Elbow Spaghetti {cooking from jars}

Elbow Spaghetti

Elbow Spaghetti

I used a jar of Ragu® spaghetti sauce to make dinner for the grandkids awhile back. It went against my standards but they like it. I was surprised to find I liked it too!  When I was at the grocery store recently I texted my daughter in law for the brand of the sauce. I’d forgotten already! I wanted to have a jar for a quick  dinner when needed.  Having a jar of sauce on hand we actually like will be golden. Continue reading

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Mexican “Chopped” Chili

Mexican Chopped Chili

Mexican Chopped Chili

I hadn’t planned a meal, and I didn’t want to go out to dinner.  I had just enough energy and interest to throw some contents of the fridge and a few from the cupboard into a skillet and call it a meal.  I’d use the small container of beef stewing meat I’d thawed several days earlier for another dish. Since that dish didn’t happen, it was going to be repurposed into a Mexican  dish ala one of our favorite shows, “Chopped”. Continue reading

Roasted Sweet Red Pepper Soup {Happy Anniversary to Us!}

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

I posted this sweet red pepper soup back in the first weeks of my blog.  I repost this today on our 5th anniversary! I’m absolutely amazed at being 5 years old with almost 800 recipes posted and over 800 followers!  That’s a lot of cooking and babbling!  I’ve enjoyed every minute and can’t imagine NOT blogging now.  You’ve all been a part of the blog and I thank you for giving me your time and attention! Continue reading