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Chicken Carolyn
Crockpot Beef Roast Meal
Baked Pork Chops & Scalloped Potatoes
Grilled Chicken With Cheese and Bacon
Chicken & Broccoli Braid
Taco Soup
Rich O'Sofamous Chicken Marinade
Fish Marinade
Tuna Tetrazzini
Glazed Corn Beef & Potatoes
Sweet & Sour Pork Roast & Potatoes
Spaghetti Amore
Asian Grilled Salmon
OH MY! Slow-Cooked Spareribs
Pecan Encrusted Salmon
Pan Fried Tilapia With Sauteed Mushroom & Onion Topping
White Chili


I used to make this on houseboat and camping trips for four or five couples. They requested it every trip. I have cut it down, but it still feeds us for three nights. :) Email me if you would like the larger version.

It takes a lot of preparation, but it is well worth it, and you don't have to cook for days. You can freeze it for later if you like.

Meat Sauce:
1 pound ground italian sausage
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 6 oz can tomato paste

Brown sausage slowly. Drain off excess fat. Add rest of meat sauce ingredients. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Ricotta Filling:
1 egg
8 oz ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ricotta filling ingredients together. Set aside.

9 lasagna noodles

Cook lasagna noodles according to package. Drain & rinse.

1 pound sliced mozzarella cheese

In a 9 X 13 baking pan, layer 3 lasagna noodles. Spread with 1/2 of the ricotta filling. Layer mozzarella slices until covered. Cover mozzarella with half the meat sauce. Layer 3 more lasagna noodles over meat sauce. Spread remaining ricotta filling. Cover with mozzarella. Spread remaining meat sauce. Cover with remaining 3 lasagna noodles. Top with remaining mozzarella. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

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Chicken Carolyn

This is a recipe we have gotten on the road. It was first served to us when we spent the night at the home of Carolyn & Joe (website visitors) the night Hurricane Katrina passed through the Birmingham area of Alabama in September 2005. So we have christened the dish Chicken Carolyn (even though it may not be exactly how she made it). I have since served this easy, delicious crockpot meal and added it to my menu list.

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small onion, sliced

Place all ingredients in crockpot. Salt & pepper to taste and stir. Cook on high 4 to 6 hours. Serve over rice or egg noodles.

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Crockpot Beef Roast Meal

A one pot meal. Easy to prepare & easy to clean up.

Beef Roast or your choice of cut
4 to 5 potatos, peeled & quartered
6 carrots, peeled
1 medium onion, sliced or quartered
1 can beef broth

Place all ingredients in crockpot. Cook on high 4 to 6 hours. Season to taste.

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Baked Pork Chops & Scalloped Potatoes

This is my all-time favorite meal!! My grandfather made this for me every time I visited, so not only is it delicious, it is very special. Talk about comfort food ....!

4 - 6 thinly sliced pork chops
5 - 6 potatoes, peeled & thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups milk
2 heaping tablespoons flour
cooking oil

Coat pork chops in flour (not the tablespoons of flour listed). Heat cooking oil in skillet. Brown pork chops on each side. Salt & pepper both sides. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels. Spread sliced potatoes (all of them) in bottom of 9 X 13 baking pan. Place pork chops on top of potatoes. Mix milk and 2 tablespoons of flour together. Pour mixture over pork chops and potatoes. If milk does not cover potatoes, add additional milk/flour mixture until potatoes covered. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes.

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Grilled Chicken with Cheese & Bacon

When you get bored with regular grilled chicken, you have to come up with ideas based on what you have in stock. Howard wanted to add cheese and bacon one night, and this recipe is what we ended up with.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
KC Masterpiece Honey Smoke barbecue sauce*
Shredded Mozzarella/Provolone cheese combination*
Bacon, pre-cooked

Grill chicken. Slice into breasts to ensure they are done. Add barbecue sauce letting it seep into sliced areas. Cook for additional 4 minutes (2 minutes each side). Remove from grill. Top hot chicken with shredded Mozzarella/Provolone. Add one slice of bacon, broken in half, on top of cheese on each breast. Microwave for approximately 50 seconds or until cheese is melted.

