Cook Once, Eat Twice: Taco Pasta Pot and Taco Pasta Bake

This recipe shares some similarities to the cook once, eat twice recipe for Creamy Beefy Noodles and Cheesy Beefy Noodle Bake that I shared a couple of weeks ago. Like that recipe, this one is easy to prepare and uses affordable ingredients. However, due to taco seasoning, this dish has a … [Read more...]

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Smothered Steaks and Slow Cooker Beef Tips in Gravy

When prepared as follows, the classic comfort dishes of Smothered Steaks and Slow Cooker Beef Tips are delicious and very easy to make. Ingredients For the smothered steaks: 4 steaks (hamburger steaks, cube steaks, eye of round steaks, etc.) 2 tablespoons butter 1 package (16 oz.) … [Read more...]

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Creamy Beefy Noodles and Cheesy Beefy Noodle Bake

I have loved having a stash of freezer meals available during the last couple of months as I’ve adjusted to life with a newborn and a toddler. Because of this, on my most recent menu I included a number of “cook once, eat twice” items that would yield freezer meals. Using affordable … [Read more...]

Garden Fresh Freezer Spaghetti Sauce

Earlier this summer I had an abundance of Roma tomatoes from my vegetable garden. I decided to make spaghetti sauce with them. I don’t have the equipment to can spaghetti sauce, so I found a simple recipe for freezer spaghetti sauce. I will forever remember making this sauce for two reasons. … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken

Today I will share a final recipe from our summer menu. Like several of the other recipes I’ve shared recently, this one is conveniently prepared in a slow cooker. No one in my household is a diehard fan of ranch flavor, so I wasn’t sure how much we would like this dish. We ended up enjoying … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops

This particular dish isn’t on my menu this summer. However, I’ve made it a couple of times because it is so convenient and tasty! I came up with it one day after I purchased some pork chops that were marked down at the grocery store. I tossed them in the Crock Pot with a few other items in … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Recipes on Of The Hearth

When it comes to recipes and food, “best” is very subjective. You and I have different taste preferences, which is why the most popular recipes here on Of The Hearth aren’t necessarily my personal favorites. In fact, many of my favorite recipes—those that I think are the best—are relatively … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

To handle a toddler and an infant, I’m using several slow cooker recipes this summer. This simple one uses very few ingredients and is good on its own or great when dressed up with various spices and vegetables. Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe.) 1 ½ lbs. chicken breast tenderloins 3 … [Read more...]

Fun Hamburger Cookies

A friend of mine who loves hamburgers recently had a birthday. We planned to celebrate with a few snacks. While brainstorming what treats to prepare, I remembered that years ago I saw some little hamburger cookies in one of my cookbooks. I was able to find this recipe online and prepare these … [Read more...]

Healthier Crispy Treats

As far as snacks go, traditional Rice Krispies Treats® aren’t that terrible for you, but they’re not exactly good for you, either! I was looking for something to snack on a few days ago and improvised to create a slightly more nutritious version. After making (and falling in love with) these, … [Read more...]