Cheesy Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Super simple and fall like. This works so well as a base for SO many things. Ground beef or chicken, a can of beans.

Dinner on the table for less than 5!

Epicurious.com recipe




Favorite Jeans

Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce; with meatballs of your choice.



This is an ESSENTIAL part of every dinner wardrobe. It is almost as simple as opening a jar. Pureed tomatoes, butter, salt and sugar. That’s ALL.


This week, I used the InstantPot; placed items from the recipe below in the IP and did a Pressure Cook at low for 30 minutes.


Added meatballs (previously made or frozen work) and set it back to slow-cook at low for 3 hours. 


Came back home and dinner was ready. Such a win!



Food.com recipe



Dress to Impress

Roasted butternut squash, ham and mascarpone.


Yes, this is pasta but one that is worthy of “fancy” status.


It is rich, decadent and  bursting with fall flavors.  I have been making this when the weather turns cold for at least 15 years. Yes, I think it is that good.


Pair with your favorite wine or a cider spritzer. 


Food & Wine recipe



Pots & Pans:

Prep Time: About 5 

Total Time: Under 15 minutes 


Shortcuts, cans, microwave! These are your staples for these meals

Pots & Pans: 2-3

Prep Time: Under 20  

Total: About 30 minutes


Some of these freeze very well; allowing you to get 2-3 dinners with one effort.

Pots & Pans: 3+

Prep Time: About 45; but sometimes less

Total: An hour or more (many hands off)

Notes: Yes, these take time but are worth the effort.