Tomato Cracker Salad

Tomato Cracker Salad

Tomato Cracker Salad

When I first read this recipe, oddly enough I wasn’t shocked.  I love saltine crackers and I love tomatoes.  I could see that they might make an interesting salad.  But I’m also the woman who makes toast sandwiches out of tomatoes and peanut butter. Tomatoes are just so versatile they can pop up anywhere, with almost anything as a partner. This salad surprised everyone this Thanksgiving and many loved it as much as I did. Continue reading

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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

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