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The Menu

Soups

Salads

Appitizers

Subs & Wraps

Beef

Chicken

Pork

Turkey

Seafood

Other Meats

Meatless

Sides

Veggies

Breads

Desserts

Beverages

Meatball Sub

  • Italian or other Rolls
  • 1 Lb Ground Meat
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tsp Garlic powder (or Minced Garlic)
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder (or Minced Onion)
  • 1 Tbs Basil
  • 2 Tbs Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
Combine meat, egg, bread crumbs and seasonings. Mix well and form 1 1/2 inch balls. Brown balls lightly on all sides in a well oiled deep skillet over medium high heat. Drain fat, add sauce and simmer 25 minutes or until done. Scoop meatballs into rolls and sprinkle with cheese.
 

Chili Salad W/Corn Chips

Here I have listed 2 ways to make this, the cheater's way, all packaged, or the home made style, which takes longer but tastes better as you can adjust the recipe to your liking.
Cheaters:

Homemade:

  • 1 Head Iceberg Lettuce, broken up for a salad
  • 1 Carrot, shredded
  • 3/4 Lb Hamburger
  • 1/2 Lb Italian Sausage
  • Chili Seasoning, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 Cans Kidney Beans, drained well
  • 1 Bag Corn Chips
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Lb Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream (Optional)
  • 1 Bag of Salad Mix
  • 1 Can of Chili, heated (A good kind)
  • 1 Bag Corn Chips
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Lb Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream (Optional)
Cheaters: Place salad mix on each plate to be served. Spread a handful of corn chips over salad. Now add a generous scoop of heated chili and top with some cheese to taste. Serve with sour cream.
Homemade: Cook hamburger and sausage using seasonings to taste. Add kidney beans and heat thoroughly, remove from heat. Toss carrots and tomatoes in lettuce in large bowl. Place salad mix on each plate to be served. Spread a handful of corn chips over salad. Now add a generous scoop of heated chili and top with some cheese to taste. Serve with sour cream.

Taco Dip

  • 1 8oz Package Cream Cheese<
  • 1 Lb Ground beef (Hamburger)
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Can Black Olives, either broken up or sliced
  • 1 16oz Bottle Ortega Taco Sauce
  • 1Lb Shredded Cheddar or Taco Cheese
  • 1 Bag of Tortilla Chips
Cook hamburger and taco seasoning according to seasoning pack. Slice cream cheese and arrange evenly in oblong baking dish, spread cooked meat evenly over cream cheese. Now spread tomatoes and olives on. Pour taco sauce over the top, and finally, spread cheddar cheese over the top. Place in a 375° oven and bake until cheese is melted (about 20-30 minutes). Serve warm.

Spaghetti Pie

  • 1 (6 ounce) package spaghetti 
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 2 eggs, beaten 
  • 1 c. cottage cheese
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. Sausage
  • 1/2 c. onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c. bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 c. tomato, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp. garlic powder or fresh garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1  jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 - 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Olives, Any pizza topping you desire (Optional)
Mix hot cooked spaghetti with beaten eggs, butter and Parmesan cheese. Press into buttered 10 inch pie pan. In large skillet cook meat, onion, green pepper, tomato and seasonings. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Spread one (15 ounce) carton of Ricotta or cottage cheese over spaghetti, then meat/sauce filing. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Then add Mozzarella cheese and any pizza toppings you desire. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

Meatloaf

I have 2 variations of this Classic American Dinner

  • 2 Lbs Hamburger or Meatloaf Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped finely (Optional)
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper (Optional)
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder (Optional)
  • 1/4 Tsp Sage (Optional)
  • 3 Tbs Ketchup
  • 2 Lbs Hamburger or Meatloaf Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Cup Stove Top Stuffing from the flex can
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped finely (Optional)
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper

Ketchup Variation: Combine everything but 1 Tbs ketchup and mix well with your clean hands. Pat into loaf pan, spread remaining ketchup on top and cook in a 350° oven for 45 minutes or until done.

Stuffing Variation: Combine everything and mix well with your clean hands. Pat into loaf pan and cook in a 350° oven for 45 minutes or until done. 

Whole Loaf: Pat into loaf pan and cook in a 350° oven for 45 minutes or until done. 

Individual Sizes: Pat into muffin pan and cook in a 400° oven for 25 minutes or until done. 

