Cheddar, Apple, and Pastrami Grilled Cheese


3 Tbs. apple butter
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. honey
Kosher salt
4 1/2-inch-thick slices sourdough bread
8 oz. aged white Cheddar,thinly sliced or coarsely grated (about 2 cups)
2 oz. thinly sliced pastrami
6 to 10 very thin slices of apple, preferably honey crisp
1-1/2 oz. (3 Tbs.) unsalted butter

Combine the apple butter, mustard, honey, and a good pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl. Spread evenly on two slices of bread and top with half of the cheese and the pastrami. Top that with a layer of sliced apple, overlapping the slices slightly, and the remaining cheese. Top with the other slices of bread to make two sandwiches.

Melt 2 Tbs. of the butter in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat until lightly browned. Add the sandwiches and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary, until golden brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter, and cook, lifting the edges of the bread to allow the butter to run under and adjusting the heat as necessary, until the cheese has melted and the other side is golden brown, another 3 to 4 minutes. Slice in half and serve.



1 (3 lb) pork shoulder roast
various seasonings (I used garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, and ground black pepper)
1 (12 oz) can Dr. Pepper soda pop
1 cup BBQ sauce


Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
Rub pork roast with various seasonings and place roast in slow cooker. Pour Dr. Pepper and BBQ sauce on top of roast. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours. Shred roast with two forks (it should fall apart easily) and serve on top of hamburger buns.
Makes about 6-8 servings.




1 jar (24-26 oz or 680-700 mL) marinara sauce
3 cups (750 mL) water
8 oz (250 g) lasagna noodles
1 lb (500 g) bulk hot Italian turkey sausage or sausage links, casings removed
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 oz (60 g) Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 cup (250 mL) fresh whole milk ricotta cheese (about 8 oz/250 g, see Cook’s Tip)
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp (1 mL) coarsely ground black pepper
Additional grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. Combine sauce and water in 12” Skillet . Cover; bring to a boil.
2. Meanwhile, wrap noodles in clean kitchen towel and break crosswise into quarters. Stir noodles into sauce. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 16-18 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
3. As noodles cook, place sausage into 10” Skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles using Mix ‘N Chop. Add pressed garlic; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir sausage into noodles and sauce.
4. Meanwhile, grate Parmesan cheese using Rotary Grater. Chop parsley using Santoku Knife; set aside 1 tbsp (15 mL) parsley for garnish. Combine cheeses, remaining parsley and black pepper in Classic Batter Bowl. Scoop cheese mixture over noodles using Medium Scoop. Cover Skillet and simmer gently 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and ricotta mixture is heated through.
5. To serve, sprinkle lasagna with reserved parsley and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired

Yield: 6 servings



1 package JOHNSONVILLE Italian Sausage Links, removed from casing
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded
2 egg yolks
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
3 cups whole milk (not skim)
12 Cannelloni pasta shells
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Make the filling: In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil, onion and mushroom cook for 5 minutes allowing the onion to soften and the mushrooms to release liquid.

Once most of the liquid has dissipated, add sausage crumbling it with a wooden spoon into small pieces as it cooks. Stir and cook all ingredients until the onion is softened and the sausage is no longer pink and is starting to brown. Set aside.

To make a béchamel sauce: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir until well incorporated. Slowly, add milk and whisk together until smooth. Continue whisking until sauce comes to a slow boil and starts to thicken. Stir half this sauce into the sausage mixture. (Reserve the other half to pour on top of the cannelloni.) Add cubed mozzarella to the sausage and sauce mixture and continue stirring while slowly whisking in the egg yolks; mix to combine cover and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions, rinse under cold water and reserve being careful to keep the pasta from breaking. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread 3/4 cup of the reserved béchamel sauce on the bottom of a
9 x 13 inch oiled baking dish. Spoon filling into each pasta tube. Start from one end and using your finger to push the filling all the way through.

Nestle the cannelloni in the sauce and cover with remaining béchamel sauce. Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of oregano. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until heated through; and cheese starts to turn golden. Remove from oven, let stand for 5 minutes then serve.

Crockpot french dip sandwiches



1 can french onion soup (10.5 oz)
1 can beef broth (10.5 oz)
1 can or bottle of beer (12 oz)
1-3 lbs of pork tenderloin or some kind of roast
french rolls or something similar
Swiss or provologne cheese slices

Pour beef broth, french onion soup, and beer into crockpot
Put tenderloin or roast in crockpot as a whole
Cook on low for 7 hours
About 30 minutes before time is up, shred the meat with a fork
Re cover and continue cooking for the remaining 30 minutes
Slice open bread and put swiss cheese slices inside
Put in oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until toasty
Remove from oven and fill em up with meat.

Beef Fajitas



1 whole Beef Flank Steak
1/2 cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 cup Lime Juice, Fresh Squeezed
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 whole Medium Onions, Halved And Sliced
1 whole Red Bell Pepper, Sliced
1 whole Orange Bell Pepper, Sliced
1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Sliced
1 whole Yellow Bell Pepper, Sliced
Oil, For Frying
Flour Tortillas, Warmed
Cheese (grated Cheddar/jack Or Crumbled Queso Fresco)
Sour Cream
Cilantro Leaves

In a dish, mix together olive oil, Worcestershire, lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and sugar until combined. Pour half of the marinade into a separate dish. In one dish, place the flank steak, turning it over to coat. In the second dish, place all the veggies, turning to coat. Cover the dishes with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Prepare tortillas, salsa, sour cream, and cilantro.
Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle in some oil. Add the veggies and cook them for a few minutes, until they’re cooked but still slightly firm and have nice black/brown pieces. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Heat the same same skillet (or a grill pan if you have it) over high heat and drizzle some oil. Cook the meat for about 2 minutes per side until medium rare. Remove and allow to rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.
Slice the meat right before serving and serve with all the fixins. Delicious