Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Shepherd's Pie


3 large (1 1/2 to 2 lbs.) potatoes , peeled and quartered
1 t. salt 
8 T. (1 stick) butter, divided
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 to 2 C. mixed vegetables, such as diced carrots, corn, or peas
1 1/2 lbs. ground round beef
1/2 C. beef broth
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
Pepper and/or other seasonings of choice

  1. Boil the potatoes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 T. of the butter in a large sauté pan on medium heat. 
  4. Add the chopped onions and cook until tender, about 6 to 10 minutes.
  5. Add your vegetables according to their cooking time. Carrots should be cooked with the onions, because they take as long to cook as the onions do.
  6. If adding peas or corn, add them toward the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat starts to cook, as they take very little cooking time.
  7. Add ground beef to the pan with the onions and vegetables. 
  8. Cook until no longer pink. 
  9. Drain the pan of excess fat, if necessary (anything more than 1 tablespoon). 
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Add the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. 
  12. Bring the broth to a simmer and reduce heat to low. 
  13. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth if necessary to keep the meat from drying out.
  14. When the potatoes are done cooking, remove them from the pot and place them in a bowl with the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. 
  15. Mash, taste, and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
  16. Spread the cooked filling in an even layer in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  17. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the ground beef mixture. 
  18. Rough up the surface of the mashed potatoes with a fork so there are peaks that will get well browned. 
  19. Place in oven and cook until browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes. 
  20. If necessary, broil for the last few minutes to help the surface of the mashed potatoes brown.

Spaghetti Lasagna


1 lb. spaghetti
2 eggs, lightly beaten (divided)
1/2 C. finely grated Parmesan
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. ground beef
2 T. tomato paste
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/4 t. dried oregano
3 C. ricotta
3 C. shredded mozzarella
2 T. chopped Italian parsley


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, add spaghetti and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.
  2. Drain water then return the spaghetti to the pot. 
  3. Add 1 egg and the Parmesan and toss to combine.
  4. Meanwhile, make sauce. In a large pot over medium, heat olive oil. 
  5. Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. 
  6. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  7. Add the ground beef, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. 
  8. Drain fat then return the pot to medium heat and stir in tomato paste. 
  9. Cook for 1 minute, then add the crushed tomatoes and oregano. 
  10. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  11. Preheat oven to 350°.
  12. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta and remaining egg. Stir to combine.
  13. In a large baking dish, spoon a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the dish. 
  14. Top with half of the spaghetti noodles, cover with about half of the remaining sauce, half of the ricotta mixture and half of the mozzarella. 
  15. Repeat once more. 
  16. Bake until the cheese is melty and the lasagna is warmed through, about 20-30 minutes. 
  17. Garnish with parsley.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Ninety-Minute Cinnamon Rolls

We tried this recipe on Christmas morning.  Several years ago, without even realizing it, I started a new Christmas morning tradition of having cinnamon rolls after exchanging presents.  Up until this past Christmas it was always a package of canned rolls.  This year it slipped my mind to buy a package.  So while my husband and oldest daughter slept, my youngest and I made a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls.  Everyone was very happy with them.



¾ C. milk
¼ C. butter, softened
3 ¼ C. all-purpose flour
¼ C. white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) pkg. instant yeast
½ t. salt
¼ C. water
1 large egg

Cinnamon Filling:

1 C. brown sugar, packed
½ C. butter, softened
1 T. ground cinnamon

7 T. butter, softened
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. milk
½ t. vanilla extract
1 ½ C. confectioners' sugar, sifted
¼ t. salt

  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan until just hot to touch or a few bubbles form around the edge. 
  2. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted, set aside.
  3. Combine 2 ¼ cups flour, white sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. 
  4. Add milk mixture, water, and egg; beat well. 
  5. Add remaining 1 cup flour, ½ cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. 
  7. Cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes.
  8. While dough is resting, mix together brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  10. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  11. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 12x9-inch rectangle. 
  12. Spread brown sugar mixture over dough. 
  13. Roll up dough and pinch seam to seal. 
  14. Cut into 12 equal rolls and place cut-side up in the prepared baking dish. 
  15. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  16. Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 20 minutes. 
  17. While the rolls are cooking, prepare the Icing.
  18. Beat together butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until creamy. 
  19. Blend in milk and vanilla
  20. Gradually mix in confectioners' sugar and salt until smooth and fluffy.
  21. Spread over cooked cinnamon rolls.
  22. Serve warm

Stroganoff 57


1 pkg. egg noodles
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 c. Heinz 57 sauce
1 can (4 oz.) sliced mushrooms drained
2 T. flour


  1. Prepare egg noodles according to package directions. 
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet over med. high heat, brown ground beef for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add onion and cook for additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  4. Stir in 57 Sauce, and mushrooms. 
  5. Dissolve flour in 2 C. of water and add to skillet. 
  6. Continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened and heated through, stirring frequently. 
  7. Serve over hot noodles.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Crockpot Pork and Sauerkraut

To bring good luck in the new year, it was always a tradition in our house when growing up, that we ate pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day.  This is a very easy recipe and the family enjoyed it!


3 lbs. pork loin trimmed of excess fat
salt and pepper, to taste
1 T. oil
16 oz. sauerkraut drained
1 t. minced garlic
1 onion sliced
1 C. apple juice


  1. Liberally season the pork loin with salt and pepper on all sides. 
  2. Heat oil in large skillet or dutch oven. 
  3. Sear pork loin on all sides, 2-3 minutes per side. 
  4. Add seared pork into a slow cooker. 
  5. Pour in apple juice*. 
  6. Place onions, apples, and garlic around the pork loin. 
  7. Top with sauerkraut. 
  8. Place lid on the slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. 
  9. Remove pork and slice or shred and serve with cooking liquids.

Note:  If you don't have apple juice, use chicken stock with 2 T. brown sugar as a substitute.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Coffee Cake


Cinnamon Filling 
3/4 C. light brown sugar 
3/4 C. all purpose flour 
2 t. ground cinnamon 

Crumb Topping 
6 T. butter, melted 
1 C. light brown sugar 
1 1/2 T. ground cinnamon 
1 C. all purpose flour 

Cake Batter 
1 C. butter, room temperature 
1 C. granulated sugar 
2/3 C. light brown sugar 
3 eggs 
1 T. vanilla extract 
3/4 C. sour cream 
1 t. kosher salt 
3 t. baking powder 
1 1/4 C. milk 
3 2/3 C. all purpose flour 

Icing - Optional 
1 C. powdered sugar 
2–3 T. milk 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside. 
  3. In a medium bowl prepare the cinnamon filling by mixing together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon until combined. Set aside. 
  4. To prepare the crumb topping, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a medium bowl until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. 
  5. For the cake, mix the butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. 
  6. Add in the eggs, vanilla, sour cream, salt, and baking powder and mix for 1 minute until combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. 
  7. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour and milk in alternating portions, beginning and ending with flour. 
  8. Mix until just combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. 
  9. Spread half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. 
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon filling evenly on top of the batter. 
  11. Carefully spread the remaining cake batter on top of the cinnamon layer. 
  12. Evenly sprinkle the crumb topping on top. 
  13. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  14. Remove cake from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely. 
  15. Optional - Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth and drizzle on top of the cooled cake.