Mini Blueberry Mascarpone Muffins

Do you need a recipe the kids can make dad for Father’s Day? This is an easy homemade blueberry muffin recipe that uses mascarpone cheese for extra creaminess. I also had mascarpone in the fridge and needed to use it; so why not make muffins. If you do not have mascarpone, you can also use cream cheese. (See below)

I first made these muffins for my daughters soccer team, a few weeks back.Mini Blueberry Mascarpone Muffins

On tournament weekends we usually bring breakfast for the kids and the parents. The girls took second place in the tournament. Maybe my mini muffins slowed them down.Mini Blueberry Mascarpone Muffins

Dad will love these muffins for his Fathers Day breakfast and kids will love the chance to show off their cooking skills.

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Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Burgers

Fathers Day is coming up this weekend and I wanted to get this awesome burger recipe posted so you can make them for your father or husband. It’s a great twist on two favorites; Philly Cheese Steaks and Burgers.

My father passed away two years ago after battling heart disease, for over 30 years. He lived a long time with a disease that killed most of his brothers at a much earlier age. My dad was a good christian man, who would help anyone and was always there for my mother, who is blind. I think he lived as long as he did because he felt the need to take care of her.

I’m also lucky enough to have a great father-n-law, John. John has always been very supportive and a great help on projects around the house. As I was once a builder and re-modeler, we usually make a pretty good team with projects my wife wants us to complete.

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Cheese Grits

Here is my recipe for cheese grits which I served with my Crock Pot Blackened Chipotle Country Ribs. Cheese grits makes a great side dish for any type of meal. Would be great for brunch.

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What is a Grit?????

Native Americans offered the first settlers in the US bowls of Rockahominie, a dish consisting of ground up corn grain cooked into a creamy mixture. It is believed this corn mixture kept many of the settlers alive during those cold winters. Today, corn grits hold a prominent place in soul food and southern dishes. They are also used as a side or a pairing with dishes containing very heavily spiced ingredients. Grits may be eaten covered in gravy, cheese or butter and salt; or served with seafood, meats or vegetables. Grits also make a delightful breakfast when served as a hot cereal topped with milk and honey or brown sugar. Grits are a great way to help meet your body’s daily energy needs. The fiber content in grits helps you feel full for longer periods of time and promotes regular digestive functioning. Polenta is a dish that has been popular in Italian and other European cuisine, and is now gaining fans in America as well. It is made from course ground corn (grits), boiled in water to create a porridge. This can be topped and served immediately for a warm corn side dish. Alternatively, you can spread the porridge in a pan and refrigerate it until it sets. Then the polenta can be cut into squares and baked, grilled or fried. Similar to pasta, cooked polenta is delicious topped with marinara sauce, shredded cheese, or grilled or roasted vegetables. Many gourmet Italian and Mediterranean restaurants feature our polenta. Information from Bob’sRedMill.com

Click here if you want to know the difference between Cornmeal vs Polenta vs Grits:

Some cheese grits recipes call for processed cheese (Velveeta) but for this dish I prefer real cheddar. Just stir the cheese in slowly, to melt evenly.

Quick and Easy!
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Pizza Cabbage Roll Casserole

I love simple comfort food that is easy and makes enough for leftovers the next day. When I was kid my mom would make stuffed cabbage rolls. I loved the meat filling but was not a big fan of cabbage.

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A cabbage roll (also known as pigs in a blanket) is a dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings. It is common to the ethnic cuisines of theBalkans, Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe, as well as West Asia.

In Europe, the filling is traditionally based around meat, often beef, lamb, or pork and is seasoned with garlic, onion, and spices. Grains such as rice and barley, eggs,mushrooms, and vegetables are often included. Pickled cabbage leaves are often used for wrapping, particularly in Southeastern Europe. In Asia, seafoods, tofu, and shiitake mushroom may also be used. Chinese cabbage is often used as a wrapping. (courtesy wikipedia.org)

As an adult I love it. My kids tolerate cabbage, depending on the dish I make. A few years back I decided to turn the traditional stuffed cabbage roll into a time friendly casserole. All of the same flavors but with half the effort, but my kids still didn’t rave about it. They were like me and would eat the filling, but not much of the cabbage.

Then I had and idea to add pizza flavors to the dish and amazingly they loved it and asked for seconds. This recipe actually serves like a lasagna when cut. You could also add other pizza toppings like pepperoni or sausage with great results. Great meal that is easy and gets the kids to eat more vegetables.

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Assemble the recipe the night before and refrigerate overnight. When you get home, remove from fridge, allow to come to room temperature before baking, otherwise add additional 15-20 minutes to the covered cooking time. This makes a large amount of food. Leftovers will freeze well for a quick dinner on another night.

Crock Pot Method:  You can also make this recipe in a crock pot. Brown meat, and veggies and place in crock pot. Add remaining ingredients,  stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

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Southern Pimento Cheese Sandwich

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Masters Week!! Professional golf has four majors each year. The Masters, US Open, The Open (British) and the PGA Championship. The Masters is the only event played at the same venue every April. The other majors change courses each year. The Masters is played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Bobby Jones designed the course and created the event. The first Masters was held in 1934. (Read More)

I love watching the Masters because of the beauty and history of the course. I was lucky enough to attend Thursday and Friday rounds in 2013. This was a once in a lifetime, bucket list event. Thank you T. McCloy.

