Simple Recipes for the Good Enough Cook

Here you'll find easy to make recipes that Granny would have loved :-). Nothing too hard to make or too expensive either. Click on the links here if you're looking for something specific.

White Country Gravy

Thumbnail image for White Country Gravy This is the simplest gravy ever! Southern kitchens particulary here in Texas serve this white country gravy up with just about everything. Most commonly you'll see it served with Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken Fried Chicken, oh, er, or just about anything fried ;-). It's delicious on mashed potatoes or rice. Gives pretty much everything a little added kick.
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Chicken and Dumplings

Thumbnail image for Chicken and Dumplings This is some real old-fashioned Granny goodness here! Does it get more down-home than Chicken and Dumplings? I don't think so. Now, while this dish isn't a super quick meal it is super easy to make. No tricks here just follow the steps and you've got it.
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Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Thumbnail image for Crockpot Beef Stroganoff This is a great filling savory dish that is easy to make. You pretty much just put everything in the crockpot turn it on and forget about it all day. Then when you get home make the sauce, make some rice or noodles, a buttered veggie and you're done!
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Cream of Broccoli Soup

Thumbnail image for Cream of Broccoli Soup People want simple recipes, old-fashioned recipes, things that Granny would have made. Ask and you shall receive! This week we begin a series of dinner-time recipes designed for you to use for step #2 in The Granny Plan. In this step you will begin by making dinner at home one night each week and gradually build up to having dinner on the table 5 nights a week.
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Easy Pizza Rollups

Thumbnail image for Easy Pizza Rollups One of our fellow “Granny Plan” followers was asked by her family to make pizza as her first dish. Now pizza isn’t super-duper hard to make, but there is the issue of the crust. If you’re making the crust yourself it can take a little practice to get it down just right. Plus, it takes a bit more planning to have the dough soaked or fermented and ready for dinner. So while task-wise it isn’t the easiest first dish, taste-wise pizza is so popular it is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. So what to do?…
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Chicken Cacciatore Soup

Thumbnail image for Chicken Cacciatore Soup I’ve been on a soup jag lately. Must be the end of winter here in Texas that brought it on. I love soup and make it through the summer months but it is so much more delicious in the wintertime! This soup is one I make once or twice a month for a little variation on our usual chicken rice soup. My sister made a fabulous chicken cacciatore when I was a kid … a very fond memory. I came up with the recipe as a way to enjoy those flavors, but with the convenience of a fairly quick soup. My big sister’s recipe had a day long cook time, but this soup takes about 40 minutes of pure cooking time, where the cook doesn’t need to do much.…
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Easy Beef Vegetable and Rice Soup

Thumbnail image for Easy Beef Vegetable and Rice Soup This soup is an easy to make wintertime favorite. If you keep both broth and cooked beef in the freezer you can whip up a batch of this rich satisfying soup in no time flat! I save the bits of meat from soup bones in the freezer just for this dish. Sometimes I have some extra browned ground beef frozen instead. I make it often for lunch when I’m working at home. It’s a pretty satisfying dinner soup too.…
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