Friday, February 27, 2009

Taste of Home

Last night I made dinner.......and it tasted like home. It was delish and easy. Any guesses about what we had???? (Clue: I'm a Wisconsin girl)

Did you know that I'm not very big into cooking? That fact doesn't fit in very well with a wonderful husband with a ferocious appetite. Josh LOVES food. He loves it SO much in fact, then he has never once complained about anything I've ever made. He just eats it with a smile and thanks me. What a husband!

Thank goodness for Jen's wonderful cookbook Cooking for Loved Ones! It's given me some yummy ideas. She and her family are raising funds to bring home their baby girl from Korea! If you are in need of recipes like me.....go check it out and help a fantastic family!

If Jen's recipe book is so good, I was thinking I should also ask you all for a little help.....

What is your GO TO dinner that you make? I'm looking for somewhat quick, relatively easy, yummy recipes that you wouldn't mind sharing.

My husband thanks you in advance.

If you don't share, I may just end of daydreaming that a certain Take Home Chef.....

....might just tap my shoulder in the grocery store. Wouldn't that be something. *Grin*

Bring on your recipes!!

P.S. The winner of The Bible is a Girl's Best Friend book giveaway is #33........LeAnna! Congrats LeAnna!

**Updated: Joanna was the first to guess correctly! This WI duo had brats for supper the other night......SO YUM. I wasn't prepared with all the fixin's.....just ketchup. Oh, the taste of home!

I am LOVING all of the fab recipes you are sharing with me! Keep 'em coming!**


  1. I'm gonna guess brats with saurkraut with a side of cheese curds. YUM!!

    Check out my blog today..gotta shout out for you and Jen.

  2. Sorry, me again.
    I'm not a cook either but one of my go-to meals is a fritatta that I submitted to Jens cookbook. It's easy, tasty and good for any meal.

  3. I just shrieked outloud when I saw my name! YAY! I need it and am SO excited! Thanks you SO much for the giveaway! And as for recipes, man have I got some good ones for you. If I just want something quick I brown some ground turkey and chopped onions add a little taco seasoning. Get out the lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and tortillas and make soft tacos, or nachos. I usually heat up a can of black beans with it and voila! My other fav is Poppyseed chicken and you can find that recipe here:

    Thanks again! YAY ME!

  4. Hello! I found you from Kelly's Korner and I've just poked around your blog a little bit and am looking forward to following your adoption story!

    My favorite, go-to meal has already been covered (in my house we call them sloppy tacos and use corn chips with whatever fixings you want). They are my comfort food. We also do a lot of stir-fies in our house (veggies with a store bought sauce, or a home-made one if my husband is doing it! over rice).

  5. Okay, here's my super easy, super cheap, super spicy Cajun Chicken recipe:

    Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3 or 4)
    Tobasco Sauce
    Tony's seasoning

    Coat the bottom of a pan with just a small bit of extra virgin olive oil. Press the Tony's seasoning onto the chicken and then cook in the skillet, flipping each side occasionally so it will not stick. Pour a generous amount of Tobasco sauce on at various times and continue adding Tony's. When the chicken is well done, serve with red hot potatoes and French bread. =)

  6. I love the 'Take Home Chef' -- I dress up to go grocery shopping now.

    You know, just in case. :o)

  7. I think you made Mac and Cheese! That's such a comfort food for me!

    I like to make shrimp and brown rice when I'm in a hurry. Just take frozen raw shrimp and peel them, cook them with olive oil and garlic, add lemon/pepper spice blend, some salt and pepper and some lemon juice. Mix in the brown rice and serve!

    Super tasty and VERY quick.

  8. I too am from WI so woo hoo, I found you through Colored with memories, (she is my Niece) anyway..

    Take 2 large containers of Chicken Stock, bring to a boil, with 2 good sized garlic cloves, I chop mine but you can leave whole for less garlic flavor, add whole wheat pasta, cook until al dante' (semi cooked)do not drain... than add any fresh vegies,(I use Carrots, brocoli, and asparagus, and Mushrooms) I also add some cooked chicken, continue to cook untill veggies are done, season with pepper, onion powder, and a little seasoning salt,then add 1 pkg of cream cheese. stir until Cream cheese melts,this will thicken up the chicken broth, and also serve as the sauce and serve! This is a great 1 pot 20 to 25 min meal.

  9. Did you make hot dish? :)

    I love what Jenna said about sloppy tacos. Tacos/Mexican is fast and easy and it can be made in healthy varieties--with ground turkey instead of beef or grilled chicken. Oh how I love me some Mexican.

  10. Does frozen pizza count?

    I'm gonna guess you made something with cheese? Hmmm ... grilled cheese. That would be my pic. Actually, grilled cheese sandwiches are comfort food for me. Add a little tomato soup and you have a whole meal.

  11. My new go to meal is not that fancy, but my 18 year old thinks it is. You can buy breaded chicken breast (all white meat) at Walmart. They are already cooked. I put them in the oven and "reheat" them. Then I put some pizza sauce and cheese on them. I make some pasta and toss it in butter and garlic powder. Chicken parm and noodles. Very quick and very easy.

  12. i love the shout out to wisconsin. i immediately thought of brats, too... (good call, jojo!!)

    one of my favorite recipes is for cayenne chicken with avocado salsa. it is quick and easy, but you'd never guess it when you eat it. it looks and tastes FANCY. (warning, it's not all that kid friendly. but, my husband and i devour it... here it is...)

    in a small bowl, combine 1tsp salt, .25 tsp pepper, and .25 tsp cayenne. rub mix all over 4 chicken breast halves.

    in a large skillet heat 2 Tbls olive oil. add the chicken breasts and cook until browned... 8-10 minutes each side.

    in a medium bowl combine one medium red onion (diced) and 2 Tbls lime juice. Fold in 2 avocados, chunked. serve the salsa on top of the chicken breasts, with rice.


  13. Well, we live in China so my easiest GO TO meal is Chinese take-out. It's seriously cheap if you go to the whole-in-the-wall dives. When I'm making a western meal, I think soup in the crock pot is easy. I like pumpkin soup with homemade cinnamon croutons.

  14. You should check out my mother-in-love's blog...she has a recipe blog and all her meals are quick and easy :)

    Her blog address is

  15. I LOVE cooking! Check out my brie and apple paninis in Jen's cookbook. Another one of our favorites:

    Baked Ziti

    16 oz (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
    2 lbs ground beef or turkey
    1 small yellow or white onion
    1 tablespoon minced garlic (I use the pre-minced kind you buy in a jar)
    2 28 oz jars marinara sauce
    1 box (16 oz) of ziti or rigatoni

    Cook pasta per instructions on box, strain and set aside.

    Chop onion.

    Add olive oil to pot over medium heat, cook the onions for approx. 10 mins. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add ground beef and cook until beef is done.

    In large pot, mix ground beef, pasta, 2 jars marinara sauce & 3/4s of the shredded mozz. Top with remaining ¼ of cheese and cover w/foil (spray foil w/Pam so cheese doesn’t stick). Bake at 350 for 45 mins.

  16. I posted a link for my BBQ chicken, but now I don't see it, so here it is again:

  17. Hi I new to your blog...I was searching for other adoption blogs! My husband and I just adopted in March of '08. What a journey...God has shown us so much and to Him we are so thankful!! We are actually starting another adoption and look forward to seeing His hand in this process also! You and your husband are in my prayers...for I know the adoption path is not always easy! Stop by my blog anytime...I love visitors!



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