Shepherds Pie

  • 1 Lb Hamburger, browned
  • 3 Cups Prepared Beef Gravy
  • 1 Can Baby Peas, drained
  • 1 Can String Beans, drained
  • 1 Can String Carrots, drained
  • Or, 2 Cans Mixed Veggies
  • 4-6 Cups Cooked Mashed potatoes
This makes a great "leftover" meal! In oblong baking dish, layer hamburger, then gravy, then veggies and finally mash potatoes on top. Bake in a 400° Oven 20 minutes or until hot.

Swedish Meatballs

  • 1 1/4 Lbs Ground Meat
  • 2 1/2 Cups Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp Allspice
  • 3/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Lb Cooked Egg Noodles
  • Gravy or Sauce

Combine beef, breadcrumbs, egg, sugar & spices. Mix well and shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Brown balls in well oiled skillet over medium high heat, now turn heat down to medium low and continue cooking until done.

Either serve in sauce as appetizers or serve over noodles with gravy or sauce to make a meal. 

Enchiladas

  • 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb chicken sliced thin, or 1 cup shredded colby, cheddar and monterey jack cheeses
  • 1 - 2 Cans refried beans
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (Optional)
  • Onion powder or 1/2 cup chopped onions (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • One 4 1/2 ounce can chopped green chilies (Optional)
  • Two 10 ounce cans enchilada sauce
  • Corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Colby, cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses
If not using meat, heat 2 cans refried beans then stir in 1 cup shredded cheese and 2 Tbs enchilada sauce. If using meat, cook meat with onions or powder, garlic, salt, pepper and the green chilies until meat is no longer pink, drain off fat and add 1 can refried beans and heat thoroughly. Add just enough enchilada sauce to bind mixture together. Heat corn tortillas either by dipping one at a time into simmering water to soften (only takes a minute or two), or place 4 at a time between wet paper towels and microwave 40 seconds on high. You may either dip the tortillas in the sauce or not (I prefer dipping since its the sauce that makes the dish). Place 1 TBS of the mixture off center on the tortilla. Roll tortilla firmly in greased baking pan. Continue 

until all the mixture is gone. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the rolled enchiladas making sure to cover the entire pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees; then add the Cheeses and bake 10 minutes more for a total of 20 minutes. Serve with chips or salad.

Burritos

  • 1 Lb Hamburger
  • 1 Packet Taco or Burrito Seasoning
  • 1 - 2 Can Refried beans
  • 6-10 Soft Tortilla Shells
  • 1/2 Head Lettuce, shredded (Optional)
  • 1-2 Tomatoes, chopped (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped (Optional)
  • 6-8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Optional)
  • Taco Sauce (Optional)
  • Sour Cream (Optional)

If not using meat, heat refried beans, mix in some shredded cheese and stir in seasoning packet. In large skillet, brown hamburger and follow directions on seasoning pack. Now add refried beans and continue to cook until heated through. Heat tortillas by placing 4 at a time between wet paper towels and microwave 40 seconds on high. Fill, roll and enjoy!

Tacos

  • 1 Lb Hamburger, chopped or ground chicken, turkey, or 1 can refried beans
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 10-12 Soft or Hard Taco Shells
  • 1/2 Head Lettuce, shredded (Optional)
  • 1-2 Tomatoes, chopped (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped (Optional)
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper, chopped (Optional)
  • 6-8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Optional)
  • Taco Sauce (Optional)
  • Sour Cream (Optional)

If not using meat, fallow directions on taco package with out the meat. Stir in refried beans and heat through. If using meat, in large skillet, brown meat and follow directions on seasoning pack. If using hard shells, dip each in very warm water, lay on cookie sheet and heat in 350° oven for 10 minutes. If using soft shells, place 4 at a time between wet paper towels and microwave 40 seconds on high.  Fill and enjoy!

