Pepper Steak

This is honestly one of the best recipes I have made in a long time. Tops on my list that’s for sure. The flavor is fantastic! It’s super simple to make and makes a beautiful presentation, certainly restaurant quality and more than anything you get a lot of bang for your buck!!
I really didn’t know if my family would enjoy this recipe. My aunt makes a killer pepper steak which my husband adores so I wasn’t sure he would be too happy with this recipe. You know it’s one of those things when you love something it’s hard to be excepting of something similar.
He was over the moon for this recipe and actually had seconds because he loved it so much. The worst part of making this recipe was taking the time to cut the meat nice and thin. The original recipe calls for round steak. I actually ended up using roast meat because I got it on sale and planned on using the other half of the roast for something different so it worked out well for us. 
  • 16 oz. round steak or roast
  • 4 tsp. plus 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 5 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper


  1. Slice meat into thin slices with the grain. Cut each strip across the grain about 1″ long so you have small thin slices. Place in a bowl and add 4 tsp. of soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of rice wine, 1 tsp. cornstarch and black pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. water and 2 tsp. cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. Heat the skillet on medium high heat. Swirl in 1 tbsp. oil and add the beef spreading evenly. Cook undisturbed for 20 seconds letting the beef brown. Using a spatula, stir meat, cooking another 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add remaining 2 tsp. of oil to the skillet, add peppers and onions and cook about 2 minutes. Return beef to the skillet, add the sauce and stir fry about 30 seconds until slightly thickened.

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Chicken Fried Chicken


  • 3 Chicken boneless Breast
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 3-4 Cups Cooking Oil


  • Pre heat cooking oil in skillet
  • With a meat cleaver pound each chicken breast until it’s thined out evenly
  • Scramble eggs until they are fluffy
  • Combine flour and Italian seasoned bread crumbs and mix well
  • Take each breast and dredge through the egg mixture then through bread crumb mixture
  • Each chicken breast will need to be cook by it’self unless you have an extra large skillet
  • When the oil is ready add a battered chicken breast to the oil let cook half way then flip and cook the other half of the chicken breast
  • Repeat until all breast are done


Creamy Potatoes and Carrots

I love this recipe. I lost it a long time ago, and just happened to find it again. It’s an excellent recipe and makes a tasty side dish. Although the picture does it no justice (old picture) this recipe is delicious!

  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lb. pre-cut baby carrot
  • 1/2 onion, sliced and quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Spray roasting pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Place potatoes, carrots and onions on pan.
  3. Add cream of mushroom soup.
  4. Mix in the water
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake covered 350 for 1 hour.

Kung Pao Chicken

I could not be any happier with the way this recipe turned out. The flavor is simply wonderful. It was a very easy recipe to make, but better yet, this recipe exceeds the work you put into it. It taste like you worked much harder than you did. Another thing I like is that most of the prep work can be done the night before, then everything can be thrown together the next day for a good, but quick meal.

Sevings: 3-4

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2  tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 teaspoons light sesame oil or vegetable oil
  • 9 tablespoons green onions, chopped with tops
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (to your own taste)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger (can use fresh grated if preferred)
  • 6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 4 cups cooked sticky rice, hot


  1. Combine chicken and cornstarch in small bowl.
  2. Toss to coat.
  3. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet or wok on medium heat.
  4. Add chicken.
  5. Cook 5- 7 minutes or until no longer pink in center.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Add onions, garlic, red pepper and ginger to skillet.
  8. Cook 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Combine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar in small bowl.
  11. Stir well and add to skillet and return to heat.
  12. Stir until chicken is well coated.
  13. Stir in nuts and heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
  14. Serve over hot sticky rice.

Chicken Burrito Casserole

I found this recipe in Family Circle Magazine. It’s soooo quick and easy! It would make a great OAMC recipe or a freezer recipe for a quick dinner. I think this is one of those recipes that you can do just about anything with and make it fantastic!


  • 1-1/2 pounds cooked boneless chicken
  • 1 package (2 1/2 pounds) frozen bean and cheese burritos
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1-1/2 cups of shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coat a 13x9x2 baking dish with non-stick spray
  3. Add burritos cutting to fit in a tight single layer
  4. Scatter the chicken over the burritos
  5. In a medium size bowl, mix together milk, soup, 1 cup of the cheese, and the olives
  6. Pour mixture evenly over the chicken and the burritos
  7. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins

Homemade Bread Machine Hamburger Buns

This recipe for Homemade Bread Machine Hamburger Buns is incredible!!! I can’t say enough about it except I will never buy buns from the store again. The recipe is super simple, the buns are fresh, fluffy, and super easy to make, and they don’t get soggy like store buns!!


