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Sloppy Joes – My Version

Everybody (almost everybody) loves Sloppy Joes. The wonderful blend of flavors that make a party every time you eat them.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


Prepare first

  • 1 onion – medium whatever you have
  • 1 green bell pepper Bell pepper any color
  • 1 green pepper optional: poblano, jalapeno, or similar

The rest

  • 1 pound ground beef a little more if you llike
  • 1 tbsp beef suet optional
  • 1 16 oz tomato sauce or around that amount
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dark chili powder more or less according to taste
  • 2 tsp Worchester sauce more or less according to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder more or less according to taste
  • water as needed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar optional – ups the sweetness
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 tsp hot sauce optional Frank's, Tapatio, Crystal, etc


  • Chop the onion and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet and add the suet.
  • Melt the suet and add the hamburger. Break it up, add the chopped onion and pepper. Cook stirring until the onion is translucent and the hamburger has changed color.
  • Add the tomato sauce and stir in well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir in well.
  • For more flavor add a little heat, either the cayenne pepper or hot sauce, add and stir in.
  • Bring to light boil and then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Add water to thin if too thick.
  • Cover if keeping warm.
  • Serve on buns.
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Garlicky Chicken Thighs

This is a nice recipe for those meals you would like something more from your chicken.
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 1 bowl large enough for a chicken thigh
  • 1 skillet electric or
  • 1 large fry pan
  • 1 cooks knife used for chopping
  • paper towels absorb chicken fats
  • heat proof container optional to save cooking oils and chicken fat


Dry Seasoning Mix

  • 1/2 tbsp ground onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp ground garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/3 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp salt non-iodized

Onion and Garlic Prepare Early

  • 1/2 onion, medium yellow or red
  • 4 cloves garlic I use 6 cloves for more garlic kick
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

Fry Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter non-salted
  • 6 chicken thighs, bone in and if possible skin on

Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 cup cream, heavy
  • 1/2 cup vermouth, dry or
  • 1/2 cup water or
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

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