Here a post of my family's favorite recipes.  I will be updating it periodically.  I just thought it would be fun to start this.  I hope other Mommas include a post like this on theirs as well.  It would be fun to see the differences and similarities between us all.  Also my son is allergic to milk, cheese, and eggs.  So I added the variations we use for him as well.  Enjoy!

A quick side note, please remember everyone's oven works differently.  Adjust times accordingly.  Also these recipes are not allowed to be published without my consent.  Thanks!


Herb Roasted Chicken Frank loves this one! 


  • Whole Chicken 7-9lbs
  • 4-6 Potatoes Sliced or Diced
  • 2 cups Carrots
  • 2 Medium Onions Quartered
  • 1 Tbs Thyme
  • 1 Tbs Sage
  • 1 Tbs Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Salt, Pepper
  • 1 Stick Butter/Margarine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place a whole chicken in roasting pan.  Rub chicken with thyme, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Cut up butter and place around the chicken.  Add potatoes, carrots, onions around chicken.  Cover and cook until thermometer pops.  Baste throughout cook time.  Usually takes about 2-3 hours.


Polish Casserole We sometimes make a small dish of this without the diary products for Frank.  We add a teaspoon of butter though.  He enjoys it.

Not certain of the correct name for this dish.  But it's easy to make and we love sharing it with friends for dinner.  Goes great with a salad.


  • 4-5 Medium Potatoes
  • 1 package of polish kielbasa
  • 2/3 cup of milk 
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • fennel seed
  • dillweed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Using two long sheets of aluminum foil on top of each other, fold one long edge together and open out to make a large sheet of foil. Line a 13x9 pan with the foil, allowing edges to hang outside pan.  Basically you are creating a pocket for the food to sit in.  Place sliced potatoes in dish.  Halfway through fill with 1 cup cheddar cheese.  Layer with remaining potatoes.  Top potatoes with sliced kielbasa, and top with remaining cheese.  Season with a teaspoon of fennel and dillweed.  Pour milk evenly over top.  Cover and enclose with aluminum foil.  Pop in the oven and bake for 45 mins - 1 hour.

 *Please note the thickness of your potatoes will alter the cooking time.   Mine are sliced very thin.  You can always pull the dish out and check it, just be certain to close the foil tightly again.  If the steam escapes that will hinder your potatoes being able to cook quickly.  Contact me for any questions.*

Classic mac n' cheese Frank gets some lightly buttered noodles instead.  My lil pick isn't into spaghetti sauce right now, lol.


  • Elbow Noodles
  • Big block of Velveeta
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Bread Crumbs
  •  Salt, Pepper

Boil noodles, drain.  In a large casserole dish, place slices of cheese on bottom.  Top with half of cooked noodles.  Another layer of cheese, then noodles, then cheese.  In a small sauce pan, heat a cup of milk and half a stick of butter together.  Once butter is melted, pour liquid evenly over noodles and cheese.  Top with salt, pepper, and bread crumbs.  Cook in 350 oven for 45 mins. 


Pork Chops So easy and yummy.  Serve with a veggie steamed and some brown rice with browned butter.

  • Pork Chops
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh chopped Garlic
  • Oregano (Dry or Fresh)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Rinse pork chops, then cover lightly with olive oil.  Top with about a tablespoon (altar to your taste) of chopped garlic.  Evenly spirnkle oregano on top.  Cook and serve. 

To make the browned butter for your brown rice, simply  heat a few tablespoons of butter over low-medium heat.  Stir around occassionally, once browned mix into rice.

Tomato Bean Sausage Soup

 This is wonderful for cold weather. The entire meal is under $7 and will feed up to 8 people.


  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 2 cans bean w/bacon soup
  • 1/2 smoke sausage chopped in pieces
  • 1 lb ground burger
  • 1 bag frozen corn or veggie of your choice.


Fry meat and drain grease. Combine all ingredients in stew pot. Add chili powder, black pepper, garlic and cayenne pepper (optional), simmer 45 minutes. Wonderful served with cornbread.  We love this recipe and have it atleast once a month.  IT's so easy to make and Frank loves it!

Swedish Apple Pie  Figured it was about time I add a dessert.  This one is my husband's favorite.

  • 4 Medium Apples, Sliced
  • 3/4 Cup Melted Butter
  • 1 Egg, Slightly Beaten
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Walnuts (optional)
  • Pinch of Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a pie pan or 9X9 pan.  Place apples into pan and sprinkle with 1 tsp sugar and cinnamon. 

In a seperate bowl mis together butter, sugar, walnuts, egg, flour, and salt together.  Pour over apples.  Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is brown.


NAN-NAN'S Cole Slaw  The title says it all, this is my grandma's recipe and the best.  Make certain you taste to know if you want a full cup of sugar or not.  I know I do!
1 medium head of cabbage
1 medium carrot, peeled
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup milk
About 3/4 of a 16-ounce jar of mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
Grate the cabbage and carrot and mix together.  Sprinkle with salt.  In a small bowl, mix the vinegar, sugar, milk, and mayonnaise together.  Stir to make it creamy.  Add this to the cabbage/carrot mix and toss together. 

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Feb. 15, 2008 at 11:36 AM Yummy! Thanks for the ideas!! :)

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Mar. 24, 2008 at 2:20 PM im going to try to make this dish

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Apr. 14, 2008 at 12:45 PM The Polish Casserole rocks!!!!  It ended up being a real crowd pleaser.  Thanks for all your help and input with the recipe as I went.  You're awesome!

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