This baked favorite is crispy, buttery, gooey, cheesy – how many ways can you say yummy?

Monterey Jack Hotdish

1 lb. hamburger

2 Tbsp. flour

1/2 cup garlic salt

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4 oz. cream cheese

10 oz. frozen broccoli, cooked and drained

2 packages of crescent roll dough

8 oz. Monterey jack cheese, sliced

1/2 cup chopped onion

3/4 tsp. salt

1-1/4 cup milk

1 beaten egg

Brown beef and onion, drain fat. Stir in flour and salts. Add milk and cream cheese. Cook until thick and smooth. Add egg. Stir in broccoli.

In a 12-inch rectangular pan or large deep-dish pie plate, unroll one package of crescent roll dough and pat down on bottom. Seal seams. Add sauce mixture. Lay sliced cheese on top. Put other package of rolls on top and seal down. Brush with milk and cut slits in the top. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Cover with foil for the first 20, loosely so it doesn't contact the rolls.

This recipe results in fall-apart tender meat and mellow, savory kraut.

Slow-cooked pork and sauerkraut

Brown pork steaks or chops (you could also use a pork roast). Put in a baking pan with sauerkraut – approx. 2 pounds to 4 pounds of meat. Pour about 1 cup of sauerkraut juice over the top. Sprinkle with caraway seeds (fennel seeds can be substituted). Cover pan with foil. Bake at 350 about 1-1/2 hours.

This variant on pork and beans is a taste of my former home state of Missouri.

Hoppin’ John

4 cans of black eyed peas

1 lb of salt pork (sliced and fried with onion first, took about 10-15 mins.)

Put the cooked salt pork in with the black eyed peas and onion and some brown sugar and simmer for about 20 mins, adding a little water if it gets dry, then add a little bit of soy sauce. (It's pretty salty, just do it to your taste.)

Every now and then, our family craves these hot dogs with a crunch.

Toastie dogs

Take an equal number of wieners and sices of white bread. Butter one side of the bread and lay on a sheet pan. Mix ketchup and mustard about 50/50 and cover the unbuttered side of the bread with the mixture. Put a wiener on top of each slice diagonally, wrap the bread around it and use about 3 toothpicks to pin the corners together. Bake at 425 for approximately 15 minutes until bread is golden brown.

This old family recipe comes out of the oven surrounded by its own gravy.

Mock Chicken Legs

Cut pork steak into 1-inch cubes and put on skewers. Season and roll in flour. Brown and put in baking dish. Dissolve chicken bouillon cube in hot water and pour over meat. Cover and bake 1-12 to 2 hours. Chicken or mushroom soup may be used instead of bouillon.

A former co-worker shared this recipe after her Facebook photo of it made me drool.

Broccoli casserole

32 oz. bag of frozen broccoli florets (thawed)

1 sautéed onion

1 cup of Mayo

1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken or any cram soup

1/3 of a block of velveeta cheese cut up

Mix everything together and put in a casserole dish. Top with either crushed ritz crackers or potato chips. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

This salad is always a hit at family reunions and potluck parties.

Italian Salad

In a large bowl, toss together 1 cauliflower (broken into florets), 1 head of broccoli (broken into florets), 1 can water chestnuts (drained), 1 large can whole black olives (drained), 8-ounce can of whole mushrooms (drained), cherry/grape tomatoes, 1 sliced red onion, 1 sliced green bell pepper, and enough Good Seasons Italian dressing to coat everything. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour and re-toss before serving.

This veggie dish makes a nice side for grilled meat.

Zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes

Slice zucchini. Chop up sun-dried tomatoes (from a jar with olive oil). Saute together. Add sliced yellow squash and onions if desired.