Super-Easy Cheater Chili

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 13, 2013

in beef, simple recipe

Ok, this is not a real recipe. No, I swear. It involves putting things in a pot and simmering them, but it’s not a “real” recipe. It is, however, completely delicious and perfect for a weeknight. And I’m calling it “Cheater Chili” because I felt like I was cheating on cooking with making something this […]


Mom’s Perfect Roast

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 14, 2013

in beef, family recipe, simple recipe

So many times over the course of the last few years, I’ve tried to duplicate recipes that I remember from growing up. Many times, I end up calling my mom and finding out after the fact, what exactly I did differently. For as long as I can remember, any time I have something that resembles […]


Unstuffed Green Pepper Casserole

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 13, 2013

in beef, Italian, simple recipe

**Have you voted for my cupcake yet? It’s the last day!** I think I was 25 before I made my first stuffed pepper. I know I’d eaten them before that point, but for some reason, I’d never made them. That first time was a complete and utter failure. The rice wasn’t cooked, neither was the […]


Old-School Cooking: Grandma’s Salami

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 16, 2013

in beef, family

I have two very distinct sets of food memories. Set one (the much larger set) is that of my family when I was growing up. I’ve talked about this memory set many many times here, and it’s one of the primary reasons that I love to cook, fun food experiences, and cooking for others. Set […]


Weber Grill Inspired BBQ Meatloaf

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 4, 2012

in beef, grilling, pork, simple recipe

We’re huge meatloaf fans in this house. When we can’t think of something new and fun to make for dinner, meatloaf is a fallback option that we’re usually pretty satisfied with. Sometimes, I’ll use oatmeal as a binder; sometimes its panko bread crumbs. Usually it’s a balanced mixture of lean ground pork and lean ground […]