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A twist on a childhood favorite

This Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes recipe will make you neglect your childhood canned sauce memories and make you ENJOY sloppy joes again.

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

2 Tbsp. butter

1 small yellow onion diced

1 small green bell pepper diced

8 oz. brown mushrooms minced

2 Tbsp. ketchup

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1  C. beef broth

8 oz. Provolone Cheese Slices chopped (use 6oz if you don’t want it very cheesy)

6 hamburger buns

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the beef to the skillet and brown until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart. Stir the ground beef and brown until a deep crust appears on about fifty or so percent of the beef.

2. Remove the beef (you can leave the fat) and add the butter and the onions and bell peppers and mushrooms. Let brown for one to two minutes before stirring, then let brown for another one to two minutes before stirring again. Add the beef back into the pan.

3. In a small bowl combine the beef broth and cornstarch together. Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, beef broth/cornstarch mixture into the pan. Cook until the mixture is only slightly liquidy (about seventy five percent of the mixture is above liquid), three-five minutes. Turn off the heat, add in the provolone cheese. Served on toasted hamburger buns.

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No stovetop required Chili Mac

This ooey, gooey Slow Cooker Chili Mac is pure comfort food that your family will undoubtedly enjoy, and it’s cooked easily in your crockpot!!

Slow Cooker Chili Mac

Ingredients

1 pound very lean ground beef

1 small onion chopped

4 cloves garlic minced

2 (15-16 oz) cans chili beans in chili sauce

1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 C. beef broth

1 Tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

8 oz. elbow macaroni uncooked

Desired toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, corn chips….

Directions

1. Place the raw ground beef in the bottom of your crockpot and break into smaller chunks. Stir in remaining ingredients except for the pasta. Cover and cook for four-six hours on high or eight-ten hours on low.

2. In the last fifteen minutes of cooking stir in the uncooked pasta and cover. Stir and test to see if pasta is to your liking. However, even with the slow cooker turned off the pasta will continue to cook just from the heat of the chili and cook itself so unless your pasta is chewy or crunchy, I strongly recommend only cooking it for the last fifteen minutes of cooking time.

Court’s Cooking Notes

If you wish not to put the ground beef in raw, just brown before placing in your slow cooker at the beginning of cook time.

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Zesty Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5-2 lbs)- You can also use tenderloins or cut up the chicken into halfs or smaller to make it easier to serve if your family won’t be eating a whole chicken breast each. This will usually make it cook more quickly though so keep an eye on it.

8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened- You can use light if you prefer, just steer clear of the fat free cream cheese since it won’t melt the same.

1 C. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded- Divide this in half, as half will be used in the mix and half on top. If you don’t have sharp on hand you can substitute any cheddar cheese, or mexican blend.

1/4 C. Frank’s Buffalo Sauce- You can use more buffalo sauce to make it spicier or less to make it less spicy.  I would mix this with the cream cheese first and sample it to make sure it has the right amount of kick for you.

1 Tbsp. Hidden Valley ranch powder- I love using ranch powder in lieu of bottled ranch as I think it delivers better flavor. You can actually buy it in bigger containers now if you cook with it frequently, but if you have a packet, there are about 3 tablespoons in there so you are going to use about a third of the packet. You can also alternately use 1 tbsp of this Homemade ranch mix

Directions

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Prepare a 9X13 baking dish by lightly greasing it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Mix the cream cheese, ranch mix, 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese, and buffalo sauce in a bowl until everything is combined. Make sure the cream cheese is nice and soft before you mix or it won’t work well.  If you forgot to leave it out to soften you can just pop it in a bowl and microwave it for about thirty seconds, stir and add more time if needed.  Then you can mix everything in.

2. Lay the chicken breasts flat in the bottom  of a casserole dish.  If you want to cut the chicken into smaller pieces do it now and place those on the bottom of the dish.  Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the chicken. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the dish.

3. Bake for twenty-five – thirty-five minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165˚F internal temp). I baked my casserole on the middle rack of the oven.  I have never had to cover it, but since the each oven cooks differently, and there are other considerations like climate altitude etc, just keep an eye on it and if the cheese starts to get more brown than you want, you can loosely cover with foil for the remainder of the cooking time to protect it from browning any further.

