Category Archives: dinner

Yam and Black Bean Chowder


I thought I would try something new to make for dinner last night. I had a couple cans of yams and decided to make a chowder.

To see what I came up with, click here

Asparagus Spaghetti


I have heard my family speak very highly of a recipe that my brother makes when they have visited him from time to time, asparagus spaghetti. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to visit for quite a while, so I decided to call him and ask for the recipe.

My brother is a more chef-y kind of cook where as I am more the “throw it all together” kind of cook. We enjoy teasing him about being such a perfectionist when he’s in the kitchen, and how he stands over our shoulders saying “you’re not doing that right.” He could totally have his own reality cooking show as he tries to get his family to do it the “right” way.

So although my try at this recipe turned out quite delicious, I’m sure my brother’s would be even better.

Thanks for sharing, bubba! (that’s a southern term of endearment for brother)

To see the recipe click here

Another Yummy Monday Recipe


Biscuits and Beef Gravy

or what’s affectionately known as “SOS”

It’s what’s for Breakfast, or dinner as was the case for my family the other night!

There may be some who will argue rather SOS could be known affectionately, but in my house growing up (and even with the grandkids) we LOVE  “SOS” and get super excited to see it’s what’s breakfast!

If you are from a military family then you know what SOS is . . . But there may be some out there that have no clue.

So let me tell you what it is:
It is commonly referred to by those who have served in the military by the dysphemism, “Shit on a Shingle,” a white sauce or gravy made with meat and served on toast.

The recipe in the mess halls most often used chipped beef, but ground beef is commonly used. There are also those who like to use sausage.

The shingle is usually toast. But almost anything can be used such as english muffins or my personal choice, my dad’s famous buttermilk biscuits.

And, the phrase can be borrowed to replace the usage of your usual 4 letter words.
I’ll have to give it try next time I stub my toe, “Oh sh*t on a shingle!”


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Hoppin’ John



*This recipe will take place of my Yummy Monday recipe, just posted a day early.

Coming from Texas it has be long tradition in our family to eat black eyed peas on New Years day to ensure good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year.

In the southern states, black eyed peas are  generally cooked with pork (bacon, ham, ham hock), and paired with greens (collard, turnip or mustard). The thought behind this tradition is that when the peas cook, they swell symbolizing prosperity, as do the the greens – being the color of money; the pork – because pigs root forward when foraging, represents a positive and forward motion. Many people like to add a side of cornbread, also representing wealth – being the color of gold.

 A dish I have been making on New Year’s day for several years now is Hoppin’ John, which of course is made of black-eyed peas, rice and pork and is a traditional dish throughout the South.  And here is something I may have known but have forgotten: on the day after New Year’s Day, leftover “Hoppin’ John” is called “Skippin’ Jenny,” and further demonstrates one’s frugality, bringing a hope for an even better chance of prosperity in the New Year.
Hey – with so much symbolism in one meal, how can one lose?
Click here for the recipe, And bring in the new year right!

Yummy Monday with Holiday Leftovers


Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

What to do with the leftover turkey? I’m sure most of you have already gone through your turkey and stuffing leftovers.

I used mine in a casserole the other night. It was so good I ran and got my camera, snapped a picture of what was left in the pan, and decided I should post the recipe for our Yummy Monday.

If it’s too late for Thanksgiving leftovers, you may have something to look forward to come Christmas!

Hope your Thanksgiving was full of good memories, and blessings to be grateful for . . .

Jalapeno and Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas


Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas

 Coming from Texas where the TexMex dishes (a blend of Texan and Mexican ingredients and seasonings) are common and preferred by most, it is no wonder that moving to Colorado 15 years ago had one set back for me (even though I love it here): Finding good Mexican food!

One of my favorite dishes was chicken enchiladas smothered in a sour cream sauce with a blend of seasonings and jalapeños or green chiles. I searched fervently over the years since moving here to no avail, so over the years I have given up and made due with what is available – burritos smothered in green chile, which I might add is not a bad choice by far, but there is still that emptiness that yearns for creamy jalapeño sauce.

Two years ago while spending our annual summer weekend in Beaver Creek, an upscale ski/mountain resort in Colorado, I finally found what I have been craving for all these years at the Coyote Cafe located right in Beaver Creek Village.

Since then, I have found one other restaurant, Jose O’Sheas located in Lakewood Colorado (just a neighboring suburb) that serves a really delicious version of the creamy jalapeño sauce. 

Now it seems that I cannot get that sauce out of my mind. I’m like an addict, now that I have tasted – I can’t get enough after all these years of doing without 😉 Since recently being reunited with my favorite dish, I have had to ask myself: Why didn’t you just make these on your own? Well the answer is simple . . . I’m a lazy cook! I have always felt chicken enchiladas to be somewhat labor intensive (because normally you boil the chicken and spend the time to debone it).  But I have found an easy way to cook the chicken, and have been working to perfect my own recipe.

I would like to share my version with you, it’s not perfected yet I’ve only made it a couple of times, but it’s pretty good. I hope you enjoy them!

Click here to find the recipe

Yummy Monday with Chicken a la King


I feel like my recipes have been going in the direction of warm and delicious comfort foods lately. I think that’s the affect fall and the changing weather have on me, coupled with the fact that I haven’t made some of these meals but once or twice in the 15 years I’ve been married. It has me feeling a bit nostalgic for those old traditional recipes. Chicken a la King is one those old fashioned classics many of us remember growing up with as children.

 It was one of my favorites growing up and I remember it was up there (along with spaghetti sauce) on my list of favorites to make while growing up, my mom taught us all to cook early on and I remember making this while still in high school.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s very easy and very versatile .

Click here to find the recipe

It’s Yummy Monday, and Chicken Spaghetti!


With the cooler fall weather comes the hankering for soups, chili’s and comfort foods.
(Well at least for me)
So I made up a batch of Chicken Spaghetti. It was sooooo Yummy! I haven’t had this in years, it was nice to find a long lost recipe and cook it up again 🙂
Nothing like a having a happy reunion on the ol’ palate 😉

The Wonderfully Versatile Pumpkin — Final Installment!


It is a little bitter sweet for us to be making our last “Versatile Pumpkin” post but we are excited for our Halloween posts in October. We hope you have enjoyed the recipes as much as we have and this weeks recipes are just as fabulous!
Christy made a casserole IN A PUMPKIN! It reminds me of Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers. Delicious! Amy’s cookies were a happy accident and the test kitchen is still standing. 🙂 Click on the pictures to see the recipes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Casserole

Bacon Tomato Mushroom Quiche


A quiche is great for any meal and you can put a variety of ingredients into it.  I chose tomatoes, because my garden is producing a plethera of them right now.  I love mushrooms, so I had to throw some of those in and bacon in quiche is soooo delicious.  Be adventurous and throw your favorite veggies, meats, and cheese into your quiche.  Enjoy the recipe!