Another “vintage” recipe from my friend’s grandmother’s “antique” recipe box. This type of recipe was once a staple of the working mother in many American households. I believe it was originally found on the back of a Campbell’s soup can label. I also adapted her recipe “slightly” to add a bit more flavor and texture. Quite a tasty and crunchy satisfying meal. 😀 I made this in honor of my late brother-in-law. He would have LOVED this casserole. Today would have been his birthday.


2-3 small broccoli crowns, trimmed, cut into florets and rinsed
1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken pieces
1 can Campbell’s broccoli cheese soup
1/3 cup milk
1/2 + 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup small diced red onion
2 cups prepared rice

2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoon Panko bread crumbs

  • Grease a shallow 2-3 quart baking dish.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Blanch broccoli florets 3-4 minutes in boil water, drain WELL and set aisde.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the milk and condensed soup until smooth.
  • Fold in 1/2 cup cheese, onion, chicken pieces, rice and broccoli florets.
  • Season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Arrange mixture into baking dish, spread smooth.
  • Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
  • Mix Panko crumbs into melted butter until well mixed.
  • Sprinkle on top of cheese.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until cheese is melted, casserole is heated through and bread crumbs have turned golden.


The original recipe called for using the slow cooker which is great, but NOT always necessary so I converted this to an oven recipe.

6 bone in pork chops (6-8 ounces each)
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
24-30 ounce package frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 can Campbell’s cream of celery soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup FULL fat sour cream
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 can French fried onions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a LARGE skillet heat oil and butter over medium heat until melted.
  • Generously season pork chops on both sides with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Sear pork chops quickly on both sides. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the soup.
  • Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and half of the onions.
  • Fold the hash browns into the soup mixture.
  • Arrange potato mixture in the bottom of a large baking dish.
  • Nestle browned pork chops into potato mixture.
  • Cover and bake 45 minutes.
  • Uncover and top with remaining cheese and onions.
  • Bake another 15 minutes until pork is cooked through and cheese is melted.


  • To convert to a CROCK-POT recipe you don’t need to thaw the hash browns first, just break them up into smaller pieces.
  • Also be sure to spray CROCK-POT well with non-stick spray.
  • Prepare the same as for the oven by layering the potatoes under the pork chops and saving the remaining cheese and onions for the last 15 minutes.
  • Slow cook on low 5-6 hours.


This is a modified recipe reminiscent of RAO’S famous lemon chicken. Everyone cleaned their plates and went in for seconds.


4 chicken breast steaks, 1/4 inch thick
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • Melt butter and oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and stir 30 seconds.
  • Generously season chicken breasts with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Dredge chicken breasts in flour, shaking off excess.
  • Add chicken breasts to hot butter. Sear each side 3-4 minutes until cooked through.
  • Serve over noodles, rice or mashed potatoes and drizzle sauce over top.

1 cup FRESH lemon juice
1 cup key lime juice
1/2 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup HOMEMADE chicken broth
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2-3 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • Whisk together the lemon juice, key lime juice, avocado oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper in a large saucepan.
  • Simmer 5-10 minutes until sugar is dissolved and heated through.
  • Put the cornstarch in a small bowl and ladle out about a 1/2 cup of lemon juice mixture to whisk into the cornstarch.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to the saucepan, whisking until combined. Simmer 5-10 minutes until desired thickness.


HONEY ROASTED RIBS adapted from Cook’s Country

Cut the racks into thirds to allow them to fit into the plastic bags while they marinate. The used marinade is then boiled and transformed into a glaze for the ribs.

This recipe turns the humble into the extraordinary and perfectly tender, meaty, crusty, sticky, honey glazed, finger licking great ribs that leaves your family reaching for more ribs until the plate is empty so be sure and make plenty.

5 – 6 pounds baby back ribs (2 racks, 2 1/2- to 3-pounds each), trimmed, membranes removed, each rack cut into 3 equal pieces

1 1/4 cup QUALITY honey
5 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup Dijon mustard, optional
1 bunch green onions, white parts minced, green parts sliced thin
4 garlic cloves, FINELY crushed
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Divide ribs between two 1-gallon zipper-lock bags.
  • Whisk honey, liquid aminos, vinegar, mustard (if using), scallion whites, garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne together in bowl.
  • Divide marinade between bags, seal, and turn to coat ribs evenly with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours, turning bags ­occasionally.
  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325.
  • Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set wire rack in sheet.
  • Add enough warm tap water to cover entire bottom of sheet (about 2 cups). The water gives off extra steam keeping the ribs extra moist and prevents the drippings from burning.
  • Transfer ribs, meaty side up, to prepared wire rack; reserve marinade in refrigerator.
  • Tent ribs loosely with foil and bake for 1¼ hours.
  • Uncover ribs and continue cooking until just tender, about 1 hour longer.
  • Bring reserved marinade to boil in large dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook until thickened to glaze consistency, about 5 minutes.
  • Brush ribs with 1/3 cup glaze, return to oven, and continue to cook 15-30 minutes until glaze begins to bubble and ribs are brown.
  • Transfer ribs to cutting board (leave hot water and sheet in oven to cool), tent loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Cut ribs between bones, add to Dutch oven, and toss to coat with remaining glaze.
  • Transfer to platter and sprinkle with scallion greens and ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Serve.


