A couple of ladies had questions about things on my menu, so I thought I'd answer those out here on the main page instead of making them go back to the comments to see if I'd answered.
Mrs. T said . . . "Tell me about the Cheeseburger Pizza -- do you have a specific recipe for this? Or just top the pizza with specific items?"
For my cheeseburger pizza, I brown a pound of ground beef and fry a few slices of bacon (we use turkey bacon). I use regular pizza sauce and top it with both mozzarella and cheddar cheese and the hamburger and bacon. And that's it! No special recipe!
And did you all know that Mrs. T has a Christmas recipe/tradition/decorating blog? She has so many good ideas! Visit Mrs. T's Christmas Kitchen!
Julieann said . . . "I bet my husband would love meatballs with brown gravy--can you post a recipe? (if you have time)"
Meatballs and brown gravy is definitely a husband-pleaser! ;) I think I could put brown gravy on just about anything and Wes would love it. I don't really have a recipe though, so I'll just tell you what I do.
I use about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of ground beef. Add some onion powder, salt, pepper, an egg, and some breadcrumbs (probably about a cup) to the meat and mix it up. Make your meatballs about 1 inch each, place them on a baking sheet covered with foil, and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, I make the gravy by melting 1/2 cup of butter (this is why it's a husband-pleaser - it's chock full of fat!), add 1/2 cup of flour and cook this for a couple of minutes, stirring often to keep it from burning. I make "beef broth" using 4 cups of boiling water and 4 teaspoons of beef bouillon powder or granules (the brand I like best is OXO powder, which I've only found here in Canada, but Wyler's granules do the same thing). After I've browned the flour in the butter, I add the beef broth, using a whisk to keep lumps from forming. Let it boil for a minute or so, to thicken the gravy, then add the meatballs. That's it! It's really easy to make ahead and keep warm in the crockpot or heat it up when you're ready to eat. I usually serve it over rice, but we also like it with mashed potatoes or egg noodles. And, of course, since there's gravy, there also has to be homemade biscuits! ;) That's why I make so much gravy with it. This feeds my family of 2 adults and 3 teens, with enough left over for Sam to take to work for lunch, and he's my biggest eater.
This isn't a menu question, but Rita said . . . "the closest we get to you is Union Vally baptist Church" Rita, I've looked online and can't find it. I'm assuming it's in Washington, but could you let me know what city? We might find a way to meet up with you if it's close enough! And wouldn't I love that?!!!
Another thought on the meatballs and gravy: I've made this to take to potlucks and to take to families with a new baby or sick mom. Everyone loves it. I think it's because it's a simple, hearty dish, and people really enjoy it as a comfort food.
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