Turkey Poblano Chili

Turkey Poblano Chili

Everybody has their favorite chili. It’s one of those “my mom’s better than you mom” kind of things. For the record … MY mom makes THE BEST chili. This is not up for discussion. Maybe your mom didn’t make your favorite chili (shhhhh … I won’t 

Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Childhood favorite, college staple, and affordable family dinner … amp up your spaghetti with these homemade meatballs!

Thanksgiving Meatballs & Cranberry-Mustard Sauce

Thanksgiving Meatballs & Cranberry-Mustard Sauce

November. Halloween is over and everyone is jumping right into Christmas. Music, movies, decorations, shopping … Not me. I’m a Thanksgiving girl. I love everything about this holiday. I love the hymns we sing at church, the story of the Pilgrims and Indians sharing a 

Fried Rice

Want to get your kids more involved in the kitchen? Or just want a solid way to up-cycle leftovers? A little leftover cooked rice (or noodles), some leftover vegetables supplemented with some fresh ones, an egg or two, some meat … Fried Rice. One of the 

A Re-Introduction to Meatballs

A Re-Introduction to Meatballs

Swedish meatballs … Porcupine meatballs … Italian meatballs … Spaghetti and meatballs … Meatball subs … Meatball soup … Baked meatballs … Fried meatballs … Crock Pot meatballs …

I started thinking about how versatile meatballs are and ended up channeling my inner Forrest Gump! “I know everything there is to know about … ” meatballs.

State Fair Turkey Burgers

Nothing compares to the state fair here in Iowa. I can say that because “Nothing Compares” is the slogan for the 2016 Iowa Sate Fair. Even though it is only April, and the fair is in August, twitter, facebook and the morning news shows are already alerting us to:

– grandstand entertainment (Steven Tyler, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Jeff Dunham, and more)

– new food items to search out (I am drawn to the Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb

– the on-going controversy over when our schools should be allowed to begin classes for the fall (during the fair or after? It’s not as simple an argument as it seems!).

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

This simple recipe of chicken and vegetables simmered with herbs and spices to make a pot of Mexican goodness! Ladle a big scoop over a bed of rice and top with cilantro, avocado and a squeeze of lime!

Sherri’s Chicken Pasta Salad

Sherri’s Chicken Pasta Salad

It is time to reap the great benefits of leftover Roast Chicken. My husband’s favorite way to polish off leftover chicken is this salad. Now there are lots and lots of salad recipes using chicken and pasta. This one came from my cousin, Sherry, when I was a poor college student and would occasionally drop by her house to get away from the dorms, talk with her and her husband and play with their four great kids. My timing was pretty perfect… dinner time! This was what she was making on one of those days. I always think of her when I make this.

Chicken Stock

Yesterday’s post was on roasting chicken and I promised to share some ideas to help you get the most from your leftovers. The first thing was to remove and refrigerate or freeze most of the meat for sandwiches, salads, casseroles or soup. My next recommendation is to make your own stock for your soup or for use in recipes that call for broth/stock.

Notice I used, and many people do, “stock” and “broth” interchangeably. There is a difference (although when I buy it in the grocery store, I don’t notice much difference): “stock” is made by cooking the meat and bones (and sometimes vegetables) in water extracting the fat from the meat and skin as well as the gelatin from the bones. The stock will tighten up when chilled, thanks to the gelatin. When it is warmed up again, it will return to its liquid. Stock also has a more intense flavor to it than broth.

Roast Chicken

Dinner for four … under $10? Whole roasted chicken, salad, warm bread … let’s say grace!

I bought two of these whole chickens (about 3 pounds each) for $5 a piece at my local meat counter. I roasted them together for a little more than an hour and a half. One made it to the table. The other, and what was left of the first, will be repurposed later this week. Homemade stock (broth), salads, sandwiches, casseroles, soups … it all starts with basic roasting.