Tortellini Chili Mac

Tortellini Chili Mac

Worlds collide when cheesy tortellini pasta meets chili in this nontraditional chili mac. Hearty and comforting, it’s the perfect thing to spice up your chili night! Or pasta night. Depending on how you look at it. It starts with my most basic chili, the recipe I inherited from my Mom, the one I call no-alarm… 

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Salisbury Steak with Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Salisbury Steaks with Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Salisbury steak recreated for grown-up taste buds with onion gravy and cheddar mashed potatoes. These are nothing like the Salisbury steak TV dinners I remember from my childhood, nestled in those little tray compartments so the gravy didn’t fly everywhere, alongside a little square of the softest mashed potatoes you can imagine, corn and a… 

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Shepherd’s Pie with Onion Gravy

Shepherd's Pie with Onion Gravy

Shepherd’s pie is one of the best comfort foods I know of with it’s beefy (or lamb) filling topped with mounds of creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes that wrap around you like a warm hug. To double the comfort this is topped off with an easy skillet onion gravy. (Not shown – sorry – hungry people… 

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Thai Beef with Coconut Milk Rice

Thai Beef with Coconut Milk Rice

This is one of the simplest Thai recipes to make at home with no fancy ingredients required! You can easily find everything you need in your favorite market. If you’re not sure about liking Thai food then this is a good introductory recipe, as long as you’re ok with spicy hot food. My finicky family… 

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Tex-mex Meatloaf

Tex-mex Meatloaf

Love or hate, meatloaf can conjure up strong feelings. It’s true love for me. Sometimes I dream of writing a meatloaf cookbook. In my head I tick off recipe ideas, then I write the whole thing off because who can think of that many different recipes for meatloaf? And, if I did, who’s going to… 

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Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pie

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pie

My favorite chili baked with a crusty cheddar cornbread topping! A happy marriage. There’s ground beef, beans, corn, onions, peppers, tomatoes and lots of lovely warm spices to round out the chili. You can make it red pepper hot or not, it’s up to you. The cornbread has cheddar cheese in the batter and on… 

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Fried Pickle Double Cheeseburgers with Big Mac Sauce

Fried Pickle Double Cheeseburgers with Big Mac Sauce

Double cheeseburgers topped with beer-battered fried pickles and homemade special sauce for a play on big macs. These are so much better, a big improvement because. . . fried pickles. . .On a burger. Helloooo and get in my mouth now. These are the very same fried pickles I made a week or two ago… 

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