Now just imagine what happens when you say this word Frittata to a roomful of high school students. They think it is hilarious. I love it! This was a staple at my house even before I knew what a Frittata was. If you have eggs you can do this. This is your go to meal when you have about thirty minutes to get a meal on the table and you don’t want another sandwich or a bowl of cereal. If you have leftover pan roasted potatoes or hash browns it will be even faster to put together.
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If you are in a big hurry to cook up something that is really tasty, I bet you have all of these ingredients in your kitchen! My classes are making this dish and it is the biggest hit. I’m always amazed at the simplest of dishes that can make you happy. This is one of them, so get ready for some big smiles coming your way.
If you are like me sometimes you think that more is better when it come to a recipe. But I am learning that really simplicity is the winner. When I was thinking through what to prepare for the rest of the year back in January this dish came to mind. It was a winner with last year’s crowd , but it was more time-consuming for a forty-five minute class. So I threw out something super simple and am pleasantly surprised at the results.
My students absolutely loved these!!!! A couple of my friends told me that I should try this recipe in my class. It is quick and easy! Just right for a 45 minute class period. When I started doing a little investigation about baked eggs lo and behold they are everywhere. I missed out on this one earlier, but now I am on the bandwagon. Perfect for a quick breakfast. My students came up with endless ideas making these the almost perfect food. That is what eggs are anyway – the almost perfect food! So now go get your muffin tin buttered and cook up some eggs for breakfast. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (if they last that long) and pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Eggs are a great protein source that will keep you satisfied all morning.
This recipe is nothing fancy, but it will be one that your family will ask for time and time again. You know the one that makes your husband smile when he finds out what’s for dinner or when half your son’s baseball team shows up at your house and they are all starving! It’s quick, easy, and above all cheesy good! Again, I am loving Katie Workman’s Cookbook The Mom 100 Cookbook. This is one of Katie’s recipes that I have made many times. It is so good and it will be a favorite of yours once you put it on your dinner table.
Let me just say that if you only make one mac and cheese in your lifetime this should be the one. My gosh! I just had to make it after reading all the comments after this was written. What about Food 52? They shouted from the rooftop about it, too. So I’m right up there with the rest of them and I have to say that it is the best macaroni and cheese that I have had. Martha knows her mac and cheese that’s for sure. It has just the right amount of bechamel sauce to go with the pasta and I love the White Cheddar and Gruyère Cheese. I will have to admit skepticism about the nutmeg, but it went in the sauce . Perfection! So it’s your turn to let Martha’s Perfect Macaroni and Cheese be the hit at your house. It was at mine.
One of my favorite comfort foods is meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Several meatloaf recipes have made it to this blog and all of them have been good in their own way, but now this one is my favorite. There is really no special ingredients that are added, but I think that sauteing the peppers, onion , and garlic makes a big difference in the flavor. This was not my bright idea although I would love to take credit. Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for meatloaf kept coming up at the top of my Best Meatloaf search and while his recipe is much more complicated than this simple one he did saute the vegetables first. So I thought I would give it a try and guess what it works great! The idea for these Meatloaf Muffins came from Better Homes and Garden’s Make and Take magazine. I think it is a great idea if you have small children or you do want to take this to a pot luck dinner. But, I found them to be more time consuming than just the standard free formed meatloaf cooked on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Although the muffins might take a shorter time to cook I found that placing them in the muffin pans took longer to prepare. This recipe made it to my table three times last month and even the leftovers are grand! Continue reading
I made this soup two days in a row. One day I had it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is that good! I love Real Simple recipes and this one is a big hit! Don’t change one thing until you make it at least once then you can substitute tofu, chicken, or shrimp for the pork. I love it! The ingredients are fresh and full of flavor. The fresh ginger is unbelievable! Once you and your family discover this fresh flavored dish you will go back to it again and again. It is one of the best soups that I have ever had!
One of my favorite appetizers is spinach and artichoke dip. This pizza from Real Simple is a sister to the dip! I love it! Now pizza is not my most favorite food, but if I make my own crust and cook it on my pizza stone it is a food made in heaven. The pizza is not as heavy as you would think. Really it is light yet filling. So if you are in the mood for pizza and don’t want to go the meat lover’s way this one is for you.
Talk about a show stopper this Sky-High Brunch Bake is one that will stop you in your tracks! I could not resist making it when I saw the picture in Food and Family by Kraft. It is beautiful to look at and it is quite tasty. I am keeping this bookmarked to use during the holiday season for a brunch because the green spinach and red peppers are so colorful! Don’t let the beautiful picture intimidate you because it is super simple to make if you can get past rolling out the pastry dough. Just follow the thawing directions on the box. You can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or leave it out for about 45 minutes ahead of time. I like to thaw it out in the refrigerator. If you let it get too warm just put it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes. The pastry dough is very forgiving. The rest of the recipe is a cinch to make. Trust me by saying the novice cook can pull this off without a hitch and come out smelling like a rose!
I love a good pasta dish. Usually they are quick to make and you can add whatever you have on hand to make them your own dish. That is exactly what I did with this dish that my Tennessee friend told me about. Her family loved it so I knew that we would , too. I was right. It was a big hit. I am not a lover of alfredo sauce. It’s just too heavy for me. I’m more the fresh tomato sauce person or pesto sauce. I liked the dish the first night I served it, but what I did with the leftovers the next night I loved!