Braised Beef Ragu Recipe

white plate with pasta and beef and side of sliced bread

Dinner | January 7, 2018 | By

Braised Beef Ragu with pappardelle ~ slow cooked tender, shredded beef  in a rich tomato sauce topped with fresh parmesan cheese. A delicious Sunday Supper comfort meal. 

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But when your local grocery store has BOGO (buy 1, get 1) chuck roast, make Pot Roast or this Braised Beef Ragu. Slow cooked tender beef in a robust tomato sauce. Serve it blended with pappardelle egg noodles and extra parmesan. It’s Sunday and we’re bringing it all to the table.


Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin

overhead view of yukon gold sweet potatoes with serving utensils.

Side Dish | November 22, 2017 | By

Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin ~ sliced sweet plus Yukon gold potatoes in a creamy, silky gruyere cheese, fresh thyme sauce.

Maybe you’ve made classic Au Gratin Potatoes ~ one of my favorite potato-cheesy comfort dishes. While I still love them, the combination of Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes with a rich, creamy sauce just takes potatoes to a whole new level. 

Yukon Gold Sweet Potato Au Gratin makes a simple, yet elevated holiday side, but don’t save it for the holidays. Let’s make it today!


Parmesan Breaded Pork Chops

Parmesan Breaded Pork Chops: a classic comfort recipe. Juicy, tender pork with a crispy, parmesan breading. It's that meal they'll all want to come home to.

Dinner | January 16, 2017 | By

Sometimes I just crave classic, old-fashioned comfort food. Parmesan Breaded Pork Chops ~ crispy, golden breading on the outside, tender juicy pork inside. Sunday dinner with a touch of nostalgia for the dinners Mom or Grandma used to make. 


Best Beef Stroganoff

The Best Beef Stroganoff ~ tender beef simmered in a delicious sour cream/mushroom sauce with fresh herbs and a hint of Dijon mustard all over egg noodles.

Dinner | December 28, 2016 | By

The Best Beef Stroganoff is tender cubes of beef simmered in a rich, savory sour cream-mushroom sauce with fresh herbs and a hint of Dijon mustard all over egg noodles.

I’ve been making Beef Stroganoff for a long time, going back to my canned-soup-for-the win days. It’s a classic, comfort meal and just the kind of dish my family loves when the temperature drops.

I never used fresh mushrooms or herbs in the old days; just a can of cream of mushroom soup and I’d probably still be making it that way if I hadn’t had the Best Beef Stroganoff ever a few weeks ago. Beef Stroganoff won’t change your life, but make it once and you’ll see why it’s in my rotation all winter.


Smoked Salmon Chowder

Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!

Soup | December 14, 2016 | By

Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!

Baby it’s cold outside! We’re in the middle of a deep freeze right now ~ a Polar Vortex. I don’t know what the question is, but soup is the right answer.

On top of temps that include a wind chill factor, Sunday we got 12″ of heavy, wet snow. It was the perfect day to stay home, cook, catch up on some reading and even watch a little bit of the football game.

Monday brought the reality of digging out and thankfully my husband was up to the task because I was ready to just pull the covers over my head and wait for spring. No really.

Smoked Salmon Chowder ~ thick, hearty, loaded with smoky salmon flavor and tender, bite-size pieces of potato ~ just what we needed. You can eat it without good bread, but really. . .why would you want to? 


Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup

Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup. Packed with vegetables in a rich, tomatoey broth enhanced with the addition of Sweet Italian Sausage.

Dinner, Soup | October 14, 2016 | By

Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup ~ loaded with fresh vegetables, sweet Italian sausage and a rich, tomatoey broth.

It’s been raining here for several days ~ ugh ~ and the forecast is for several more days of heavy rain. I shouldn’t complain (though obviously I am) because thank God there aren’t experiencing hurricanes or flooding in these parts.

Still, it’s bone-chilling leaving me with little no desire to go to the grocery store, but on the upside, it does bring out my creativity ~ as in what can I make with what’s already here? The idea for this Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup recipe is part freezer, part pantry, part end of the year garden.

It’s hearty and packed with veggies in a rich, tomatoey broth, enhanced with the flavor of sweet Italian sausage and a downpour (you’ll excuse the pun) of grated parmesan raining down on each bowl.


Naan Traditional Turkey Pot Pie

Naan Traditional Turkey Pot Pie ~ a lighter version of a classic with all the flavors we're looking for in this comfort dish.

Dinner | November 27, 2015 | By

This post has been sponsored by Stonefire Naan. The recipe and opinions are mine alone. #stonefirenaan #NaanTraditional

It’s Black Friday, which means we survived Thanksgiving. The second load of dishes that went into the dishwasher is done and unloaded, the leaf is taken out of the table and the cat has finally come out of hiding, but for those who hosted Thanksgiving dinner, we’re often faced with a refrigerator full of leftovers ~ especially turkey because we had to make sure there was enough turkey for everyone (I guess my husband was right). Even with this most traditional of holidays, I’m thinking non, er naan-traditional with a Naan Traditional Turkey Pot Pie ~ delicious, lightened up comfort food ~ something we can all use a little of these days.