The best turkey dressing for the in-laws!!

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Chestnut and Bacon Dressing

Chestnut And Bacon Dressing

I got this recipe from the November 1996 Gourmet Magazine. It has been a family hit every year since then.

Chestnut and Bacon Dressing


6 cups torn bite size pieces of crusty bread.

6 thick cut bacon.

2 – 6.5 oz packages peeled chestnuts – chopped.

1/2 stick unsalted butter (about 1/4 cup).

1/2 cup Italian flat leafed parsley – minced

2 onions – chopped.

2 cups – low sodium chicken broth.

4 celery stalks – chopped.

1 Tbsp fresh rosemary – minced.


Heat oven to 325 F.

On a baking sheet arrange bread pieces. Place on middle rack of oven and occasionally turn to golden brown both sides (approximately 20 minutes).

Prepare onion, celery, rosemary.

In a large fry pan cook bacon on medium high. Remove bacon when crisp. Turn off heat, and to the bacon fat the butter. Return heat to low. Add the onion, celery, rosemary, stir. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until soft. Add the chopped chestnuts and cook for an additional minute or two.

Chop the bacon.

To a large mixing bowl add bread, and then mix in chopped bacon. Next add the onion/chestnut mixture, and Italian parsley, and stir well.

Butter a 4 quart baking dish. Place the ingredients in the baking dish. Slowly drizzle the chicken broth over the dressing.

Cover with foil and place in oven for 60 minutes at 325 F. Next remove the foil and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

And Stuff

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Thanksgiving Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto


Whether hosting or bringing a side to Thanksgiving dinner this easy, awesome tasting dish will be sure to please.

Southwet Roasted Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto

My easy, but awesome, Southwest Roasted Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto will be a great addition to any feast. This recipe is a little more challenging than the usual easy recipe, but remember, you’re cooking a feast – You Can Do This!

Serves 8


1 and 1/2 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved .

2/3 cup pickled red onion (recipe below) – chopped.

1/2 cup Cotija cheese – crumbled (can substitute Parmesan)

2 oz. prosciutto – thinly chopped.

3 Tbsp. Chipotle Honey Aioli (recipe below)

2 tsp olive oil.

2 tsp minced garlic.

Chipotle Honey Ailoi: 1 pod chipotle pepper minced, 1 Tbsp of adobe sauce (sauce in the chipotle can), 1 Tbsp. honey, 2 Tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp fresh lemon juice. Mix together in bowl.

Pickled Red Onion:

easy picketed red onion

1 red onion – sliced into thin rounds; 3/4 cup rice vinegar; 5 black peppercorns; 5 allspice berries; 3 springs of thyme; 1 clove of garlic – halved; 1 small dried red chili pepper; 1/2 tsp. sugar; 1/2 tsp. kosher salt (or sea salt). In a mason type jar place sugar, salt, vinegar, and spices (except thyme). Gently stir to mix. Add fresh thyme. Place sliced red onion in a colander resting in the sink. Bring 3 cups of water to a strong boil. Slowly pour the boiling water over the sliced onion to lightly blanch them. Drain water. Add the blanched red onion to the mason jar and stir gently.

Place lid on jar and store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. I occasionally gently shake the jar to get all onion slices covered with the picking juice.


Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Spray Canola Oil on 9.5 x 13 oven baking dish. Place Brussels sprout in pan, sprinkle with garlic and olive oil, mix together. Roast for 20 minutes cut side down.

In a fry pan heated to medium high cook the prosciutto.

Remove Brussels sprout from oven, turn them over and then sprinkle with prosciutto. Return to oven for 25 minutes. With 10 minutes left on time add the the Chipotle Honey Aiole and pickled red onion and mix. Place baking dish back in oven for remainder of time.

Plate the Brussels sprouts and top with crumbled cheese.

And there you go you just made a killer vegetable side dish that everyone will want the recipe!

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Southwest Chicken and Bean Soup


The idea for my easy meal recipe this week originated in the cookbook ‘Everyday Light Meals’. Of course, I just had to make some changes to make the dish even easier to make and more flavorful.