Spaghetti

With Sausage:
  • 1Lb Spaghetti, Cooked & drained
  • 1 Jar Favorite Sauce
  • 1 Lb Italian Style Rope Sausage, cut in 2 inch lengths
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
With Meatballs:
  • 1Lb Spaghetti, Cooked & drained
  • 1 Jar Favorite Sauce
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef or meatball mix
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tsp Garlic powder (or Minced Garlic)
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder (or Minced Onion)
  • 1 Tbs Basil
  • 2 Tbs Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
Brown sausage lightly on all sides in a well oiled deep skillet over medium high heat. Drain fat, add sauce and simmer 35 minutes or until done. Serve over cooked spaghetti and top with cheese. Combine meat, egg, bread crumbs and seasonings. Mix well and form 1 1/2 inch balls. Brown balls lightly on all sides in a well oiled deep skillet over medium high heat. Drain fat, add sauce and simmer 35 minutes or until done. Serve over cooked spaghetti and top with cheese.

Goulash

  • 1 Lb Hamburger, sausage or both, browned (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion, Chopped and sautéed (Optional)
  • 1/2 Green Pepper, Chopped and sautéed (Optional)
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Chopped and sautéed (Optional)
  • 1 Lb box Macaroni Cooked & drained
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Mix macaroni, onion, hamburger, sauce and 3/4 cup parmesan cheese and put in baking dish. Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese on top and bake in 400° oven 30 minutes or until done.

Lasagna

  • 1 Package Lasagna noodles, cooked andante
  • 1 Lb Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp Parsley
  • 3/4 Lb Italian Sausage
  • 3/4 Lb Hamburger
  • Jar Favorite Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 Lb Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

First, mix well, half the mozzarella with the ricotta, egg and parsley. Refrigerate until needed. In large skillet, brown and ground the meat together and drain. In oblong baking dish layer in this order, Noodles, ricotta mix, meat and sauce. Repeat until you run out or the pan is full. Sprinkle the other half mozzarella on top and bake in 400° oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lasagna is hot throughout.

Baked Ziti

  • 1 Lb Cooked Ziti noodles
  • 1/2 Lb Hamburger, cooked & drained
  • 1/2 Lb Italian Sausage, cooked & drained
  • 1 Jar Favorite Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 Lb Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
Mix well ziti, meat, most of sauce, 1/4 Lb Mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Spread in oblong baking dish. Pour the rest of the sauce overtop and sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella. Bake in a 375° oven 30 minutes or until hot.

Cheesy Mac

  • 1 Lb ground Beef (Optional)
  • 1/2 bag frozen Broccoli (Optional)
  • 1 Lb Package Hotdogs, sliced (Optional)
  • 2 Boxes Macaroni & Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Margarine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cheeseburger Mac: Brown hamburger in skillet at the same time, cook the macaroni and cheese according to package directions adding the frozen broccoli to the boiling water just after you add the macaroni. Use 1/4 - 1/2 more milk than the package directions calls for. Mix the cooked ground beef with the completed Mac & cheese and serve.

Cheesy Mac Dogs: Cook hotdogs your favorite way or simply add to the boiling water after adding the macaroni. Cook macaroni and cheese according to package directions adding the frozen broccoli to the boiling water just after you add the macaroni. Use 1/4 - 1/2 more milk than the package directions calls for. Mix the cooked sliced hotdogs with completed Mac & cheese and serve.

Beefy  Rice

  • 4-6 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 2 Cans beef Soup
  • 1-2 Cups water
  • 1/2 Bag Broccoli (Optional)
Mix well cream soups and milk in pot and heat over medium heat until hot. Mix in hot rice, stir in broccoli if desired and serve. 

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls
  • 12 Cabbage Leaves
  • 4 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 1/2 Lbs Hamburger
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Sage
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 Lb Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
Mix rice, hamburger, eggs, seasonings and 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce. Fill cabbage Leaves with mix and. Fold left and right sides over and roll from bottom to top (top is where the leaf was separated from the core). Place in an oblong baking dish. Pour Sauce over top then spread on Mozzarella cheese. Top with parmesan cheese. Place in 350° oven and bake 45 minutes or until done. Sprinkle a little more parmesan on top and serve.

Porcupine Meatballs

  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tsp salt, 1/8 Tsp pepper
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water

Mix hamburger with rice, 1/2 cup water, chopped onion, salt and pepper. Shape porcupine hamburger mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.

In the Oven: Place the porcupine meatballs in an oblong baking dish. Mix the remaining ingredients in separate bowl or pot, and pour over the porcupine meatballs. Cover and bake in 350° oven for about 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer.

On the Stove: Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet and cook the meatballs over medium heat until brown; drain off excess grease. Mix the remaining ingredients in separate bowl, pour over porcupine meatballs and heat to boiling. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for to 45-60 minutes.

