Main Dishes

Salmon “64”

Today is DH’s 64th birthday, and I wanted to make something special for dinner. I had a taste for green papaya salad, and so I bought a (I thought) green papaya at the grocery today. But, it was not green….it was actually a bit overripe. I improvised, and used the overripe papaya, its seeds and Continue reading

OMG Meatballs

These are not to be believed: 1 large jar grape jelly (or 2 cans of jellied cranberry sauce) 2 jars chili sauce 1 large bag meatballs   Place in crockpot on low for 6 hours. Bask in the ensuing praise.

Ham and Cheese Crepes

It is our tradition to have crepes for Christmas morning. We fill them with fruit, or powdered sugar, or syrup or jam….or all of the above!  This year, Christmas fell on a Sunday… time to make crepes before church.  I thought of making a New Year’s Day feast….but same problem: it’s a Sunday.. So, I Continue reading


This is our traditional Christmas morning breakfast (along with sausage and bacon!). For fillings we use powdered sugar, syrup, jam, canned fruit….a combination of all the above….and DH usually adds in his sausage or bacon! 1 cup flour 1 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten 2 tbsp melted butter Beat the eggs, add the milk and Continue reading

Baked in Pumpkin Sausage Stew

Ingredients: 1 pumpkin ~4lbs 2 pkg Mild Italian Sausage Links (I used Johnsonville) 16-18 ounces stout beer (I used Guinness) 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped 1 cup sliced carrots 1 can corn 1 cup chopped celery 2tsp minced garlic 1 green, red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped (I used 1 mini pepper of Continue reading

Baked Salmon with Sausage-onion topping

1lb salmon filet 4 brown and serve sausages, thawed and ground (or equivalent amount of ground sausage of choice) 1/3 cup French’s french fried onions Salt/pepper to taste 1-2 tbsp butter, melted 1/2 cup shredded cheese   Place filet skin side down in a baking dish. Salt/pepper to taste. Crush the onions and mix together Continue reading

Squashed Preconceptions

I admit that I am not an adventurous eater. I am not averse to trying new things, however.  I AM influenced by my prior food experiences, and so I guess I never tried spaghetti squash due to my fear of another “acorn” debacle. I was wrong.  The forums at are rife with praises of Continue reading

Papaya joy

We have learned to love Green Papaya Salad. We have adapted shredded green papaya to make coleslaw. Today at church, the “lunch providers” brought a soup/stew based on chicken broth, chicken and with chopped papaya chunks in it. “Hrmmmmm,” I says to myself. “Kinda squash-like. I likey!” So tonight I took some green papaya, sauteed Continue reading

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole

1 large loaf Cinnamon Raisin Bread, chopped 12 oz. Cream Cheese, softened 6 oz. Butter, softened 3/4 cup Maple Syrup (divided as in directions) 10 eggs 3 cups Half & Half Cinnamon Sugar Buttered Maple Syrup (50:50 mix of butter and maple syrup) Directions: Place chopped cinnamon raisin bread in a well buttered 13 x Continue reading


A Mexican cold soup.  We add chopped cold shrimp… 3 tomatoes, chopped 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 4 cups vegetable cocktail  (or tomato) juice….with enough fresh vegetables, Continue reading

Mom’s Really Fattening Meat-Loaf Stuffed French Bread

1 loaf French bread 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb ground beef 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup salt and pepper to taste 1 1/2 c shredded cheese-any type 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1 can cheddar cheese soup 1/2 c milk In a skillet, saute’ ground beef with minced garlic, Continue reading

Mushroom Pumpkin Soup

1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced 1/2 c chopped onion 2 tbsp butter or oil 2 tbsp flour 1 tbsp curry powder 3 c chicken broth 1 can (1lb) pumpkin dash nutmeg salt and pepper to taste 1 c evaporated milk Saute’ mushrooms and onion in butter or oil. Add flour and curry and stir, gradually adding Continue reading

Golumpki (Polish stuffed cabbage)

1 medium cabbage 1 c rice 2 1/2 c water 1 large onion, minced 3 tbsp butter or margarine 1/2 lb ground beef and 1/2 lb ground veal or pork (you may use all ground beef if you choose) 1 egg 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 can (15oz) Continue reading