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Cowboy spaghetti

This is a Rachel Ray recipe.

I’ve recently discovered that my husband loves Rachel Ray’s foods. He in fact bought me a subscription to her magazine for my birthday a couple months ago, and forgot to tell me about it.

“Well look at this!” I kept thinking as I got this free magazine.

I’ve taken the hint and I’m making her food.

This was quite excellent.


  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, fat reserved
  • 1/2 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2 medium-sized white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1/2 (14 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped

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Spicy meatballs

The fiance would be perfectly content if I made spaghetti and meatballs every single night – so long as the meatballs are homemade, of course.

These meatballs are adapted from AllRecipes.com here. You can also checkout meatballs with beer in them here.


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • generous dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • dash hot pepper sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

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One pot wonder chicken lo mein

Thank you to TheWholesomeDish.com for this one. You simply cannot beat a one dish meal that’s ready in about half an hour and has a Chinese flair to boot.


  • 1/2 pound skinless, boneless, chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 10 oz linguine, broken in half
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch strips
  • 1 large red bell pepper, peeled and cut into 3-inch strips
  • 1 bunch green onions, white part minced, green part cut into 3-inch strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp all-purpose flour
  • a generous helping of red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Original photo credit: Alan Nudi; further editing by me.

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Beer-braised meatballs

I haven’t had much time for cooking lately, but I made my fiance’s favorite tonight: spaghetti and meatballs. This meatball recipe was adapted slightly from Cooking with Beer, a cookbook that just came out this year.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • butter or cooking spray for greasing
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle light beer
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

You only need one beer – the second one pictured here was just for me.

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