4 medium golden potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/4 cup FULL FAT sour cream
2 tablespoons WHOLE milk
2 tablespoons Duke’s mayonnaise
1 tablespoon butter, melted
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
6-7 ounce jar marinated artichokes, drained WELL
3 green onions, chopped
2-3 bacon strips, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 10-15 minutes until tender.
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the sour cream, milk, mayonnaise, butter, salt and pepper.
  • Add drained potatoes and mash well.
  • Fold in artichokes and onions.
  • Transfer to a greased baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and cheese.
  • Bake 20 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.


Several of my “new to me” recipes are courtesy of my friend Diana’s mom and grandma’s recipe boxes. This recipe 45 years old and was from her aunt, Carol Booth in 1978. I made only slight alterations to bring it into the 21st century.


2-3 pounds red potatoes; cooked tender, peeled and diced or smashed
2 sweet Vidalia onions, chopped
8 strips bacon; cooked crisp and crumbled – reserve 2 tablespoons of drippings
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup water, divided
1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup sweet pickle juice
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped parsley
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons WONDRA flour

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Layer potatoes into an ungreased 2 quart baking dish.
  • Saute onions in reserved bacon drippings until tender.
  • Stir in brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, vinegar, pickle juice, parsley, salt and celery seed. Simmer 5-10 minutes.
  • Whisk together remaining water and cornstarch until smooth. Stir into onion mixture.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil, cooking 2-3 minutes until thickened.
  • Pour over potatoes.
  • Fold in bacon gently.
  • Bake uncovered 30 minutes.


4 cups rotisserie chicken pieces
1 cup chopped celery
1 LARGE sweet Vidalia onion
1/3 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
1/4 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce, +/- to taste
8 slices sourdough bread, cut into small cubes
3 cups WHOLE milk
4 LARGE eggs
1 can Campbell’s cream of chicken soup
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Chopped parsley, for garnish

  • Spray bottom of large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken pieces, celery pieces, onions, mayonnaise and hot sauce.
  • Fold in bread cubes.
  • Layer evenly into baking dish.
  • Whisk together the milk, eggs and soup.
  • Pour egg mixture over bread and chicken mixture.
  • Cover and chill 2-3 hours minimum.
  • Uncover casserole and bring to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Bake 1 hour.
  • Top with cheese and bake 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Garnish and serve.

NOTE: This recipe can be baked in individual ramekins for personal servings.


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/3 cup FINELY shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup Marinara sauce

  • Preheat oven to 375°.  
  • Wash and dry chicken.
  • Spread marinara sauce in LIGHTLY greased 9×13 baking dish.  
  • Combine the remaining ingredients into a paste.
  • Spread the paste evenly on the chicken breasts.  
  • Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Top with Mozzarella cheese and bake 5-10 minutes more until the cheese is golden brown.
  • Spoon desired amount of sauce over chicken before serving.

Originally posted 6-1-2012 ~ Updated 4-7-23


4-6 bacon strips, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cups sliced, peeled & cooked potatoes
FRESH ground sea salt & pepper
10 ounce package frozen peas, cooked and drained
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Dukes mayonnaise
1/2 cup WHOLE milk

  • In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp.
  • Remove bacon with slotted spoon to drain on paper toweling.
  • Add onions to drippings, sauteing until tender.
  • Layer potatoes.
    on top of onions.
  • Sprinkle generously with FRESH ground sea salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle peas on top of the potatoes followed by 1 cup of the cheese and most of the bacon.
  • Whisk together the milk and mayonnaise until smooth.
  • Pour milk mixture over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Simmer on low 5-10 minutes or so to heat through.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before serving.



