A Break…or Burn ๐Ÿ”ฅ

I haven’t posted in a while because I had a fire and burned my hand and arm; second degree and partial thickness, multiple degrees…of course ๐Ÿซ . (I’ll add those pics at bottom; not appetizingโ€ผ๏ธ)

SOOOooo…I haven’t cooked ‘as much’ and when I have, it’s been stuff I already posted. That’s easier for me…when I don’t have to follow a recipe. Along with a lot of salads and ORDERING OUT, some good stuffโ€ผ๏ธ Even then it was a couple/few times of Salad and Go โคต๏ธ

Blisters, peeling skin, soot….burned hair ๐Ÿ˜ต

Hospitalized at Burn Center…on my birthdayโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

โ‰๏ธโ“๏ธ๐Ÿซฃ scraping the bad off…


At one month

After a month & a half…healing, new skin โœจ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ‘Œ โคต๏ธ


More Food ๐Ÿคญ

Thanksgiving dinners…twice ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฆƒ

Stuffing so good ๐Ÿ˜‹ w/celery, onion, hot sausage, seasonings ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿง…๐Ÿง‚๐Ÿงˆ

Candied yams/WHITE sweet potatoes ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฏ
Mexican Sweet Corn Cake ๐ŸŒฝ

Gravy ๐Ÿฅฃ

We use a lot of butter ๐Ÿงˆ ๐Ÿ˜‹
Potatoes ๐Ÿฅ”
Happy Thanksgiving from my daughter’s house ๐Ÿก

Paula Deen’s sweet potato casserole

She makes a GOOD cranberry relish, at top; I don’t know who brought the can ๐Ÿคญ

Green was my salad I ate separately ๐Ÿฅ—

A lot of desserts ๐Ÿจ ๐Ÿฅง ๐Ÿฅง ๐Ÿฐ ๐Ÿฎ pumpkin pie, cheesecake, strawberry rhubarb pie, chocolate & whip parfait, etc.,etc..

What I’ve been eating…

Crispy roasted chicken w/roasted sweet potatoes, crispy little gold potatoes & salad ๐Ÿฅ—

I’ve got more to add ๐Ÿคฃ and recipes

Stuffed Peppers

Spaghetti & meat sauce ๐Ÿ garlic bread ๐Ÿž

Cheese love ๐Ÿง€


Chicken and gravy on mashed potatoes & stuffing w/green beans ๐Ÿ˜‹


Slow cooker roast beef w/veggies ๐Ÿ˜‹


One pot crispy chicken and rice

Spaghetti w/meatballs ๐Ÿ

Slow cooker beef stroganoff

Homemade pizza ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ˜‹

Chicken fettuccine alfredo w/fresh salad ๐Ÿฅ—

Sheet pan quesadilla w/beef barbacoa

Bear ๐Ÿป gets the rest ๐Ÿ˜œ โคต๏ธ

More lasagna ๐Ÿ˜‹



Already made a turkey, the week before Thanksgiving because my daughter absent-mindedly put them (yes 2) in refrigerator instead of freezer ๐Ÿ˜ฑ can’t throw them out. Now she has to buy 2 more bc Thanksgiving dinner is at her house ๐Ÿก ๐Ÿ’“ It’s all good…we’ll take it.

I really did slice it better than it looks ๐Ÿ˜†
Half a turkey ๐Ÿ˜‚
Might as well make all the fixins to go with it ๐Ÿคท ๐Ÿ˜‹

Now I will not only be going to my daughter’s for dinner, but I’ll be making this all over again at home ๐Ÿ˜ณ I got a big butterball in fridge waiting…. I’ll be making a big bowl of turkey salad ๐Ÿ˜‹ I can eat that sh๐Ÿ’ขt for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Turkey noodle soup

Making soup with leftover turkey carcass…with a lot of meat left on bones ๐Ÿฆƒ
And more turkey gravy with wings; everyone ate that up ๐Ÿคญ

Roast chicken thighs….
with veggies, potatoes & stuffing ๐Ÿ˜‹

Sloppy joes & onion rings

Chicken cacciatore

Beef Birria

Salmon patties w/tator tots * spinach

Mississippi Roast w/carrots ๐Ÿฅ•

Good stuff!

