Cleaned-Up Cheeseburger Macaroni

Another successful cleaned up version of a boxed meal from my childhood! If you sometimes crave Hamburger Helper the way I do, while still wanting to eat clean ingredients, this recipe is for you. This is delicious, cheesy comfort food 101!   Cleaned-Up Cheeseburger Macaroni (Original Recipe: The Cozy Cook) 2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar…

Hearty Guinness Beef Stew

Several nights ago, while watching a Chopped competitor attempt beef stew in 30 minutes, my usually-apathetic husband turned to me and asked if I would make “a better beef stew than that” for dinner this week. So I dug up a recipe I’d previously used for St. Patrick’s Day and modified it. Despite not being huge beer…

The best Beef Stroganoff I’ve ever had

I’ve long searched for an exceptional Beef Stroganoff recipe that does not use canned soup. There are countless options floating around the internet, and I’ve tried most of them. They have all disappointed. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t good, either. And then, I found Vikalinka. She’s Russian, so she knows what she’s talking about….

Parmesan meatballs with orzo in basil cream sauce

I try to attempt at least one new recipe every week. Some are disappointing, but some are worth hanging onto, like this one. In our house, pasta and red meat are considered splurges, so this is a bit gluttonous for us. Don’t skimp on the basil or forget the lemon squeeze garnish; they make a…

Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce

Tonight’s dinner is one of our favorites: beef/lamb meatballs smothered in a creamy mushroom white wine sauce. My husband begs for this meal, especially smothered over a mound of mashed potatoes. This recipe makes roughly two dozen one-inch meatballs. Since the two of us could never eat that many meatballs in one sitting, I always freeze…

Chili con Carne

Confession: I love Wendy’s chili. It’s one of the things I missed after cutting out fast food. So I started digging through copy cat recipes online. I’ve been making it so long, I don’t remember the original recipe author. I might have even tweaked it repeatedly over the years. But this is the one in my…

Mongolian beef

This is one of the first meals I taught myself to make years ago. So long ago, I don’t recall where I originally got the recipe. But it’s surprisingly easy and very delicious, one of our favorite go-to red meat dinners that tastes just like takeout. This recipe would be zero stars on the spicy scale. To…