Shepherd's Pie Casserole

Posted by Sandy on 3/31/2019 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

The recipe has many variations, but the defining ingredients are minced red meat ("cottage pie"
refers to beef filling and "shepherd's pie" refers to lamb), cooked in a gravy or sauce with onions and sometimes other vegetables, such as peas, celery or carrots, and topped with a layer of mashed potato before it is baked. The pie is sometimes also topped with grated cheese to create a layer of melted cheese on top. Pie name refers to a top and bottom crust. This recipe is a casserole as there is just a topping of potatoes.

Shepherd's Pie Casserole is made with Milford Spice Company's It's all Greek to Me which is hand blended from Greek oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, parsley, Korintje cinnamon and ground nutmeg.

Dillicious Potatoes Anna

Posted by Wine & Spice on 3/30/2019 to Side Dish

Dillicious is a bright and flavorful blend of onion, garlic, salt, parsley, black pepper and dill weed. Fantastic on veggies, fish, chicken or as a dip and salad dressing. See the product info on website for a great ranch dressing recipe!


This potato dish is great with anything that you would serve potatoes with. It is crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft and wonderful on the inside. I served with Sous Vide Lamb Chops and Asparagus.


I highly recommend using a cast iron skillet for this dish. The heat generated creates such a wonderful crust! You can use a large one or a couple (or more) small ones. It is kind of fun for everyone to get a mini Pommes Anna each!


A lovely glass of Petite Sirah pairs beautifully with this dish. 




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Pepperoni Bread with Dipping Sauce

Posted by Sandy on 3/29/2019 to Appetizers
Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

This bread I grew up with as a kid and it is great. This is not re-purposed pizza dough. Use bread dough for the right feel. It's really popular in West Virginia where they sell it everywhere as pepperoni rolls.
The Dipping Sauce can be used for sauce on pizza as well.

Baked Chicken

Posted by Sandy on 3/27/2019 to Chicken & Poultry
Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

A true classic home-cooked dish. This recipe tastes like Mom's chicken. Using the right whole chicken is key. I used an Air-chilled Chicken. No need to worry about it being dunked in chemicals or injected with solutions and no antibiotics used. Add what you need under the skin. It will taste like real baked chicken should. 

Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic and Lemon

Posted by Sandy on 3/23/2019 to Beef, Pork & Lamb
Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

Lamb loin chops contain part of the backbone. Muscles include the eye of the loin, separated from the tenderloin by T-shaped finger bones, and the flank. Lamb loin chops are bigger than rib chops. They do very well with hot, fast, dry methods of cooking, such as grilling or broiling. This recipe uses Milford Spice Company's It's All Greek to Me and are best cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Arborio Rice Dressing

Posted by Sandy on 3/21/2019 to Chicken & Poultry
Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

This recipe is my mom's Rice Dressing and it's a great side dish. She would make a strong tasting homemade Chicken Broth for this recipe. There is lots of chicken fat that adds a smooth richness to this dish. I changed the rice from a standard rice to Arborio. It is great with Baked Chicken or Pork Roast. You can use the leftover rice by making rice balls or patties with Panko bread crumbs the next day.

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Posted by Sandy on 3/20/2019 to Beef, Pork & Lamb
Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

An enchilada (en·chi·la·da) is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including various meats, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables or a combination. Originating in Mexico, enchiladas are a popular dish throughout Mexico and the American Southwest. This recipe has a different twist. We use Beef Short Ribs that are cooked Sous Vide. The meat is very tender and flavorful.

New York Strip Steak

Posted by Sandy on 3/19/2019 to Beef, Pork & Lamb
Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

The strip steak is a cut of beef steaks from the short loin from a cow. It consists of a muscle that does little work, the longissimus, making the meat particularly tender. It is good cooked on the grill or equally good in a cast iron pan.   

Espresso Beef Salad

Posted by Sandy on 3/12/2019 to Beef, Pork & Lamb
Recipe courtesy of Judy Toth, Simply Impressive Cooking School.

This salad is a great way to use up leftover beef. The espresso pecans were made using
Mark's Espresso Rub II as was the vinaigrette. The flavors meld nicely on this salad and everything
can be made beforehand so it’s a perfect weeknight dinner. No specified amounts were given so
you can make this salad as large or small as you want.

Simply Impressive Minefagiole Soup

Posted by Sandy on 3/10/2019 to Italian

Recipe courtesy of Judy Toth, Simply Impressive Cooking School.

Two of my favorite soups are minestrone and pasta fagiole and sometimes I like to make one soup that encompasses the flavor of both soups. That is how minefagiole (pronounced mini fa golie) was born.

I used fresh carrots, but you can use frozen crinkle carrots if desired. You can also swap out the crushed tomatoes for bottled spaghetti sauce, but if you do that, you will want to adjust your seasoning a bit. This is my choice of vegetables, but if you prefer spinach, that’s a great substitution. Zucchini can be eliminated if you are not a fan. 

As you can see, this soup is flexible. Use what you like or what you have available at home. This recipe is really good as written, however you can also use it as a canvas to make it exactly as you like.
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