Shepherd’s Pie.. EASY & QUICK Version!

Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients: 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 pound ground beef 1 packet brown gravy mix 1 cup water 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 (8 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese dash of paprika Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees (190 degrees C). Boil the potatoes until tender, then make…

This Week Has Been Exciting!

So the snow is starting to melt here in the Interior of Alaska and it’s such a beautiful sight! Today it reached +45 degrees! We experienced a pretty harsh winter with temperatures that got down to -50 at one point. Yes, you did read that right. Now I can see the green grass popping through…

Sweet Potato Chips in the Dehydrator

My uncle got me a dehydrator for a gift a couple years ago and it is such a wonderful kitchen gadget! This and my bread machine are my all time favorite kitchen appliances. Here in Alaska I foresee this being extremely useful during berry season! (I’ll be looking for berry recipe ideas my friends!) Remember,…

Moist Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional) 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 3-5 mashed overripe bananas 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat over to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly…

One Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

  Ingredients: 2 tablespoon olive oil 4 stalks celery, chopped handful of the celery leaves, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 tablespoons garlic, minced 4 carrots, chopped 2-3 chicken breasts, shredded 3 (32 ounce) chicken broth cartons (I use reduced sodium) 1 cup zucchini, chopped 1 (12 ounce) package of frozen vegetables (you can use mixed,…

Beef Tips

  Beef Tips Ingredients:  3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 2 pounds cubed stew meat 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 (.75 ounce packet) dry brown gravy mix 2 cups  frozen peas Directions: In a large skillet…

Focaccia Bread

Focaccia Bread in the Bread Machine Ingredients: 1 cup lukewarm water 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cups bread flour 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons chopped garlic 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 2 teaspoon rosemary 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder For topping: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese sprinkle…

Easy Mac & Cheese

Easy Mac & Cheese Ingredients: 1 (16 ounce) box elbow macaroni 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional) 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional) ground black pepper to taste 2 cups milk 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs for topping (optional) Directions: Bring large pot of…

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder Ingredients: 6 slices bacon, sliced into small 1/2 inch pieces 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 4 stalks celery, finely chopped 3 carrots, finely chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 6 russet potatoes, cubed 4 cups whole milk OR 3 cups whole milk & 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 – 8 ounce…

Chili – Any Meat

Chili – Any Meat The great thing about this recipe is it is so versatile! I can use what I have on hand and avoid going to the dreaded store. You can use either ground turkey, ground hamburger or shredded chicken for this chili.         Ingredients 1 pound meat of choice 1…

White Cheese Shredded Chicken Lasagna

Ingredients 9 lasagna noodles (or 1 box oven ready lasagna noodles) 1/2 cup butter 1 onion, finely chopped 2-4 cloves garlic, minced (adjust to your taste) 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 cups milk 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided 1 teaspoon…

London Broil Marinade

Ingredients 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 4 pounds flank steak or London broil 1 tablespoon sriracha (optional) Directions Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl. Place meat into…