Porcupine Meatballs

Porcupine meatballs were one of my childhood favorites.  It’s hard to imagine anyone NOT liking them.  Ground Beef and rice rolled into little balls, simmered in a tomato sauce?  Check!  They were usually served over yet more rice.  I ate the dish often as a kid, served it to my own kids, then forgot about it.  What?!?  Time to return to one of the best retro dishes, a simple recipe from the 60s! Continue reading

Jambalaya 3.0

Creole Jambalaya

Creole Jambalaya

This jambalaya recipe was created by  combining a jambalaya recipe from my dear, late friend Wanda and a jambalaya recipe from my favorite (unfairly cancelled) show, The Chew.  The recipes are both from New Orleans residents, both with a Creole influence.  The Creole version contains tomatoes.  I can’t imagine jambalaya without tomatoes and have always included them. Continue reading

Mock Chow Mein

Mock Chow Mein

Mock Chow Mein

Another family favorite growing up was mock chow mein casserole. Even back then I wondered at the name. Besides the obvious chow mein noodles, it was nothing like the chow mein we had out of cans. I’m not sure where it got the name but eventually I adapted it to include a few Chinese type vegetables.  You can use your own favorites in this recipe. Continue reading