Caprese Meatball Sliders

Caprese Meatball Sliders

I just love a big, thick juicy burger; but lately I’ve been making smaller slider style burgers.  The great thing is I find I eat a lot less when I make them.  It was almost as if when I had a big burger, I felt compelled to finish it.  And soon after finishing said burger, I was stuffed.  That’s why I actually prefer sliders; I find I eat quite a bit less. The other reason I’m hooked on them is you can put anything on them and still call it a slider.  If you put chicken between two normal hamburger buns, it’s … Continue reading

FYB House Chili

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This is the house chili here at Fill Your Belly headquarters A.K.A. my kitchen.  It’s a great allpurpose chili with just enough spice and heat to please adults yet mild enough to keep kids happy.  As I said on yesterday’s blog, all the normal accompaniments were served with it – cheese, diced onions, sour cream, avocado, fritos and the perfect side of Buttermilk Cornbread. The great thing about chili is once it’s in the pot simmering, other than the occasional stir, you can pretty much forget about it.  In fact the longer it cooks the better the flavors get.  And for those … Continue reading

Southwest Meatloaf with sweet chipotle glaze

Southwest Meatloaf with sweet chipotle glaze

I admit it.  I love meatloaf!  I don’t understand how you couldn’t like it; well actually if it was just an under seasoned slab of meat with ketchup on top I could understand, but not when it’s packed with flavor and got a kick to it.  Such is my fate; trying to change the non-believers one amazing mouthful at a time. “Dad, do we have to have meatloaf?  Why can’t you just make meatballs instead?” my son asked.  “It is a meatball.  It’s just not round and it’s 1 big one” I replied.  “Besides, it has bacon in it.”  “Yeah, right.  You’re … Continue reading

Cheesy Meatloaf Pockets with creamy onion gravy

Cheesy Meatloaf Pockets with creamy onion gravy

It’s the never ending question for all home cooks- what to do with leftovers that’s different than just having leftovers?  Such was my dilema last night, facing a partially devoured meatloaf.  I had made Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf  and really wanted to do something different with the leftovers rather than eating the same dinner twice.  While my daughter and wife were perfectly content to eat it again, it’s not my son’s favorite meal.  So how do you make a ten year old love meatloaf?  Hot Pockets! To make it a little more interesting, I decided to make a gravy to dip … Continue reading

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

What to make for dinner?  That’s the question I found myself asking yesterday.  Repeated peeks into the refrigerator, freezer and pantry had revealed nothing that seemed to entice me.  So off to wander the store I went, hoping for some inspiration to strike me. I made my way to the meat counter first, figuring if I could decide on a protein the rest would fall into place.  Right away I saw some nice pork chops and moved in to grab some, excusing myself as I reached in front of a nice gentleman.  I turned around, plopped them in the cart and within a few … Continue reading

Veal Paprikash

Veal Paprikash

There are very few cuisines that can register a comfy, warm feeling in your stomach, even before you’ve eaten it.  Hungarian food fits that bill.  Just thinking about it, you know you’re going to get a fantastic, stick to your bones meal.  The most obvious of these is goulash and that’s almost what this blog was about, but if you dig a little deeper you’ll find there are quite a few more recipes than that. I was at the store, of course with no list, trying to decide what I needed for a goulash when I remembered my wife saying we needed … Continue reading

Grilled Ribeyes with Whiskey Gorganzola sauce

Grilled Ribeyes with Whiskey Gorganzola sauce

I know I’ve professed my love of ribeye steaks before but I have to say it again.  I LOVE them!  They have a good ratio of fat to meat which equals great flavor; maybe not the healthiest cut but who cares.  The last time I cooked these, Bone-in Ribeyes with grilled Mediterranean vegetable salad, I seasoned them with my own rub.  This time around it was simply salt and pepper because I wanted the sauce to really stand out.  While a sauce is definitely not necessary, it adds to the richness of the meat and provides fantastic flavor. Being that … Continue reading

Mexican Shredded Beef

Mexican Shredded Beef

Taco night at our house always includes the usual condiments; queso fresco, avocado, onions, cilantro and the like.  The way it’s changed up is with the filling.  It might be chicken, ground beef, steak, carnitas or in this case shredded beef, which is basically a pot roast with herbs and spices to add some zing.  Even though it’s fairly simple to make, many people mess it up by making it too bland.  I’m all for making it palatable enough for the kids, but as I’ve said before-boring is boring. So this is for everyone who enjoys tacos as much as I … Continue reading