Category Archives: Pork/Beef/etc

Chili Burger Sliders

Great idea from Just Jenn — perfect for cookouts this weekend or any time you want to chill with your friends! From the original site: It’s Memorial Weekend – if you’re having a party try to make your life easy – ahem – I’m one to talk (party over-doer), but you know what I’m saying. […]

Easy Thai Pork Noodle

There’s been a lot of talk lately about cutting  our meat consumption, (either for your health, or money savings, or for the planet) but if your family is anything like mine, they tend to expect meat for most dinners.   Rather than doing vegetarian meals, another way to reduce the amount of meat you eat is […]

Spaghetti and Meatballs

It’s yummy spaghetti and meatballs with veggies built into the meatballs and tomato sauce. No fighting with the kids (or hubby) to eat their veggies! From the original site: How to make awesome spaghetti and meatballs with a hidden serving of vegetables. Our trick? Pack the meatballs with grated carrots and zucchini. Aside from being […]

How to Stuff Burgers: Bacon and Blue Cheese

A few weeks ago we had an impromptu grilling party with friends, and these were the burgers we made.  They were such a hit, I figured you guys might like to see how to make them!  This is a quick technique that can be used to spice up any type of burger…  but in this […]

Potato Sausage Soup and Pumpkernickel Rye Twist Bread

Potato Sausage Soup a perfect, tummy warming, hearty soup served with freshly baked Pumpernickel Rye Twist Bread. Quoting the original site: We’ve had the most beautiful spring days for almost two weeks now and the days have been warm and full of bright sunshine. But the nights have been cold and then we had a […]

Rolled Flank Steak

Loving this delish looking rolled steak from Foodwhirl favorite,  Talk of Tomatoes. I had so much fun making this rolled steak. Sure, I splurge on the finer cuts, but weekday and budget-practical meals means ‘less choice cuts’ make more regular debuts. This is one of my favorite ways to serve up a gussied up flank […]

homemade corned beef and cabbage
Niki’s Homemade Corned Beef and Cabbage

Last year, Niki posted her entire process for making homemade corned beef – corning it herself rather than buying that pink stuff in the store.  So if you’re up for doing it for this St. Paddy’s day, it’s time to start thinking about it! Here are the three posts from last year, with all the […]

What to do with Ham Leftovers

I have leftovers from the ham I cooked for New Years, so I’ve been looking for ideas… Here’s one from The Novice Chef :  Ham Casserole Need other ideas? Cuban Black Beans at Foodalution Grilled Zucchini and Ham Pita Panini with Basil Hummus at Perry’s Plate Cheddar and Ham Biscuits at Craftzine Cheesy Ham and […]

Black Eyed Peas for New Years Day (Hopping John)

I’m about to make my Black Eyed Peas for tomorrow, so I’m passing on my super easy recipe.  It only takes about an hour or so to cook, so you can pull it together on New Years Day morning, if you’re not too bleary eyed–or cook it today and just reheat tomorrow– I think it’s […]

Tuscan Beef Stew

{ed note: this is a re-run from Feb 2010, perfect for fall weather!} Out here in California we are staring to see signs of spring, but I know that all my friends in the Mid-West and on the East are still firmly lodged in the throws of winter.  Here’s a recipe for a lovely beef […]

char sui pork, sliced
Char Siu Pork

Reader Deb, of Deb Cooks…, sends us this recipe, which I thought was perfect to share with you guys.  Pork tenderloin is a favorite of mine–it’s tasty, healthy, and quick cooking–and I’m always looking for new recipes for it. I love the idea of serving this with Chinese Pancakes. Deb writes: I have been making […]

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How to (effectively) freeze ground beef

Dot’s Note: I had to add the word ‘effectively’ to the title of this post because the nosy husband was reading over my shoulder, mocking me that freezing ground beef should just require putting it in the freezer. Sigh. Men. We’re all looking for ways to stretch our food dollar these days, and also–if you’re […]

