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Beef and Homemade Noodles

Beef and noodles is a wonderful comfort food on a snowy, cold day. My mom would often make beef and noodles with leftover roast or beef that my parents had raised and canned. It was one of my favorite meals, but I remember picking out the noodles and leaving the beef behind much to Mom’s […]

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Orzo with Mushrooms

The plan was to make mushroom risotto…I had all the ingredients ready to go. However, my family was already asking how much longer until we were going to eat and it was getting late. Thus, I decided to ditch the arborio rice and grabbed the orzo pasta instead. After all, it cooked in half the […]

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My Best Meatball Sandwich

My husband used to joke that I was a great cook as long as I did not try to used a recipe. Unfortunately, he was right to some extent. I have made a few errors reading a recipe and do much better cooking (not baking or candy making) when I do not use a recipe […]

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Homemade Rice-a-Roni

As I stared at a huge stockpile of rice and pasta in my pantry, I wondered two things. First, I wondered how I let myself amass such a large amount even if they were on sale and I did have coupons. Second, what should I do with all of it? It had been a rather […]

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Pork Tenderloin with Broccoli and Noodles

The pork tenderloin coated in a delicious sauce with just a hint of sweet and a hint of heat almost melts in your mouth when you eat this quick, filling single dish meal. Although pork tenderloin may not be the least expensive cut of pork, this dish is very budget-friendly with only a pound of […]

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Although often associated with southern cooking, to me, homemade macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Warm, cheesy…yum. I used to make it on the stove top with Velveeta cheese the way my mother did and I learned in home economics. In recent years, I like the extra crunch of baking it. I am […]

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Peas and Pasta

Desperate to make a super fast dinner that would be filling after a long day, I turned to my stand-by, quick cooking pasta. I happened to also have some Philadelphia® cooking creme that I had bought on sale with a coupon…okay, it was a quarter in the end…and decided to try it out.   This […]

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Simple Pasta Salad

A wonderful side dish for any cookout, picnic, or barbecue (or any meal if you like it as much as I do) is pasta salad. It is an easy, versatile dish that can be made well in advance. You can use your favorite type of pasta and vegetables to make it the way you like […]

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How Spaghetti Carbonara Came to the Rescue

It was late. I had no idea of what to make for dinner. My husband’s milk protein allergy and my sensitivity to citric acid made me want to avoid a quick pasta dish, but it seemed the best alternative. Just as I was about to toss a coin to determine who to make miserable, I […]

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Spaetzle

My husband had to travel to Germany for business a few months ago.  He went to a plant that made stainless steel kitchen products. He brought me back a Spaetzle maker. This particular Spaetzle maker is very easy to use.  You just press the loose dough through the holes using the plastic scraper. There are […]

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