Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Salisbury Steak


     Here is another one of those traditional American dishes that some may consider "comfort" food. I had never really had it before this day when I decided to give it a try and make it. We grew up with another similar American dish called Baked Steak, but this was completely different. (By the way, I never was a fan of the baked steak my mother made). Shhhhh.  This dish combines ground beef into a steak patty and is served with a bbq style gravy. I must say, I quite liked it. Salisbury Steak.



  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 10 oz can French Onion Soup
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, (more if needed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 3 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs mustard
  • 1/2 tbs Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms
  • Salt/pepper

1. Combine ground beef, about a tablespoon of the French Onion Soup, bread crumbs, egg, and salt and pepper. Make into 3 round patties.
2. In a large skillet, brown patties on both sides.
3. Toss in mushrooms and saute after flipping the patties onto the second side.
4. In a large bowl combine by whisking, flour, rest of the can of soup, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
5. Pour into skillet, cover and simmer for roughly 10-15 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 1-3

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mushroom Risotto


    Earthy,bold, creamy, and salty; the perfect flavor combination for a delicious hearty risotto dish. If you are like me, you truly appreciate a good bowl of risotto. You can make a whole meal out of just some good creamy Arborio rice. Mushroom Risotto.


  • 1 package mixed mushrooms, (cremini, shitake, oyster)
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 large shallot diced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup Pinot Grigio
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Fresh chopped basil
  • Salt/pepper

1. In large saute pan, melt butter and drizzle the olive oil. Saute the diced shallots.

2. Add in chopped up mixed mushrooms.

3. Once tender, remove from pan and sit aside on a plate.

4. In same pan brown the rice just a bit then pour in the white wine and bring to a simmer.

5. Slowly stir in 1/3 cup of stock at a time, constantly stirring as the rice will begin to soak up the

6. Keep stirring and adding a bit of the stock each time as the rice will gradually swell and absorb all the liquids.

7. Stir in the thyme, basil, and salt and pepper once all the liquid has been consumed and the rice is tender.

8. Mix back in the mushroom mixture and dig in!

    This was definitely as described above in the intro. A delicious full flavored risotto dish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
Serves: 4+

Sloppy Joe Macaroni Bake


    Was one of those days I really didn't know what to make, but was craving some sort of cheesey baked goodness So I came up with this delicious, easy, and sure to please most everyone. Sloppy Joe Macaroni Bake.




1. Cook sloppy joe as directed in above recipe.

2. Cook pasta just till almost done.

3. Mix softened cream cheese and ricotta in a bowl.

4. Combine pasta with sloppy joe mix.

5. In a casserole dish layer some of the sloppy joe/pasta mix on bottom of pan.

6. Spread the ricotta/cream cheese mixture over top.

7. Spread the rest of the sloppy joe mix over top of the ricotto and top with some cheddar cheese.

8. In a 350 degree oven, covered with tinfoil, bake for roughly 20 minutes.

9. Remove tinfoil and bake for another 5-10 minutes uncovered so that the cheese browns and bubbles.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
Serves: 4+