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Friday, October 22

Meatball...PIE???

Who here hasn't had meatballs?  Meatball subs...meatballs on spaghetti...even Swedish meatballs...they're easy to make (or find frozen), and have TONS of applications.  I've even used frozen ones on pizza before!!  Gotta wonder though...how many of you have EVER heard of a meatball pie?

Meatball pie is a one dish meal that's sure to satisfy.  Basically, this is a cross between a lasagna and baked spaghetti and meatballs.  Noodles, meatballs, cheese, sauce...it's ALL there!  Seriously folks...if you like Italian food, you will adore the ease and convenience of this simple, yet satisfying, meal. 

Thursday, October 21

Dog-Gone It!!

I was doing some serious thinking about what to write today's blog about, and suddenly it hit me...why not write about something that's almost as American as Apple Pie?  I'm talking a food that brings back nostalgia, making us think of home-town carnivals or the circus?  I'm talking Corn Dogs!!

That's right...Corn Dogs.  They are actually fairly easy to make at home, and are a comfort food to many of us.  I know that, on days when I'm just not up to something elaborate, a couple of corn dogs are truly a gift in disguise!!  Everyone ready to head back to yesteryear?  Let's go!!

Wednesday, October 20

Cook Once, Eat Twice!!

I thought that today we'd do something a little different.  I know that, for many of you, there isn't always time to make a full meal every night.  Whether it's work, kid's activities, or just not being in the mood...sometimes you just can't, right?  Well, today I'm going to hand you a way to make 2 separate full meals from one simple recipe!!

Alright...show of hands...who loves chicken?  The recipes I have for you use chicken, which means economical...and tasty!!  First, we'll begin with a wonderful Chicken Cacciatore.  Then tomorrow, you can use the leftovers to make Chicken and Mushroom Polenta!!  Two completely different tastes from one dish?  Let's go!!!

Tuesday, October 19

Think Outside The Box

I know...sounds like a fastfood commercial, right?  Yet, fastfood is a large part of today's diets.  Hamburgers, french fries, tacos...so many choices, yet so little REAL variety.  Face it...a fastfood hamburger from one place tastes pretty much like one from another.  It gets a tad boring after a while, doesn't it?

So why not make a hamburger with an entirely new face?  Make one where everyone who tastes it will be exclaiming "WOW"!!  Wondering how to do that?  By not making a hamburger, that's how.  Instead, make soup.

Monday, October 18

Feeling Dippy?

I got to thinking about what all I've been covering so far, and realized that my Starters section was somewhat lacking.  Only 3 recipes...GAH...and the holiday season fast approaching!!  Well, I'm going to rectify that a bit.  After all, if we're going to be doing any entertaining, we need more variety, right?  So, let's step over to the marvelous world of DIPS!!

Dips are quite versatile...they can be hot or cold, sweet or savory, vegetarian or meaty.  Heck, some people make meals from certain types of dip (I know salsa and chips are a great lunch for me)!!  There will be several recipes today...Fruit Dip, Crab Dip, Smoked Salmon Dip, Hummus, Guacamole, Fresh Tomato Salsa, and the ultimate party dip, Mexican Seven-Layer Dip.

Sunday, October 17

Sausage Gravy

I don't do breakfast nearly as often as I should.  In fact, I'll freely admit that it's part of the reason I'm not exactly svelte in size...eating a healthy breakfast reduces your overall intake of calories per day, which keeps you slimmer.  Of course, there are other reasons...my fascination for cooking, for one...but we won't get into that.  I'm also not going to preach on what makes a healthy breakfast. 

What I am going to do, though, is explain how to make one of the easiest additions to almost any breakfast...sausage gravy.  Maybe it's a southern thing, but having homemade gravy over biscuits is VERY popular where I live.  There's a bonus to this, too...you can pretty much use this same technique to make ANY kind of gravy...chicken, brown, etc.  You know me...I'm ALL about versatile!!