Cheeseburger Chowder

I have been making this recipe since I had kids living at home. This is a very simple recipe that quickly comes together and is easy to make. My oldest son Jeff and wife Danielle loved this chowder. I even had a special sous chef helping me in the kitchen today, my Princes, Willow.


1 large carrot grated, at least 1/2 cup (grated)

1/2 cup celery, diced

1/2 cup onion, diced

3 cups beef broth

1 can Rotel, I used mild

2 cups cooked white rice, I used Uncle Bens boil in a bag

1 pound hamburger, seasoned with garlic salt and pepper, drain fat

1 pound Velveeta cheese, torn in small pieces

1 can Cheddar Cheese Soup, I used Campbell’s

2 soup cans of whole milk

1 cup of sour cream

1 bunch of chives, cut into pieces

Fried onions if desired

Vegetables simmering in broth.

In a frying pan. brown beef and drain fat. In a separate pan cook rice according to package directions. Set both aside when done. In a stockpot, add carrots, celery and onion. Add broth and simmer 10 minutes after it comes to a boil. This this soften the vegetables. Add rice and burger to the beef broth mixture. Add Rotel. I tore the Velveeta in torn pieces so it will melt faster. Add cheddar cheese soup and 2 soup cans of milk. Stir well and do not let the soup boil. Just before serving, add the sour cream and a bunch of cut chives. Garnish with fried onions on top if desired. Enjoy! 😋

Four Ingredient Appetizer

Nothing better than a quick easy recipe with few ingredients. This appetizer probably takes you longer to go to the store and buy the ingredients than it actually takes to make it. I saw this recipe on the Today Show, it was from Dylan Dreyer. What a great hostess gift to your dinner hostess. It’s so hard to guess what wine is preferred, arrive with a delicious treat. Win win!


1 loaf of baguette bread

1 container Allouette cheese spread, I used garlic and herb

Deli sliced roast beef

Red fancy pimentos

The 4 ingredients

I toasted my bread, it’s not necessary. You can put the bread on a cookie sheet and broil it or use your toaster. Spread a generous smear of your cheese spread on the bread. Place roast beef on top of cheese and top with pimento. Easy peasy and delicious. Enjoy!

Sloppy Joe Chili

One day we had discussed Manwich on my page and Kathy mentioned she added a can of Manwich to her beef stew. I thought it sounded delicious. Then I thought of Manwich Chili! This is a delicious and meaty chili. A great flavor.


2 1/2 pounds ground chuck

1 onion, chopped

2 cans kidney beans, drained

2 cans Manwich, 15.5 ounce each can

1 14.5 oz whole peeled tomatoes, do not drain

1 can tomato sauce

Chili powder to taste, I used 6 Tablespoons

Garlic salt and black pepper to season beef

Optional toppings:


Sour cream


Doritos or corn chips

Season meat with garlic salt and pepper. Add onion. Cook beef until brown, drain grease. In a large pan (Dutch Oven), add 2 cans of drained kidney beans, 2 cans of Manwich (I used a can of original and a can of bold, both of the same flavor is just fine). Add tomato sauce and season with chili powder and your favorite hot sauce if desired. Simmer for 30 minutes, an hour is better. I like to add Doritos or corn chips yo the bottom of my bowl and top with my favorite toppings. Chili tastes even better the next day. Enjoy!

Easy Beef Stir Fry

I love a yummy stir fry. I decided to make one for the family and they really enjoyed it. The meal came together quick and easy, my favorite kind of meal. All ingredients were purchased from my local grocery store. I highly recommend low sodium soy sauce, same great flavor, just lower sodium.

Ingredients for the marinade:

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons maple syrup

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce

2 Tablespoons of sesame oil

Beef in marinade

Mix together. Place meat in a plastic ziplock bag and marinate for an hour or more in the refrigerator. Prep the vegetables that need to be sliced, diced or minced while this is marinading.

I seasoned my beef with salt and pepper.

Ingredients for stir fry:

3 Tablespoons of sesame oil

1 1/2 pound package of beef (my package was cut for fajitas and stir fry)

1 package pre-sliced mushrooms

1 red pepper, sliced into sticks

3/4 package of sugar snap peas

1 can of water chestnuts, drained

1/2 onion, sliced

1 container of stir fry, I bought some with Napa cabbage

Sesame seeds for garnish, optional

Chow mein noodles for garnish, optional

Green onion for garnish, optional

Delicious over rice

These Chinese noodles cooked in 3 minutes.

Sauce for Stir Fry:

1/2 cup sesame oil

3 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce

1 cup of water

1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce

4 Tablespoons honey

3 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar

4 Tablespoons brown sugar

4 Tablespoons maple syrup

3 Tablespoons minced ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

2-4 Tablespoons cornstarch

In a sauce pan, add all ingredients except cornstarch. Heat and remove a cup of sauce and add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to make a slurry. Mix slurry into sauce, if it’s not thick enough for your liking, make another slurry. Keep warm until you add this to the stir fry.

Remove beef from marinade. Brown in sesame oil and set aside. Add vegetables to you pan/wok and stir until tender. Add the beef back to your pan/wok and add the stir fry sauce. Serve over Chinese noodles or rice. Garnish with sesame seeds, green onion or chopped chow mein noodles. My family cannot eat seeds so I opted for green onions and chow mein noodles. Enjoy!

