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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Carla Hall’s Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Carla Hall's Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Carla Hall’s Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

I was craving biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  I could have just ordered it on one of our weekly Friday breakfasts out but I’m never happy with someone else’s version.  Other cooks tend to add too much black pepper to the gravy.  My mouth is so busy being annoyed by the pepper I barely taste the country sausage and creamy gravy!  I needed to make this myself.  Carla Hall’s recipe sounded like the best. Continue reading

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