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Since Augusta National holds The Masters every year all of the facilities are permanent, unlike other major where concession, restrooms and grand stands are temporary structures.

This is also Augusta National’s tournament! Not the PGA’s or the USGA, it is a private event so therefore they control everything. The food at The Masters is legendary. Not because it is fancy, but on the other hand, it is simple good and inexpensive. This is not the norm for a major sporting event where a beer will set you back $10.00 and a hot dog $6.00. Furthermore when you attend The Masters you are on the grounds from early morning until late in the evening. You are a captive audience and would be willing to spend  much more than Augusta charges for the food. One of the legendary concessions is the pimento cheese sandwich. It is simply pimento cheese spread on white bread in a green sandwich bag for the exorbitant price of $1.50. Check out the rest of the prices.

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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

I have been experimenting with different yeast breads lately. Yeast is easier to work with than you think. Don’t be scared; if you have a stand mixer, with a dough hook, you are in business. This recipe lets the mixer do all the work, kneading the dough.

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This makes a very large loaf. I think I will try this again making 3 smaller loaves to get more of the yummy crunchy edges.

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The recipe calls for a large amount of oil but it needs it to get the crunchy edges.

Goes great with my Lasagna or a hearty Bolognese sauce. The bread also freezes well.

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Blogger note…. I’ve made this recipe many times with great results. I was ready to post last week but couldn’t find my finished product pictures. Not fun, but it happens. So of course I had to make another batch last Friday. My neighbor “Amber” loves this bread, but I think she is going to kill me if I keep making it and giving her samples. She says I am trying to make her fat. No chance she is very thin. Now she can make Focaccia bread herself and stop blaming me. I will send her a sample of one of my new creation’s soon.”

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Italian Cube Steak

Italian Cube Steak

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I love easy cheap meals. I do the majority of the grocery shopping in our house and I am always looking for sales on meat and seafood. When I find good prices I stock the freezer. Then I will figure out what to do with purchases at a later date. A few weeks back cube steak was on sale at Kroger’s. Cube steak is a very inexpensive cut of meat, if cooked correctly it makes a great family meal.

From the About Food website “The term Cube Steak is used to refer to a cut of meat that has been run through a mechanical tenderizer called a meat cuber or swissing machine. Traditionally, cube steak is taken from the beef round primal cut, which is well exercised and quite tough, or from the shoulder center, which comes from the beef chuck. Cube steak can be braised, sautéed or pan-fried. It can even be baked in a casserole.”

But with this cut of meat sometimes I get stuck making the same old dish. Usually chicken fried steak with gravy. I like this dish but I wanted to make something new and lower fat.

You have most of the ingredients, for this dish, in your pantry. Browning the beef and prepping your vegetables is the only work needed.

This dish could also be made in the crock pot. Simply brown meat, toss the rest of the ingredients into the crock pot in the morning and cook on low for 6 hours. That’s it.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole with Ground Turkey and Potatoes

I’m always interested in creating new recipes using ground turkey, especially casseroles, that are easy to make and incorporate vegetables. This recipe is simple, easy to put together and taste great. Your kids will not even notice the cauliflower and a its great way to incorporate vegetables into their diet.

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To simplify the recipe I used Simply Potatoes brand Diced Potatoes with Onions.  For the ground turkey I usually buy the 4 pack of ground turkey, by Butterball, from Costco. Packs average around a 1.5 pounds each.

To cut baking time in half, I recommend microwaving the potatoes for three minutes.

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To make ahead, brown the ground turkey, boil the cauliflower and assemble the rest of the ingredients. Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to cook. As you preheat the oven, remove the casserole from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature. Cook until top is slightly brown and edges are bubbling.

Check out my other ground turkey recipes at dadwhats4dinner.com

Grilled Bacon Jack Turkey Burgers

Mexican Ground Turkey served on Authentic Sopes

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Ranchera Chicken Mexican Lasagna

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Ranchera Chicken Mexican Lasagna

If you have read my blog you know I am always looking for new and different ideas for dinner each night that anyone can make.  I try to think of ways to change it up.  I also like recipes that I can double and freeze for a later date. Our lives will be getting crazy starting March 1st with 3 kids in spring sports. Truthfully it never ends. Even with the craziness I try to keep home cooked healthy food on the table each night. This recipe is a great twist on Mexican lasagna. For this recipe I use split bone in chicken breast which I cook ahead of time.  I buy these mainly because they are cheap.  To reduce fat I always remove the skin.  To make your life easier a rotisserie chicken from the grocery would work fine, just remove the skin, bones and chop the meat.  I also use refried black beans which are healthier than refried pinto beans.  Refried beans originated in Mexico where they’re called frijoles refritos, or “well-fried beans.”  Actually refried beans in general are low-fat and a good source of fiber.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and pass my link with your friends.  My family loved it.

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Homemade Sliders

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Here is a great simple appetizer for tomorrow’s big game. Sliders are tiny steamed hamburgers usually served with onions, pickles and cheese.

In the Cincinnati area White Castle is the place to get slider hamburgers. For you southerners it’s Krystal’s. They are a beloved late night snack also known as gut busters or belly bombs.

I have made this recipe many times. Last night we had happy hour with our neighbors who had been craving my sliders. So I made a batch.

These are always a hit and I believe much better than the original. Probably a little healthier too.

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Total time: 35 minutes
Yields: 24 servings

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