There’s a Chinese restaurant near our house that I have been going to for as long as I can remember. Come to think of it, I probably had a birthday party or two there when I was a young child. I love their Mongolian Beef, and even if I’m getting another favorite entree, we always get an order of it because the Mellow Man and the Big One love it too. Several months ago, the Mellow Man decided to learn how to make his own Mongolian Beef. (As you may recall, he likes cooking too!)He’s perfected and finalized his recipe, and I think that it’s finally ready to share with you. I’m not sure that it’s quicker than take out, but we are now able to have tasty homemade Mongolian Beef any night of the week without having to wait for our take-out order.
There are certain things that you end up liking as a grown-up that you never imagined liking as a kid. For example, when I was growing up, I hated pecans, mustard, sauerkraut, and chili. My mother never made me eat everything, but she always asked me to taste “hated” foods each time they were served. She said that my tastebuds might change. Guess what!? They did! And now, one of my favorite fall recipes is Chili. There are so many wonderful ways to make chili, but I learned how to make traditional beef chili from the Big One’s grandfather, who he called Jedo. After having Jedo’s chili one night when we were visiting him, I had to learn how to make it myself. It took a little while to learn the exact recipe– while it’s a traditional beef chili with beans and ground beef, Jedo made it without specific measurements, based on taste. After a few years of practice, I’ve decided the seasoning proportions that work best for our family. I’ve been trying to make sure that I got the ingredients just right before I shared it here. I think it’s just about perfect now, so I’m delighted to share Jedo’s Traditional Beef Chili recipe with you today!
Who’s heard of Lasagna Rollups? Until recently I hadn’t. The Mellow Man loves Lasagna, and a few years ago my sweet mother-in-law told me about lasagna rollups. I’ve been told that they are easier and quicker to make than regular lasagna, but I certainly don’t see them as being a huge time saver in that regard. However, what the big advantage is the packaging of the leftovers. I always try to make a ton of lasagna so that the Mellow Man can take it for lunch. Now that the Big One is in the midst of his crazy adolescent growth spurt, lots of extra food is key. Now, when I go all out with lasagna rollups, I make my own sauce from scratch, but I’ve found that the Ragu Homestyle sauce is a wonderful substitute. It’s hearty and flavorful and a great substitute for my own “Homestyle” sauce.
When I got married to the Mellow Man, my grandmother Violet, who is a phenomenal cook gave me one of my most treasured gifts– a handwritten cookbook of her favorite recipes. Some of them I’ve shared on here, and are quite popular. For example, check out her classic meatloaf recipe with a slight twist! Today, I’m sharing her very own classic Beef Stroganoff recipe that is paired beautifully with her cooked zucchini, and rice. A yummy homemade meal that communicates love and warmth, and is great as we head into the fall season.
I’ve eaten my grandmother’s classic meatloaf recipe for as long as I can remember, and I don’t remember not loving it. When we first got married, Mellow Man explained that he didn’t like meatloaf. It surprised me a bit because he loves hamburgers, and in many ways a classic meatloaf recipe is just a fancy hamburger cooked in a loaf shape. I mean, Mellow Man likes my Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf, so I couldn’t understand his objections to a regular beef meatloaf. So, I kept making my grandmother’s meatloaf, always serving it with my Mashed Potatoes, and he started to enjoy it. Or at least that’s what he tells me. He did tell me that he didn’t understand why classic meatloaf has ketchup on it, so I stopped using it on half of the meatloaf, and finally, I had a recipe that he loved! (Personally, I think a meatloaf recipe is required to use Ketchup, but that’s just my taste buds talking!)