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Volunteer Spotlight: Katie

We met Katie Ritchie for the first time when we were planning our first Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser. That year, it was mostly speaking to her on the phone and having a chance to get to know her a bit when she and her children participated in the walk.

Katie and Laura at CNOY 2017

This year, when Phelps Homes made a three-year commitment to be our Presenting Sponsor (a first for Coldest Night of the Year community), Katie enthusiastically joined our Organizing Committee. With her help, we were able to arrange a couple more community launch events and garner more community support throughout West Niagara.

For the second year in a row, Katie also captained the Phelps Homes team, which raised nearly $5,000 toward our $60,000 goal.

Katie and the Phelps Team

 Volunteers like Katie make our work so much easier. Thank you, Katie, for all you’ve done to help grow Coldest Night of the Year – West Niagara toward continued success.

A Fall Dish with Summer Memories

Fall is about comfort…

fall laneThe fall season is my favourite time of year.  Not only do scarves, baggy sweaters, and boots become acceptable for every day attire, but it also means cooking easy meals that warm you from the inside out.  To go along with my favourite season, I’ve chosen to blog about trying my hand at recreating a cheeseburger casserole recipe that I found online.  Casseroles are one of my favourite meals, not only are they tasty and include everything in your fridge, but they are a dish where the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time – all you have to do is throw the ingredients in a pot and get cooking!

Buzzfeed is one of my favourite websites for everything pop culture and international news.  Once in a while, they will post a blog with seasonal or themed recipes; which is where I stumbled across this yummy idea.  The link on Buzzfeed took me to a Chungah’s cooking blog, appropriately titled Damn Delicious.  Based out of Los Angeles, Chungah offers recipes that are quick and easy to make and yummy to eat!  I chose to prepare and cook the One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole – mostly because of my love for cheese.. and burgers.. but also because the recipe gave me the opportunity to use fresh, local vegetables and meats.

Are you ready to get cookin’?

Here is what you’ll need for Damn Delicious’ One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef – I’m using ground beef from Viks Meats, our local butcher here in Grimsby.

1 oinion, dicedpic 1

Salt and ground pepper, to taste

1 (28-ounce) can of diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (8-ounce) can of tomato sauce

2 cups of chicken broth

1/4 cup of ketchup

2 teaspoons of dijon mustard

1 box of rotini pasta – I used Catelli penne and it tasted just as good! *Note: Catelli also offers gluten free pasta in all the same shapes and sizes.

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

1 Roma tomato – I used a tomato from a Sentimental Farms, a local and organic farm in Grimsby.

2 green onions, sliced

What to do:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat.  Add ground beef and onion; cook until the beef has browned (about 3-5 minutes), making sure to crumble the beef as you go along.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and drain the excess fat.
  2. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, ketchup, mustard, pasta, and add two cups of water.  Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through (about 13-16 minutes).  Even though the recipe only calls for 2 cups of water, I ended up adding about an extra cup of boiling water – the pasta wasn’t cooking very well.
  3.  Remove from heat and top with cheddar cheese.  Cover   until the cheese has melted.  Serve immediately, garnish with tomato and green onions.

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I really enjoyed this dish.  It really did taste like a cheeseburger, which gave me a chance to hang onto the remaining “summer” weather.  The recipe made enough casserole to feed a small army, so there are lots of left overs in the fridge and I have a feeling this is a dish that will taste better as the days go on.

Click here to check out the 19 other delicious and easy casserole recipes from Buzzfeed.  Enjoy!


Images courtesy of Google Images and Stephanie Fleming