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Aug 152014

Any Day Beef And Potato Casserole

My mind is just kinda blah like the weather this week and I haven’t felt much like getting in the kitchen or anywhere else for that matter, to do much of anything. Another problem is that with just husband and I to cook for, making large amounts of a dish, we end up eating them for what seems like days on end. I guess it’s like feast or famine, when you have kids at home everything seems to disappear from the food supply and when it’s just the two of you well, you know! My mind is also floating into the autumn season which I so desperately await and with August half over, I don’t have far to go :-) I’m even thinking about Christmas as I have a few gifts already stashed away! Oh! You do know there is only 19  18 Fridays till Christmas! Your Welcome!

Pipe'en hot out of the oven!

Pipe’en hot out of the oven! Even Popeye would like this one…


This is just another simple dish I whipped up last night after reading a recipe in Woman’s Circle and by adding a few extra spices and another veggie, it came out pretty tasty. It’s also a one dish meal (other than some homemade garlic bread for sopping!) which is perfect with the heat. Of course it was another excuse to use some of our own fresh ground burger which makes husband very, very happy!

Darn! I forgot the cheese!

Darn! I forgot the cheese!


Any Day Beef And Potato Casserole
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into ½" cubes
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ½ box frozen spinach thawed, well drained and dried with paper towels
  • 1 can whole peeled potatoes, broken up into uniform size pieces about 1 inch
  • Spices: sea salt, fresh ground pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil and parsley, omitting or adding to your liking
  • Grated mozzarella or Asiago cheese or a combo of both (optional, I did not do this last night, as it was in my head when I was making it and when dinner was done, it went right out of my head, oops!)
  1. Arrange potatoes in a 2 quart baking dish in an even layer; lightly sprinkle with salt, pepper and onion powder.
  2. Crumble meat evenly over the seasoned potatoes and again lightly sprinkle with more salt, pepper and some oregano.
  3. Top meat with a layer of spinach followed by the tomatoes and their juice; season lightly again with the remaining spices of your choice.
  4. Cover and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until meat is cooked and potatoes are tender.
  5. Five minutes before done, remove cover, sprinkle with cheese and return to oven to melt.


Like I said, play with the seasonings to fit your taste and have a nice weekend, enjoy!

Jan 302014


Creamy Sauerkraut

Looking for something a little different to top those hot dogs, sausages links or even burgers for the big game, try this if you like sauerkraut! It’s a very simple way to spice up just plain sauerkraut into a tasty addition for all types of meats. Did anyone see that Oscar Meyers has a new hot dog out? It’s the bacon hot dog, hot diggity, dog diggity, just what I’ve been waiting for, more bacon!!!!!!!!!!!! Going shopping tomorrow and it’s on the top of my grocery list. I’m not overly fond of Oscar Meyer hot dogs, but I have got to try these new treats for sure!



Cooking has not been going on too much this week and baking is totally out of the question with the weather. Yesterday morn I watched out the window like a little kid, anticipating  some snow which of course went all around us and dumped nothing on us but a chilling rain. I know some of you might think I’m crazy, but I still miss seeing the white stuff coming down from the sky! We never got above 39 degrees yesterday and today isn’t much better; last look at the thermometer, it was still hanging in at 40. I know some of you are wishing you were this warm but with the cloud cover, cold temps and a very muddy yard, I’m getting cabin fever just like when I lived up north! We did see a robin hanging out in the back yard at lunchtime and I’m afraid it’s gonna be an early hot spring and summer………

And don't forget to ask for a bacon dog!

And don’t forget to ask for a bacon dog!

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Creamy Sauerkraut
  • 3 cans (8 oz each) sauerkraut with liquid
  • 1 to 3 whole cloves (depending on taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lb hot dogs or sausage links
  1. Combine the sauerkraut with the cloves, bay leaf and salt in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat until liquid has evaporated.
  2. Remove from heat and discard cloves and bay leaf.
  3. Add sour cream and slowly reheat over low heat.
  4. Cook hot dogs or sausage your favorite way and top with sauerkraut mixture.


Another adaption from an old recipe pamphlet missing it cover? Can’t wait to have this on the new bacon hot dogs! Enjoy and go Denver……………..

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