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May 14, 2018

Simply Sides 24 - German Potato Salad

I am always looking for ways to make our weeknight meals more exciting with new side dishes. I was a little nervous that hubs would not like this tangy potato dish, but it turns out that he really enjoyed it. Now we have new side dish to add to our lineup! I looked at a few different recipes and came up with my own spin that turned out pretty delish. And even though this is called potato salad, it really is more like a warm potato side as opposed to what I think of as salad.

German Potato Salad


  • 6 red potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 strips of bacon, diced
  • 3 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs brown mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbs dried dill
  • salt & pepper

Bring potato slices to a boil & cook for 8 minutes. Drain. While potatoes are cooking, cook bacon in a skillet over medium until pieces are brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. In bacon drippings, saute onions for 5 minutes. Add in garlic and saute another 2 minutes. Once onions and garlic are tender and translucent, add in water, sugar, mustard, and 2 tbs of the vinegar & stir well. Add in potatoes and sprinkle the last tbs of vinegar on. Sprinkle with dill, salt, & pepper. Toss well to coat potatoes. Sprinkle in drained bacon pieces and stir again.  Serve warm.

May 3, 2018

Ropa Vieja - Home Cooked Recipe #80

I am a BIG fan of latin flavors. I was perusing the internet for a good Rope Vieja recipe to try, and decided to actually combine flavors from several different ones to come up with my own spin on this dish. Some of the ingredients are probably not traditional but it came out fantastic! Also, it's made in the slow cooker so it's a one pot dish that cooks itself which is super convenient. Give it a try!

Ropa Vieja


  • 2-3lb boneless chuck roast
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), sliced
  • 1/2 jar whole green olives w/pimentos (& brine)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 4 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp minced dried onion
  • 1 tbs Adobo
  • 1 packet Sazon
  • freshly ground black pepper

In a slow cooker, mix all ingredients from tomato sauce to black pepper. Stir in onion, peppers, olives, & Rotel. Place chuck roast over sauce, spooning some of the liquid over the top. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or low for 8 hours.  Shred meat and return to liquid. Serve over rice. 

April 23, 2018

One Pot Beef Stroganoff - Pinterest Pick #18

I have been a fan of beef stroganoff ever since I had my first box of stroganoff flavored Hamburger Helper. Growing up, my mom did not use Hamburger Helper or make beef stroganoff (not to my recollection anyway) so this was a complete novelty once I was on my own. As I became a more experienced cook, I started experimenting with different stroganoff recipes, both on the stove and on the slow cooker. This one pot recipe that I found on Pinterest is a winner. It is tasty, easy, and there's not a lot to clean up. Definitely a winner. Find the Pin HERE and the original recipe HERE.

One Pot Beef Stroganoff


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 8oz egg noodles (1/2 a package)
  • 8oz sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • ***optional: french fried onions for a crunchy topping

Cook the mushrooms over medium high heat until caramelized, season with salt & pepper & paprika. Add onions and garlic and saute for a couple of minutes. Add in ground beef and cook until browned. Then add beef stock and egg noodles. Stir and cover for a lid, cooking for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat off and stir in the sour cream. Sprinkle with french fried onions, if desired.

December 5, 2017

French Dip Sliders - Pinterest Pick #19

I absolutely LOVE a slider! I don't know what it is about little sandwiches but they are the best. I have been pinning different slider ideas left and right, and finally decided to try one. I started with the recipe for French Dip sliders because I had all the ingredients on hand except the Au Jus mix. I picked up that packet while out and about and then gave the recipe a whirl. They came out fantastic!!!I would recommend these for lunch, dinner, a snack, an appetizer, or a party!!! You can find the original pin HERE and the original recipe HERE. I only made half the recipe so I had 3 sliders for dinner and 3 sliders for lunch the next day. The great part of this dish is that they tasted as good the next day, even after being microwaved!

French Dip Sliders

(very easy to double or quadruple this recipe)

  • 1/4 lb thinly sliced deli roast beef
  • 12 slices thinly sliced Provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup French's onions (these are optional, omit if you don't like onions)
  • 6 slider rolls
  • softened butter (for greasing the pan)
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 1 package McCormick's Au Jus gravy mix
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder

Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking dish with butter.
If your slider rolls are not sliced, slice buns in half and lay bottom buns on bottom of greased pan. Top bottoms with 6 slices of cheese, then the meat, then the French's onions, then the remaining cheese. Cover with top buns. Melt butter in microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir in Worcestershire, sesame seeds, 1 tsp of the au jus mix, salt, pepper, dash of garlic powder, and dash of onion powder.  Brush slider tops with buttery topping. If there are leftovers, just dump it in after you make the rest of the au jus. Don't be concerned if buns look soggy, believe me, they'll crisp right up in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes. While sliders are baking, prepare rest of au jus mix as package directs, adding any leftover butter topping you might have at the end. Serve sliders with au jus for dipping.

August 29, 2017

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes - Pinterest Pick #17

I found a new recipe on Pinterest! I like experimenting with Sloppy Joe flavors as you may remember from my Mexican Sloppy Joes (find that recipe HERE). I saw one on Pinterest this week for a Philly Cheesesteak version and thought it would be a great addition to my recipe collection. You can find the original pin HERE and the original recipe HERE. There's not much I would change about this recipe the only thing I did different was saute my onions in with the meat, then add the butter. It came out great!  

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes


  • 4 brioche hamburger buns (or whatever kind of buns you like)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced (I used a red onion, any onion you like would work)
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (the original recipe called for green, which is traditional, but I had an orange one on hand, so that's what I used)
  • 4 oz button mushrooms, sliced (NOTE: my hubby doesn't care for bell peppers OR mushrooms, so I sauteed them separately in a little olive oil & garlic salt, then my mixed my portion of meat in later - if you don't mind them in your recipe, add them in with the beef & onions, & if you don't like them, leave them out entirely!)
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire
  • salt & pepper (I used Lawry's garlic salt & fresh ground pepper for an extra kick)
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 slices provolone cheese, diced

Brown ground beef & onions. (TIP: I like to really sear mine on each side to develop a flavorful crust before I break it up.) Add butter after meat is browned, & stir until butter is melted in.  Add ketchup & Worcestershire & stir until beef is coated. Mix cornstarch & beef broth well, pour into meat & bring to a boil, constantly stirring. Reduce heat & let simmer 5 minutes. Shut off heat & stir in provolone. Season with salt & pepper. Serve on brioche buns. Serve with your favorite side, we used tater tots. Enjoy!