My Southwest Chicken and Bean Soup is super easy to make, light, and so tasty. I suspect the soup would be a great meal even without the chicken for a meatless Monday dinner!

easy Southwest Chicken and Bean soup.

recipe serves six


1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast.

1 – 16 oz can fat free refried beans.

1 – 15 oz can reduced sodium black beans – drained and rinsed.

1 – 14.5 oz can fat free chicken broth.

1 – 10 oz can RO-TEC original diced tomatoes and green chilis.

3/4 cup roasted corn (thawed from frozen).

1/4 cup shredded Colby cheese.

1 cup of reserved water from chicken boil.

1 bay leaf.

1/2 tsp ground cumin.

salt and pepper.

fat free sour cream for garnish.


In large pot add enough water to cover the chicken breast. Bring water to boil and add breast, bay leaf, and dash of salt and pepper. Bring to strong boil and then reduce to low boil for 5 or so minutes. Remove chicken from water, and then poke it with a fork to make sure no red fluid flows. If cooked properly set it aside.

Reserve 3/4 cup of the chicken boil water. Discard remaining water.

To the same large pot add the reserved water, chicken broth, diced tomatoes sauce, and cumin. Heat to low boil. Add the refried beans and black beans. Stir to combine. Bring mixture back to low boil.

Chop the chicken breast into bite size pieces. Add chicken to pot.

Cook at low boil/high simmer for at least 10 minutes to soften the black beans.

Before serving, melt the Colby cheese into the soup.

After the bowls are filled with the wonderful chicken and bean soup, garnish each serving with a little sour cream.

And that’s all there is to making an easy dinner that is relatively low in fat yet super tasty!


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Best Lasagna Ever


A few years ago I posted Lois’s Grandma’s Italian Lasagna recipe.   That recipe was my go to lasagna for years. But, as usual my mind wondered, and I decided to dial it up to eleven. As a result of my efforts I now have a super easy recipe which will provide you the Best Lasagna Ever!

This recipe is good for a dinner party, large family, or to freeze leftovers.

best lasagna ever

recipe serves ten using two baking pans.


2 packages lasagna noodles.

1 lb. ground beef.

1 lb. ground pork.

1/2 lb. Italian pork hot sausage.

1 lb ricotta cheese.

1 lb mozzarelle cheese.

1 cup parmesan cheese.

28 oz can crushed tomatoes.

12 oz can tomato paste.

14 oz can stewed tomatoes.

1 cup red wine.

1 medium onion – diced.

2 eggs.

4 cloves garlic – minced.

1 Tbsp dry basil.

1/2 tsp salt.

1/4 tsp allspice.

1 bay leaf.

4 loaves sourdough bread (use my garlic spread recipe at table to knock it out of the park).


Heat a large fry pan to medium high heat. Add ground pork, beef, and after removing casing the Italian sausage. Break the meat up with spatiual and brown. When done, spoon out excess fat.

To meat add onions and garlic and sauté. When done add meat and onion mixture to a large pot.

To the meat pot add all tomato cans, and wine. Stir to mix. Add basil, allspice, salt and stir to mix. Add bay leaf. Bring contents to boil and then reduce to strong simmer/low boil. Leave the meat sauce uncovered and reduce until sauce thickens (at least an hour maybe more).

When the meat sauce is getting close, heat a large pot of water (better to do two) and when boiling add noodles and cook per box instruction.

While the noodles cook, mix the ricotta cheese and two eggs in a mixing bowl.

When noodles are done, drain water and place noodles on a greased cookie sheet so they do not stick.

To your 9 x 13 inch backing pans spread butter on bottom and sides. Spread one tablespoon of meat sauce on bottom and then put down  a layer of noodles. Do same to other baking pan.

Add one-third of the meat sauce evenly between both pans, and then do same with ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Lay down a second layer of noodles and repeat the addition of meat and cheese. Lay down a third layer of all ingredients, reserving some mozzarella. Top each pan with a layer of noodles and spread mozzarella over top.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put lasagna pans in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing into servings.


While the lasagna sets up, slice, butter and garlic once wrapped in aluminum foil heat your bread in oven at 150 degrees, and make a salad.

And then, its showtime!



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