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!

 

 

 

Don’t say you can’t cook

I have always liked to cook.  However, that does not mean I don’t have SO many failures under my belt.  (Ask my kids about the cream puffs).  I hear from some friends who see my posts and say “Oh, I wish I could cook.”  I tell them, “But you CAN!”.  It seems to me that sometimes a person will see a recipe online and regardless of experience, will try some of the most difficult things and then when they don’t get the results they expected, they just give up and say they can’t cook.

I’m about to tell you that you can.

It’s not the difficulty of cooking that makes you quit, it’s the lack of experience and we ALL have to start somewhere.  I’m just your ordinary housewife.  There are a lot of blogs run by professional chefs or dieticians, and I LOVE those, but sometimes you want to hear straight talk by someone cooking for a family, who does not have professional equipment or a large food budget.   Gordon Ramsey would holler at me on a nightly basis, sometimes, he might end up surprised, but in actuality, it’s only my hubby and kids I need to please!   An all-time family pleaser is always some kind of pasta.  As I said previously, my pasta machine was found at resale and would you believe it, but that I was shopping at the local Italian market and they had a gnocchi attachment for half price!

So dinner tonight was Homemade Gnocchi in a Fresh Tomato Marinara.

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I am not including the recipes here because you can find them anywhere online or in a cookbook, but let me just say that even if you don’t think you can cook, you can impress your whole family by making your tomato sauce from the superabundant and inexpensive tomatoes in your grocery or your garden!   It does not take a long time or tons of experience and it’s SO CHEAP!  Just think how proud you’ll be to be able to say to your family.

Let me feed you.