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

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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

Creamy Grilled Corn Risotto

Grilled Corn Risotto

Grilled Corn Risotto

Grilled corn seems to be my theme this summer. We’ve always loved to eat corn straight off the grill, without butter or seasonings. The simple flavor of corn is heightened by grilling and we eat it without extra calories or naughty things like salt. What is even more fun is to cut the corn off the ears and make salads, dips, soups and risotto. Once we decided to get creative with grilled corn, we found all kinds of ways to eat it! Continue reading