New crockpot ๐Ÿ˜‰
Crack Chicken ๐Ÿ”

Creamy Tortellini Soup

Slow cooker version ๐Ÿ˜‹ play it again Sam RECIPE โคต๏ธ https://dawnspitfire.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/slow-cooker-creamy-tortellini-soup/

I’d prefer fresh cream from local dairy, but…it’s what I had ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ make it work ๐Ÿ˜œ it tastes GOOD! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Danzeisen Dairy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ„๐Ÿถ๐Ÿงˆ I digress ๐Ÿคญ

No plastic!


Recipe Reload ๐Ÿ˜‰ย ย  ๐Ÿ‘‰ย  https://dawnspitfire.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/goulash


Bobby Deen’s Goulash ๐Ÿ˜

I used pasta shells instead of elbow; i like either one! Grew up w/my dad always making it with shells…so there’s that memories based “thing”; just like Bobby has with his mum ๐Ÿฅฐ In place of the soy sauce in Bobby Deen’s recipe, I use a tablespoon each of Better than Bouillon Roasted Garlic base, Better than Bouillon Beef base, Better than Bouillon onion base, ๐Ÿ˜ AND much more garlic; via fresh minced, the bouillon & garlic powder. Delishโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹ Sure it might emit through our skin ๐Ÿคฃ but we love that sh๐Ÿ’ขt and it’s healthy. ๐Ÿง„ Also, “if” my tomato sauce is too acidic ๐Ÿ…, I add a dash (or 2…TASTE & TASTE) of sugar, couple knobs of butter & drizzle with some EVOO. Taste throughout to adjust to your liking.

Other changes I did was Hunt’s Diced fire roasted tomatoes w/garlic

Macaroni Tuna Salad



I not only double linked recipe, but we use more salad dressing too, or mayo…if preferred, with a little blast of honey mustard, dash of vinegar, salt, pepper, little ๐Ÿฅ„ sugar; taste to adjust to your preferences. And a lot of onion ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chicken Cacciatore*

*Recipe reload โคต๏ธ

“Make it work” – I had casarecce

My recipe comes from my dad  ๐Ÿคฃ people serve it with pasta and some with mashed potatoes…so I’ve read Our preference, again…probably childhood thing, which, in turn, I created my own kids’ that childhood “thing” ๐Ÿคญ sense memory stuff? We prefer smooth penne. https://dawnspitfire.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/simple-chicken-cacciatore

Or I recommend following the recipe in video below ๐Ÿ˜‰ …                                    I was too lazy (truth ๐Ÿ‘‰ tired and we’re under a heat advisory – 115ยฐ) ๐Ÿ˜œ to add the parsley ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ also, for balance, sometimes more than others, depending on tomatoes (acidity of tomatoes ๐Ÿ… especially if you’re stuck with cannned) etc., I add a dollop of butter, pinch of sugar and more seasonings – GARLIC ๐Ÿ˜ Taste, taste, taste…throughout.                   ๐Ÿ‘‰ Remember “salt,fat,acid,heat” ๐ŸŒถ

Thats my motherโ€™s handwriting (sheโ€™s gone) & to clarify a couple thingsโ€ฆchicken = any parts you prefer. We always did a mix of white & dark meat. Remove skin.
Pasta = we always used penne.
And where it says โ€œsmall can of waterโ€ = the tomato paste can.
Till done = approximately 90 minutes
BTWโ€ฆme and my sister are in disagreement about mushrooms in it. I clearly remember my dad putting mushrooms in it. Sheโ€™s adamant he didnโ€™t โ€ฆ.


Canโ€™t go by it not being written down. My mother wrote it, not my dad.
*added later- my sister called my twin in Yuma AZ & he said โ€œyes, it has mushroomsโ€. With my sister being a Taurus. โ€ฆsheโ€™s standing her ground no matter what anyone says.



Cacciatore Dish โ€“ Cacciatore means โ€œhunterโ€ in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared โ€œhunterโ€‘styleโ€โ€ฆ

There’s been times, I had to make it work in a little different ways. From what tomato products I had …

My helper ๐Ÿ˜

To what pasta I had…
And what chicken parts I had; bone-in is BEST; otherwise I have to try to copy the original flavor…like with a LITTLE chicken stock ๐Ÿค”



Now…I only make it when I have all the ingredients I prefer ๐Ÿฅฐ

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

RECIPE โžก๏ธ http://dawns-ad-lib.com/2019/11/24/creamy-green-chile-chicken-enchiladas/ via Carlsbad Cravings

Went off script…as usual ๐Ÿคญ but not much, just with more seasonings and more cheeses ๐Ÿง€ also as usual, me & my daughter split one ๐Ÿ˜‰ they’re filling!