Category Archives: Dinner Time

Tominach Pasta

I made up the name by combining tomato with spinach, so that is how it is pronounced. It was a sneaky way of getting one child to eat spinach without whining. (And we all need less whining and more eating)This is another dish I lovingly refer to as a Dump Recipe. That means I really do not measure a single ingredient, I just dump it all into the pan. I learned ovenr 20 years ago how easy it was to make a homemade version of Hamburger Helper and have used that technique here. That makes it an easy dish for a busy night’s dinner.



1 pound ground Italian sausage

1 pound pasta

1/2 cup dried spinach dip mix

1 small onion sliced

2 cans diced tomatoes


favorite herbs

4 ounces Feta Cheese (more if you like!)


Begin by cooking the sausage and onions thoroughly. Drain off any grease. Add the pasta and tomatoes. Fill the cans with water and pour on top. Mix in the dry spinach dip. I buy it in bulk from Azure standard so it has other vegetables already mixed in.


Now the herbs will depend on what you like, if you used tomatoes with other ingredients and even what was in the spinach dip. This time I used basil, garlic, salt and pepper. You can also use parsley, oregano, Italian seasoning and even pepper flakes.


Cover and cook over medium heat till pasta is tender. I check occasionally  to stir and make sure it does not need more water. When it s ready add the feta cheese, stir and serve.




Bomdiggity BLT

Sometimes a BLT just sounds good. A little bacon with a thick slice of red tomato…..yummy! But I like to change things up a little bit and really give it some UMPH. Thing is it only takes a few seconds and adds so much flavor, and you have all the ingredients already in your pantry.


2 Slices Bread

3 Slices Bacon cut in half

Dark Green Lettuce

Red Onion diced



Garlic Powder

Italian Seasoning


I begin by baking the bacon in the oven at 400 degrees. Depending on how thick the bacon is how long it will take. I don’t  like it really crispy because I feel it falls apart as you eat the sandwich and makes a mess. Translation, less bacon on the BLT. lol

While the bacon is cooking I dice up the red onion, wash the lettuce and slice the tomatoes. Sprinkle a dash of salt on each slice as well as some Italian seasoning. Allowing it to sit while the bacon finishes does impact the flavor as it gives the salt a chance to work.

Dark greens have far more nutritional content than Iceburg lettuce
Dark greens have far more nutritional content than Iceburg lettuce

Butter the bread and sprinkle the garlic powder and a dash of salt on top. Sound like garlic bread? Well, it is. Layers of flavor can really impact the finished sandwich. Now to assemble the sandwich. A little mayo on each slice of bread, followed by diced onions, tomatoes, bacon and lettuce and dinner is ready. Personally I enjoy a slice of cheese on it as well but I have been informed by my youngest “That is wrong…….just wrong”

Served with a little pasta salad.
Served with a little pasta salad.

So make an easy dinner this week and try a small twist in the BLT. It is a tasty thing of beauty.

BubbleUp Pizza

I love pizza and my absolute favorite is a local parlor called Chicos. Put the Hochstatter in front of me and I will not turn down a slice. Truth be told it is not going to be fast and they don’t deliver. So what is a girl to do when the family is hungry? Break out an old Pampered Chef recipe that is only 3+ ingredients. That wasn’t a typo, you only need 3 ingredients and you can customize it in whatever way you like. This is a recipe that even the kids can throw together without much supervision.


1 batch favorite Biscuit Dough (or) 2 cans of your favorite biscuits
1 jar Spaghetti Sauce
2 1/2c shredded Mozzarella
Favorite pizza toppings

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

The original recipe called for 2 cans of biscuits, but I prefer to make them from scratch. One batch of dough is all you need. Either way, rip the dough up into about 1 inch pieces. They don’t have to be perfect, nobody can tell the difference once it bakes. Don’t you just love recipes that aren’t all technical? Toss the dough into a bowl.

Dump in your favorite spaghetti sauce. I use a quart of what I canned up last Fall. Thicker is better because it won’t have time to reduce in the oven.


Add your favorite pizza toppings. Tonight the girls wanted pepperoni, olives and onions but you can add whatever you like. I will let you in on a secret, I often use leftovers for this dish. No need to measure, it all mixes in really well. As long as you don’t exceed 3 cups worth of toppings you are good to go.
Add 2 cups of cheese and mix well. Yeah I know, it isn’t pretty but it tastes delicious. Grease an 8×11 pan and pour in the mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining half cup of cheese and return to the oven another 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted.


Doesn’t that look beautiful? Enjoy!