Macaroni and Cheese Royale

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Royale - better than boxed, comfort food.

Growing up, I didn’t eat Kraft Mac&Cheese. Not unless I was at someone else’s house. My mom couldn’t stand the smell of it and gagged. She ate it all the time as a kid, to the point where it was gross.

So the typical ‘kid comfort food’ wasn’t common in our house, and as an adult, I still am not a huge fan of the boxed stuff, even though they removed a lot of the bad bad stuff recently, it’s still not very good for you. My kids don’t really enjoy the boxed stuff either; they prefer to eat this version with all the veggies and flavor instead!

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American Goulash

American Ghoulash - Penny pinching budget dinner in a flash.

Classically American, it’s a knock out form of comfort food, with delicious tomato-infused beef and perfectly cooked pasta.

This goulash is super tasty and perfect for feeding a crowd; plus it’s not one of those fussy meals that takes hours to create. Ask anyone, and their recipe for this meal (AKA: American Chop Suey, Traveling Man’s Hash, Beefaroni, Macaroni and Beef, Chili Mac, Beef and Mac, Slum Gumption, and Kentucky Burgo and my fave: Dogfood) and their secret recipe is going to be different; which is part of the fun of tradition, amiright?

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Bacon Cheeseburger Bake

Bacon Cheeseburger Bake - Savour the flavours of a cheeseburger with your fork! | @Emmmmrz www.emmmmerz.com/

Ode to a cheeseburger what a wonderful thing
With pickles, onions tomatoes and cheese
I’m easy to please
With its buns and seeds it has no needs
Except to fill you up even if you get stuck
And yell oh shucks!
With its cousin the French fry
It tells no lies
With ketchup in your right
and the last fry in your left
Its just the burger on your plate
It truly is impossible to hate
Matt Karger

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Grilled Garden Vegetable Medley Packets

Grilled Garden Vegetable Medley Packets - easy, healthy and almost no cleanup.

Grilling, camping, ‘roughing it’ or just because, these packets make cooking a breeze and clean up a snap. Feel free to exchange ingredients according to taste.
Here is proof that creative side dishes can still be simple, fresh, and delicious, fresh from a smoky grill.

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Green Chile Chicken Fajita Enchiladas

Green Chile Chicken Fajita Enchiladas - Up the ante with these amazing enchiladas.

While my enchiladas may not be traditionally accurate; they are absolutely delicious and my most requested meal (especially for Meal Trains) as they are filling, taste better the next day and I always make enough for leftovers. (the recipe below makes more than a single 9 x 13; so be prepared!) (more…)

Califoracado Spifeta Pizza

Well East coast foods are hip
I really dig those styles they eat
And the Southern foods with the way they talk
They knock me out when I’m down there
The Mid-West farmer’s dinners really make you feel alright
And the Northern foods with the way they kick
They keep their boyfriends warm at night
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California FOODS

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Magic Healing Soup

Magic Healing Soup - a mending formula that is stuffed with super-food-fixings | @Emmmmerz www.emmmmerz.com

You’re sick with the flu and need something to warm you up, this Magic Healing Soup is the solution.
It’s a cross between a vegetable soup and cabbage soup that is light yet revitalizing and scrumptious. It’s a mending formula that is stuffed with super-food-fixings that offer you extra nutrition to speed recovery. The taste is so tantalizing you’ll want multiple helpings, and you won’t need to feel regretful about it! Even better, the most troublesome part of this recipe is preparing the vegetables. From that point, it’s simply dump and stew.

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Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

Roasted Broccoli - a super hero among vegetables, broccoli is not usually a favorite; try this recipe and fall in love with the flavours in addition to the health benefits!

Do you hate broccoli? (We all love it at our house) 

Maybe you should give this recipe a go; roasting the broccoli caramelizes the sugars inside it, tempering out any bitterness and bringing out its natural sweetness; along with softening the woody stalks. Garlic boosts flavor and fights plaque buildup in your arteries.

Toss together the ingredients in minutes, pop in the oven, and you have a delicious, tender side that goes with anything.

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Cheeseburger soup

Ode to a cheeseburger what a wonderful thing
With pickles, onions tomatoes and cheese
I’m easy to please
With its buns and seeds it has no needs
Except to fill you up even if you get stuck
And yell oh shucks!
With its cousin the French fry
It tells no lies
With ketchup in your right
and the last fry in your left
Its just the burger on your plate
It truly is impossible to hate
Matt Karger

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Mashed Potatoes Gourmet

Mashed Potatoes Gourmet - Let these potatoes make you famous. The recipe can be our secret.
Crock Pot 'Boiling'
I ‘boiled’ the yukons in the crockpot this year, and it worked wondefully, freeing up some time to relax (and blog!)
Mashed Potatoes Gourmet - Let these potatoes make you famous. The recipe can be our secret.

Around here, I am known for these potatoes, and killer gravy. Which makes sense, as those are my favorite foods.
I do get asked what it is about my recipe that makes it special, and to be honest; the kind of potatoes used makes a huge difference. Russet is the traditional type, and while I won’t slam them; I prefer Yukon Gold Potatoes for a few different reasons.
Another ‘point of contention’ between mashed tater recipes is the consistency. Completely smooth? Thick and chunky? Should they be almost pudding like, or thicker like a good bloc of whipped cream?

No matter what your style is, I believe almost everyone can agree that mashed potatoes is one of the best carbs on the planet.

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Summer Broccoli Salad

Broccoli’s ready to please. Steam or stir-fry it, roast or boil it, bake it in casseroles, or just eat it raw — broccoli rewards you, no matter the method. In a one-cup serving, this nutritional powerhouse boasts 200 percent of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, a good dose of Vitamin A, riboflavin, calcium, and fiber — and contains just 40 calories. It has even been proven to help protect against cataracts, stroke, and many kinds of cancer.

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