Makes 6-8 servings

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, diced and smashed
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz) can tomatoes, dice if using whole, do not drain
  • 1 (15 1/4 oz) can whole kernel corn
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Prepare elbow macaroni according to directions on package until al dente. 
  2. Save a little of the pasta water in case you need it later to loosen the sauce. 
  3. Brown meat in a large skillet, drain the fat and add the onion and bell pepper halfway through cooking.  Drain any remaining fat when onion and pepper are done and add garlic, stir in. 
  4. Add the meat mixture to the cooked macaroni, add the canned tomatoes, corn and sauce.  Mix together and add seasonings to taste.  You may need to add some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce if it is too dry. 

Cinnamon Apple Crumble

Serves 6-8

  • 1 pkg cinnamon rolls, thawed
  • 10 oz apple pie filling


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Remove thawed cinnamon rolls from package and place on a cutting board. 
  2. Top rolls with apple pie filling.  Using a sharp knife cut rolls and pie filling into small pieces until well combined.  Place cut up rolls and pie filling into pie pan. 
  3. For topping: Combine sugar and flour.  Mix in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Sprinkle over rolls and apple pie filling.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Tomato-Crab Bisque

Makes 2 servings

  • 1 can (19 oz) tomato basil soup
  • 1 can (7 oz) chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup whipping cup
  • 1/2 cup drained refrigerated pasteurized crabmeat (about 3 oz), flaked
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  1. In 2-qt saucepan, heat soup and green chiles over medium heat to boiling.  Reduce heat to low; beat in whipping cream with wire whisk until blended.  Cook just until thoroughly heated (do not boil). 
  2. Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave crabmeat on high 30-45 seconds or until thoroughly heated. 
  3. Ladle soup into individual soup bowls.  Top each serving with 1/4 cup crabmeat and parsley. 

Down Home Pulled Pork

Makes 8-10 servings

  • 5 lbs boneless pork loin
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 8-10 rolls or hamburger buns


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce
  • 1 12 oz can beer or 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  1. Preheat grill for indirect cooking over medium heat. 
  2. Sprinkle pork loin with pepper and garlic salt.  Place on grill and cook about 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 155°F to 160°F. 
  3. Allow meat to cool while preparing sauce.  Shred pork into small pieces, discarding any remaining fat.  Place pork in a large pot; stir sauce into pork and simmer 40 minutes.  Serve on warmed rolls.
  4. Sauce: Heat butter in a large saucepan.  Add onion and stir frequently until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients; simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

Two-Timing Short Ribs

Makes 4 servings

  • 4-5 lbs beef short ribs, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 12 oz bottle chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup beer or orange juice
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  1. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. 
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.  Set aside. 
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. 
  4. Grill ribs for 20 minutes, turning frequently.  Baste ribs liberally with sauce and continue to cook another 20 minutes.

Makes 9

  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup mixed fresh berries, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. 
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease a muffin pan.  Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until pale, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add the eggs and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add 2 tbsp cream, the vanilla and the salt and mix until combined, scraping as necessary.  Beat in the flour until incorporated.  Using a spatula, gently stir in the berries. 
  2. Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, about three-quarters full.  Top each cake with a few berries and sprinkle the remaining 1 tbsp granulated sugar over the cakes.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs, 30-35 minuts.  Let cool in the pan, then run a knife around the edges and remove. 
  3. In a small bowl, whip the remaining 1 cup cream with the confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon until soft peaks form.  Serve with the cakes.

Peanut Butter Fritters

Makes 20 – 24

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • Whipped cream and raspberry jam for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 200°F.  Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla.  Lightly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; the batter will be fairly thick. 
  2. Pour enough oil into a small, deep saucepan to reach a depth of 1 1/2 inches and heat over medium-high heat until the oil registers 310° on a deep-fry or candy thermometer. 
  3. Working in 3 or 4 batches, drop the batter by rounded tsp into the hot oil and cook, turning once, until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. 
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fritters to paper towels to drain.  Keep the fritters in the oven as you continue frying.  Serve hot wil the whipped cream and jam.