*If you prefer, substitute your favorite barbecue sauce and/or cheese.

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Chicken & Broccoli Braid

This is one of my favorite Pampered Chef recipes - a one dish meal. It takes a little prep time, but it's well worth it!

2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 8 oz tubes of refrigerated crescent rolls
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons slivered almonds

Combine first eight ingredients in bowl and stir together. Set aside. This is the tricky part - you may have to read this part a couple of times. Open the crescent rolls and spread dough covering a baking sheet. Do not separate the rolls, but rather pinch the perforations together. Basically, you will have a baking sheet covered with crescent roll dough with no separations or perforations. Now we are going to slice the dough so that we have six inches longways to apply the filling and so the outer edges can be folded over the filling to create the "braid." Down each side, slice the dough at 1 1/2 inch intervals being sure to leave a six inch center in tact from end to end. Spread the filling evenly down the six inch center. To "braid", begin at one end and lift strips of dough across filling to meet in center, twisting each strip one turn. Continue alternating strips to form a "braid." Brush egg whites over dough. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 375 for 25 - 28 minutes or until deep golden brown.

NOTE: Keep dough refrigerated until ready to spread on baking sheet.

Preparation Option: Braiding is hardest to explain and is only for looks. To simplify, apply filling to six inch center of dough and fold sides over the filling.

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Taco Soup

I like this soup recipe because it is different and so easy. It is great when you are tired of making chili to take the edge off a cool day. And it gives you a great excuse when you have a craving for Fritos corn chips!

1 1/2 lbs ground beef, browned
1 onion, chopped
1 can kidney beans, undrained
1 can chili beans, undrained
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes, undrained
1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 4 oz can green chilis, chopped
1 pkg ranch salad dressing mix
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook 2 - 6 hours. Serve and top with Fritos and shredded cheese.

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Rich O'Sofamous Chicken Marinade

Rich OSofamous Chicken Marinade

We got this recipe from one of our website visitors when they came to meet us in Gulf Shores in October 2005. We got it from Rich whose last name begins with an "O," thus we named it after him. It's a very secret special recipe, so keep it between us, okay? :) It's delicious marinade, so enjoy.

1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 teaspoon thyme
1 1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into Ziploc bag and add chicken. Best to marinate 24 hours. Grill or bake.

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Fish Marinade

This is another marinade we got from Rich O. It is delicious and we tried it with salmon as pictured, but Howard thinks it might be even better with a meaty whitefish.

1 tablespoon garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon dill
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 cup olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into Ziploc bag and add fish. Best to marinate 24 hours. Grill or bake.

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Tuna Tetrazzini

A quick and easy one dish meal that I have been making for years with slight modifications here and there. Howard didn't particularly like it when I started making it, so I just kept adding cheese and bacon until he did. :)

5 oz elbow macaroni (approx 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup pimentos (optional)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 cans solid packed tuna, drained (7 oz cans)
2 tablespoons bacon bits

Cook elbow macaroni according to package and drain. Combine all ingredients in casserole dish reserving 1/2 cup of cheese and 1 tablespoon of bacon bits for topping. Sprinkle reserved cheese and bacon bits on top of mixture. Bake covered at 375 for 30 minutes.

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Glazed Corn Beef & Potatoes

My first time to prepare corned beef. Ya gotta love this one - crockpot simple!

2 - 3 lbs fresh corned beef
1 8 oz jar apricot preserves
4 - 5 potatoes, peeled & quartered

Put potatoes in bottom of crockpot. Place corned beef fat side down on top of potatoes. Pour apricot preserves on top of meet. Cook on high 4 - 6 hours or on low 8 - 10 hours. Slice thin and serve.

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Sweet & Sour Pork Roast & Potatoes

This easy, slow-cooker recipe came from the Food Network. It looked so good as they prepared it on TV. I had to try it, and it turned out wonderful. The two of us ate it for 4 days as Howard gave it an exemption from the "no more than 3 days straight" rule. :)

3 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup onion, chopped
3 pound pork roast
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup water
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teapsoon ground black pepper

Arrange potatoes & onion in bottom of slow-cooker. Place pork on top of potatoes & onion. Spread garlic all over pork. In a medium bowl, whisk together water, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, mustard, black pepper, and salt. Pour mixture over pork. Cover and cook on low for 6 - 8 hours or on high for 3 - 4 hours.

