Patty Melt

Patty melts may be an ultimate comfort food.  Some nights I love just getting back to the basics in the kitchen. Simple cooking that doesn’t require too much thinking and beginner kitchen skills to make.

This patty melt, with plenty of grilled onions and melted Swiss cheese, fits that bill at my house. It’s quick enough to make that I can whip it up on a weeknight, break out some potato chips and call it a meal without feeling guilty like I do when I just serve up ham sandwiches, order pizza, or carry in soggy fried chicken.

Don’t misunderstand, I also get so busy some days that dinner isn’t even on my radar until someone says they are hungry. By then, it takes every bit of energy I have left to even break out the bread, ham, and Miracle Whip.

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Minestrone

I cook soups frequently. They are easy to make, easy to tweak, and hard to mess up.

Cooking Hint: I did NOT say soup is impossible to mess up.  I have proven it is, in fact, possible.  I have scorched chicken on the bottom of a pot before I even got started doing anything besides boiling a whole chicken. Words of wisdom, don’t be like me and try to salvage it. Throw it away! Or better yet, prevent a disaster before it happens and do not start anything on scorching high heat and walk away. See that tiniest bit of black stuff on the bottom of the meat? Do not even try to pick it off and rinse it off. That not-so-flavorful taste will permeate the entire dish.

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Sometimes you just want a light and simple dinner, no matter the season. These crab stuffed mushrooms fit the bill paired with a salad.

They also make a lovely appetizer, but they aren’t so fancy and expensive to make that you couldn’t carry them to a tailgate or casual backyard BBQ. They would also be great served as an accompaniment to a nice juicy rib-eye. I have probably done all of the above with them over the years.

I use white cheddar cheese on my mushrooms, but please use whatever cheese is your favorite.  I encourage people to always change a recipe to fit their own tastes.

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