Mel’s Red Beans & Rice

INGREDIENTS: 6-7 slices of bacon – chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 1 diced yellow onion 1 diced bell pepper (we used green) 2 stalks celery diced 1 bayleaf 1 tbsp paprika 1/2 tsp of your favorite hot sauce (we used Tabasco and did about 4-5 shakes) 1/2 packet of pickled pork 8 cups chicken stock…

The Perfect Seasoning Salt

The perfect seasoning salt is simple and delicious!  By adding onion and garlic powder it helps decrease the amount of salt you’d regularly use (or at least we hope it does).  This seasoning is particularly great on meat!  But we like it on veggies too. INGREDIENTS: 3 Tbsp Kosher or Iodized Salt 1 Tbsp &…

Vodka Sauce with Shrimp

Ingredients 12 ounces dried linguini pasta, cooked al dente & well drained 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup minced shallots 1/2 cup vodka 1 can (14 ounce size) diced tomatoes, drained 2/3 cup heavy cream salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 pound large…

Chef Simeon’s Simple Pasta Sauce

Being a mom that likes to avoid buying canned and jarred sauces, I have been working on a pasta sauce for a while.  Turns out it was a pretty simple combination of ingredients for the perfect tomato based pasta sauce (I did have to use one can of tomato paste to thicken – try to…

Beef Stew

When I took my first bite I thought, wow, did I make this?  I’ve never made a good beef stew.  Well, leave it to a recipe with little to no instruction to create the best beef stew I’ve eaten.  Here it goes: Ingredients: 2 pounds stew meat 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, sliced 2 cups…

Nana’s Zucchini Casserole

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 block unsalted butter 1/2 onion diced 1/4 bell pepper diced 3 medium zucchini – cubed 2 small squash – cubed 1 tomato – cubed breadcrumbs Creole Seasoning Salt Pepper Garlic Powder Mozzarella Cheese DIRECTIONS Saute onion and bell pepper until onion is clear. Add the zucchini and squash and cost with butter.  Cook…

Nana’s Green Beans

These green beans are sure to sooth your soul.  Nothing like a good comfort food side on these cold winter days… INGREDIENTS: 1 packet uncured cubed ham 2 bags frozen cut green beans 1 onion 2 tbsp minced garlic 1 cup water 3 tbsp butter DIRECTIONS: Fry ham in 1 tbsp butter. Add diced onion…

Butternut Squash Soup

2 cups vegetable stock 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced 1 medium (uncooked) butternut squash*, peeled, seeded and diced 1 sprig fresh sage 1 white onion, diced 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, or more to taste 1/8…

Pinterest Fails

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”  William Hickson (quotivation.org) Sometimes recipes don’t work out.  Case in point, the photo to the left.  I took a stab at soap making the other day, and needless to say it didn’t turn out good.  The bright side of things is I kept trying, and…

Sweet Potato Hash

I was trying to eliminate wheat from my morning routine, and in order to have a complex carb involved still I turned to sweet potatoes.  This hash recipe has been helpful in spicing up an otherwise boring plain sweet potato breakfast. Ingredients: 2 Sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes) 2 cloves garlic…