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Barbecue Beef Muffins

Putting barbecue sauced ground beef, cheese, and biscuits together in a muffin tin makes an easy alternative to a traditional sloppy beef sandwich. However, these barbecue beef muffins are easy to store, transport, and reheat making them a great item for next day lunches. The original recipe was in one of my compilation cookbooks. After […]

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Lentil Sloppy Joes

Lentil Sloppy Joes are an inexpensive, healthy alternative to the meat laden version while still having the flavors of the classic. By serving over rice or on a vegan and/or gluten free bread, they can also be a great vegan and gluten free dish. While it is great that lentil sloppy joes are low in […]

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Simple Shrimp Salad

Inspired by lobster rolls, I decided to make a shrimp version. It did not take me long to decide not to try and make my own New England-style hot dog buns to put the shrimp mixture in, so my shrimp roll quickly became a shrimp salad. Although a traditional lobster roll has only mayonnaise, I […]

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BBQ Chipped or Shaved Ham Sandwich

Okay, I have never called this a “chipped ham sandwich” except for writing this post. I decided to change the name after receiving some bizarre looks when I asked various deli workers if they had the names I knew it by: chip chop or chipped chopped ham. Growing up in the Mid-Ohio Valley, it was […]

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Ham Salad Sandwiches

After tiring of cucumber sandwiches from street vendors in London (I was 14 and on a trip with my Girl Scout Troop), I decided to risk it and try a ham salad sandwich. I braced myself for what might be a horrible sandwich. Afterall, I had been unpleasantly surprised in my own country with what […]

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Dad’s Pimento Cheese

My love of pimento cheese started long before I moved to the South.  My parents would raise pimentos is their garden for themselves and my grandmother to pickle and can.  In fact, my grandmother was well known for her pickled pimentos. Although my dad rarely cooked, he usually helped my mom use the canned pickled […]

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Grilled Portabella Mushroom Steak/Burger

My family loves Portabella mushroom steaks and burgers…just not the ones I used to make. Apparently, my general rule-of-thumb of simpler is better when it comes to veggies/fruit/fungi does NOT apply to grilled Portabella mushrooms. Olive oil and salt alone are not the taste sensation that my family wants. Thus, I did some research and […]

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Grilled Meatloaf Burgers

Why a meatloaf burger instead of just a regular beef burger?  Well, there are several reasons to partake of this delicious burger. They taste really good.  It is meatloaf on a bun after all. You can make it using very lean meat.  I usually buy most of our meat from a local farm, so I […]

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BBQ Quesadillas

Having leftover chicken or pork after grilling or barbecuing is wonderful. It means you have the opportunity to make some great dishes including Brunswick Stew and BBQ Quesadillas. Inspired by one of my favorite dishes at one of my favorite barbecue restaurants, I started making bbq quesadillas with leftover take-out pulled pork…from the same restaurant. […]

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Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

I am not sure if my tastes changed or the Sloppy Joe sauce in a can changed, but I stopped liking it several years ago. I decided to just make my own from scratch. After making them the first time, I wondered why I ever used the canned stuff. Sloppy Joes are simple to make […]

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