Just Like Cafe Rio

I got this recipe from my old college roommate Debbie Christensen.  Her family made it for the large crowd that gathered after a baby blessing one year.  And who doesn’t love cafe rio or a good restaurant imitation.  This recipe feeds a huge crowd.  You could easily cut it in half and still feed a…

Chocolate Satin Pie

This is an old college recipe back from the days when I lived with 5 roommates.  This was one of our favorite go to desserts because it was easy.  It’s a super rich chocolate pie, so a small slice will do.  We always bought the pre-made graham cracker crusts in tins from the store, but…

Meatloaf

After I had my twins, lots of people volunteered to bring me meals.  One lady brought the best meatloaf which had a ketchupy glaze on top.  I decided now that is the way to make meatloaf, and not long after I found this recipe which did exactly that in one of my Cooks Illustrated Magazines….

Cauliflower Soup

This was another Cooks Illustrated find.  I love this recipe because it’s so creamy but doesn’t have any cream in it.  It calls for putting cauliflower in two different waves because supposedly cauliflower have a different taste depending on how longer it is simmered.  So cooking half of the cauliflower longer gives two different tastes…

Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

I was home, it was the dinner hour, and I still had no idea what to make.  I asked the kids what they wanted and Liv said, “spaghetti”.  I had no way to cheat with pre-made pasta sauce, so I turned to allrecipes.  This one turned out pretty good, was fairly simple, and I usually…