Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Whether you’re  hailing from Utah and refer to the recipe as Funeral Potatoes or a Southerner from Mississippi that calls it Hashbrown Casserole, this recipe is pretty darn delicious if you ask me or any of the folks I have made it for. It’s really the perfect casserole for the holidays, work potlucks, church functions, any gathering that requires a covered dish. Just simply combine shredded hashbrowns, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Colby-Jack cheese, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, sautéed onion, and minced garlic.

The list of names for this casserole dish that uses those famous frozen hash browns is almost endless depending on where you live in the United States. I have heard them called, Church Lady Potatoes, Christmas Potatoes, Heartstopper Hashbrown Casserole, Ward Potatoes, Cheesy Potato Casserole,  Pittsburg Potatoes, as well as  Church Social Potatoes by some.
You might ask, “How did this casserole ever became known as Funeral Potatoes in Utah?” It seems about 15-16 years ago  Funeral Potatoes became a staple served at dinners given for bereaved friends and family after a Latter Day Saints funeral. I’m sure they were being served up in Utah long before they were fondly nicknamed, “Funeral Potatoes” Continue reading

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic is so simple and delicious it’s almost ridiculous. The ingredient list is minimal Brussel sprouts, red onions, smoky bacon, olive oil, honey, and sweet balsamic. You can easily find every item at your local grocer or even your own home in most instances.

Just for fun, I decided to do a little research on Brussels Sprouts to see what I could dig up as far as information.Want to know what crazy and fun facts I managed to find out rummaging on the worldwide web? Some of them you might actually find slightly interesting.roasted-brussel-sprouts-with-bacon-and-balsamic

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Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce

Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Sauce come together in almost no time at all; made with Crescent rolls, deli sliced sandwich pepperoni, sliced provolone cheese, crisp green bell peppers, and RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce,  baked to perfection in the oven, then brushed with hot garlic butter and served with more delicious RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce for dipping .

First off,  I want to say, “Happy 80th Anniversary to RAGÚ®” How amazing to be able to celebrate 80 years of being Simmered in Tradition. From Italy to America, the founders have blended garden-grown ingredients and never compromised their high standards for making a really great sauce that families across America have grown to love over the years.

Some of the reasons I love about using RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce  in my favorite recipes is the delicious home-style taste, quality ingredients and convenience of not having to spend hours in the kitchen making a pot of homemade sauce every time I want to make one of our favorite quick and easy snacks like my Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls.

easy-peasy-pepperoni-rolls-with-ragu-sauceEasy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce can be ready in almost little or no time for snacks for the kids or even Game Day appetizers.You can fill them with a variety of your favorite pizza toppings such as green bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions, bacon,  or sausage. Whatever you like your options are almost endless. Continue reading

Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

This hearty and delicious tasting Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage is perfect for chasing away the winter time blues. Made with some of the South’s favorite ingredients such as; smoked sausage, 15 different beans, fresh collard greens, onions, celery, green bell peppers, carrots, garlic, diced tomatoes with chiles,  Cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, and Cayenne pepper served over white rice for the perfect balance of flavor.

This recipe for Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup is definitely a go-to meal for those of us who love of beans and rice recipes. The combination of beans, rice, collard greens and smoked sausage are definitely a plus in my book. Add a bit of white cornbread and I’m in my own little word of happiness.spicy-southern-15-bean-soup-3First off I want to apologize and give you all a BIG Thank you for being here. I know it seems as if I have been a bit lax on sharing recipes and stories with y’all; for that I am sorry. We have had one crazy mess going on that started with a leaking pipe under the house foundation and ended with concrete floors being dug up, new tile laid in the kitchen, and all new carpet in the rest of the living area. Now hopefully we can get back on track and have a little less dramatic household in the future. Continue reading

Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe

The Holidays are the time when we all bring out our cherished dips and appetizers and one of our families favorites is my deliciously creamy, slightly salty,  Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe made with dried beef, cream cheese, sour cream,  mayo, diced onions, green onions, minced jalapeño peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning served over crusty bread or your favorite crackers it’s simply to die for.

The first Christmas dinner I spent with my husband and his family over 9 years ago, my sister-in-law Dawn brought a Dried Chipped Beef Dip to my Mother-in-laws Holiday dinner. I  really liked the texture and the flavor of the dried beef in her recipe, but I did not like how salty her Dried Chipped Beef Dip tasted. The saltiness was a little too overboard for me and my husband’s taste. Neither one of us is big fans of over salted foods.

The Holidays are the time when we all bring out our cherished dips and appetizers and one of our families favorites is my deliciously creamy, slightly salty, Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe made with dried beef, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, diced onions, green onions, minced jalapeño peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning served over crusty bread or your favorite crackers it's simply to die for.I decided to keep her idea when it came to the Dried Chipped Beef Dip , but remove some of that heavy salt taste from her recipe. I must have made this recipe countless times till I got it to the exact taste and texture I was looking for. I had actually played around with her Dip recipe so much in the last 9 years, that it’s not even her recipe anymore, just her idea I guess. Continue reading

Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe

A  deliciously tender Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe is hard to come by these days; but I have one to share with you today, made with a quality marbled Chuck roast,  tender  seasonal root vegetables such as Yukon Gold potatoes, baby carrots, celery, onions, all slowly cooked in a rich broth made from red wine.

In every family, there is a cherished recipe for and American all-time favorite Sunday dinner; that favorite is the Pot Roast, some are tender and juicy if cooked correctly while others may leave something to be desired being more on the tough or stringy side if cooked too rapidly. You just can’t rush a good tender Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe; it takes a little patience on your part.

perfect-pot-roast-recipe-1One of the most important factors in my Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe is the fact I take a little time choosing the right  cut of meat with great marbling. I generally use a Chuck Roast which can be tough is not treated correctly in the cooking process leading up to a stringy pot roast. So I always look for a decent amount of marbling to my Chuck roast to help keep it tender while I cook it slowly on low heat. Continue reading

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk,  a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

I can not begin to tell you how delightful Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon really is without thinking back to the look that would come across my beautiful mama’s face when she would talk about how when she first had Chocolate gravy over her mama’s house in Tennessee, she felt like heaven and earth moved that day.

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk,  a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

I know some of y’all are asking, “What exactly is Chocolate Gravy?”,  it’s pure chocolate heaven that we Southerners serve over our homemade buttermilk biscuits made of simple staple ingredients you probably already have sitting right in your cupboard and refrigerator now. It’s not a fudge sauce nor a chocolate sauce, it’s somewhere between, yet has a smoky flavor and is made from a special  cocoa and flour-based roux cooked to perfection in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Continue reading