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Insanely Delicious Chicken Bake

Ohhhh I am SO ecstatic to share this recipe with you. Why you ask?? Because it’s crazy delicious and once your family take a bite they will want it all the time.

Melt in your mouth chicken bake

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced

3/4 C. mayonnaise or Greek yogurt

1 C. FRESH Parmesan cheese, shredded

1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 C. Progresso Italian bread crumbs

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

1. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and place chicken evenly on bottom.

2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise (or yogurt), cheese, salt, pepper, garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes. Evenly spread mixture on top of chicken, coating entirely. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of mixture.

3. Place pan in preheated oven,and bake for thirty-thirty five minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and use slotted spoon to scoop chicken on top of pasta, rice, or onto plate!

4. Yum!!

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Double dipped and delicious

My apologies for being away from my blog within the past few weeks. I was out of town visiting my grandma. We had a wonderful time as usual. While I was there I had the pleasure of cooking for her. She loved it! I had a lot of fun!

I’m happy to be home and excited to continue cooking and blogging.

That’s enough about me, let’s talk about cooking. Today I’m sharing with you this double dipped and deliciously crunchy pork chops, coated in a sticky honey garlic sauce that is knock your socks off delicious! It’s so good, you’ll want to use this sauce on everything!

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Ingredients

Glaze

½ C. honey, or more, to taste

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. soy sauce or Bragg’s

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

¼ C. water

Pork Chops

2 C. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

3 large eggs, beaten

4 Tbsp. water

6-9 pork chops, not too thick, you can use boneless pork loin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1 C. vegetable oil, for frying

green onions, sliced

Directions

Glaze

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine honey, garlic and soy sauce. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water. Stir the mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about one-two minutes. Set aside.

Pork Chops

2. In a medium bowl combine flour and seasonings. Divide into two small bowls, working with just half at a time kept the flour from getting clumped or wet. Set aside.

3. Whisk the eggs and four tablespoons of water together in a separate small bowl. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, to taste.

4. Dip the chops in the flour, then over into the egg, and then back over into the flour mixture once again. This is what puts the extra crispy coating on the chops. Be sure to get plenty of flour on in this last coating. Shake off any excess. Place on a wire rack and continue until all meat is coated.

5. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in small batches, add the chops to the skillet, two or three at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, approximately five-six minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel-lined plate. Try not to turn more than twice, or your breading will come off. Place cooked pork chops in a large bowl, pour warm sauce over and toss well to coat. Top with green onions if desired and serve immediately.

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Sorry, it’s a little-burnt. Pork Chops can sometimes be a bit tricky for me. They overall still tasted fantastic!

Gather. Dump. Cook. Eat.

Crock Pot Cheesy Pasta and Beef Casserole

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1 – 2 lb ground beef

1/2 C. chopped onion

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

2 8oz. cans tomato sauce

14.5 oz. can Red Gold diced tomatoes in basil, garlic and oregano

1 lb. penne pasta (I used Ronzoni’s Healthy Harvest pasta)

2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large skillet, brown the beef and drain the fat. Transfer beef to crock pot, stir in onion, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.

2. Cover and cook on low for eight hours. Cook pasta on stove top according to directions. Stir cooked pasta into beef mixture just before serving. Top with Cheddar cheese.

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Court’s Cooking Notes:

1. Cook the beef the night before, store it in a airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. That way your meat will be ready for you to prepare the recipe the next day. This will make the cooking process go a lot faster.

2. To make it a little healthier use ground chicken or turkey.

Five Ingredient Taco Pot Roast

With just five ingredients that you have in your pantry and refrigerator – pot roast, au jus mix, taco seasoning, tomato juice and diced tomatoes and green chiles. You can serve shredded pot roast over rice with beans for a burrito bowl or in a tortilla for shredded beef tacos. This is insanely good!!! It also makes an excellent freezer meal too!

Slow Cooker Taco Pot Roast

ingredients:

1 (3 to 4-lb) pot roast

1 (1-1/4 oz) package Au Jus Mix

1 (1-oz) package Taco Seasoning

1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chiles

1-1/2 C. tomato juice

Directions

Placepot roast into your crockpot. Stir together the remaining ingredients and pour over the pot roast. Cover and cook on LOW for eight-twelve hours or on HIGH for about four and half hours.

