Lazy Dinner: Soy-Orange Beef with Rice (and Other Variations)

Sometimes you want something really yummy for dinner but don’t want to put much effort into it. My go-to in those situations (if I’m not in the mood for pasta or takeout) is to just throw something in a pan with some sauce and make a pot of rice. One of my favorites is to just mix up some OJ and soy sauce, toss in some seasonings, and chow down on the delicious results. And the best part is, you can customize it however you want! (And that my ridiculously picky five-year-old will actually eat both components!) Read More Lazy Dinner: Soy-Orange Beef with Rice (and Other Variations)

Soup of the Day: Double Beef Chili

Oh, friends, you are in for a treat. While this chili recipe seems like it has a gerbillion ingredients, and it does have to simmer for a long time, it is worth it. Because I only make this recipe a couple times per year, it makes it seem all the more special. Do you like beef? Do you like (optional) heat? Get in.

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Morbid Curiosity: Chipped Beef-Peanut Butter-Cheese Hearts

In case you haven’t turned on a television or computer or stepped out of your house for the past couple of weeks, I have a timely public service announcement for you: tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. That’s right… the holiday with all the chocolate and hearts and little naked babies shooting people with arrows. Oh no! Did you forget to do something special for your Significant Other and/or cat? Read More Morbid Curiosity: Chipped Beef-Peanut Butter-Cheese Hearts

Get in My Belly: Serbian Ground Beef and Potatoes

Back when I was first learning how to cook (short version: I was pregnant and very, very hungry), I used to obsessively check AllRecipes.com for new dishes to make. The recipes were fairly straightforward, the reviews sometimes helpful, and it was a large enough database that I could keep everything I wanted to try saved in one spot. I don’t visit it as often anymore – really, my cooking isn’t as reliant on recipes now that I’m no longer hopeless – but there are a few recipes from there that I’ve now been making for years and they rank among my favorite dishes. One of those is the Serbian Ground Beef, Veggie and Potato Bake, which I’ve slightly adapted to accommodate my preferences. No, this isn’t really a helpful recipe for vegetarians, but if you have no quibbles with meat, ohmigod, GET IN:

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What’s For Dinner: Beef and Gravy Over Noodles

This is a little something I came up with one night when I was craving Beef Stroganoff but didn’t have the time to make it. It’s now one of my boyfriend’s favorites, and I normally have all the things needed to make it on-hand. It’s pretty fast to make, too – however long it takes the noodles to boil! Read More What’s For Dinner: Beef and Gravy Over Noodles

Pulled Beef, Caramelized Onion, and Gorgonzola Sandwich

I know my usual schtick is to write about strange vintage recipes and unappetizing foods. Not today. Today for is Serious Business. Last week my brain imagined a sandwich so amazing that I need to share it with the world: the Pulled Beef, Caramelized Onion, and Gorgonzola Cheese Sandwich! (OK, so the title needs some work.) I don’t have a very specific recipe (prepare to pull out your hair in frustration at my vague instructions!), but I’ll share some general guidelines that will hopefully guide you to mouth-watering sandwich perfection. Read More Pulled Beef, Caramelized Onion, and Gorgonzola Sandwich