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Skillet Burgers with Tomato Gravy

The Recipe: Throw out the bum! Oh wait, not the bum, the "bun" – the burger bun, that is. These burgers are cooked right in the skillet in a bed of "tomato gravy" that's become my answer to homemade marinara sauce. (Yep! You can even skip making the gravy and just use your favorite jarred marinara sauce.) The Conversation: What's your supper saver? This one's a man-pleaser and so yeah, okay, a woman-pleaser too. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~


Supper Savers.Is that what you call the dishes that you can make – in a flash – almost without thinking, with always-on-hand pantry ingredients?Most of my Supper Saver recipes start with eggs. “One of us” (that would be me) could eat eggs for supper one night after the next but the “other of us” (that would be him) sees it otherwise.So with a freezer full of beef – paid-for if not free protein – I’m collecting recipes to have at the ready when energy and ambition run low just before supper.The first time “we” (that…

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

The Recipe: Seeing pumpkin everywhere you turn? It's that time of year! Here's a great way to make spur-of-the-moment Pumpkin Spice Lattes with hand-mixed Pumpkin Pie Spice (my recipe includes cardamom), a frothy pumpkin-y "coffee creamer" and strong coffee. Weight Watchers, you're going to love this one, so good, just 110 calories and 3 PointsPlus! The Conversation: Meet Christina Lane of the St. Louis food blog, Dessert for Two! So the first time I met Christina Lane, we met up in a local coffee shop. She'd be the one, she forewarned, who looks "about twelve". And she almost does – cute as a button, as they say! But in fact, Christina is a real-live grown-up with big ambition, a cookbook deal and an eye for food photography.She also has a compelling blog concept, Dessert for Two, small-scale, miniature versions of favorite (and soon-to-be-favorite) sweets. Within minutes of our first sips of coffee, I knew I'd be sending A Veggie Venture and Ki…