How to pre-cook and freeze meatballs

I love the convenience of reaching into the freezer and grabbing a few handfuls of meatballs for something like a quick spaghetti dinner.  When my child was a toddler, meatballs were a great alternative to whatever meat the adults were having (like steak!), so I’d pull out a few frozen meatballs, and quickly have a […]

Quick Dinner Idea: The Bacon Dinner Salad

Brainstorming on what’s for dinner? A tasty and hearty dinner salad is a easy light dinner, perfect for a summer evening when you don’t really want to cook.  Well, I did cook Bacon for this one, but hey.. it’s BACON! Salads are great way to use up leftovers. Have 1 chicken breast left over from […]

Tamatiebredie (Tomato Stew)

This totally caught my eye at The Creative Pot.   Tamatiebredie is apparently a South African dish (I’m not sure I’ve ever cooked South African food!) and it looks really unique and tasty. So, maybe this would be an opportunity to expand those cultural horizons? Sometimes you need to be daring. That’s when you throw […]

Spotlight: Pork Ragu

Over at Talk of Tomatoes, Janelle (she’s a contributor here too!) has a tasty looking recipe for Pork Ragu!  This looks like a wonderfully simple ‘go-to’ meal… I am in love with ragu. Shall I marry it? I made this ragu recently for lunch, and my eldest son says to me: “mom, this is the […]

Bibimbap with Veggies & Flank Steak

Bibimbap is a Korean dish whose name literally means “mixed cooked rice” or “mixed meal.  I made mine with Flank Steak, baby aspargus, baby bok choy, mushrooms, snap peas, onion and water chestnuts. Topped with a fried egg and served with sides of sesame seeds and sriarcha, Bibimbap is a flavorful and filling meal. Here’s […]

Brunswick Stew for two.

The Daring Kitchen hosts two monthly challenges, The Daring Baker’s Challenge and The Daring Cook’s Challenge.  Participating in the challenges is a great way to be exposed to new recipes and techniques.  Not being quite daring enough to try the Baker’s Challenge I signed up for the Cook’s Challenge instead.  If you’re interested in the […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage: Part 3 of 3(corned beef hash with basted eggs)

Who’s sick of hearing about corned beef and cabbage?  Well, I promise, this is the end of this fascinating series.  I just want to make sure you’ve got some options for all those yummy leftovers (4 lbs of beef is a lot, and unless you’re throwing a party, I’m sure you’ve got some extra). This […]

Easy as [shepherd’s] pie!

[ed- this would be a great St. Pat’s dish tonight!] This is a recipe you could do ahead of time and freeze, or you could throw it together at the last minute for a dinner party (can be easily double or tripled for larger groups) or family dinner. It’s really versatile and easy. My family […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage (or how I got lucky): Part 2 of 3

After a week of brining, my beef brisket is finally ready to come out of its spice bath and be rinsed and cooked. It sat in the fridge all week, and I turned it two or three times to make sure all sides got equal time in the brine. It smelled pleasantly of pickles every […]

Spotlight: St Pats Day Maki!

I was out looking around for interesting things to do with corned beef and cabbage, and ran across this fabulous idea from The Cooking of Joy (one of my new fave food blogs!)..  How do you combine sushi and St. Patrick’s Day?  With St. Patty’s Day Maki, of course! Joy says: So after I blogged […]

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Filled Figs!

Foodwhirl friend Talk of Tomatoes sends us the lovely idea for Bacon Week! Grilled food is always fun, and as Janelle points out, there’s nothing wrong with grilling in the winter.. I have been told—even chastised—for not heating up the grill in the dead of winter. I am beginning to heed that advice, taking off […]

Guinness Corned Beef

Right now Niki is detailing how to actually corn a beef over in the Seasonal/Holiday category —–> How I got lucky There are still some days remaining until St. Patricks Day, so there is still time to brine your own Corned Beef.  For the first time ever I am actually considering it.  Niki is an […]

How to cook Bacon in the Oven, and More!

Foodwhirl’s lovely friend Carissa, from Good N Crazy, had a great bacon filled post last week that I wanted to include in Bacon Week. She not only shares a very successful method for cooking bacon in the oven, with less mess, but also a bunch more interesting links! I do NOT love cooking bacon. Who […]