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil plus 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

EGG Wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • sesame seed or poppy seeds


  1. Add ingredients in order listed, except for the egg and 1 T. water that is for the egg wash later.
  2. Select dough/pasta setting when cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured surface.
  3. Divide dough into 4 equal portions, divide each portion into 2 balls.
  4. Turn balls in hands folding edge under to make a circle.
  5. Press ball flat between hands.
  6. Place on greased cookie sheet pressing to a 31/2 inch circle.
  7. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until double in volume.
  8. Combine 1 slightly beaten egg with 1 tbsp.
  9. water and brush on buns.
  10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  11. Perfect buns every time.
  12. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

Mushroom Pasta Carbonara with a Twist!

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This recipe is super simple and delicious. It’s not your typical Pasta Carbonara because of the ham, but it’s a nice twist on an old dish. This recipe is loaded with flavor and super easy to make. It’s certainly a recipe that you could have most things done before the day you need the recipe.

If you want to do the prep work over the weekend for an easy week night meal you could have the bacon and the pasta made ahead. Dinner would be delicious and in a snap. I love the concept of this recipe. I think you could do so many wonderful things with it like add more mushrooms, extra garlic, and even incorporate some vegetables and decrease the pasta in the process to lower the calorie count.

I was so happy we had leftover so that I could have lunch the next day! Easy, simple, and delicious!


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked pasta (I used shells)
  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 large can of mushrooms, drained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 to 8 drops hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, remove to paper towels to drain.
  3. Brown mushrooms, and ham in drippings; remove to paper towels. Drain drippings from pan.
  4. Add the cream, butter, parsley, garlic, pepper sauce and salt if desired to the skillet; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted.
  5. Drain pasta; add to cream mixture. Stir in the bacon, ham, mushrooms and cheese; heat through.
  6. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with green onions.

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Yes Virginia, There Really is a Good Meatloaf

Let’s get the facts straight right from the beginning … I HATE MEATLOAF! Well, until now! My family loves meat loaf, but never gets it, because I hate it! I finally decided to be nice and make it because I found a recipe that had such great reviews. 
This recipe was so easy to put together. I actually sat at the kitchen table with all of my ingredients and had it together in minutes. It comes out of the oven so juicy, and simply yummy. I have only had meatloaf a few times in the past, and it’s always very dry. You won’t have to worry about that with this recipe! 
One piece of information I will give you is that when you initially put it all together it seems very wet, but this is what keeps  it moist while it’s baking. This got rave reviews in my house … even from me! Original Recipe 
Serves 4-5
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef 
  • 1 slice bread (broken or chopped finely)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small vidalia onion or type sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2-2/3 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2-4 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed firm (I used 3 tablespoons I will only use 1 1/2 – 2 next time)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  1. Meatloaf: Combine meat loaf ingredients and place into a loaf baking dish.
  2. Smooth out top.
  3. Sauce: Combine sauce ingredients and pour on top and sides of meatloaf.
  4. Bake at 350°F about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until done

McDonald’s Barbecue Sauce

My Husband is a huge fan of McDonalds BBQ Sauce.  I found a recipe years ago that claims to be the real deal. I am not sure if this is the real deal or not but my husband seems to think it’s fantastic. You be the judge and let me know. McDonalds or not I think it’s delicious!


  • 1/2 cup Kraft original flavor barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup Bullseye original barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup


  1. Combine the ingredients very well. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds, then stir again.
  2. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Makes about 6.5 ounces (6 packets) of McDonald’s Barbecue Sauce.



Marion’s Cheesey Bacon Tatar Tot Hot Dish

I originally found a similar version of this recipe when I visited The Country Cook. My husband is from the mid-west and Tatar Tot hot dish is a staple there.  I was looking for a recipe that would be comfort food for him. I decided to look through my Mother-in-laws recipe box to see what I could find when I came across this recipe that is very close to The Country Cook’s recipe.

This recipe is fantastic!!  We all flipped out for this one. There are so many great reasons to make this recipe. It’s super simple! Toss it in the slow cooker and it’s done! It’s inexpensive! It’s delicious!! I can’t brag enough about it. I love exploring my Mother-in-laws recipes! I hope you all enjoy this one!


  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
  • ½ cup bacon bits (I used Hormel but fresh would be even better)
  • 1 ½  cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1 pound (bite sizes) boneless chicken breasts  (You could even use a large can of chicken drained)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk (you could use regular milk also)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  1. Line your slow cook with a slow cooker liner or spray your slow cooking with cooking spray
  2. To the slow cooker add ½ of the bag of frozen tater tots
  3. On top of the tots add ¼ cup of bacon bits and ¾ cup of cheese.
  4. To the top of the cheese and bacon add bite size chicken pieces.
  5. On top of the chicken add remaining ¼ cup of bacon bits and ¾ cup of cheese, salt and pepper.
  6. To the top of the cheese, bacon, salt and pepper add remaining tater tots.
  7. Top the tater tots with 1 cup of evaporated milk
  8. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until chicken is done.