Every year for St Paddy’s Day we enjoy some variation of Corned Beef & Cabbage. It’s tradition. And I almost always let my brisket slow cook. When it’s done? It’s so tender it’s like slicing through butter. The cabbage and carrots are like little sponges that absorb every ounce of the magically delicious broth. We pair it with a good glass of stout, and colcannon and you might find you open your mouth to talk only to have ‘Top of the morning to ya’ tumble on out. But, if you’re looking to up the anti, trust me, and include these creamy whipped mashed potatoes topped with our thick, rich Dijon stout gravy.
Pimento cheese is an undeniably Southern tradition. And I’d argue up there with some of the tastiest! You can’t tell its one my favorites, can you? Usually, it spends its time as a favored sandwich spread, but we crazy kids below the Mason Dixon line have been known to shake things up from time to time. Instead of going the typical route, we’ve gone and ‘spiced’ things up a bit. Pun totally intended!
A quick & easy dish to throw together, this Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole is a dinner everyone can agree on. It’s meant to be savored, and shared.
Are you looking for a way to spice up your dinner menu? What about a new way to ‘dress’ those chicken breasts thawing in the fridge? Let me tell y’all about this yummy Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Spinach & Pepper Jack Cheese.
Do you ever take a trip down memory lane and thank the good Lord that the early 2000’s were over a decade ago and can’t believe you ever embraced those questionable fashion trends? Like using your Dad’s old neck tie as a belt, or those chunky hair highlights, aka zebra head? Yeah.
Sometimes updates are a good thing.
Have you ever noticed how having kids, or caring for kids, or really just being exposed to kids on a regular basis forces you to revisit, and often rediscover, classic dishes from your own childhood? Especially when my guys were little, or going through their individual ‘picky palate’ stages, I’d have to get creative, and often the simplest answer was to call Mom and asked what the hell she had made that we would actually eat during those same trying times. And wouldn’t you know, almost every time the same things worked for me and my boys, like hot dogs and sloppy joes. But over the years we’ve all grown up (how much is often debatable 😉 ), and while we haven’t exactly outgrown these favorites, we’ve found them growing right along with us. Think of it as revisiting, and revitalizing the classics. And that’s how the Cheesy Sloppy Dog was born. And. It. Was. Glorious. And, of course, cheesy and messy enough in all its glory to be whole-heartedly embraced by both our emerging adult-selves and our inner child.
Calling all pizza lovers! Don’t have dough or the time to make it, but craving a good supreme pizza for dinner? With all your favorite toppings, and the convenience of being made all in one pot– ‘Tastes Just Like’ Pizza Soup is the hearty meal that fits the bill.
Grocery shopping. I’m convinced you either love it or hate it. It’s either a necessary, but shoot-me-now chore, or you relish the hunt for the best bargains each week and sticking to your list and get off on coming in below budget. I’m one of those who falls firmly into the love it category. That being said, we make the big trek to Costco, followed by every store with a circular in a 5 mile radius, once a month and it takes pretty much all day. And that’s exhausting, considering kids are dragging there heels after store # 1, whining the whole way, and begging for this that and the other. We’re all tired and cranky by the end, and cooking dinner is the last thing I want to do at the end of that day.
Easy. Peasy. And, yes, cheesy. (Sorry, had to go there. The rhyme was just too tempting.) This 3 Cheese Gnocchi Mac & Cheese is straight-up comfort food at it’s best.
Do you love the taste of Pierogis, Those Eastern European dumplings stuffed with cream mashed potato goodness, but dread the amount of work involved with making the dough, stuffing, and sealing them by hand? Then this here’s the thing for you. Pierogi LASAGNA. Now it’s true you could go to the frozen food aisle and just buy a bag (and I will, in a pinch) but they can’t ever compete flavor wise with the real thing. Or even with our more modernized version.
Pasta, potatoes, cheese, and bacon. Does it get any better than that? I’m pretty sure those are the hubs and sons four favorite food groups 😉
Still, they might not be the best groups to associate with, especially all at once, if you’re watching your carb intake … Or ya know, flavor.
Alternating layers of rich cottage cheese, and creamy mashed potatoes whipped together with bacon or ham and a generous serving of cheddar cheese are sandwiched between your favorite lasagna noodles before being topped with another sprinkle of cheddar cheese and crisp, crumbled bacon and oven-baked to perfection.
You need this in your life. At least once, or twice. And with the colder days and colder nights approaching, there’s no better time of year to give it a try.
12 cooked lasagna noodles
2 cups cottage cheese
3 thinly sliced green onions with a sprinkling of salt (or 1 tsp onion salt)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese, with 1/2 cup separated
2 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
1/2 cup bacon (fried crisp and crumbled) OR diced ham.
1 onion, chopped and cooked until clear
8 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
- Mix together the cottage cheese, egg and green onion, stirring until evenly combined.
2. In another bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, the mashed potatoes, the 1/2 cup of bacon/ham crumbled and the sautéed onion.
3. Line the bottom of a greased 9 x 13″ baking dish with 4 of the lasagna noodles.
4. Spread half of the cottage cheese mixture out evenly over the noodles.
5. Add 4 additional noodles and cover evenly with half of the potato mixture.
7. Top with remaining 4 noodles, remaining cheese and crumbled bacon.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
9. Serve warm with sour cream, if desired.