Baked Ziti/Penne with Ground Beef

Today’s recipe is actually two recipes I make regularly…combined! It combines Aunt Lulu’s Baked Ziti with my meat/tomato sauce I make all the time. If you want more step by step photos, then check out those pages. Otherwise…this comes together quickly and is an easy way to work meat into the recipe since we like meat with our pasta.

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Shanghai Green Onion Bing

I first heard of bread like this from a fitness person online. Her mom would make many of them each day, and they would eat them almost like pita bread with toppings/spreads. It sounded interesting, but I didn’t get around to it. Then I saw this recipe and realized it was the same idea but made more savory. I love scallion pancakes in theory, but they often are too greasy for my liking. This bread ends up being a cross between a scallion pancake and naan (in my family’s opinion).

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Giant Snickerdoodle Cookie

This could have been described as a partial fail, but it was a way to bake with the Chiplet. Possibly some decisions I made to make baking with him easier led to the not perfect result, but it still tasted good. Another reason the cookie might have been a bit different is because I substituted Smart Balance for the butter to make it dairy free.

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Smitten Kitchen’s Latkes

I know, I am coming in months late here, but really…is there ever a bad time to eat what is essentially hash browns? Nope. I am here for them. It was easier doing this recipe than I remember them being from other recipes. The latkes turned out crispy and not soggy with oil.

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Pineapple Buns (first and second attempts)

Today I am not sharing a recipe just because I am trying to find my best version. When K and I were dating and first started to go to NYC to visit some of his family, I started to learn that pineapple buns are one of the best breads. They have a nice fluffy texture, but also a fun sweet and slightly savory topping. I also like the ones with fillings, but I haven’t tried that yet.

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Making Sausage (Patties or Ground)

Sometimes I enjoy making breakfast for dinner, and this was one of those meals. It also meant that I could serve the leftovers for a brunch later in the week.

So today I am sharing how to make yourself some sausage without anything fancy involved, like a meat grinder. Sometimes at the store I can’t find ground sausage. Buying the ground pork from my store is also cheaper besides being more easily available. And even more of a bonus, my family enjoyed this sausage more than the store kind. It isn’t that involved, and all I had to do was buy some sage which keeps, so I can continue to make more ground sausage anytime I buy more ground pork.

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Apricot Jam Chicken and Broccoli

This is easy, fast, and requires no work ahead of time. It is almost like a stir fry meal without needing to marinate the chicken.

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