Sloppy Joes

When I was little I came home from school and, as my parents and I were eating dinner at the table, I proudly mentioned that we’d eaten slimey joes for lunch. Every time my mom re-tells that story she always mentions that my dad nearly spit out his drink he was laughing so hard. Now that I know the proper name for this comfort food of mine, here are the ingredients (note: the list of ingredients is for 3-4 hamburger buns so you may want to double it):

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 7 oz. ketchup
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • hamburger buns
  • 1/2 onion, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced (optional)


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Chimichanga Alamo

My monthly Food Network magazine came in this week. The first thing I do is flip through it and turn down pages of recipes that I want to try then go back and actually read the magazine. A particular recipe that caught my eye this week was Sunny Anderson’s chimichanga alamo. This is a simple recipe that isĀ very delicious! Just one chimichanga is more than enough for one person and fills you up fast. Not only is this a simple recipe, the ingredients are also easy to find and prepare.


  • 2 avocados, pitted and mashed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • Salt


  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3-4 springs thyme, leaves stripped and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1lb. 80% lean ground beef chuck


  • 4 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 15.5oz. can refried beans
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Lettuce of your choice, shredded
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped


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Julia Chid’s Beef Bourguignon

Julia Child is an iconic chef who studied at Le Cordon Bleu in France and then later went on to publish many cookbooks and have her own television cooking show.

Years ago when I first saw the movie Julie and Julia I was mesmerized by the food that was being made. I had heard of Julia Child but I had never looked up any of her recipes. After that movie I looked through her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to see if I wanted to buy it. I like simple cooking so I decided to pass, but I did want to make the one recipe from the movie that I could remember: beef bourguignon.

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