau.com/2012/04/18/elegant-wild-rice-soup/

Elegant Mushroom Lemon Basil Soup http://frugalhausfrau.com/2012/04/18/elegant-wild-rice-soup/

 

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Light Hot Brown Sandwiches, with Buffet Style Oven Baked Bacon

Light Hot Browns

I truly do think the leftovers are the best part of any Holiday dinner, and here’s one of my favorite ways to use them. While traditionally made with turkey, Hot Browns are great made with either turkey or ham. As a matter of fact, when I make Hot Browns, I can usually count on an extra teenager or two hanging around until dinner is served. That’s ok with me – I’d rather have them at my house!

Light Hot Browns

Light Hot Browns

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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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