The Rueben Burger #BurgerMonth

I love burgers. Always have. I also love Rueben Sandwiches and I thought the two would be a match made in burger heaven. This was a fun burger to make and a delicious burger to eat!

Where this epic burger creation is my own for #BurgerMonth 2016, I would love to thank Certified Angus Beef, Cowboy Charcoal, Char-broil, Dreamfarm, Cabot Cheese, Grill Master Club, American Lamb Board, and for the kick butt grill prize packages!

It is a great privilege for me to participate in #BurgerMonth2016, hosted by Kita of Girl Carnivore & Pass The Sushi.

May is National Burger Month! Kita from Girl Carnivore has put together a wonderful event full of delicious burgers from 60 of the most talented food bloggers


1 1/4 Angus Beef, or your favorite ground, I used 80/20 Angus

Sliced corned beef, I used a thicker slice from my local deli and I used 2 slices per burger

Swiss cheese slices, I used 2 slices per burger

2 Tablespoons or more Sauerkraut, I used silver Floss Bavarian style (with caraway seeds), drained well*

2 Tablespoons or more per bun Thousand Island Dressing

Pretzel Buns, or your favorite bun, toasted

Before grilling your burger, take your sauerkraut out of the liquid. I find it best to use several paper towels and squeeze the liquid out. The secret to a good Rueben is not to have the bread or bun soggy from the sauerkraut. Set aside.

Prepare meat into patties.

I made 3 burger patties from 1 1/4 pounds of Angus beef.   I grilled each burger until my desired choice, medium well. After I flipped the burgers, I topped each patty with 2 thick slices of corned beef, folded to fit on top of each burger. I then placed 2 slices of cheese on each burger patty.

Grill or toast the buns and top each side with thousand island dressing.

To assemble your burger, put burger on top of bottom bun that has thousand island on it. On top of the cheese of the burger, top with sauerkraut and finish with top bun. Enjoy!




Prizes include:


  • American Lamb Board – (4) ALB prize boxes 5 lbs of ground lamb, an apron and a meat thermometer
  • Cabot Cheese – (4) Cabot Cheese Legacy Gift Box – 2 each Farmhouse Reserve, White Oak & Alpine Cheddar  – 1 each New York Vintage & Seriously Sharp & 1 Wine Bottle Opener
  • Cassabella – Week 3 – 1 Chop ‘N Prep™ Cutting Board with 4 Cutting Mats
  • Certified Angus Beef – (4) CAB prize grilling accessory kit, $50 VISA card, and a George Motz Hamburger America cookbook.
  • Char-Broil – (4) Char-Broil Performance 780 Charcoal Grill
  • Cowboy Charcoal – (4) Hardwood Lump Charcoal, a variety of wood chips and some of Cowboy’s new BBQ sauces.
  • – (4) Olive Wood Carver Board
  • Dreamfarm – Week 2 – Big Vebo
  • Grill Master Club Subscription Grilling Box – (4) curated grill sample boxes
  • KitchenIQ -Week 1 – V-etched Container Grater
  • Swissmar – Week 4 – Glow 7PC Fondue Set

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Mozzarella Meatloaf

This is a small meatloaf recipe.  It can be doubled or tripled for larger families. I typically make a couple of smaller loaves and share with family  or freeze the leftovers. 


1 1/2 pounds ground chuck, I use 80/20, if you prefer, use ground chicken or turkey  

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or more to taste 

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste

1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

2 teaspoons Worchestshire sauce

1/4 cup tomato sauce, I used the one with basil, garlic and oregano

1 mozzarella cheese stick, I used string cheese

Pizza sauce, marinara sauce or ketchup for the top of meatloaf, about 1/4 cup

  Place cheese stick in the center and cover completely with the meatloaf mixture.   

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients except for cheese stick. Once ingredients are combined, flatten meat out and put cheese stick in the center. Form into a loaf or loaves if you make 2 mini loafs as I did and place in baking pan. Brush on topping of your choice, pizza sauce, marinara sauce or ketchup. Bake for 35-40* minutes until done. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.  Mangia!  Mangia!

*If you make one meatloaf, I would add a couple of cheese sticks and bake longer. 


Biscuit Dinner

This is a quick comfort food that is easy on the budget, filling and quick to prepare. I cut my original recipe in half. I bought all of my ingredients for under $10.00 at my local grocery. This is almost like an open face cheeseburger, very tasty. This dish served with a side salad and a vegetable is a great little meal.

1 can of butter biscuits or plain flakey, whatever you prefer
1 pound of ground beef, I used chuck
10 – 12 ounces of tomato sauce
1 small onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste (I used garlic salt)
8 ounces grated cheddar cheese, I used sharp

Line an 8 x8 pan with biscuits. Mash them together and connect them. Put them in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake about 20 minutes until brown. While your biscuits are baking, brown your seasoned meat and onion. Drain grease and add tomato sauce. You want it to saucy but not runny. Simmer while biscuits bake and grate your cheese. When biscuits are done, add ground beef mixture on top of the biscuits. Top with grated cheese and bake for 15 minutes until cheese is melted and casserole is hot and bubbly. Enjoy!