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Spaghetti Amore

I tried this recipe one night trying to find a spaghetti recipe that Howard would like. He always said my basic recipe "needed something." He seems to like this casserole-type baked spaghetti better.

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup green peppers, chopped

In skillet, brown hamburger and add onion & green pepper. Simmer until vegetables tender and meat is browned. Drain grease.

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of tomato soup
1 soupcan of water
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt & pepper to taste

Simmer for 5 minutes

In a 9 X 13 baking dish, add 1 1/2 pounds of spaghetti, cooked & drained. On top of spaghetti, add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Pour sauce mix on top of spaghetti and cheese. Top with another 1/2 cup of cheddar and a 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350.

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Asian Grilled Salmon

I found this recipe on the Food Network website. Simple indgredients and simple to make. Delicious!

3 pounds salmon filets
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons olive oil (I use extra virgin)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Whisk all ingredients together. Put marinade in ziploc bag. Add salmon filets. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Grill to desired temperature.

Note: Obviously we don't need three pounds of salmon, so I halve this recipe unless we are having guests.

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OH MY! Slow-Cooked Spareribs

My name for this dish says it all! No need to buy boneless ribs because the meat falls right of the bone. This is sure to become a favorite in your family.

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup (I use Heinz)
2 tablespoons mustard (I use dijon)
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
Dash of garlic salt OR 1 - 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
Ribs of your choice

Trim all visible fat from ribs. Salt, pepper, and set aside.

Mix all other ingredients together in a crockpot. Set on high and add ribs turning to coat all sides. Cook for 4 - 5 hours turning and basting ribs about every hour. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe works great for chicken, too!

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Pecan Encrusted Salmon

I had a moment of creativity and came up with this one on the spur of the moment. It just came to me. :) It's quick and easy and Howard loves it!

Salmon filets
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pecans, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup for two filets)
Brown Sugar (optional)
Emeril's Essence Creole Seasoning (see below)

Brush filets with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle Emeril's Essence on both sides. Drizzle honey on both sides. Roll filets in chopped pecans to cover. Pan fry filets in hot pan coated with olive oil for about 3 minutes on each side. Sprinkle brown sugar on filets as they are seering. Enjoy!

Emeril's Essence Creole Seasoning - I found this on Food Network and now use it on all fish recipes. It makes a lot, so I put it in its own spice shaker.
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

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Pan Fried Tilapia With Sauteed Mushroom & Onion Topping

I was inspired by a recipe on Food Network, but I didn't have all the ingredients, so I made up my own. We think it turned out pretty good! This recipe is for four filets.

Black Pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lime, halved
Fresh mushrooms, sliced (enough to top 4 filets)
1/2 of medium onion, chopped
2 or 3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 jar pimentos (Howard says these are optional - he's not a big fan)

Saute onion, mushrooms, & garlic in olive oil. Saute for about 5 minutes then add juice of 1/2 lime, pimentos, and cilantro. Simmer for about 3 minutes. Season fish with salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil about two turns of the pan. Saute fish for 3 minutes on each side. Squeeze the other 1/2 of the lime over the fish. Spoon onion/mushroom topping over fish and serve.

Note: For side item in picture go to Side Dishes page and see Maque Choux.

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White Chili

I entered this recipe in the 2009 RV-Dreams Rally chili cook-off. It didn't win, but it was different (very mild) than all the others and some folks wanted the recipe. So here it is!


4 cups chicken broth
3 chicken breasts (cooked & cut into 1" pcs)
2 15 oz cans great northern beans (rinsed & drained)
1 med. zucchini (diced)
1 onion (chopped)
1 Tbs. ground cumin
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tsp. chili powder
1 15 oz. can corn
1/2 cup sour cream
1 4 oz. can chopped green chiles
1 10 oz. can Rotel (original)
salt & pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together except for the sour cream in a crock pot. Cook on high for about 3-4 hours. Stir in sour cream about 5 minutes before serving.

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