Big J’s Cheese Steak Sandwich

It is no secret that we love steak in this house.  This is a dish we are very proud of and is quick and easy to make.  We drove through Philadelphia and HAD to stop at Pat’s and Geno’s. **These are 2 famous cheese steak restaurants** We were so excited because of all the hype…

Big J’s 3×3 Chili

My husband has absolutely mastered chili.  He refuses to even use chili powder anymore.  He likes to use fresh peppers to get that nice natural chili flavor.  It really does make a difference.  He has found a ratio that works very well together, he uses 3 types of beans to 3 types of meats.  Thus,…

Pulled Pork Tacos

We love being able to utilize left overs in our house.  You could always make pulled pork specifically for this meal but we usually use left overs (there is always an abundance of meat when we cook a whole butt).  This is fun because everyone can construct their own taco their own way.  It makes…

Mushroom and Onion Red Wine Sauce

I have been toying with sauces and I am so happy I have finally gotten this one exactly how I want it.  I was going for an easy savory sauce and this hits the nail on the head!  It can be paired with any red meat. The kids see the onion and run but it…

Big J’s Smoked Ribs

Ribs are the first smoked meat that my husband perfected.  He loves the process of smoking food.  It is an all day affair and a great way for us to spend time together as a family. **There is a membrane on the back on the ribs that you can pull off.  It makes for a…

Ground Lamb Pita

I am constantly trying to do different things in the kitchen.  I did this because I had some ground lamb that needed to be used. 1lb Ground Lamb 1 Clove Garlic Minced 1/2ts Molasses 1/2 cup chopped White Onion (Halved) 1ts (each) Thyme and Rosemary A dash of Worcestershire Sauce Dash of Gun Powder Seasoning (found…

Lamb Ribs

We love lamb in our house.  We eat it quite often and have started to get creative in our uses of it. Lamb Ribs Marinade: 1 1/2ts fresh chopped Tyme 2tbsp Rosemary 1 1/2ts molasses 1/2 cup Olive Oil 1tbsp Garlic minced Mix Marinade. Salt and pepper each rib. Put ribs into Zip loc bag….

Homestyle Spaghetti

I love to make Spaghetti.  This is a recipe that I just made up.  It is so much fun to go to local produce vendors and get the freshest ingredients.  I usually grab an assortment of tomatoes.  I never make this the same way twice. 4 Vine Ripe Tomatoes 1 Package of Cherry Tomatoes 4…

Crock Pot Roast

This is a fun classic! 3-5lb Roast 1 Family sized can Cream of Mushroom 2 packs of Onion Soup Mix Worcestershire Sauce (eyeball amount) 2 Small Yellow Potatoes 1 cup Baby Carrots **** Set the meat out 30 minutes prior to cooking**** Pour the soup into a mixing bowl.  Add onion soup mix packets and…

Poor Man’s Goulash

This recipe came directly from my mother. I have added onion, peppers, and a few other seasonings. Ingredients: 1lb Ground Beef 80/20 ***I have used ground turkey or chicken as well*** Half a box of elbow noodles 2 Bell peppers ***I use green, yellow, or orange to break up the red color. 1 small yellow onion diced…

Hominy Soup

Every summer my mom would take my sister and me up to Minnesota to attend the summer pow-wow.  My mom’s side of the family is Native American.  It was just the best time.  We would count down until it was time to go again.  Two things that stick out in my mind (besides the dancing and…