If you love burritos and lots of Mexican flavor this easy, family friendly casserole is one that you will definitely want to add to your recipe box. You can make it to the point of baking ahead of time, refrigerate, and then bake it just before serving or cover it tightly (unbaked) and freeze for a handy freezer meal.
It is just as good with less meat, so if you want to cut the (all ready low) cost of this dish just use less beef and more beans.
First of all, let me tempt you with the image of the Monterey Chicken Casserole. It is one of those comfort foods that just doesn’t photograph well – but oh so delicious!
We’ll get to that recipe in just a minute.
I am still elbow deep in the middle of a kitchen restoration – or, more accurately, Marc is. Continue reading
You may have noticed that normally my recipes have 57 ingredients and 82 steps. I do this because I think it makes me look authoritative and professional… And because usually I have a lot of odds and ends to use up.
This is not one of those recipes. Nope. It is easy, straightforward, and so simple that your 8 year old can put it together for ya. This is one of those dishes to make when the grandkids are staying overnight and all you have in the fridge is seven Weight Watchers frozen meals and half a jar of capers. Kid friendly, husband friendly, and great for potlucks, this casserole is slightly spicy, slightly gooey, and all the way good. Continue reading
Dips, snacks, and appetizers are things that I make pretty often but rarely post. Not sure why – It just doesn’t seem like real food to me I guess.
The 1950s were probably the hey-day of appetizers. After the war people were more prosperous than ever and women didn’t work outside the home so they filled their days with plans for elegant dinner parties, evenings of bridge and card games, and cocktail parties. I can remember my parents playing cards every Saturday night with a group of their friends and my mom spending hours beforehand creating cheese and sausage appetizers, dips, and other snacks while my dad got the bar stocked and ready.
Pretty soon dips were conveniently available on the snack aisle of your local grocer but they were never as good as the homemade. Obviously I am glad to see that homemade dips are making a comeback to some extent. Continue reading
I love chiles rellenos. You usually find them made from poblano peppers or jalapenos at restaurants but I love them made with the colorful, little sweet peppers you find bagged at Costco and other grocery stores.
You can fill them with a variety of fillings and then fry them for a tasty lunch or appetizer. Really, they look more complex than they really are. Continue reading