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Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ah – comfort food. Hot, filling, and made up of flavors you remember from childhood.  That’s the secret behind this Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese. And it’s even better when it’s homemade and free of all the preservatives and artificial colors that are routinely added to our usual comfort foods.  Take the Kraft version of “Easy Mac and Cheese”: Whey, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup Solids, Palm …

Kansas Bierocks

Kansas Bierocks Recipe

If you’ve never had a bierock (we pronounce it BEER-OCK in Kansas where I grew up), you are really missing a treat. This authentic Kansas Bierocks Recipe using ground beef comes from Ellis, Kansas, center of the Germans-from-Russia (Volga-Deutsch) settlements that sprung up all over Kansas and Nebraska in the 1870s. I am very proud of my Volga-Deutsch heritage. Frankly, it distresses me when I …

Fresh salmon rubbed with rosemary and garlic

Easy Oven Baked Salmon

If you’ve never attempted fish at home, you really should try this Easy Oven Baked Salmon Recipe. Five ingredients, including the fish, and 15 to 20 minutes of baking time make it perfect for an impressive meal. What’s even better is that it’s basically foolproof! It’s baked uncovered in the oven, and with a few pointers, you can easily tell just when it’s perfectly done. …

Santa Fe Style Carne Adovada

One of the most intimidating things about cooking an international dish like this Santa Fe Style Carne Adovada is recognizing the variations in ingredients.  Dwaine and I will often walk around a grocery in Puerto Vallarta and marvel at the enormous variety in vegetables they have compared to our paltry selection here in Denver.  Dozens of chilies, all shapes, sizes and colors, as well as …

Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan from Scratch

No “cream-of-Something”, no artificial flavors, no preservatives – just creamy, tasty chicken goodness! That’s the secret behind this Chicken Divan Casserole recipe I made the other night for friends. I checked my freezer and had 4 nice chicken breasts, so a Chicken Divan from Scratch sounded perfect.  It bakes in the oven without a lot of fuss, so I can enjoy the guests while the …

Oven Baked Country Style Ribs

Oven Baked Country Style Ribs

You’ve probably come across packages of “Country Style Ribs” in your grocery.  If you’re like me, you wondered “So, what’s the difference between these and just regular ‘ribs’?”  Well, they’re not the same, and that means you need to prepare them a little differently than you would a regular rack of pork ribs.  This recipe for Oven Baked Country Style Ribs is super-simple, and produces …

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