Simple Meat Sauce

Growing up in the 1970’s meat sauce on spaghetti was common place. I can remember having it at all of my friends houses when I was invited for dinner. Now I am referring to what I call American meat sauce because it is vastly different from Bolognese. Bolognese is a meat base sauce with little…

Philly Cheesesteak

For much of my life I have been near the Philadelphia area. I was born about 30 minutes west of Philly, when I was very young my family had moved to western Pennsylvania but my grandparents still lived around the Philly area. In high school I lived in Wilmington Delaware (again about 30 minutes from…

David Venable’s Comfort Food Shortcuts Salisbury Steak

A few weeks ago I finally received my copy of the newest cookbook from QVC’s resident foodie David Venable, Comfort Food Shortcuts. I don’t know about you but when I get a new cookbook I first flip through it to see the photos and some of the recipe names, then I actually read it cover…

FRENCH FRIED CHICKEN, CHICKEN PAILLARD

This is a recipe that is my take on one I found from Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Chicken Paillard or as we call it French Fried Chicken. Paillard is an older french term referring to a quick-cooking, thinly sliced or pounded piece of meat similar to German Schnitzel. I like to use skin on chicken…

Oven Fries

It is no surprise that we love fried potatoes in our house. We are trying to cut down on the deep-frying, hence the use of our air fryer. So I wanted to come up with a way we could have fries that would be equally good in the air fryer or the oven. I was…

Pork Loin filled with Bacon and Stuffing

This week I had intended to make a nice pork roast for dinner so I had a pork loin thawed and ready to go for the roast but decided to take it in a different direction. It had been a while since I had the smoker going, about four days, so I decided to smoke…

Pan Fried Stuffing Patties

The other night I was making smoked pork chops and our typical sides of green beans and boxed stuffing. Lately we have been in a bit of a rut as far as our side dishes are concerned. Now I love the flavor combination of the stuffing, beans and pork, but I wanted to try something…

Crockpot Sloppy Joes

As I said in my other Sloppy Joe post School Lunch Sloppy Joes I love Sloppy Joes and I also mentioned that in the area of Pennsylvania I live in we have people from North East PA that call this barbecue and also people from Western Maryland that call it Steamers. There are many online debates about…