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Fried Egg Sandwich


The fried egg sandwich is one of those foods that is fast and easy to make when you can’t figure out what to eat for lunch or dinner, or you are just looking for that comfort food. My basic fried egg sandwich, is probably a bit different than the norm, but it can be easily […]

Mushroom Meatloaf / My Favorite

If you make this mushroom meatloaf, you will not be disappointed.

Digging through my Grandma’s recipe box, I have discovered a recipe for the best meatloaf I’ve ever tasted. I’ve eaten meatloaf all my life, and after nearly 50 years I have discovered something I wish I knew about long ago — Mushroom Meatloaf. It’s an easy, simple dish to make, and will have the whole […]

Texas Slow Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket

Texas Beef Brisket Sandwich.  Simple to make.

We recently brought home our side of beef from the butcher — 600 pounds worth — which has filled our chest freezer to the rim. With the recent cold weather, what better time to cook a nice beef brisket for sandwiches. A brisket needs to be slow-roasted for tenderness and flavor. Let me tell you, […]

No More Guess Work / The Secret to Boiling Shrimp Consistently

Boiled Shrimp

If you’ve ever looked for a recipe for boiling shrimp, you probably have found out that “how long” you cook them once the water is boiling, is not a standard answer. I’ve seen times stated from 4 to 12 minutes. When you put your shrimp into the boiling water, do you start the clock immediately, […]

Yay, No Green Peppers / Grandma’s Pasta Bolognese Sauce

Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce

As a child, having spaghetti at my grandma’s house, I remember how happy I was that her recipe did not include green peppers. Yes, I am in the anti-green pepper crowd. My mom’s recipe included those diced bits of nasty, and when I complained, was told to “just pick ’em out.” Didn’t my parents know […]

A Chicago (Made in Maryland) Favorite: Italian Beef

Italian Beef Sub

Having grown up in the Chicagoland area, the Italian Beef is a sandwich which I often ate. Unfortunately, once I moved from the friendly confines of Chicago, finding an Italian Beef is a hard proposition. We (actually my wife) will make homemade italian beefs for us to enjoy. She has tried a few variations, but […]

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto

Keely shows off the large tomato picked from our garden.

This evening we picked our biggest tomato of the summer. We’ve been eying this big boy for the past couple weeks. A couple more days may have gotten this bad boy a bit more red, but not risking the birds from finding it, we picked it and will let it ripen a bit more over […]

Yum / Grilled Trout on Wooden Planks

Three rainbow trout being cooked on wooden planks on the grill. / June 6, 2008

Having successfully grilled salmon a few times on wood planks on the Weber grill, we tried our luck with some rainbow trout yesterday evening.   After 23-minutes on the grill (covered), all I’ve got to say is “Yum!” I can’t recall when the last time I ate rainbow trout, but I know the next time will […]