Broccoli and Cheese, they just go together. Warm and tempting this soup is just calling for a cool evening to be served. Continue reading
This recipe came from a friend when we were newlyweds and pinching our pennies. I felt like I could make it out of almost nothing, and although it isn’t very pretty, it tastes delicious! –Mellyn Continue reading
I tried off and on for years to make something we considered edible in the beans and rice category, and failed miserably every time. But when our family lived in Florida, a friend from the Dominican Republic came over and taught me to make her black beans and rice, along with a delicious chicken. Slowly, her recipe morphed into one that is totally shelf stable and our family loves it! –Mellyn Continue reading
This is any easy way to add variety to your rice. Great served along enchiladas, tacos, and the list goes on and on. Continue reading
I had a couple of college roommates who were excellent cooks. One of them made a wonderful thick chicken and noodle gravy that she always served over mashed potatoes. I had that idea in mind when I set to work on this recipe. I love the flavor the bacon and rosemary add –total comfort food! –Mellyn Continue reading
I remember my great grandmother making this squash recipe at a large family gathering. I think it was the first time I tasted zucchini and liked it! Since then, I’ve developed quite an appetite for this prolific vegetable, and it’s on our table year round! We don’t use a lot of Velveeta at our house, but it stores reasonably well (for about 6 months at a time) and provides some variety when my kids get tired of the same veggies. –Mellyn Continue reading
The flour in this soup gives it a creamy texture without the additional calories of cream, and the oregano and basil give it an Italian flavor that my family finds irresistible! The Hobbit (our curly-haired youngest with the appetite of a hobbit!) eats 2 or 3 bowls of this every time I serve it! –Mellyn Continue reading
This quick dish is a great way to use leftover rice. Serve it warm or cold — as a side or a main course. The light flavor is mild enough that even my picky kids really enjoyed it…unlike the first version that was filled with curry and red pepper! We liked the sweet of the mandarin oranges with it, as well. –Mellyn Continue reading
Hawaiian Haystacks have to be some of the most colorful food around! At my house they’re sure to please, since picky eaters can build it how they like it! –Mellyn Continue reading
This is an adaptation from a recipe brought to us by Natalie T. when our second daughter was born! We loved it and had to add this to our family favorites! I only needed to change a couple things to make it completely shelf stable. Enjoy! Continue reading
–Adapted from a Cooking Light recipe shared with us by Debbie C.
I’m just amazed at how versatile basic ingredients can be! By changing a few of the spices, basic beans and rice become something reminiscent of African cuisine?! I wasn’t sure how the kiddos would react to this one. Surprisingly, both Picky Boy and Little Girl ate it without complaining! Continue reading
Lemon flavor shines in this easy meal. Heating in the crock pot helps me not burn my canned meats while I am trying to heat them up for dinner! Continue reading
I love being able to throw this side dish together without any chopping or peeling. Using carrots in this dish adds much needed Vitamin A into our diets and my food storage! Continue reading
Wendy was one of my first friends to try to teach me to cook, “to taste.” After many, many tastings I would have to say this is the ratio of rice to liquid to spice that my family enjoys! And thanks to Wendy I can now say this is to our taste! Continue reading
There is no Marsala in this recipe, but the flavors are inspired from a sauce that contained Marsala Wine and this is where I got its name. “Chicken and Sauce” was just too boring for me to use. Continue reading
A few years ago someone brought us dinner when a baby was born. She had made the most flavorful rice! It added to the meal so much. I asked her for her recipe. “Oh, I added this and that,” she stated. When people say that I am not sure if they are hiding their recipes from others to keep them secret or if they are really just so talented they can add this and that. I decided to give it a try. I added this and that to many rice dishes (of course I took notes!) and came up with a few combinations that our family loves. This is one that is super easy, yet it looks like I used a lot of effort to get a colorful and flavorful side dish. Continue reading
This recipe is adapted from one I received at a “kitchen” wedding shower. It has always been one of our favorites! It tastes best if you make it the day before; giving the flavors more time to blend. You can also dress it up by keeping the tortillas whole and rolling the chicken mixture into enchiladas. If you do this, I’d recommend reserving about 1/2 of the soup mixture and adding chicken to the other half. Fill your tortillas with the chicken mixture and pour the reserved “soup” mixture over the top before baking.
This casserole is just plain good! There’s something comforting about creamy rice and chicken with a hint of rosemary. And the nutty flavor of pecans along with the mandarin oranges is a taste sensation that will make your mouth sing!