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Melt in your mouth Pork Chops

The best damn pork chops

Ingredients

4-6 Pork Loin Boneless Chops

3 Tbsp. Mayo

1 Packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

1 Garlic Clove

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

½ C. Progresso Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Combine together Mayo, ranch mix, and garlic until well mixed. Add shredded cheese into ranch mixture and mix well. Place pork chops into a 9×13 baking dish.

2. Spread cheesy garlic ranch mixture on top of pork chops. Sprinkle Panko breadcrumbs on top of pork chops. Bake in your preheated oven for forty five minutes or until pork chops are cooked through.

Court’s Cooking Notes: Internal temp of chops should be 145-160 degrees.

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Celebrity Chef Inspired Recipe

I just love the food Network magazine. They have so many great recipe ideas for dinner and other interesting stuff that is in their magazines. In January’s issue they had an article written about one of Ina Garten’s recipes. She is also known for her show Barefoot Contessa. The dish is called Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel. Since she is one of my favorite celebrity chefs I was inspired to cook her recipe.

It’s made with Heavy cream, half and half, sweet Italian sausage and much more. It was nothing but rich, creamy and delicious!

Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. olive oil

3 C. chopped fennel (1 large bulb)

1 1/2 C. chopped yellow onion

1 1/4 lbs sweet Italian sausages, casings removed

2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)

1/2 tsp. whole fennel seeds, crushed with a mortar and pestle

1/2-1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 C. dry white wine

1 C. heavy cream

1/2 C. half-and-half

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 lb rigatoni, such as Barilla

1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 C. freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot or a dutch oven, such as Le Creuset, over medium heat. Add the fennel and onion and sauté for seven minutes, occasionally stirring until tender. Add the sausage and cook for seven to eight minutes, crumbling it with a fork, until nicely browned. Drain the grease.

2. Next add the garlic, crushed fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, two teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of black pepper and cook for one minute. Pour in the wine, bring to a boil and add the heavy cream, half-and-half and tomato paste. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for twentyminutes, until the sauce has thickened.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add two tablespoons salt and cook the rigatoni according to the directions on the package. Drain and add to the sauce, stirring to coat the pasta. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes to allow the pasta to absorb the sauce. Off the heat, stir in the parsley and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan. Serve hot in shallow bowls with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan on the side.

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Wintery days Texas Style

If this seems short, it’s cause the cold weather in Texas makes me think more of eating than writing.

For us, in Houston, Texas it rarely ever freezes. But yesterday was a completely different story as a huge winter storm came thru. We had ice, sleet, and some snow. I’m certain most of you have had a lot more experiences during the wintertime and typically have to bunker down for a few days. Well, that’s what my family did all day on Tuesday. We didn’t do much except for watch movies and were lazy for most of the day. We ended the day with some delicious chili.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you a wintery day Texas style. Let’s get back to the recipe.

I understand that this soup is not the healthiest recipe in the world but it’s delicious. I want to share it with you today. It’s called slow cooker beefy nacho cheese soup recipe. It not only has all of the yummy goodness of cheesy nachos packed right into this soup! It too will warm you up on a cold winter night.

Slow cooked to perfection and topped with tortilla chips, this soup will quickly become favorite in your family.

Slow Cooker Beefy Nacho Soup

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean ground beef

1 package taco seasoning

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 can cheddar cheese condensed soup

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis

1½ cups milk

1 C sharp cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:

Crushed tortilla chips

Additional cheese

Directions

1. In a medium sized skillet cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until beef is no longer pink and the onion is clear. Drain the grease and add to slow cooker.

2. Combine the soup, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chilis, and milk. Stir.

4. Cook on LOW three-four hours. Stir in ½ cup cheddar cheese and allow to melt. Can be kept on warm for an additional 4 hours. Top with crushed tortilla chips and additional cheese if desired.

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Court’s Cooking Notes: If you are on a gluten-free diet, you can use either gluten-free flour or I have on a separate article a homemade Cheddar Cheese Soup recipe, that you can also use as a substitute.

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