Butternut Squash and Sausage Casserole

butternut squash and sausage

Autumn in central Texas is really just an extension of summer only with shorter days and slightly cooler nights.  Even though our Texas weather is not typical Fall weather compared to other parts of the country, it does brings thoughts of falling leaves, family gatherings, roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire and comfort food.  Comfort… 

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Spicy Green Chile Chicken Casserole

green chile chicken

I grew up eating casseroles at home, family reunions and potluck dinners, but growing up in Texas meant one very special casserole…King Ranch Casserole. Despite the name, the casserole didn’t come from the King Ranch in South Texas but rather a Junior League recipe that really caught on. My mom usually made this dish for… 

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Cheesy Pot Pie Casserole

cheesy pot pie casserole

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m racing through Fry’s Grocery in Scottsdale, AZ.  I waited until the very last minute to buy everything for the camping trip I had planned.  As I ogle the massive veggie section of this Fry’s, I start to run down the list of items I need to feed everyone for the… 

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Stuffed Peppers


I love holidays…Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc. There are always so many neat ideas that come out during holiday times to give me a little inspiration. When I see a neat craft or recipe, I try not to read how to make it so I can try and make it my own. This usually gets my… 

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Spanish Style Quinoa

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When I was growing up my best friend’s mom used to make Spanish rice and I can remember afternoons sitting at their kitchen bar downing bowls of this delicious treat. A few weeks ago this same friend came to visit us, after having spent five years apart we quickly fell back into sync. I begged… 

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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My family loves all things Italian…particularly food.  I am always looking for new ways to re-invent family favorites.  One evening as I was trying to figure out what to cook for my family, and I had an idea…what if I try to turn Chicken Parmesan into a casserole and voila … Chicken Parmesan Casserole.  But… 

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Beany & Cheesy Quinoa Bake

beany & cheesy quinoa bake

I know, I know. Here I go with the quinoa again. But I’m not alone in my obsession. Quinoa is the new ‘it’ grain. (I completely made that up right there). This take on quinoa is double awesome because it’s in a casserole and that casserole is jam packed with all kinds of healthy goodness… 

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Enchilada Casserole in a Hurry!

enchilada casserole

  I love enchiladas. I don’t like to make enchiladas. They are kinda tedious, and a little messy. But this enchilada casserole? Holy guacamole! It is every bit as yummy as a hand rolled enchilada, and so much easier to make. Lean in really close……..it will only take you 40 minutes from start to finish…. 

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Black Bean & Yam Enchiladas

black bean & yam enchiladas

  Two things led to the birth of this recipe: Christy made a kick butt enchilada sauce a while back that has been super popular on the site and I really wanted to make some and drink it. There is a brewery in my hometown and they make yam enchiladas. They’re AMAZING. And I’ve been craving… 

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Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce from the @Shrinking Kitchen #Mexican #enchilada #sauce www.shrinkingkitchen.com

Some things in life are just better when they are made from scratch. Take this homemade red enchilada sauce for example. After searching for just the sauce with just the right flavor, and without all the extra crap, I came to the conclusion that it would be just as easy to make it from scratch…. 

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