Beefy Gnocchi Casserole

Beefy Gnocchi Casserole

Beefy Gnocchi Casserole

I had ground beef to use for dinner and wanted to include gnocchi.  I did a quick web search and laughed at the recipe that caught my eye.  It looked so delicious, but scrolling down I found the recipe was all boxes and cans kind of foods.  I wanted to use up some potatoes and make my own gnocchi and use good shredded cheese.  The recipe might be fine for quick meals but I wanted my casserole to be homemade. Continue reading

Cottage Cheese Lasagna

Cottage Cheese Lasagna

Cottage Cheese Lasagna

My family has always debated whether lasagna is best when made with cottage cheese or ricotta in the cheese filling.  As a kid, my mom always used cottage cheese.  We didn’t know what ricotta was.  In the Midwest it was considered something sort of “foreign”, maybe vaguely Italian or something.  I loved my mom’s lasagna and continued to use her recipe to make lasagna for my family. Continue reading

Scandinavian Pot Roast

Scandinavian Pot Roast

Scandinavian Pot Roast

Beef pot roast isn’t one of my favorite meats.  It has to have a hook, a pop, that elevates it over the pot roast my Mom used to make.  When I found this Scandinavian recipe that uses dried fruit, cinnamon and ginger, I couldn’t wait to try it.  I would change it to a crockpot recipe and the wonderful smells would float through the castle for hours! Continue reading