Spicy Sausage Burgers

Spicy Sausage Burger - Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer

Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer’s not over. Live up the lingering days of the season with these Spicy Sausage Burgers. Despite the fact that the kids and I are finishing our first week of school, the calendar and the warm weather both concur that summer is still here. Fall doesn’t […]

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos - These easy, slow cooker pork tacos allow you to escape the kitchen and come home to a delicious meal all ready to go.

These easy, slow cooker pork tacos allow you to escape the kitchen and come home to a delicious meal all ready to go. This is such an easy recipe, I pretty much don’t need to post it. You could make this in your sleep. Your five year old could make this in his sleep.¬†It contain […]

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer - Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks!

Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks! Today I took the kids down to Balboa Park for a free museum visit. San Diego County residents get free admission to select¬†Balboa Park museums on Tuesdays. We’ve lived here for 5 1/2 years and NEVER done it. I’ve always […]

Drunken Brats and Caramelized Onions

Drunken Brats and Caramelize Onions - Add an extra layer of flavor to your bratwurst by simmering them in beer or ale and then finishing them on the grill.

Add an extra layer of flavor to your bratwurst by simmering them in beer or ale and then finishing them on the grill. I don’t recall my parents every serving bratwurst. We were a hot dog family. Hot dogs that my dad burned beyond recognition on the grill. That’s one of the many things that […]

Turkey & Black Bean Tacos

Turkey and Black Bean Tacos - Taco Night is the highlight of the week. Make this week

I’ve been on a ground turkey kick. Part of it is an effort to reduce our red meat. It’s probably not that good for us to eat it as often as we were, plus it’s getting more expensive. I just can’t swing it when the kids could easily eat two to three pounds in one sitting. We’re enjoying it twice a week, which is good.

I didn’t used to like ground turkey, but since I tried Trader Joe’s, I’m hooked. (Sorry to all you people who don’t have TJ’s or don’t like it. I fell out of love with Trader Joe’s a few years ago, but I’m finding ways to make their products and prices work for me, and it’s working really well.)

Anyway, this dish is the antithesis of what I would have made five years ago when I was a sworn beefeater.

What to Do with That Leftover Ham

What to Do with Leftover Ham - Got ham? Transform your ham leftovers into something extra delicious.

My boys love ham. Love it. My husband can go either way on it, but now that the boys have a larger voice in culinary choices, we make ham about twice a year. I cook up a large honey-baked ham, sometimes in the crockpot, a pan full of the best scalloped potatoes on the planet, and a few vegetable sides.

In the days following we transform the leftovers into something new and different, but still delicious. The potatoes rarely last past one meal, anyway.

If we don’t feel like having ham several days in a row, we package it for the freezer. Actually, FishBoy16 does this. He is my resident “I-need-meat-for-it-to-be-a-meal” diner. Which isn’t totally true, because he does great with vegetarian meals, provided they have hearty, healthy fats like avocado or nuts included. So, whatever. Let’s just say he’s a big ham fan.

Quick Meat Sauce for Pasta

Quick Meat Sauce for Pasta - Stir up a pot of this quick meat sauce that is perfect on spaghetti or other pasta. Quick to prepare and freezer-friendly, it

Stir up a pot of this quick meat sauce that is perfect on spaghetti or other pasta. Quick to prepare and freezer-friendly, it’s a great addition to your meal rotation. Pasta is a regular go-to meal at our house, particularly when all other meal plans fly out the window. I almost always have a couple […]

The Spring Street Club Sandwich

Spring Street Deli Club

I realized last weekend that the club sandwich is one of my tests on a good restaurant. It’s hard to mess up so you aren’t taking a huge risk in ordering it, but depending on the quality of the contents, you can gauge a restaurant. In fact, some of my favorite restaurants are those where […]

Slow Cooked Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Slow Cooked Sweet and Sour Meatballs | Good Cheap Eats

My kids are big fans of Chinese food. I can’t blame them. So am I. The mere sight of a Chinese food take-out box in the stands of the hockey rink this weekend prompted my youngest to ask if we could have Panda tomorrow. Unfortunately, the answer is no. For our family, that’s easily a […]

Grilled Balsamic Pork Chops

grilled balsamic pork chops

August is here. That means it’s time to cook outside, eat ice cream, and try to stay cool. Am I right? That’s why it’s so important to have a meal plan, preferably one that is grill-worthy. That’s where these balsamic pork chops come in. This is a super easy recipe that you can pull off […]