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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Lasagna Casserole with Zucchini

Lasagna Zucchini Casserole

Lasagna Zucchini Casserole

I had a pound of ground beef to use up and my craving hit: I wanted lasagna.  I wanted a cheesy piece of lasagna Bolognese with slices of zucchini.  I didn’t want to use zucchini as the noodles, they’d be extra texture.  I was going to use Mafalda.  I like to make lasagna soup using Mafalda so making a pan of lasagna with the smaller noodles would be a fun change. Continue reading

Grilled Corn Cowboy Caviar

Grilled Corn Cowboy Caviar

Grilled Corn Cowboy Caviar

We get cravings for what they call ‘cowboy caviar’ here at the castle.  It’s so full of flavor with the multitude of ingredients.  I notice a different ingredient in each bite.  And I’m picky about the chips I use to dip.  I like the smaller round white corn chips.  I don’t like having to struggle to get the loaded chip into my mouth without spilling.  It was time to make a jumbo batch. Continue reading