1 medium red onion, chopped and divided
1/4 cup FRESH chopped cilantro
3-4 garlic cloves, FINELY minced
2 tablespoons FRESH lime juice
2 cups homemade chicken bone broth
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup WONDRA flour
4 ounce can chopped green chiles, drained well and divided
1 cup uncooked jasmine rice, rinsed

  • Preheat oven 325°.
  • In a small food processor puree half of the onion, half of the green chiles, cilantro, garlic and lime juice.
  • Add puree to a small sauce pan with the bone broth, simmering on low.
  • In a cast iron skillet heat oil and butter together.
  • Add chicken pieces to beaten egg and then dredge in WONDRA flour, shaking off excess.
  • Add chicken pieces to hot oil and quickly sear on each side 2-4 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and keep warm.
  • Add remaining green chiles and remaining onion to hot oil. Saute 3-4 minutes to crisp tender.
  • Add rice cooking until slightly browned.
  • Add bone broth mixture to pan and stir well.
  • Return chicken to pan.
  • Baked covered 35-40 minutes until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through.
  • Plate chicken, fluff rice and plate also.
  • Drizzle reserved sauce over top.


Cooking for a crowd? Try this classic fettuccine Alfredo sauce combined with tender fettuccine and then baked to perfection for an easy to prepare and serve version!

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

16 ounces fettuccine
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup WONDRA flour
2-3 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
1 cup homemade chicken broth
1 1/2 cups WHOLE milk
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
1/8 teaspoon FRESH ground nutmeg
FRESH ground Salt and pepper, to taste
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Lightly grease a large baking dish.
  • Cook the linguine according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large saute pan, melt the butter.
  • Add the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Whisk in the flour until smooth.
  • Gradually and alternately whisk in the chicken broth and milk, stirring until smooth. Cook and stir 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
  • Reduce heat and add half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  • Season to taste with herbs de Provence, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Combine the sauce with the cooked linguine and toss to coat well.
  • Transfer the pasta to the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cheeses.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
  • Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley for garnish.

NOTE: Don’t be afraid to add more milk to thin out the sauce as necessary to your desired consistency.



2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes 
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 
1 teaspoon sugar 
2 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
One 2-inch piece ginger, FINELY minced
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 to 3 dried red chile peppers 
1/2 pound green beans or Chinese long beans, sliced on a diagonal into 1-inch pieces 
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and sliced or diced
1/2 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced on a diagonal 
1/2 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns and coriander seeds 
1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, plus more for garnish (optional)
Cooked Jasmine rice or yakisoba noodles, for serving 

  • Whisk together the cornstarch, 1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos and 1 tablespoon rice vinegar in a medium bowl.
  • Add the chicken, then toss to coat and let marinate at room temperature, 20 minutes.
  • Combine the hoisin, sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos, remaining 2 tablespoons rice vinegar and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.
  • Grate the garlic and ginger into the sauce. Stir and set aside.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the oil, then add the chicken.
  • Stir-fry 3 to 5 minutes, until browned on the outside.
  • Add the chiles, green beans, red pepper, scallions whites, peppercorn powder and peanuts (if using) stir-frying 3 to 5 minutes, until fragrant and the veggies are crisp-tender.
  • Add the sauce and simmer 3-4 minutes until thickened slightly and the chicken is completely cooked through.
  • Garnish with the scallion greens and additional peanuts.
  • Serve with the rice or Yakisoba noodles.


2 tablespoons butter or avocado oil
1 pound ground beef
1 small Vidalia onion, halved and diced
1 shallot, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon FRESH thyme leaves
10-12 small gold potatoes, quartered
3 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 1/2-3 tablespoons cornstarch
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Combine the ground beef, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, garlic, minced shallot, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Form meat into several “flat meatballs”.
  • Heat the butter or avocado oil in a large skillet.
  • Brown “meatballs” on each side. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Microwave halved potatoes 3-5 minutes. Set aside. Do not wipe out skillet.
  • Add onions to skillet, sprinkle with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Saute 5 minutes until starting to caramelize.
  • Add 2 cups of beef broth to onions and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and simmer another 5 minutes until potatoes are tender.
  • Whisk ketchup, remaining Worcestershire sauce, thyme leaves and cornstarch together. If you want a really thick gravy use the entire 3 tablespoons. Stir the mixture into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently until gravy thickens to desired consistency.
  • Add the meat patties back into the pan and simmer on low until heated through.
  • Season to taste.



