Tagged with Main Dishes

Old Fashioned Cottage Pie

Old Fashioned Cottage Pie

Sometimes I just crave an old-fashioned meal.  You know, the kind with real mashed potatoes, gravy and tender pieces of meat.  Cottage Pie might be one of the easiest meals to put together.  A close cousin to Shepard’s Pie (made with lamb), Cottage Pie is made with tender beef simmered in gravy with bits of … Continue reading

Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham

Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham

Whenever I’m asked to bring a side dish to a potluck or family gathering – this is almost always what I bring.  You can’t beat the combination of potatoes, ham and cheese.  It’s easy to make, and even better to eat!  You can make this in the oven or slow cooker – it can even be … Continue reading

Spinach, Rice and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

Spinach, Rice and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

People either love or hate meatloaf.  I think it’s because a good meatloaf is hard to find – so many are dry and flavorless.  This is my standard recipe  – with the addition of spinach, rice and cheese.  You can use any cheese you like – it’s also nice with sautéed mushrooms in place of the spinach.  … Continue reading

Braised Chicken with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Braised Chicken with Zucchini and Tomatoes

This recipe comes from a friend of mine – she makes it in the summer with her garden zucchini and tomatoes.  You can substitute tomato sauce for the fresh tomatoes if they aren’t in season.  The sauce is great over rice, buttered noodles, mashed potatoes, and of course – polenta.  I baked my polenta in the oven today, … Continue reading

Sunday Pasta Sauce and Meatballs

Sunday Pasta Sauce and Meatballs

Growing up, Sunday was always pasta day.  My father would start his sauce on Saturday – giving it the day to simmer and develop its flavors. The only thing that ever changed was the type of pasta he served.  Sometimes ravioli or cavatelli (my personal favorite) – all made by my grandmother.  Other times it was just really good quality boxed … Continue reading

Grilled Spice Rubbed Chicken

Grilled Spice Rubbed Chicken

This is also known here in Western PA as “Beer Can Chicken”.  It is by far my favorite way to cook chicken on the grill.  There isn’t anything better than smoky, spicy, crispy skin and juicy, tender meat underneath.  Very yummy!  I used to buy a pre-made spice rub….but it costs $4.99 per jar (about 1/2 cup).  So my … Continue reading

Freezer Cooking – Beef Enchiladas

  Today was a busy day spent spring cleaning.  Realizing that dinner time was right around the corner I started to panic!  Then I remembered that 2 weeks ago I made a double batch of beef enchiladas, 1 for supper and the other went into the deep freeze.  I was saved!  I really have to … Continue reading