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Cheesy Potato Casserole

This Cheesy Potato Casserole is an easy and delicious side dish to prepare.  It uses the convenience of prepared shredded potatoes. I did use a block of Michigan Colby Cheese that I shredded myself but that took less than 5 minutes.

I really like the mild flavor the colby cheese adds to this casserole.  Colby cheese seems to be readily available in local stores here, but if you can’t find it substitute with a mild cheddar.

This Cheesy Potato Casserole is now my favorite way to prepare cheesy potatoes for family gatherings.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 package Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns ® (20 ounces size)

Colby cheese, (8 ounces), shredded and divided
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup sour cream (8 ounces)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.

Reserve about 1/4 of the colby cheese for the topping.

In a large bowl combine all of the hash brown ingredients except the reserved cheese; mix well.  Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle the reserved cheese evenly over the hash browns.  Bake 45 minutes or until hash browns are tender.

It seems we just get a handle on one world crisis than another one unfolds.  This time the invasion of Ukraine.  The World Central Kitchen founded by Chef Jose Andres is on the ground in Ukraine and in nearby border towns feeding thousands of people since the crisis started.  A big thank you to this wonderful humanitarian and his workers.  For more information see this article on World Central Kitchen in Ukraine.

Below is a photo of a small hawk that was in my backyard a couple of weeks ago.






Grape Jelly Meatballs

These easy and delicious Grape Jelly Meatballs are a perfect appetizer for game day.  They are also great served with rice as a main dish.  I made the ones in this post for today’s Super Bowl Sunday game.

You only need three simple ingredients to make this delicious appetizer: grape jelly, chili sauce, and frozen cooked meatballs.  I used the Cooked Perfect brand of meatballs.  They are flame broiled and bite size and taste homemade.

Some recipes use BBQ sauce or ketchup instead of the chile sauce, but I prefer the flavor of the chili sauce.  I used the Heinz brand but you can use your favorite brand.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 jar (18 ounces) grape jelly
1 bottle (12 ounce) Heinz Chili Sauce
32 ounces frozen fully cooked meatballs such as Cooked Perfect Homestyle Meatballs

In a small bowl, combine the grape jelly and chili sauce.  Set aside.  Place the frozen meatballs in the slow cooker.  Add the grape jelly and chili sauce mixture.  Stir until the meatballs are coated in the grape jelly and chili sauce mixture.

Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring halfway through cooking.  Serve as an appetizer or over rice as a main dish.  Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.

I’m not a fan of football, but I do enjoy the food we make and entertainment for the Super Bowl games.  One of the entertainers this year Is rapper Eminem (Marshall Mathers) a Detroit native and star of the movie, “8Mile”.  The rest of the entertainment lineup sounds great also.

While it will be hot where the big game will be played, that is not the case here in West Michigan.  The current temperature here is 19°F with a lot of snow still on the ground.

Below is a photo of a squirrel that comes around almost daily looking for peanuts.


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