Browsing Category MAIN MEAL, DINNER, SUPPER

Eggplant Parmigiana

               The Eggplant is the STAR in this recipe! NO globs of mozzarella on top or in it! NO breadcrumbs! Years of watching my mom and my relatives make eggplant with their various little deviations led me as a teenager to try my hand at it! I love it so much! This is my family’s way to make it. I prefer to use the…

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Impossible Vegetable Pie~Low-Calorie!

Another one of Betty Crocker’s crustless IMPOSSIBLE PIES I LOVE and added to my site back in 2014. I updated it to my new format. It is meatless and LOW CALORIE! Only 187 calories for one wedge! And LOW CARB! Just 16g for one wedge! All of Betty’s Impossible pies are so delicious and easy to change to the way you like them. This is…

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Beef Stew and Dumplings (in a Pressure Cooker)

Making BEEF STEW in a PRESSURE COOKER has always been the best method for me, even beating out my beloved crock pot!  The meat comes out so very tender and soft yet it does not shred!   I’ve made it this way for years in a pressure cooker. I love that it only takes just 11 minutes of pressure cooker time! The dumplings take longer…

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Sausage and Peppers ~ A Delicious, Easy Way!

SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS is VERY EASY to make this way! MY SISTER PAT taught me years ago about her great technique of using just tomato paste, which was new to me! We start with tomato paste and just add a little touch of sauce after an hour. It is so-oo delicious!! The tomato paste makes its own sauce with the steamed peppers in the oven. …

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Beef Barley Soup in a Slow Cooker

Based on Betty Crocker’s wonderful recipe for Beef Barley Soup, this one’s a keeper! The interesting history of barley soup goes back centuries, and some say it pre-dates written history! If you are wondering where it Beef Barley Soup orginated, culinary historians will say SCOTLAND! No surprise to me! LOL It is one of my favorite soups! I love the broth of this one! It’s…

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Bill’s Smooth Chicken Salad

I know everyone has their own way to make chicken salad! For Bill’s Smooth Chicken Salad, I GRATE the chicken in a food processor while it is still WARM so the chicken ends up minced and soft. No chunks of chicken allowed in this one!  Smooth is the texture of this chicken salad! This is the way he likes chicken salad and the processor was the…

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Bill’s Penne alla Vodka

This recipe is tailor-made for my husband Bill, done the way he likes Vodka sauce – lots of bacon, lots of Vodka, and very creamy. He is a Vodka sauce expert and he has a favorite restaurant where he always orders it.  But he says my recipe is just like it!  I take that as a huge compliment!  The sauce takes less time to make…

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My Italian Meatballs-Soft and Tasty!

Since I started cooking, I always made meatballs by winging it from my head. I like them with a lot of flavor and SOFT, not hard! I know everyone has their own favorite version of Italian meatballs! ! Some people like to add onions, some people add raisins, which I like too. My way of doing them has evolved into this recipe that I use…

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Grilled Lemon-Herb Swordfish

SWORDFISH! It is a favorite fish of mine! Well, I like almost every fish! This is a simple Sicilian way to make it. No breading, no marinating, just a quick mixture of oil, butter, and herbs. You really can’t mess up swordfish! This takes just a few minutes to prepare, and only 6-10 minutes total to grill! Use an outdoor BBQ grill or an indoor…

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Hungarian Goulash in the Crockpot

PAPRIKA is the star in Hungarian Goulash! It is a delicious dish, traditionally served over spaetzle or flat noodles. There are many variations of Hungarian Goulash! You can vary this recipe by adding a little more or little less meat. I used stew meat since the crockpot makes meat so tender! This recipe has a yummy taste of sour cream stirred in at the last half…

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Steak San Marco

“Steak San Marco is a simple steak stew recipe that goes back decades, and it needs no updating! It is so unbelievably tasty and tender, I don’t mind leftovers the very next day! There are not many ingredients to it so you might wonder how it gets so delicious! The spices are simple but tasty! I used to make it on top of the stove…

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Scalloped Scallops

Simple, easy, and tender Scalloped Scallops: a popular dish from New England. “Sea Scallops or Bay Scallops, it doesn’t matter which you use in this dish! My Aunt Gloria made this in a very similar way, so this famous New England recipe goes back decades! It is actually poached in the beginning of the baking time and then later the crumbs become crisp! You can…

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Chili, Like Wendy’s – For Real!

Everyone has a favorite CHILI recipe, I am sure! Wendy’s Chili is our favorite, and I finally found a way to make it as good as theirs, even after trying so many of the copycat Wendy’s out there. Not one hit it right…except this one! Sometimes I change the type beans, depending on what I have, or I use 2 different kinds of beans, but…

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Tuna and Spaghetti

“JUST OPEN SOME CANS! Choose 2 favorite seafood cans, 1 can of tomato paste, and 1 can of diced tomatoes to make a delicious, fast sauce in 10 minutes while your pasta is boiling! I used 2 cans of tuna fish for the dish pictured. You can use canned shrimp, clams, salmon, crab, whatever you like, or mix them up. Tuna and Spaghetti recipes go…

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