I made these for a potluck at work and they were a definite hit! One thing I didn't put in the recipe: instead of using 1 bell pepper, I usually use 1/2 cup of tri-pepper mix. It's just red, yellow and green bell peppers, already diced. Publix sells it in their produce section. It's a real time saver!
I love polska kielbasa, but the only way I'd ever had it was drowned in BBQ sauce. Since I'm not a BBQ sauce fan, I needed to find another way to utilize this delicious sausage. This is especially good served with pierogi. This dish holds up well for leftovers as well.
My kids grew up on this soup and still ask for it. I made it for a recent potluck and was deluged with requests for the recipe. I almost hated to give it out because it's so simple and uses canned ingredients almost exclusively! I make it in a slow cooker these days, but always made it in a Dutch oven on the stove top when my boys were younger.
I've made this since my kids were small and it's always been a family favorite. I serve this with buttered egg noodles tossed with poppy seeds. I'm sure it's not "authentic" but it certainly is delicious!
I had to make a LOT of cocktail franks for a recent potluck and it didn't occur to me until MUCH too late that I needed way more sauce than my usual recipe produced to cover all those sausages! I experimented with what I had on hand and the results were phenomenal! I've also found that grape jelly or seedless blackberry preserves work just as well as the currant jelly. You can substitute orange marmalade for the peach preserves also. You can get the 3 lbs packages of smokies at Sam's Club or Costco, or you can get three 1 lb packages just about anywhere.
This is my son Matthew's favorite dish, which he used to request on his birthday. I love the flavor and it is oh-so-simple! If you like, you can also cut the chicken into strips instead of leaving the breasts whole.
This is great on grill, but works equally well in the oven. If you can't find the garlic butter, you can always make your own by combining garlic powder with butter or margarine. I use one large salmon filet, which is usually between 2-3 lbs. The salmon filet and the Tones Citrus Grill can be found at Sam's Club.
This dish is pleasing to the eye and to the palate! You can easily adjust the spices to suit your taste, and add Tabasco or hot pepper sauce if you'd like more heat. I usually serve my chili over corn chips, topped with shredded cheese and sour cream. This recipe is always a bit hit at potlucks!
This is one of the few main dishes I cook completely in the microwave. It's easy, delicious and simple to adapt to ingredients on hand. If I don't have spaghetti sauce, I substitute a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, along with some basil, oregano, and a bay leaf. You can also cut the chicken into strips or chunks, depending on your preference.
My grandmother's sister got this recipe from her mother-in-law...almost 70 years ago! I have not found a chicken-fried steak recipe that compares. The combination of the vinegar and sugar just gives it the perfect flavor. As a bonus, I always use the leftover seasoned flour to make my gravy. This was originally written for use in an iron skillet, but any heavy skillet will do. This steak, with white rice and milk gravy, has been my favorite meal since childhood!
This is my absolute FAVORITE stuffing recipe. Adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe, it combines my love of pumpernickel bread and mushrooms. This is a terrfic stuffing to serve with beef as well, since it has a very hearty flavor.
This is derived from a Rachel Ray recipe, and has that classic pepper steak taste. Be sure to use a good cut of meat, and don't leave out the sherry...it definitely makes the recipe. I don't usually cook with wine, so I was a skeptic, but it really does add just the right flavor to the recipe.
Another one from Ms. Ray, only slightly altered. This is such an easy dessert and terrific topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream...or both!
*Be sure to a dish with sides as this can get rather saucy!