My Favorite Recipes

I've come to really enjoy cooking in retirement, especially when the results are good enough to have Leslie ask me to make it again.  I'll post the recipes here which we find to be especially enjoyable.

  • OK, let's start with a home run:  Beef Bourguignonne.  With all due respect to Julia Child who made world famous Beef Bourguignonne, most people do not have the time or patience to duplicate her accomplishment.  (If you do have the time and patience, I'd like to come to your house for dinner to taste how it comes out.)  For the rest of us, this Beef Bourguignonne is really wonderful.  Rich & flavorful, and the beef has time to get to the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness.  Truely delightful.

  • Mom's Meatloaf  (from the Prime Time '50's Cafe at WDW Hollywood Studios).  Forget everything you think you like or dislike about meatloaf and make this culinary delight. No matter where you got your present recipe - even a hand-me-down from your sainted grandma - it will be forgotten once you taste this.  To plagiarize the motto from Maxwell House coffee: Great to the last bite!

  • Fancy Stuffed Pork Roast   This is a very fruity, colorful, and flavorful presentation of a pork roast.  It is stuffed with dried plums (prunes) and dried apricots, glazed with a cranberry glaze, and served surrounded by baked peaches.  Admittedly it does involve a fair amount of work, but the end result justifies it.  Try it!  You won't be disappointed!

  • French Onion Macaroni & Cheese   If you are ready to ditch the kid's stuff (Kraft in a box - admittedly still pretty good) for more 'adult' tastes, this mac 'n cheese can't be beat.  A little more work than the box, but well worth it when you slide that first forkful past your lips.  One bite and you'll be hooked!

  • Apple-Cinnamon French Toast   Do you ever get bored with the same old French Toast you've always had?  If your answer is yes, you might want to try this.  It is egg-dipped bread on a bed of apple-cinnamon pie filling and baked in the oven.  Optionally served with other fruits, nuts, or meats, and even whipped cream or ice cream, this is definitely NOT your run-of-the-mill French Toast.

    One of my favorite food blogers is a lady named Mel who lives somewhere where the wintertime high daily temperature is often sub-zero.  (I experienced that while living in Montana and Alaska (and once in a while in Rochester, NY) so I know what she has to endure.)  Anyway, her recipes (found at Mel's Kitchen Cafe) are incredibly good, and I'll share some of my favorites here.

  • Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Ham  Oh, this is soooo good.  Really.  Whatever you do now to prepare a ham for dinner will be long forgotten after you taste this!

  • 'The Best' Broccoli-Beef  If you 'like' Beef & Broccoli from your favorite Chinese restaurant, you'll 'love' this. It really deserves the title of 'The Best.'

  • Split Pea Soup with Barley and Ham  We've all had pea soup with ham in it.  Have you ever had it with barley, too?  Trust me, this is fantastic.  Made in the slow cooker, you'll spend maybe 2 or 3 minutes in prep and the slow cooker does the rest.  You'll get a fabulous meal with almost zero work.

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