This is another recipe from an old antique recipe box that became an instant keeper for our family. The flavorful meatballs and light delicate sauce make this a refreshing meal for any time of year.

Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Rest Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hr 30 minutes Servings: 12

1 cup torn croissants
½ cup WHOLE milk
2 LARGE eggs
1 LARGE onion, FINELY grated
+/- 1 tablespoon FRESH grated ginger
+/- 1 tablespoon FRESH ground salt, to taste
1-2 teaspoons FRESH ground nutmeg, to taste
2-3 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
1 ½ teaspoons FRESH ground black pepper
3 pounds LEAN ground beef

  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Grease a LARGE baking sheet. 

  • Combine bread pieces, milk, eggs, onion, ginger, salt, nutmeg, garlic, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Let stand 10 minutes until bread absorb all the milk.
  • Stir until just mixed and add ground beef mixing until well blended.
  • Shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs and place on the prepared pan. 

  • Bake 20-30 minutes in the preheated oven until browned.
  • Set meatballs aside to rest while you prepare the gravy.

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons minced onion
5 tablespoons WONDRA flour
4 cups HOMEMADE beef broth
½ cup sour cream
1 dash cayenne pepper
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté onion until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Whisk in flour and cook 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.
  • SLOWLY add broth; cooking and stirring gravy 5-10 minutes until smooth and thickened. Blend in cream, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. 

  • Gently layer cooked meatballs into the gravy and SLOWLY simmer, heating through 5 minutes or so, but DO NOT BOIL.
  • Serve over wide egg noodles, mashed potatoes or rice.

NOTES: These meatballs freeze wonderfully!



1 tablespoons avocado oil
1 pound QUALITY bacon 
6 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
5 tablespoon raw slivered almonds
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey 
1 large shallot, THINLY sliced (see notes)
2 heads romaine, chopped
3 cups mixed chopped radicchio, frisée and trimmed fennel
1 tablespoon FRESH thyme leaves
1/4 cup FRESH chopped flat leaf Italian parsley

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • When hot, cook the bacon slices in batches in the hot oil, turning them regularly and adding more slices, one by one, as the first slices brown and shrink.
  • When crumbly crisp and browned to your desire, about 10 to 12 minutes, transfer bacon slices to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain, (reserving the drainings for the dressing) all BUT 1 tablespoons of fat from the pan. 

  • Add the garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring often until the edges of the garlic start to turn golden.
  • Add the almonds and continue cooking, 5-7 minutes, stirring, until both the garlic and almonds look golden and toasted.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to the paper towel-lined plate also. Do not discard the pan drippings. You will use them in the dressing.

  • In a large bowl, mix the red wine vinegar and honey with a whisk until dissolved then add the shallot, season with salt and pepper. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in  5 tablespoons of the warm pan drippings from the skillet while straining it into the vinegar mixture.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper, whisk again.
  • Drizzle vinaigrette over bowl of greens and herbs, tossing well.
  • To serve, top the salad with the crispy garlic and almonds then crumble the bacon over it tossing it again as desired. 


  • I often will crisp additional shallots for the top of the salad.
  • I also add a handful of halved grape tomatoes and/or chopped hard salami when I have it on hand.


3 cups green enchilada sauce
12 small corn tortillas, lightly fried
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pan fried until cooked through
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded Taco blend Monterey jack cheese
1 cup sliced scallions
1/2 cup sliced or chopped black olives (OPTIONAL)
1/4 cup FRESH chopped cilantro
Crumbled queso fresco or Cotija cheese
lime wedges

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Spray a 9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Heat butter in large skillet until melted.
  • GENEROUSLY season to taste the chicken breasts with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Add chicken breasts to skillet, searing 3-4 minutes on both sides until cooked through.
  • Remove chicken, reserving drippings. Add a small amount of avocado oil as necessary.
  • Cool chicken slightly and shred into pieces.
  • Add the tortillas to the skillet in a single layer and fry until crisp, allowing to dry on paper towels.
  • Pour verde sauce in shallow bowl.
  • Pour 1/2 cup sauce on bottom of baking dish.
  • Dip four of the tortillas in sauce and place in a single layer on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Top with half of the shredded chicken and about half of the shredded cheese, about half of the scallions and olives if using. Sprinkle a pinch of the cilantro on top.
  • Dip four more tortillas in enchilada sauce and layer onto the chicken.
  • Top with the remaining chicken, and most of the remaining cheese, olives, and scallions and another pinch of cilantro, saving a small amount of each for garnish. Set that aside.
  • Top with remaining tortillas.
  • Drizzle remaining verde sauce over top.
  • Bake 20 minutes until warmed through and bubbling.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Top with remaining chopped cilantro, scallions, queso fresco.
  • Serve with sour cream and lime wedges.


