It’s all in the Bread


Saturday I was at the grocery store.  I passed by the cinnamon raisin bread.  It looked so good, I popped it in the cart.  Then passed the meat counter and ended up going back to get meat.  I was hungry for a Reuben Sandwich.   Ugh…no Corned Beef.  They did have Turkey Pastrami so I opted for that.  Then off to the bread aisle and got some Pumpernickel bread.

Once home and it was supper time and time to make sandwiches.  That’s when I remembered the AWESOME sandwich we had when we visited the Mississippi Valley Quilters and saw Bonnie Hunter.  There was a restaurant there that made Reuben Sandwiches only they used cinnamon raisin bread.  I was going to make mine like that!

So I started out…

My griddle was front and center for this job.  If you want to make these, you can easily make them with a frying pan.  Down went buttered bread.  Then meat and then Thousand Island dressing.


Next up was the sauerkraut…We LOVE sauerkraut.  You certainly wouldn’t need as much as I put on.


Next Swiss Cheese.  I ALWAYS put the sauce and the kraut in between the meat and cheese.  It keeps the sandwich from getting soggy.


They are topped with another buttered slice of bread and then flipped.


You can see mine was made with the cinnamon raisin bread and his with the pumpernickel.

So how was it? [Read more...]



Monday at nap time all my kids slept at the same time.  It was only for a half hour and that’s all the time I needed to change the wash and prep some food.  The bar and grill here in town has Taco Tuesday night.  I love going but always kick myself that I simply don’t do my own Taco Tuesday right here at our house.  That got me thinking that I could make a Mexican meal along with a couple for the freezer and I’d be good for the next few Tuesdays.

Here’s how they look minus I ddin’t get cheese on the one to the right.  I love recipes that are good for the freezer. I don’t do a lot of freezer meals but this is one that I regularly do.  The original recipe calls it Beef Enchilladas…I’ve changed it up though.

Here is the original recipe along with the changes I made. [Read more...]

Zuppa Toscana Soup


Each year when deer season hits we have the deer hunters over.  Typically any of the wives that want to come, come too.  I host the Friday night part of the event.  This year, Hubby didn’t know if he was going to go hunting.  He doesn’t enjoy it as much as he used to.  To be honest, his age is catching up to him.  Walking through the woods with sticks and what not is hard on his knees.  He’s had a bad knee for a long time and walking through that just isn’t what he needs.  I think if he hunts again it will likely be done more in a staked hunting place rather than a clear the woods walking type of hunting.  It’s the pangs of getting older and we are.

Anyway one of the hunter’s wives brought the best soup….it’s so good.  I had to make a batch for myself.

It says, better than Olive Garden in the recipe but I’ve never been to Olive Garden so I can’t tell you if that’s true.  We try as hard as we can to never eat at chain restaurants…

Here’s the recipe… [Read more...]

Ask Jo: Follow up on the Hamburger Post


Every so often I get questions from blog readers that I think other blog readers would like the answer to as well.  When that happens, I answer the questions here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

All of the question and comments I’m addressing today are relate to a recent hamburger post I wrote.  I showed this picture of our freezer full of meat.  On reader commented that she liked the dividers.    That made me smile and laugh.  Hubby made these dividers a long time ago.  It was his idea.  The pieces interlock.  They were made out of complete scrap but we love them.  It keeps the meat divided and makes it really easy to find what I’m looking for.


In the post I was also lamenting about missing hamburger.  I had listed that one of the things I missed making was hamburger gravy.  A blog reader asked what hamburger gravy was and could I share the recipe.  I’ll be honest.  This comment surprised me.  I thought hamburger gravy was a universal, everyone made it thing….apparently not.

To check myself I asked Hubby if his mom made hamburger gravy because mine sure did and I do too.  He said his mom did too.  That’s not a very good test sample as our moms were pretty similar, both were farm wives, both lived in relatively the same area, and both were in the same age range.  Curiously do others of you make hamburger gravy and/or did you mom’s make hamburger gravy?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Anyway, I made hamburger gravy the other night for supper and snapped some photos as I did….Here’s how I do it: [Read more...]