Both grandmothers came from the Midwest and cooked from scratch. So did Mom, naturally, I am trying to follow in those footsteps! One thing Mom didn't do was cassaroles. I love experimenting with them and have concocted some very good ones. Between the cassaroles and the slow cooker, weekday meals are easy when I come home from work, but I'm always on the lookout for new recipes. My cats think something is wrong if I'm not in the kitchen or on the computer (they even like some of the meatier scraps they are offered once in a while)!