Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.


Baked Tostadas Salsa Verde

I made a few changes to this one. I am not a fan of green salsa so I leave it out. I also use a blend of shredded Monterrey Jack and cheddar cheese. 4 (6-inch) flour tortillas 3 ounces (3/4 cup) shredded pepper jack cheese […]

Making Homemade Hot Pockets

I tend to avoid anything prepacked because of all the unknown and extra ingredients. However, sometimes it is nice to have a snack or lunch that is quick and ready to go. This recipe was sent to me by my sister Allison. These little ham […]

Hamburger Stroganoff

This recipe comes from my Grandmother Lois Jepson.

1/2 c minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c butter
1 lb ground beef
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp salt
1/2  tsp pepper
1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced or 1 (8 oz) can sliced
1 can (10 1/2  oz) cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 c sour cream

Saute onion and garlic in butter over moderate heat. Stir in meat and brown. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and mushrooms. Cook 5 min, stir in soup. Simmer uncovered 10 min. Stir in sour cream. Heat through. Serve over noodles, rice or baked potato.

Stone Soup: The Basics of Making Soups

My sister recently sent an email with a recipe she created using ingredients from her pantry. It just so happened “stone soup” was on our menu that night. So, it got me thinking about how easy it is to whip up a simple, good for […]

Fall Pork Chop Vegetable Stew with Left Over Fiesta Rice

Last night’s menu consisted of fiesta rice and fajitas. The rice I learned to make from a girl I met in Texas. I added the cumin. I did not know what exactly I was going to make for dinner tonight but I had a hankering […]

My Grandmother’s Porcupines – Rice Meatballs

This is my Grandmother’s recipe for Porcupines. Porcupines are basically meatballs with rice mixed in them. They make a delightful dish served with roasted veggies. I did have to make a few changes. Naturally I changed the shortening to canola oil and I subbed garlic powder in place of the garlic salt to cut down on the sodium. Salt can always be added later if needed.

1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup uncooked rice
1/2 cup milk or water
2 tbsp chopped onion
1/3 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1/4 tsp celery salt
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 c water
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp shortening

Mix beef, rice, milk, onion and seasonings. Form into four balls. Fry in melted shortening, turning to brown (not crusty). Add tomato sauce, water and Worcestershire. Mix, cover and simmer 45 min over low heat.

Asian Noodle Stir-Fry

Asian noodle stir-fry is one of several inexpensive recipes I came up with using Top Ramen. It is definitely a recipe that can be played around with. Omit the Top Ramen for rice and chicken broth. The broth in the recipe is made with pasta […]