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Tuna Casserole

This has been a bit of a rough week for Noodle ... and Mom, here, always runs toward comfort food for dinner on those really bad days.  We all define comfort food differently. For me, it's food that I remember from childhood. It's not fancy. It's not even always pretty. It is, however, always comforting as those familiar smells waft from my oven.  It reminds me of my mom standing over a stove preparing dinner, or waking up in my grandparents house to the smell of bacon frying. ...

Friday Night Pizza and Movie

Sometimes the smallest of things turn out to be the most remembered traditions.   When I was growing up, one of the things my dad and I shared a love for was movies.  We liked the same kinds ... or maybe he just pretended to like my movies! We'd stay up to the wee hours of morning watching the 1950s horror movies that were on PBS in those days.  Much to his credit, I fell in love with Star Trek, Indiana Jones, John Wayne westerns (yep!), The Lone Ranger, Abbott and Costello, ...

Simply Savory Pork Roast

I love pork! I really don't have to say much more than that! One of my favorite weekend dinners is roasted pork loin. It is easy and can stretch it into several weeknight meals ... unless you have your cousin, daughter and 4 other men at the dinner table like I did! Two of them were teenagers!  It's hard to stay connected to extended family when they live in the same town, let alone 45 minutes way ... we're just too busy these days.  I try to have friends and family over for ...

My take on Ree’s Braised Beef Brisket: Venison Roast

I have greatly enjoyed watching Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman show over the years.  I ran across her blog several years ago not realizing she had a new TV show at the time.  She is one of my favorite Food Network "chefs" ... she's family oriented and down to Earth, and she fixes simple and hearty meals ... no frills. I love that! And ... let's face it ... Marlboro Man isn't bad to look at, either. ;-)  In a recent show, Ree fixed enough braised beef brisket to ...

Peppercorn Venison Tenderloin

By some grace of a higher power, I was able to catch The Pioneer Woman while the show was actually airing on the Food Network over the weekend ... I usually have to catch the DVR version because cartoons and football take precedence in my house! The episode title was Old Friends, New Friends and Ree makes a  whole lot of beef tenderloin for a 17 person dinner she hosts.  Now, I'm one of those who sits in front of cooking shows with iPad in hand  and pins the yummy recipes ...

Prime Rib with Fresh Horseradish

When I think of all the food my daddy loved best, “one-potters” and steak, specifically prime rib, are at the top. Daddy first introduced me to prime rib when I was about 8 years old.  This wasn't something we had very often because of the expense, so it was a true treat when we’d have it at home.  I have ordered prime rib from steak house menus all over the country for as long as I can remember, but nothing has ever come close to the smell that wafted through our house when a ...

Roasted Turkey Breast with Onion Sauce

Every year when MPG goes deer hunting, he manages to bring back more than just a freezer full of venison.  Usually the bounty includes feed sacks full of turnips that I end up sharing with everyone I know ... seriously, nobody can eat that many turnips! Last year, he brought home a turkey breast that was as big as most whole turkeys I see in the grocery store.  It was fresh from the farm ... no hormones injected, no water or other filler injected. It was all meat, beautiful large turkey ...

Applewurst and Kraut – an easy weeknight meal

German wurst (or wurste) canbe loosely translated as sausage ... and sometimes cold cuts.  There are many different varieties of wursts, but only a few are readily available to us in the US.  That's too bad, because they're all pretty amazing. My grandpa used to eat blood sausage (blutwurst), and there was pretty much every kind of sausage in his refrigerator known to man.  My dad was addicted, too, so I was always around it which resulted in my own slight addiction. The funny ...