Bacon Jalapeno Meatloaf

Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Meatloaf from

I have a long, love/hate history with meatloaf. I never liked it as a kid. The texture just had me all kinds of wound up. In the interest of accuracy, though, I should say “hate/love” relationship because I’ve discovered as I aged that it wasn’t the loaf I hated as much as it was that…

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Tex Mex Mash

Tex Mex Mash: smashed pinto beans, seasoned browned ground beef, and crispy bacon simmered in a garlicky, chipotle tomato sauce from

Why is it that sometimes the least attractive food tastes the best? I have a friend who is a transplant from Texas living in my cold, windy, snow-buried corner of Western New York. She braves it without complaint. Well, without more complaints than the rest of us who can be fairly crabby about the whole…

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Korean Inspired Simple Roast Beef

Easy to make, impressive Korean Inspired Simple Roast Beef

Be sure to read to the end of the post to find out all about the great Le Creuset and Certified Angus Beef® Brand giveaway! Raise your hand if you’re on the hunt for a great appetizer for Thanksgiving! Raise your other hand if you want it to be something OTHER than turkey! I know…

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Lebanese Beef and Beans

Lebanese Beef and Beans. Slow cooked,fragrant stew with luscious spices from!

A year or so ago, my friend Liz told me about her favourite comfort dish from her youth: Lebanese Beef and Beans. A slowly cooked stew of beef, tomatoes, onions, and green beans fragrant with garlic and spices. Cinnamon, to be specific. Whoa. In the intervening year, this has become the go-to comfort food on…

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Cheesesteak Nachos

Cheesesteak Nachos are comfort food deluxe from cheese, tortilla chips, beef, onions, peppers

What do you get when you cube and brown up leftover cooked beef in a cast-iron skillet, scrape that out then sautée onions and peppers, transfer that to a bowl, then build layers of tortilla chips, two kinds of cheese, the browned beef, and sautéed onions and peppers, then bake it until the cheese is…

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Shepherd’s Pie Empanadas {hand pies}

Shepherd's Pie Empanadas {beef, gravy, corn, peas, and mashed potato stuffed in a flaky, golden brown crust} from

You know those moments when you have a bunch of people coming over and you wonder, “What can I make to feed them?” I find that those circumstances most often yield my most creative cooking. A couple of weeks ago, a friend and her four kids were coming for lunch and I was staring into…

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Fried Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomato Burgers

Fried Mozzarella and Sun Dried Tomato Burgers from

This is a burger of destiny. A friend recently spent a couple of weeks in Lebanon on a missions trip. Partway through the trip, she texted me that she had just seen the most beautiful burger ever in Lebanon and it was a half-inch thick slab of mozzarella -breaded and deep fried- on a burger….

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Layered Chopped Taco Salad

Layered Chopped Taco Salad from

Taco Salad. We all know how I feel about it. In short, I love it madly. And mercy… there are so many ways to make and serve them. Really, there’s only one acceptable way to eat them, and that’s to INHALE them, so we save the creativity for presentation. Today’s take on a taco salad…

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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs from

There are a few things that I know are surefire hits with my menfolk and near the top of that list are grilled things, bacon, and hot dogs.  When I combined them the other night, the result was an evening of my young men promising me all sorts of doing of chores and favours if…

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Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese

Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese #burgerweek

Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese are just one of those things that had to happen eventually. McDonald’s in France (or Mac-Do, as they were called when I was living there) has been serving burgers on bagels for years, but I thought it was time for bagels, burgers, cream cheese, and pickles all to…

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