• Smoked Sausage & Peppers Rice

    Rice is a staple that is relatively easy to find (except for during pandemic hysteria: add this to the list of things that were hard to find, along with toilet paper and hand soap), inexpensive, filling and has a great shelf-life. I’m not one for a pile of plain rice on my plate – though I suppose that if push came to shove and eating was for survival alone, as it is in many poorer countries, I could get on board. I’ve got a stockpile of uncooked rice in the pantry for just in case but I’ve been experimenting with meals that are heavy on the rice while also bursting…

  • Crockpot Sausage & Green Beans

    The convenience of the crockpot simply cannot be argued. I’ve always loved (and used) mine a lot but find myself drawn to it more and more the longer this quarantine drags on. I love to cook, but the honest truth is that these days are becoming longer and longer (with no real end in sight at the present time) and most days the idea of making dinner leaves me sighing…heavily. This crockpot option is the perfect one-pot situation. No need to make anything additional, unless a slice of garlic bread or bread stick strikes your fancy. I worked off the recipe from 365 Days of Slow & Pressure Cooking –…

  • Southwest Breakfast Casserole

    Two and a half years ago a friend hurried to my side to support as we had just welcomed the tornado of foster kids into our world. She showed up with blankets, a baby swing, a toddler activity table, diapers and this yummy recipe… Without even being asked, she jumped right in and took on half of the cooking and cleaning duty as we struggling to find our footing among the chaos. She drank wine and helped me inventory the trash bags full of the random stuff they arrived with. And laid on the floor in exhaustion wondering, alongside me, how in the world this was all going to work.…