Home cooking before leaving home

My lovely oldest daughter recently graduated from college and just got a temporary job for which she’d been hoping.  She’ll be teaching English in Taiwan.  She’ll be gone for an entire year and while I will miss her like crazy, I’m so proud of her for taking risks and trying new things.

So, what does that have to do with food?  When your daughter is going away for a year to a different country, you make her as many of her favorites as you can possibly think of before she goes.

My girl is NOT a fussy eater.  In fact, her friends kid her that she’d eat octopus out of a dumpster.  She’s really adventurous, but when it comes to comfort food, she’s like anyone else,  she wants warm and heavy foods, but with a twist.  While most kids remember growing up on Manwichs or Sloppy Joes, she always preferred a thing we like to call Sloppy Giuseppes.

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These are very close to Sloppy Joes except you add Italian Sausage.  Best of all, you can make it in the Slow Cooker.

Sloppy Giuseppes

  • 1 lb bulk Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1-15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can mushrooms, (as you see from my picture, I used fresh, but either works)
  • 1 small can chopped ripe olives
  • 4 t. tapioca
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • Rolls
  • Cheese of choice, I prefer Provolone

Brown meats with onion in skillet. 37733355_10212785374095296_608922385709531136_n Drain.  Add to slow cooker with all ingredients, EXCEPT cheese and rolls.  Cook on low heat 8-10 hours.  Serve hot on rolls with cheese.  Leftovers freeze very well.

Make these at home, when you want something easy, but still comforting and maybe they will become a family favorite in your home too!

 

 

 

Not ashamed to be old-fashioned

This post is a bit about your humble writer.  Since I’m trying to have this blog sound like we’re just two people chatting over the fence, you should get to know me a bit better!  I’m an old-fashioned gal.  I like to bake from scratch,  listen to old-time radio, (my favorite is Jack Benny!), I always have an open door, hot food and a sympathetic ear for anyone who needs a friend.  I’ll admit, when younger, I always admired the Mother of the Bride’s dress rather than the actual bride and now that my girls are entering a marriageable age, I pin matronly, yet glittering dresses that I will lovingly shop for someday!  In general, I think I was born an old woman!

I’ve never been afraid to get older.  Of course, no one likes the aches and pains that come with age, but somehow, I just always connect better to older ideas.  Maybe because I was raised by my auntie after my mother died, maybe because I was never a pretty young woman, but for whatever reason, in my head, I always see myself as the mothers from the old movies, like Andy Hardy and Public Enemy. 

I do wear an apron in my kitchen, vintage ones I pick up when I can find them.  I am a bit plump.  However, I have hair the color of ripe plums and I swear like a sailor, so I guess there, the resemblance stops!

Today, it is a cloudy, humid day.  Blueberries were 1 dollar a pint so I picked some up for a nice, comforting cobbler.   With the Those Were The Days show playing on the radio, I’m perfectly at ease.

I hope you will come over.  The coffee pot is always on and the timer just went off, so the cobbler is hot.

Let me feed you.