1 10 inch flour tortilla burrito size
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken pieces
1/3 cup FINELY chopped FRESH cilantro leaves
4 ounce can chopped green chiles, drained well
1/2 cup salsa

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
FRESH ground salt and pepper
2 LARGE eggs
1 cup WHOLE milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Sour cream
Chopped green onions

  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Grease 9-inch spring form pan.
  • Press tortilla into prepared pie plate and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  • Toss chicken, salsa, cilantro, green chiles, 1 cup of the cheese, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper in large bowl until combined.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, and FRESH ground sea  salt and black pepper in bowl until smooth.
  • Slowly pour egg mixture over chicken mixture and fold to combine.
  • Spread filling evenly into tortilla.
  • Bake until surface is golden brown, 25-30 minutes or until set when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese on top and bake for about 3-5 minutes more until cheese is melted.
  • Let cool 5 minutes.
  • Cut into wedges and serve.
  • Serve with your favorite garnishes.

NOTES: The chicken can be easily traded out for browned ground beef or a pulled pork.


Noodle kugel is a traditional Jewish holiday dish that is USUALLY served sweet. BUT, I needed a side dish and wanted something more flavorful and less than boring the mashed potatoes or rice. I just love the tender goodness of a warm kugel so decided to try making it into a savory side dish. Potato kugel is the traditional savory route, but the noodles really oomph it up a notch with my family.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided, plus more for the pan
8 ounces cooked al dente egg noodles, rinsed and cooled
FRESH ground sea salt and trim-color pepper
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 LARGE eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup SMALL curd cottage cheese
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 cup baby Swiss or Gruyère cheese, grated, divided
1/2 cup plain Panko breadcrumbs

  • Heat the oven to 350°.
  • Butter 9×9 or 1½-quart casserole dish.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the noodles with 3 tablespoons of the butter; season with paprika, salt and pepper.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, chives, and ½ cup of the Gruyère to combine.
  • Add to the noodles and fold to combine; lightly seasoning to taste with salt and pepper as needed.
  • In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and the remaining 1 tablespoon of the butter; season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  • Arrange noodles into the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the noodles.
  • Top with the breadcrumbs.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the edges are bubbling, the crumbs are browned, and the center is completely set. If it begins to brown and crisp too much add a loose layer of foil until the last 10-15 minutes.


While Mary touts this as a one pan recipe I don’t mind the extra dishes to make any recipe easier. Yields 6 to 8 servings

PORK & SCALLOPED POTATO STEW adapted from Mary Berg

1 1/2 – 2 pounds (700 grams) trimmed pork shoulder or tenderloin, cut into bite sized pieces
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup WONDRA flouor
4 tablespoons butter
1 red onion, peeled & cut into wedges
2 LARGE carrots cut diagonally into large rustic pieces
1 leek, cut into 1 inch slices
4-5 cloves, minced
1 cup (250 milliliters) dry cider (alcoholic – non alcoholic – your choice)
1 cup (250 milliliters) homemade chicken stock
2 sprigs FRESH thyme leaves
1 FIRM sweet apple
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
2 cups baby spinach leaves

  • Place a large cast-iron skillet or oven-proof pan over medium-high heat.
  • Season the pork in a large mixing bowl with salt and pepper.
  • Scatter with 2 tablespoons flour and toss to coat.
  • Add the avocado oil to the pan and sear the pork in batches until golden brown.
  • Transfer pork pieces to a plate.
  • Add the butter to the pan along with the onions, carrots and leeks, cooking 5-8 minutes JUST until they begin to develop a little color.
  • Stir in the garlic along with the remaining 1 teaspoon flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the pork and any juices back into the pan.
  • Add the cider, scraping the bottom of the pan to release any brown bits.
  • Stir in the stock and thyme.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, peel and cut the apple into 8 to 12 wedges, toss with the lemon juice and set aside with the greens.

1/3 cup (85 milliliters) half and half
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
FRESH grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon FINELY chopped thyme, plus more for serving
2 medium (about 550 grams/1 1/4 pounds) sweet potatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 medium (about 400 grams/3/4 pound) yellow potatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 SMALL red onion, thinly sliced rounds
Sour cream, for serving

  • Whisk together the cream with salt, pepper, a pinch of nutmeg and thyme.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Stir in the apples and greens.
  • Arrange the sliced potatoes on top, alternating between the two colors, tucking in slices of red onion here and there.
  • Brush the topping with the cream mixture and transfer the pan to the oven.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender and golden brown on top.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before serving with sour cream and a sprinkling of thyme.