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Kitchen Nostalgia

These cabbage rolls, or “piggies” as my Nanny would have called them, bring back so many wonderful memories for me and are about as comfort-food as comfort-food gets for this Polish gal…

Kitchen nostalgia :)


And if we wanna get technical, we can call them golabki… tomato tohmato?

I’m sure each of us has our own version of a recipe that makes us feel this way, which to me is one of the wonderful things about food, tastes evoking thoughts and memories with just a single bite.

So… here is mine!


It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized most folks weren’t referring to beef and rice stuffed cabbage when they made reference to “pigs n’ a blanket” haha.

Hot dogs, whaaaa? Mind blown. However, moving on…


This recipe comes from an old church cookbook from Nanny’s town of Wilkes-Barre, PA and incorporates ingredients that are about as basic as you can get.


Like rice, onion, egg.


Ground beef and cabbage.


Topped with a mixture of tomato soup and…. ketchup??? Yup!!


But no matter how simple these flavors are, there is something about this dish that just warms my heart and soul every.single.time. and will always taste like home to me :)

Takes me right back to many years ago at my Nanny’s table and piping hot “piggies” being served right from that black and white speckled baking pan she always used…


Because that’s what comfort food should be about, right?  Tasty warm memories, food for not only the mouth but also for the soul :)

So there you have it folks. Kitchen nostalgia at it’s finest. At least for me.

Maybe you’ll give this recipe a try too, and while it may not be nostalgic for everyone, I sure think that you (and your family!) will find it to be delicious :D


Smoky Paprika Spiced Chicken Thighs w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Kale

After this recipe idea seemed to be a hit on instagram the other night I figured I may as well share it with the world so that the internets could enjoy it as much as I did too!

This one was super easy, had great flavor, and also comes “chef approved;)

Please note that these measurements and cooking times are approximate, as I initially just started throwing ingredients into a pan while I did laundry and, knowing me, probably 78 other things at the same time —> isn’t “adult A.D.D. a thing or something ???

But really…

So use this “recipe” as a starting point, modifying it as you go along and as you see fit.  Either way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the finished product just as much as I did!! :)


Shrimp Ragout w/ Chickpeas & Kale

A blog post? A recipe? Say what?… Yes and yes! :)

This dish, which I can’t take full (or any?) credit for aside from having the ingredients on hand, was just so good that I had to share…


Hey. I may be a CookinFanatic, but I’m no Food Network chef ;)

This dish ended up lasting less than 24 hours. Yes. All the servings. Gone.


The recipe uses a list of ingredients many of which you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet. And it also comes together so easily, who needs to spend hours in the kitchen anyways, right?

And let’s just talk about the flavor. Good.

Sweet with a hint of spice. “Sweet heat” perhaps, as one could say? And the sauce that resulted was buttery and smooth and absolutely perfect for a crusty warm piece of bread to soak up. Trust me on this :)

If you need an easy weeknight meal. One that’s healthy and extremely flavorful. Then this one my friends, is for you.

And just in case I don’t see ya again for a while, how about a few snapshots of life these days before we get to the recipe details…

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At least I can still call myself a CookinFanatic, as I haven’t left the kitchen for good by any means… right? :D

Until next time!