While my mother made this several times a year it was always made on New Year's. She served it with mashed potatoes, peas or Hoppin' John (she was from Savannah, GA and had to have her black-eyed peas for New Year's). I vary the amount of brown sugar used by whether my daughter is home for dinner (Simi likes everything sweet). Normally I go for a balanced sweet/sour taste. This works well in either the oven or crock-pot. The leftover sauerkraut is great served with hot dogs.
I have been in search of a recipe for a homemade caramel apple pie to duplicate the toes curling, eyes rolling, I am going to die from sheer pleasure taste of the caramel apple pie The Fresh Market makes. (I know a mass produced supermarket pie that is to die for! I turned up my nose at it until my father made me take a bite of his and then I had to have my own.) This isn't it but it is still a very yummy caramel apple pie and it is upside-down to boot which makes it stand out from just a regular pie on a holiday table or for guests. I found this recipe in an old Pampered Chef book and have made it with great results and received many compliments and recipe requests.
One of Simi's favorite dishes is Pasta Al Forno from Nick's, a little Italian place by home. She declared this recipe even better. It is gooey with the mozzarella and provolone and healthy with the spinach. This like lasagne or baked ziti can be put together ahead of time and as with most pasta dishes the leftovers are even better. This freezes well in individual portions for a quick meal the kids can "make" for themselves.
This has the makings of a stir-fry with the convenience of throwing everything together. The veggies can be personalized to suit what is on hand or to cater to the likes and dislikes of the family. Simi likes it sweet and garlicky whereas my husband doesn't like it very sweet at all so depending on who is eating determines how it is seasoned. Serve over rice or lo mien noodles with some take-out egg rolls and fortune cookies for an easy Chinese meal.
A simple and tastey eye round roast with a wine and mushroom au jus. The roast can be served as a main course with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots and peas or as French Dip sandwiches for the game buffet table.
I needed to come up with something for my daughter to have when she came home for lunch. I hadn't been to the store in a few days and it was snowing and I didn't really want to go out so I raided the freezer and pantry and came up with this. This is a very hearty and elegant scallop chowder it reheats very well and tastes just as good if not better the next day. I plan on making this again with a combo of shrimp, scallops, and maybe even some crab to make it more of a seafood chowder.
My daughter was introduced to this pie last Christmas while visiting my father and it was love at first bite. Thankfully it is a very easy pie to make as we make it often since she has just gotta have it. Whether served for a family dinner or a dinner party this pie is sure to please everyone at the table and has even caused some trickery to get the last piece. A mixture of strawberries or blueberries with the bananas is also very good.
I wanted something different to make for dinner that would be good reheated for my husband's lunch today and so I came up with this variation on the classic chicken cacciatore. While it was very good and enjoyed by everyone last night it was heavenly for lunch today.
A nice light side to go with chicken, fish, or steak. Looks very pretty when a mix of different color peppers is used. You can add a little chopped garlic to the water or fresh herbs to garnish for some extra flavor.
I found myself without a car today and had to come up with dinner from things in the freezer and pantry. A quick inventory was pointing me in the direction of scampi but I wanted something a bit different. This is still very garlicky and yet the creamy cheesy sauce makes it somewhat comforting and very decadent. Served it with some steamed broccoli and crusty bread.
This pasta salad is a nice side or even as a standalone main dish. It is good warm or cold and gets even more flavorful the longer it sits. Add or substitute your family’s favorite ingredients as this is a very flexible recipe. I use San Giorgio’s Trio Italiano pasta but you can use penne, rotini, ziti, small shells etc. It makes a lot so it is very good for potlucks and cookouts.
Easy and tasty and very budget friendly. I am not a fan of pre-packaged foods and Rice-A-Roni has made few appearances in my shopping cart but when Chickie made this I had to have the recipe it was so good. Can be prepped ahead and then baked at the last minute.
Originally this cake had a layer of gooey apricots between the cake and crumbs but I wasn't paying attention one day and added them to the cake. My daughter decided she liked better with the apricots in the batter. I am partial to the gooey layer. Either way is good with some whipped cream or ice cream. It is also good made with blueberies, peaches, or a combo of fresh fruits in place of the apricots.