1/3 cup walnut pieces
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
1 LARGE lemon, juiced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2-3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
6-8 cups torn romaine lettuce
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced optional

  • Coat the apple pieces in the lemon juice.
  • Whisk together the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, poppy seeds, FRESH ground salt and pepper together.
  • Toss together the lettuce, onions, celery, chicken, apples and walnuts.
  • Drizzle with dressing and toss together.
  • Serve immediately.


1 cup uncooked Basmati rice
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2-3 cups rotisserie chicken pieces
1/4 cup minced scallions or red onions
1 can seasoned black beans, rinsed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

GARNISHES: sour cream, grated cheese, minced onions, salsa, avocado chunks, lime wedges…

  • In a LARGE non-stick skillet, combine water, chicken broth, chili powder, FRESH ground sea salt, black pepper and rice.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to low, cooking 15-20 minutes until tender.
  • Add beans during the last 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add chicken.
  • Recover and let sit 5 minutes until chicken is heated through.
  • Add a scoop of fritos to the plate and top with a spoonful of the rice mixture.
  • Top with garnishes of choice.


1/4 cup FINELY chopped celery
1/4 cup FINELY chopped onion
1/4 cup FINELY chopped carrot
2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
1 LARGE egg, lightly beaten
1 pound ground chicken
2 cups CRUSHED potato chips, divided
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup Frank’s buffalo wing sauce

  • In a large bowl combine celery, onion, carrots, dressing mix and egg until well blended.
  • Add chicken and half the potato chips, mixing well.
  • Roll into 18 or so meatballs.
  • Heat butter and avocado in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Roll meatballs in remaining potato chips.
  • Cook in small batches, not crowding the pan, until browned and cooked through.
  • Drain well on paper toweling.

8 ounces spreadable cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons WHOLE milk
2-3 garlic cloves, MINCED
2 tablespoons Frank’s buffalo wing sauce

  • Combine ingredients until well blended.
  • Use as a base or dipping sauce.


DURING the depression in El Reno, a small Oklahoma town along the Mother Road aka Route 66 at Hwy 81 when hamburger meat was really expensive Ross Davis, an inventive diner owner found a way to ration the meat with the inclusion of flavorful and cheap onions that stretched the meat and built the flavor too, hence why it was called the depression burger.

The recipe has been passed down through the generations and are still made the same way today. Several other diners followed suit and a burger star was born. The burger became a national treasure and is the ugly kissing cousin to the prettier version of how burgers are served today with the grilled onions on top.

I’ve added cheese and changed the onions to shallots which give it a bit of an extra bite. By adding the cheese we have onions between the meat and cheese as well as on top of the cheese.  The key to the flavor in my opinion is to ALMOST burning the onions.

Adapted from Cook’s Country

3 shallots, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
salt and pepper
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil
4-8 slices cheddar cheese
Ketchup and Mustard
4 hamburger buns, toasted

  • Combine the onion slices and 1 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl, tossing to combine.
  • Transfer the onions to a colander and let sit for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  • Transfer the onions to a clean dish towel, gather the edges together and squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the onions. Be sure to do this over the sink since the onions will have quite a bit of liquid in them.
  • Divide the onions into 4 separate mounds on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Form the beef into 4 lightly packed balls.
  • Place the beef balls on top of the onion mounds and flatten the beef firmly using your palm so the onion adheres to the beef. The patties should measure 4 inches in diameter.
  • Season the beef generously with salt and pepper.
  • Melt the butter with the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
  • Using a large spatula, transfer the patties to the skillet, onion side down. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the onions turn a deep golden brown and begin to crisp around the edges.
  • Flip the burgers, then increase the heat to high and cook until well browned on the second side, about 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 or 2 slices of cheese to each burger and allow to melt.
  • Add mayo, mustard and pickles to the top buns, then place each burger on a bottom buns.
  • Serve immediately.

Originally posted July 12, 2018 / Updated May 23, 2023



Avocado oil
2 slices dense sourdough bread
+/- 1/2 cup WHOLE milk
1 pound QUALITY ground beef
1 LARGE egg, lightly beaten
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/4 cup red wine
3 1/2 cups WHOLE peeled tomatoes, hand crushed by hand
1/4 cup oil packed, chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/3-1/2 cup FINELY chopped Vidalia onion
2 LARGE cloves garlic, minced

  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish with oil.
  • Place the bread in a small bowl and pour enough milk to soak the bread. Allow to sit 5-10 minutes.
  • Add ground beef to medium bowl.
  • Squeeze out excess milk out of bread and crumble bread over ground beef.
  • Add egg, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Grease your hand with a bit of the oil , mix the meat mixture gently and then roll meat mixture into 10-12 meatballs, placing in greased baking dish.
  • Bake meatballs 10-15 minutes – just enough to crisp the outsides, but not entirely cook the insides.

1 tablespoon FRESH chopped parsley
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped basil
1/2 tablespoon FRESH chopped oregano
1 teaspoon FRESH chopped thyme
+/- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 pickled jalapeno slices (optional)
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Combine the wine, crushed tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, garlic, seasonings to taste and pickled jalapeño if using.
  • Pour sauce over meatballs.
  • Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Return to oven and bake 10 minutes more until cheese is melted and golden.
  • Serve over pasta and enjoy!