Shepherds Pie {paleo}


I’m not sure why I settled on paleo a recipe for Shepherd’s pie because I generally do not care for Irish food and I’ve never made a traditional Shepherd’s pie. I’ve made what I would consider to be fun twists, like a Thanksgiving Day Shepherd’s Pie and Southwest Shepherd’s Pie but the regular variety never…

Oven Roasted Tri-Tip


About two and a half years ago my friend Manny came over and christened my grill with a tri-tip roast that he had marinated in some delicious concoction that had involved orange juice. We had tri-tip tacos that night. Ever since, I’ve wanted to recreate Manny’s tacos on my own. Minus the grill. Because let’s…

{low-fat} Lasagna


I’ve become one of those people that I hate. One of those people I said I would never become. I’ve become someone who cooks low-fat meals (instead of full-fat). Sigh. What’s happened to me? Well, let’s make a list: age, weight gain, stress, high cholesterol and wrinkles. Yep. I have wrinkles around my eyes that…

Bacon Cheeseburger {low carb} Meatloaf


A few weeks ago I made the most amazing low-carb meatloaf. It had bits of fresh Mozzarella, mushrooms and Italian Seasoning. I honestly didn’t think it would be that amazing and didn’t think I would want to blog it so regrettably did not take pictures during the process. It took me about two weeks to…

Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon and Brown Butter Asparagus


I found some pre-packaged bacon-wrapped filet at the grocery store this morning at what seemed like an amazing price. So I promptly searched how to cook these babies and found a standard recipe that everyone seems to use with maybe some slight variation. I had some asparagus in the refrigerator that needs to be used…

Spaghetti and Meatball Stroganoff


The concept of having stroganoff in it with anything other than beef didn’t occur to me until rather recently when I began googling stroganoff and finding all the different options that existed. Years ago I had made Lamburger Stroganoff, at my sisters suggestion, when we had extra lamb after a holiday meal. I’d thought her…

Pasta Bolognese


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
My sister sent me this recipe about a year ago. The comment she made that she liked the smell of the sauce that infused the air in her apartment as it cooked for hours on her stove stuck with me and made me want to try it. I thought…

Taco Soup


One of the reasons I really like this soup is because it reminds me of one of the soups the day kitchen manager, Christine, used to make when I worked at the Wauwatosa Chancery.

Black and Blue Prime Rib Mac and Cheese


On Friday my coworkers and I were discussing our plans for the new year (you know, resolutions and such), and we discovered we all have the same idea – to eat better and exercise more. I know, I know. We aren’t very original. I’m sure 95% of the world has the same resolution and/or plans. While…

Mongolian Beef Noodles {gluten-free}


I’m busy trying to cook through my jam-packed freezer. Though it feels like I’ve made a serious dent, I still have a long way to go. About a year ago or so I purchased two pounds of flank steak and only cooked one. So I took to Pinterest to look up flank steak recipes and…

Homemade Jerky


I can’t say I ever imagined I would make my own beef (or turkey) jerky. However, now that I’ve made it, I never want to eat store-bought jerky again. Consider this: you can make your own nitrate-free jerky without a dehydrator with very little effort. I took some of this stuff in to work for…

Blue Cheese Crusted Prime Rib


Prime Rib is a staple Christmas meal at the Benedict household. It’s served either for Christmas Eve at my Aunt Mary’s house or at Christmas dinner on my mom’s dinner table. This year my dad bought a four-pound roast for the two of us. After an exhausting 14-hour day in the kitchen the day before,…

Herb Marinated Flank Steak {and poached eggs}


This week is obviously not going to be my week of vegetarian eats. Thanks to yesterday’s breakfast, I’ve got flank steak to eat all week long and some pulled pork for lunch tomorrow. The funny thing about having a food blog, provided it’s semi-decent, is that it gives the impression to others that you have…

Brown Butter Hamburger Stroganoff


Last week I pulled some hamburger out of the freezer intending to make burgers while my dad was visiting. Then in the midst of all my food planning, I had to put my dog down. And suddenly I no longer felt like trying hip, new burgers. Instead, I wanted something easy to make. Something comforting….

Savory Beef Sandwiches


I love crock pot recipes for their ease. This one is especially easy! Slap some seasoning on a roast, cook for a few hours, shred and voilà – tender meat for sandwiches you can bring to a barbecue picnic (or to work all week long if you find you can’t make it to the picnic). I…

Salisbury Steak


One of the best things about my high school experience (and there were a lot of good things about my high school experience), was the cafeteria food. I’m not kidding! I have heard lots of stories about bad cafeteria food served at schools but Mukwonago High School was not one of them. They had the…

Crock-Pot Beef Roast


The last time I had a crock pot roast was circa 2005 or 2006, when my mom did all the legwork for her Lipton Onion Mix roast recipe in my crock pot, and I reaped the benefits. I’ve always been more of an avid cook than the regular Joe, but at that time I wasn’t…

Herbed Meatloaf


It almost seems impossible that I’ve never before made meatloaf, but no – it’s not. It’s true. The lasting impression I have of meatloaf is the kind my mom made while I was growing up – I’m sure it’s the same kind every mom’s made – with a layer of ketchup on top. I’m somewhat…

Ground Beef Tacos


It’s been a long time since I’ve made tacos for dinner. The other day I bought a pound of ground hamburger at Trader Joe’s with no real purpose for it. With a large amount of tortillas lying around the house I decided it would be a good time to try making tacos with a Homemade…

Blue Cheese Topped Filet Mignon


After a night out on the town dining on Seafood Friday night in Houston, Darcy and I decided we wanted to stay in Saturday night and cook steaks. Our cut of choice was filet mignon – the tall round kind you usually get at a steak house. I’ve literally never grilled filet before so I…