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Hearty Comfort Foods

I’m thinking that some hearty, rib sticking recipes are appropriate for this terrible weather we’ve been having.
I make lots of soups and casseroles when winter gets the best of us.  Here are some recipes that I’ve been using for many years.  They’re always a welcome and appreciated tummy warmer.

No Fuss Lasagna

No Fuss Lasagna









1 pound Italian sausage
1 jar spaghetti sauce, 28 oz
1 can diced tomatoes, Italian style, undrained
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
15 ounces ricotta cheese
1 package frozen spinach, chopped, thawed and squeezed
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
10 lasagna noodle, raw
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
1.    Brown the meat.

2.    Add sauce, tomatoes, and pepper.

3.    Combine spinach, ricotta, egg, and parmesan.

4.    Spread 2 cups sauce in bottom of 9×13 pan.  Cover with 5 noodles and press them firmly into the sauce.  Spread the entire cheese mixture over the noodles.

5.    Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella and top with 1 1/2 cup sauce.

6.    Cover with remaining noodles, and press them into the sauce.  Top with the last of the sauce.
Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

7.    Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Sprinkle with the last of the cheese.  Cover and let stand for 15 minutes.
Makes 12 servings, 338 calories each










2 pounds beef stew meat
2 onions, coarsley chopped
5 carrot, chunks
4 potatoes, chunks
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
3 Tablespoons tapioca
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
The tomato juice gives this stew a wonderful flavor, as well as being another vegetable, but you can sub beef broth if you prefer.
1.    Mix the seasonings and tapioca into the tomato juice.

2.    Pour over meat and vegetables in a 9×13 pan.

3.    Cover.

4.    Bake at 250 for 5 hours.  Or can do in slow cooker.
Makes 12 servings, 198 calories each.








These are huge.  If you want smaller cookies,  cut down on the baking time.


1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup raisins or craisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts.
Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla.  Beat until creamy.
Mix dry ingredients.  Combine with creamed mixture.  Add raisins and nuts.
Drop very large spoonfuls on sprayed cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly. You’ll get 12 cookies from this dough.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 14 minutes.  Let cool 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

S’Mores Cookies


I’ve been pinning, saving, and printing so many recipes that catch my eye.  I want you to know that I do try many of those recipes.  I really enjoy trying new foods so I think I should share more of my adventures in cooking and eating.  I probably try a new recipe at least once a week.
This cookie recipe is one that has been flying around the internet via Pinterest and Facebook.  If it’s possible, I like to track down the originator of any recipe that I blog about, just so I can give credit.  This is no easy task.  I blog hopped to no fewer than 6 blogs looking for the person who came up with this recipe.  I think I’ve found  the originator.  Here is the recipe on her blog http://www.cookiemadness.net/2006/02/smores-cookies/
We think these cookies are pretty darn good.  A little putzy, what with having to pull them out of the oven to add the marshmallows and milk chocolate, but not terribly time consuming.  The recipe said I’d get 3 dozen, but I got 2 dozen large cookies.


S’mores Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 Hershey bars. broken into 48 pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla.
Combine flour, graham cracker crumbs, salt and baking soda.  Add to creamed mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoon onto sprayed or parchment covered cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 minutes.
Remove from oven and push 2 chocolate pieces and 3 marshmallows into each cookie.
Return to oven for another 3-4 minutes.

Cool on racks.  Enjoy 🙂


Hawaiian Tea Cookies



Here’s another favorite Christmas recipe.  These are called Hawaiian Tea Cookies.  They’re a slice and bake refrigerator cookie, full of flavor from coconut, and rolled in colored sugar to make them pretty and festive.





1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup coconut

1.    Mix dough and shape into 2 (2″) rolls.

2.    Roll each in colored sugar.

3.    Wrap in waxed paper and chill 4 hours.

4.    Slice 1/4″ thick and place 1″ apart on sprayed cookie sheets.

5.    Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Yields about 3 dozen






Attack of the Killer Cookies

I went grocery shopping yesterday.  I won’t name the store to protect the guilty.  For some reason, in the middle of a busy Friday, they decide to restock shelves, and the aisles are full of boxes.  Now, I don’t normally keep my eyes on the floor while I’m shopping.  I’m scanning the shelves, often high above my eye level because I’m short.  So, yesterday, I was in the cookie aisle, trying to decide which of Lee’s favorite cardboard tasting cheap cookies to purchase.  I grabbed a package of cookies from one of the higher shelves, turned around, and tripped over a case of cookies on the floor.  I don’t know what kind of cookies they were, but I’m going to assume they were Pecan Sandies, because those darn things have been causing trouble for me my entire life.  Love ’em.  I took a serious digger, arse over teakettle, sprawled in the cookie aisle.  I hurt myself.  I landed on my left knee…hard!  Fortunately (or unfortunately) no one saw this agonizing, slow motion, face plant.  I hauled my butt up and tried to move.  Yep, it was painful, but I was able to go forward.  I had completely lost the will to shop so I finished as quickly as I could and checked out.  By the time I got to the car my knee had a golf ball sized lump that was distinguishable through my jeans.  I was developing a softball sized lumpy bruise on my right leg.  I decided to head for home, rather than the ER, and took a wait and see approach.  I spent my evening with ice packs and ibuprofen.  Today I’m on the mend.  Tender and a little stiff, but nothing is broken and I’ll live.

Before you ask….Lee spoke to the store owner about my accident and he said they’d take care of any medical bills.   If you own a grocery store, I recommend you keep the aisles clear 🙂

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