• Instant Pot chili tastes like you've made a batch that's simmered all day long—and surprise!—it's ready in less than an hour.

    Instant Pot Chili

    Instant Pot chili tastes like you’ve made a batch that’s simmered all day long — and surprise! — it’s ready in less than an hour. Yesterday I made my first batch of Instant Pot chili. It was Sunday and FREEZING (actually, below freezing) and I was home all day long, so I could’ve had a simmering pot of chili on the stove for hours, or a batch in the slow cooker. Instead, I thought it’d be a fine time to test out another recipe in the Instant Pot, because … why not? I can’t say enough about how much I love this gadget. It’s quite the multi-tasker, which is a requirement…

  • Beefy Taco Cheeseburgers - YUM!

    Beefy Taco Cheeseburgers

    These taco cheeseburgers are a fun twist on both tacos *and* burgers! My family has a love-love relationship with cheeseburgers. All of them. And, even though we could all happily nosh on the traditional beef patty with American cheese, sometimes I like to try and change things up a bit. Maybe I make sliders. Or perhaps I substitute ground turkey for the beef. OR, forget the meat and just go straight up portobello burger. It’s all good. Beefy Taco Cheeseburgers   The other day when I was strolling down the aisle with tortillas, salsa, and other taco accents, my mind leaped to a new iteration: BEEFY TACO CHEESEBURGERS. It’s really…

  • Homemade Cheeseburgers with Alexia Onion Rings

    Homemade Cheeseburgers with Alexia Onion Rings

    Alexia Foods sponsored this conversation about easy weeknight dinners, like this yummy recipe for homemade cheeseburgers alongside crispy Alexia Onion Rings with Panko Breading and Sea Salt. It seems like every year is busier than the last, especially with the kids getting older, and more and more activities getting added into the mix. I don’t expect things to slow down anytime soon (the contrary, actually), so now’s the time to embrace treats like managing to get to bed a half-hour earlier than normal (me, not the kids), a long hot shower in the evening, and easy weeknight meals! Homemade Cheeseburgers with Crispy Alexia Onion Rings Cheeseburgers are a big winner…

  • Homemade beef potstickers are delicious!

    Beef Potstickers

    What is it about Asian finger foods that’s makes them so darn yummy? Potstickers, in particular, are a favorite of mine: one giant bite two simple bites of goodness, dripping with soy sauce, and a meaty center that melts in your mouth. These beef potstickers are great twist on the classic! I realize pork is the go-to with most potstickers. I do. And I love pork potstickers. But, I thought I’d try making them with ground beef instead, to switch it up a bit and since that’s what I happened to have on hand. These beef potstickers’ insides are super easy to throw together. It’s just ground beef, minced green…

  • Cheese stuffed sliders are an easy alternative to a traditional cheeseburger!

    Cheese Stuffed Sliders

    Cheese stuffed sliders are an easy alternative to a traditional cheeseburger and as an added bonus, kids love them! My son isn’t a picky eater, but he does have a few odd food aversions that boggle my mind a bit. MASHED POTATOES MAKE HIM GAG. (What??) It’s not my mashed potatoes. Really. They’re one of my specialties: whipped, skins on, no skins, hand mashed, cheesy, creamy — so many different, savory ways to prepare them. All gag-worthy to my son, whose issue seems to be related more to texture, than to the taste, of potatoes (he can kill some french fries or roasted potatoes). GRILLED SHRIMP MAY AS WELL BE…

  • I happen to love a good meatloaf, especially with mashed potatoes and maybe some gravy.... YUM! Here's the recipe that your grandma probably didn't make (not that I'm sayin' Grandma's meatloaf was the dry slab I mentioned earlier, but there has to be a reason so many people hate it). I think it's time you revisit this retro dinner entrée!

    Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

    This cheese stuffed meatloaf is a total comfort food. You’ll be coming back for seconds! Meatloaf conjures up thoughts of slabs of bland, dry ground meat for most folks. Even at dinner the other day with friends, one said, “Meatloaf on the menu? Really?” Guess what. I happen to love a good meatloaf, especially with mashed potatoes and maybe some gravy… YUM! Here’s the recipe that your grandma probably didn’t make (not that I’m sayin’ Grandma’s meatloaf was the dry slab I mentioned earlier, but there has to be a reason so many people hate meatloaf). It’s one of my kids’ favorite meals these days. Not joking. The meatloaf itself is juicy…

  • This beef mac-n-cheese casserole is like the comfort food you never knew you needed!

    Beef Mac-N-Cheese Casserole

    This beef mac-n-cheese casserole is like the comfort food you never knew you needed! I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This post may contain affiliate links. For some reason dubbing oneself a “foodie” means everyone assumes you don’t like “normal” food. Like processed, slow cooker, fatty, pre-packaged food. My view of a foodie? You can appreciate ALL kinds of food—even the non-organic, boxed, out of season varieties like this beef mac-n-cheese casserole! It’s oddly satisfying, super easy to make, and oh sooooo good.