Baked Pasta with Turkey Meatballs

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Leah Damron

Okay, not to scare you off with more of the “T” word – we’re talking ground turkey here, and it doesn’t taste a thing in the world like Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, these little meatballs are so tasty, I wish I had made a double batch and stashed them away in the freezer. They’d be perfect stuffed in toasted rolls for subs, or tossed onto an impromptu pizza, or simply served over the obvious spaghetti. Maybe if you make this, you’ll have better forethought than I had. Double up on the meatballs, you won’t be sorry.

I hesitate to call this meal a casserole because of the bad rap such dishes get. I’ll just say it’s cozy, family friendly comfort food served up in one gooey, cheesy pan; I highly recommend it for picky toddlers, t’weens and teens.

Actually, I’d recommend it to anyone who’s just plain hungry.

Have a great week.

Blogs, Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | December 3rd, 2013

Oven Toasted Ravioli

Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Leah Damron

Sometimes the DamKids love what they order in a restaurant so much that they ask if I can duplicate the dish at home. Once in a while, I’m able to come close (this tortilla soup, for instance); other times (like when it comes to authentic Chinese food) … not so much. And I tell them simply that that’s why restaurants were invented in the first place.

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Classic Swedish Meatballs

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by Leah Damron

A neighbor once told me when I was a little girl that I got my dimples from eating meatballs.  I bought in to this story hook, line and sinker until I was at least 10 years old.  This classic recipe comes from that same neighbor, and yes, it’s a bit of a throwback to the days of Read more

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Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Posted on February 14th, 2012 by Leah Damron

I’m pretty sure these are the best pork chops I’ve ever made. No, they’re not bikini friendly. And yes, they will require an extra three hours or so on the treadmill, if you care about your waistline getting to jiggly and that sort of thing. I took the hit. It was worth it.

I don’t really have much else to say about these chops, but I do have one helpful little tip I’ll offer (which I gleaned from watching many hours of Food Network and did not invent on my own): when it comes to breading food — any food — work with one hand. This way you always have one clean hand available to adjust the heat on your stove, or brush your bangs out of your eyes, or return a text from your smallest child who has messaged you from upstairs to ask you what’s for dinner.

Blogs, Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | February 14th, 2012