Category: Main Dishes

London Broil from the oven 7

Easy London Broil Recipe

An easy London Broil recipe for the oven!  You’ll love the results. I hate waste.  To me, waste represents the absolute worst thing we can do to the environment.  After all the work of production, all the energy that’s been used in creating something to eat or wear or use . . . to then see it thrown...


Best Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

There are a few dishes that just scream “Comfort Food”, and Homemade Chicken Pot Pie is certainly one of them. Smelling that buttery crust and rich, creamy filling baking in the oven on a chilly fall day is what baking is all about. And what’s better than preparing a pie from scratch, using all-natural ingredients?

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Wilma’s Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Wilma Schmidt, Dwaine’s mother, passed this recipe for Scalloped Potatoes with Ham on to him in her own handwriting.  I’ve updated it a bit and am now passing it along to you. Wilma lived into her 90s, and she passed along many recipes from her days as a farm wife.  Raised during the Great Depression, the recipes often...

Easy Fast Baked Chicken 5

Easy Baked Chicken Recipes

Fast baked chicken? Snort. That’s just crazy talk! Well, it would be if you did it the old-fashioned way, prepping the bird, preheating the oven, baking for a few hours and pulling out a chicken with dry breast meat, rubbery, yellow skin and under-cooked thighs.  And then if you put it back in, you dry out all the...

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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...


How to Cook Beans

You and many others have decided to stock up on beans. I know this, because my store is completely bone-dry of any variety of bean! Understandable, and thankfully, I already had several bags on hand. They last for a long time and there’s a lot you can do with them. But if you haven’t used them much before,...

Oven Baked Beef Stew 3

Oven Baked Beef Stew

Why make a crock pot stew when an oven baked stew is faster, easier and tastes better?

Authentic Irish Stew 14

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

March is fast-approaching, and I thought it would be a good idea to collect all of my best Irish recipes together in one convenient post for you to try out and share with your friends.  Here in the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day recipes are something of a tradition, even if you haven’t a drop of Irish blood (as...


Oven Roast Beef – The Slow-Roast Method

The biggest reason for failing at an oven roast beef is being impatient.  We tend to equate “It takes so much work!” with “It takes so much time!” And the fact is, the two are not the same at all. Yes, a tender, juicy roast beef takes a lot of time, but it does not take a lot...

Homemade Hot Pockets 4

Bierocks Recipe – And Variations

If you’ve ever bought the commercial-grade Hot Pockets brand snacks, you’ve had to wonder what was in them, right?  I mean – how can you put something in the microwave and never, ever know if it’s going to be a pizza-cicle on the inside or molten cheese-lava?  It’s positively diabolical!  And the ingredients?  I’ve seen fewer chemicals in...