Ham and Swiss Scalloped Potatoes

Yesterday, we talked about how to make white sauce.  That is the basis for this dish too.  The simple white sauce poured over layers of potato, ham ans shredded Swiss cheese makes for a wonderful dinner.

In order to keep the baking time to a minimum and ensure the potatoes get cooked all the way through, I boiled the whole potatoes and then sliced them.  Since everything is hot going into the oven, it only needs about 20 minutes to melt the cheese and finish off the dish.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:  [Read more…]

How to Make White Sauce

White sauce is one of the most versatile things you can learn to make.  There are many variations to the basic recipe so you can use it for:

  • Cheese sauce
  • Cream soup substitute
  • Cream sauce for peas or potatoes or other veggies
  • Sausage gravy
  • Chipped beef gravy
  • Sauce for casseroles
  • and more

Making white sauce is a quick thing to do.  You’ll only need a whisk and a heavy pan or skillet.  The amounts of butter, milk (or broth) and flour can be altered for different amounts and thicknesses of sauce.  For a very basic sauce of medium thickness, use 3 Tbs. butter, 3 Tbs. flour and 1 1/2 cups milk.  [Read more…]

Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

I’ve been experimenting with pepper jack cheese in various recipes lately.  Macaroni and cheese seemed the perfect dish to highlight this ingredient.  Because I was afraid that using all pepper jack would be too spicy for the kids, I went with half pepper jack and half monterey jack.  It was good, but next time we’ll use all pepper jack.  Even the kids thought it would be good with the extra kick.  I originally intended to serve the broccoli along side the macaroni, but tossed it all together at the last minute.  It was a hit with everyone. [Read more…]

Chipped Beef Gravy over Cornbread

chip beef gravy update

This is one of those recipes that is so humble it’s a bit embarrassing to post it. But since I found the recipe in an old Frugal Gourmet cookbook, I’ll go ahead. Plus, it is the warmest, creamiest comfort food. Perfect for a cold winter day.

Chipped Beef Gravy over Cornbread

Yield: 2-4 servings


  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 3 Tbs. chopped onion
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 1 jar of beef (you know the kind from the canned meat section that you use for cheese balls)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • pepper and salt to taste


  1. Rinse the meat under running water to remove a bit of the salt and then chop it up.
  2. In a sauce pan melt the butter and saute the onion until it’s clear.
  3. Stir in the flour with a whisk and then add the hot milk, stirring until the mixture thickens.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients.
  5. Serve over Cornbread, Biscuits or toast.