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Scalloped Corn

This old fashioned Scalloped Corn is a delicious side dish that will make you feel like you’re sitting right back at Grandma’s Sunday supper table! Golden corn cradled in a rich homemade custard with just the right amount of smokey bacon topped with a crunchy bread crumb topping! Okay. So maybe it’s just me. But, I think there’s a whole world of side dishes that are just as delicious, if not even a lot more delicious frankly, as the main course. You know what I mean? Is it just me??? Help me friends! Those dishes that you crave and...

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Beef and Noodles

Beef and Noodles is the ultimate comfort food! This is an old family recipe that will take you right back to your Grandma’s kitchen table! Sometimes simple, humble, old fashioned food is the best. I love making old fashioned recipes for my family– the kind that ooze nostalgia; the kind that Grandma absolutely, positively used to make. I put lots of those recipes up on this blog: American Goulash, Vegetable Beef Soup, Crockpot Beef Stew, and Southern Style Grren Beans . These recipes have stuck around and been passed down from generation to generation. They’re classic, and have long since...

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Chicken Francaise

Chicken Francaise is an impressive dish that celebrates our American “Melting Pot” by bringing together two of my favorite cuisines – Italian and French. The bonus is its feasibility for a busy weeknight treat, allowing you to put together a complex and delicious dish with simple ingredients and limited time.   “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – – – James A. Beard If you’ve watched foodie films – “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Eat Drink Man Woman,” or even “Eat Pray Love” – and, well, you like food, you’ve been hypnotized by beautifully set tables and artfully...

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Alton Brown Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is an incredible comfort food. Delicious, super flavorful meaty filling topped with a mound of rich, buttery mashed potatoes! I spend a lot of time in my kitchen experimenting with food and researching techniques and ingredients to find just the right combination of flavors for a share-worthy dish. Usually that process involves making my own tasty revisions to an existing recipe. A simple tweak or two might do the trick, or the changes might be significant. Sometimes, though, I find recipes that really hit the mark as-is, where it’s clear the person who developed the recipe took...

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Beefaroni

There’s a lot to be said for hearty family dishes. And growing up, Chef Boyardee was the king of hearty family dishes. I loved his canned concoctions of pastas and soups and, one of my childhood favorites, beefaroni. Now that I’m all grown up, I serve my kids beefaroni too. They love it, and are constantly clamoring about getting it for dinner. And it’s true that, as a kid, Chef Boyardee was the king of beefaroni. (Even today, a Google search for beefaroni – something like “beefaroni wiki” – will usually put Chef Boyardee at the top of the...

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