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Bierocks

Bierocks

Do you like bierocks? Pronounced “beer rocks”, these meat-filled buns don’t contain any beer (sorry if you were hopeful for that). Their name is probably derived from the Russian word “pirog”, meaning pie. They are sometimes called runzas (lower German for “bun”) in Nebraska. In Kansas, […]

Six Finger Lickin’ Chicken Recipes

Six Finger Lickin’ Chicken Recipes

Chicken at your house again? We have it often at ours, too. Besides being a lower fat meat choice, it’s simple economics: chicken just costs less, so our grocery dollars go further. Need a few ideas for something different to make with chicken? I’ve rounded […]

Loaded Quinoa & Chicken Nachos

Loaded Quinoa & Chicken Nachos

Loaded…wait-what? If quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) isn’t on your food radar, you better upgrade your system. This super grain (actually it’s a seed, but scientists call it a “pseudo-cereal”, which has me imagining Fruit Loops trying to disguise themselves as Wheaties, lol) is all the rage […]

Easy Baked Lasagna

Easy Baked Lasagna

Summer changing to fall means comfort to me. As in comfort food. Toasty casseroles, steaming bowls of soups, and heartier pasta dishes make for cozy, comforting meals after football practices and homework marathons-not to mention going to and from work in the dark. This baked lasagna […]

Tex-Mex Pie

Tex-Mex Pie

Meatless Monday, your daughter just announced she became a vegetarian five minutes ago, or you forgot to thaw meat for dinner-just three reasons (besides the fact that it’s delicious) to make this Tex-Mex pie this week. It still packs protein from eggs, milk, beans, and […]

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

Is there any dish more versatile than meatballs? They can be appetizers, top pasta, fill sandwiches, and be slathered with red sauce, Alfredo sauce, or even barbecue sauce. You can make ’em out of just about any ground meat. They can be big or tiny. […]

Cashew Chicken Salad

Cashew Chicken Salad

There’s an iconic restaurant in the big city that’s a favorite of ours. Although 85 years in operation, the current menu reflects the last 35 years of ownership. And it’s a good menu. The original soda fountain with marble counter is still there, too, where […]

Spinach and Shrimp Panzanella

Spinach and Shrimp Panzanella

Raise your hand if you like bread! How ’bout tomatoes? Panzanella in it’s most basic form is just that: bread and tomatoes. A rustic Italian dish, it was designed to use up stale bread by bathing it in the juice of cut tomatoes. Right now, […]

Flank Steak Tacos

Flank Steak Tacos

We eat Mexican food (or what’s generally considered Mexican food in the U.S.) probably 10-12 times a month. This includes eating out as well as home cooked meals. We simply love it and we live in an area where Mexican cuisine is prevalent. Even our […]

Everyday Chicken Parm

Everyday Chicken Parm

I just looked at this title and realized it sounds like some weird thing I’m asking you to do every day. If you eat chicken parm every day you’ll…get really tired of chicken parm? Buy a chicken farm (a chicken parm farm!) to save trips to […]

Blackened Chicken Salad With Honey Lime Dressing

Blackened Chicken Salad With Honey Lime Dressing

Wait-burned chicken on the blog now? Nope, blackened. Blackened does not equal burned. Blackened is juicy and flavorful. Burned is…yucky, dry and tasteless. Best of all, blackened chicken cooks in a few minutes and is deliciously versatile for pasta, sandwiches, main dish or a perfectly cool […]

Creamy Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

Quick meals with all the goodies combined in one dish: the older I get, the more I like ’em. Any meal that doesn’t require more than a couple pans-I’m in. I’m not sure if it’s laziness or what, but I love filling my plate from […]