Greek Sloppy Joes

Time to take your taste buds to Greece with these Greek Sloppy Joes made with ground lamb, peperoncini, feta cheese, and a homemade tzatziki (cucumber yogurt) sauce.


Greek Sloppy Joes made with American ground lamb


As often as I cook with beef and chicken at home, I must admit lamb is my favorite meat. At first I only ate it for Easter where I would make a lamb chop while everyone else ate ham. I don’t even know how that tradition started other than I probably whined about how I didn’t want ham. When I started making a decent paycheck a few years ago, I bought ground lamb on occasion. Then earlier this year, I got a Middle Eastern cookbook that featured lamb. A lot. I’ve been so smitten over this book that I’ve been adding lamb more and more to my menu planning. In fact, I’d take ground lamb over beef any day. Then I started thinking about my friends and family who have not (or very rarely) cooked with lamb. Why isn’t lamb more popular? The American Lamb Board had that same question and asked me to develop a recipe that would encourage you to have lamb for dinner tonight (or at least pick up some lamb the next time you buy groceries). Cooking with ground lamb is the best place to start; if you can cook ground beef, you can cook ground lamb. See? You’re off to a great start already! Lamb also naturally lends itself so well to global flavors, which is why I went Greek with these Greek Sloppy Joes served with a tzatziki (cucumber yogurt) sauce and homemade pita chips. You know sloppy joes. You know Greek food. Now you can have both in one sandwich.

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Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake is a caramel cheesecake topped with cooked apples and pecans tossed in caramel sauce.


Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

The other day I decided to have a little fun and count how many cheesecake-related recipes I had on the blog and how many blocks of cream cheese I’ve used. The answer: 38 recipes and 63 blocks of cream cheese (not including any recipe testing/redos or any non-cheesecake recipes using cream cheese). Needless to say, I use a ton of cream cheese (and somehow I still use more butter than that). Now the count is up to 39 recipes and 66 blocks of cream cheese with this Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake. Last month I brought you a no bake caramel apple cheesecake. This month, I wanted to bake a full-sized cheesecake that screamed fall. Since October also means going to the local apple festival, I knew I would have tons of apples to use in my baking. What goes better with apples than caramel? Funny thing is I actually hate caramel apples on a stick but love the flavor combination. It’s mainly a texture thing; the apples in this cheesecake are much softer and easier to eat. Plus this is cheesecake. Everything is better when you add cheesecake to it.

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Curry Baked Chicken Wings #SundaySupper

Curry Baked Chicken Wings

Love eating out but want to save time and money? Making chicken wings at home is easy, and these Indian-inspired Curry Baked Chicken Wings will bring a little global spice to dinner. Earlier this month, I talked about my love for Shrimp Curry. … [Continue reading]

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip is perfect party food

Ready to party? This Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip is a sour cream dip amped up with lots of cheese and bacon, perfect for both potato chips and vegetables. I love dips. Sometimes I wish they could make an acceptable dinner, but I would have to eat a … [Continue reading]

Apple Pie Filled Doughnuts

Apple Pie Filled Doughnuts

Doughnut of the season award goes to these Apple Pie Filled Doughnuts - fried yeast doughnuts stuffed with homemade apple pie filling then dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Do you like doughnuts? Delicious doughnuts? Well if you do, then … [Continue reading]

Creamy Onion Bacon Soup

Creamy Onion Bacon Soup

With the weather getting cooler and schedules becoming busier, this soul-warming Creamy Onion Bacon Soup can be ready for dinner in 45 minutes. If you were stuck on a deserted island (not dessert island, unfortunately) and could only cook with … [Continue reading]