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Stuffed Italian Meatloaf

When you think about Italian cuisine meatloaf probably does not come to your mind at all. However, the Romans are credited with being the first to mix chopped meat with filler (and wine) back in the 5th century. Thus, the argument could be made that they are responsible for the later development of meatloaf. The […]

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Barbecue Gravy

Why barbecue gravy?  Can’t use just use barbecue sauce?  Barbecue gravy has a rich and muted tanginess that still packs enough of a zing to liven up while complementing mashed potatoes, meat, and whatever else it is poured on.  On the other hand, barbecue sauce has a stronger, no-apologies profile and has its own role as a […]

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Smothered Barbecue Chicken

I don’t remember how our version of smothered chicken came to be, but it became a common occurance in my parents’ house…most often cooked by my sister. It was simple to make and easy to adapt to whatever was in the pantry and refrigerator. There were several variations that my sister commonly made. One of […]

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Crockpot Chicken Brocolli Noodles

My daughter became obsessed with this dish when she first ate it at my sister’s house.  It turns out that it was a variation of a Weight Watcher’s recipe that is usually served over noodles…a chicken stroganoff. My sister added a veggie and stirred the cooked noodles into the crockpot mixture. I found an original […]

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Nut Bread Roll

One of the Christmas breads my mom made was a Nut Bread Roll.   She was originally given the recipe by a neighbor of one of our relatives after mentioning that it was the best nut roll she had ever eaten. ( I am not sure how many she had ever eaten as they were […]

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Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

My sister was the peanut butter pie maker in my house back in the day. Her peanut butter pies not only won her a ribbon at a 4-H competition, but they were frequently requested by family and friends. The easiest version of peanut butter pie she made was a frozen peanut butter pie. It may […]

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Sour Cream Cake

My daughter wanted a vanilla cake with a blueberry filling and marshmallow frosting for her birthday. Although she does not like sour cream, she does like sour cream doughnuts (she just doesn’t know they are sour cream doughnuts), so I decided to make her vanilla cake a sour cream cake. Okay, I will admit sour […]

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Roasted Tomato Soup

There is something wonderfully comforting about a bowl of soup on a rainy day, particularly tomato soup. Tomato soup is heart-warming on a few levels. First, the rich red color with its acidic kick can brighten the dreariest of days. Second, tomatoes are a heart-healthy food full of lycopene, vitamins E and C, potassium, and […]

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Cuban Sandwich

The Cuban sandwich (Cubano) at the Back to Cuba Cafe in Nashville, TN opened my eyes to how really delicious a Cuban sandwich could taste. It still is probably the best one I have ever eaten. However, I must admit that close second is one I made.  In fact, it is so close that it […]

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Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork

I am always amazed by the magic that happens when you slowly cook a cheaper cut of meat in a crock pot  for several hours.  I think my favorite of these crock pot friendly meats has to be a pork shoulder (Boston butt) roast. A pork shoulder roast makes great pulled pork for a variety […]

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