Stuffed Peppers

  • 4 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 1/2 Lbs Hamburger
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Sage
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 Lb Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • 6 Small Green Peppers, Halved and cored
Mix rice, hamburger, eggs, seasonings and 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce. Fill peppers with mix and place in an oblong baking dish. Pour Sauce over top then spread on Mozzarella cheese. Top with parmesan cheese. Place in 350° oven and bake 1 hour or until done. Sprinkle a little more parmesan on top and serve with garlic toast.

Stuffed Tomatoes

These are great to make with or with out meat. My favorite is with chopped chicken.

  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • Chopped meat (bacon, chicken, ground beef, steak, pork, sausage, etc.) (Optional)
  • 1-2 Stalks celery, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon margarine, melted
  • 1 beaten egg (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Broth, any flavor (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (Optional)
  • 1 med. onion, diced (Optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Grated or shredded cheese (Optional)
  • thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, sage, garlic powder, ground black pepper, to taste
Cut a 1/2-inch slice from the top of each tomato; discard tops. Scoop out pulp; squeeze juice out. Season insides of tomatoes with salt and pepper, turn upside down on paper towels and set aside. In a medium skillet cook garlic, vegetables and any meat, if desired, in margarine for 2-5 minutes or until slightly tender and meat is fully cooked. Chop pulp and mix all ingredients. Spoon mixture into tomatoes packing them tightly. Sprinkle cheese or other topping if desired. Arrange stuffed tomatoes in a baking dish with a little water in the bottom and bake covered or uncovered at 350° for 20-35 minutes or until until tomatoes are cooked and tender and stuffing is hot.

Diana's Simple Chili

  • 1/4 Lb Sweet Italian Style Sausage
  • 3/4 Lb Hamburger
  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic, chopped or minced (Optional)
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Large Can Stewed Tomatoes or tomato sauce or 2 14 oz cans (Optional)
  • 1 Large can Dark Red Kidney Beans or 2 small cans
  • Chili Seasoning package or 2 Tbs Chili Seasoning
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese for topping (Optional)
In large deep skillet, brown meat with garlic and pepper. Add tomatoes/sauce, kidney beans and seasoning. Cook on medium heat until hot. Serve with a little cheese topping.

Andrews Chili

HOT!!! GOOD!!! Won 2nd place in Syracuse's Winter-fest chili cook off.

  • 1/2 Lb Hot Italian Style Sausage
  • 1/2 Lb Hamburger
  • 3 Long, Skinny Hot Peppers, Chopped
  • 3 Short, Fat Hot Peppers, chopped
  • 2 Habanera Peppers, chopped using rubber gloves! 
  • 1 Green Pepper, Chopped
  • 6-8 Stewed Beefsteak Tomatoes, Peeled or 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 Large can Dark Red Kidney Beans or 2 small cans
  • 1/2 bottle of Hot Sauce
  • 1 White Onion, Chopped 
  • 3-5 Cloves Garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbs Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Chopped
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese for topping

Real simple...Stew the tomatoes in a large stock pot until they're mushy. Cook the meat until it's done, drain and throw into the stock pot with the stewed tomatoes. Finally, combine all ingredients except cheese into the stock pot and slow-simmer for a 3-4 hours or until you can't hold back...Have at it!

Burgers

For each sandwich:

  • 1 Quarter Pound Burger
  • 1 Sandwich or Burger Roll, warmed or grilled
  • Mayonnaise (Optional)
  • Catsup (Optional)
  • 1 or 2 Leaves Lettuce (Optional)
  • 2 Tomato Slices (Optional)
  • 1 Onion Sliced or chopped (Optional)
  • 2-4 Dill Pickle Slices (Optional)
Cook burger. Spread mayonnaise on top bun, add lettuce, then tomato slices. Put burger on bottom then add onion, pickles and catsup.

Chili Burger

Chili burger

Add heated canned or homemade chili with or without beans. When burger is done, top with warm chili and other optional ingredients.

 

Cheeseburger

Add 1-2 slices of cheese. When burger is done, lay slice cheese on top.

Bacon Cheeseburger

Add 1-3 strips cooked bacon. When burger is done, lay slice cheese then warm bacon on top.

 
 

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