Chew This! Sharing Recipes

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I will be happy to help!

My newest column is all about celebrating love with recipes and memories! I love celebrating life by doing things for the ones you love, sharing memories with one another, making new memories and by swapping classic family recipes. I have known Theresa Pierce for many years now and over time have gotten to know her family as well. She is an excellent cook and the gene runs in her family. Today I am sharing not one – not two – but THREE recipes from Theresa’s family. Two from Theresa’s Grandma Mary and one from Theresa’s Mom, Grace. All of the recipes I am sharing my family and I love as well – and I hope you and your family will make these, enjoy them and pass them along! 

Also my “Ask and Answer” feature is about casseroles and sharing even more recipes! 

Pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think!

Grandma Mary’s Graham Cracker Treats

Grace’s Cap’n Crunch Treats

Grandma Mary’s Cheesy Chicken Casserole




Chew This – Cheesy Potatoes with Sausage Casserole

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday!!! I am so excited to share this FOUR generations-old recipe with all of you! It was taught to me by my Mom, Darla Doubman – and it was taught to her by her Mom (my Grandma), Deloris Bolinger – and it was in turn taught to her my her Mom (my Great Grandma), Viola Davis.

FOUR generations…

I love old recipes like this that have history, memories and stories behind them. This can be made ahead, and served when ready. Perfect for entertaining!

Cheesy Potatoes with Sausage Casserole

Cheesy Potatoes with Sausage Casserole

Can not wait to hear what you think! (



Chew This – Eggplant and Tomato Casserole

Happy Sunday! Where are you reading from? Today in Indiana looks like this…

(thanks to my friend Terri Smith for posting the photo – that way I wouldn’t have to leave the house! Ha!) 

Want something that will warm you up!? (No matter where you are) – why not try my newest “CHEW THIS!” column featured in today’s edition of “The Courier-Times”?

This recipe is PERFECT for vegetarians, make-ahead meals, “Meatless Mondays”, Lent…and more! Trust me – you will NEVER know there is eggplant in this dish – and you (or your guests) will not miss the meat…I promise!

When I first served this (to my meat loving family) I did not tell them the “secret” (eggplant) until they were finished eating. They raved and raved about how delicious the meal was…and were flabbergasted when I told them it was actually an EGGPLANT casserole.

I am so excited to be sharing this recipe with everyone! Check it out – email me and let me know what you think! (

Eggplant Casserole Blaise Doubman Chew This

Eggplant and Tomato Casserole

AND remember – TRUST ME…nobody will ever guess this is a “meatless” dish. Eggplant takes on the flavors of anything it’s cooked with, and gives the texture of meat. It is truly delicious!



Sour Cream Noodle Bake

I have heard of “Noodle Bakes” for years from my Grandma Barbra and also recently while leafing through some of my old Church cookbooks that I have bought over the years. Each and every one of them are unique to the person making them. Enter Ree Drummond (The “Pioneer Woman”) and her version of the noodle bake, which she calls her “Sour Cream Noodle Bake”. Her recipe is very much similar to one of my favorite recipes for the noodle bake, which I found in an old 1980’s Church cookbook. Is it safe to say that the 80’s was the “Generation of Casseroles”?!

A lot of people do not care for casseroles anymore – but I can not see or understand why. Casseroles can be delicious and easy to make. Let’s bring back the casserole! 

The following recipe is my version of the ever popular dish…

Sour Cream Noodle Bake Blog

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

1 pound ground beef
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
8 oz. egg noodles
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 cups grated Sharp Cheddar cheese

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking dish (I used a 9 x 13 baking dish) with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Brown ground beef in a large skillet and the drain most of the fat.

Add the can of tomato sauce to the browned ground beef along with tablespoon of fresh basil, tablespoon of fresh parsley, teaspoon of salt and teaspoon of pepper. Stir together and simmer mixture on low for about 30 minutes.

Next, cook the egg noodles until al dente. This should take about 8 minutes. Drain the noodles and set aside.

In a bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Stir together and then add teaspoon of pepper and sliced green onions to the mixture. Add this to the cooked egg noodles and stir.

When you are ready to assemble (and the pasta sauce has simmered about 30 minutes) add half the noodle mixture to the baking dish. Next, top with half the meat mixture – spread out evenly over the noodles. Then sprinkle on half the grated sharp cheddar cheese. Repeat until the final top layer is a layer of the rest of the sharp cheddar cheese.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. The cheese will be melted and the inside middle, hot.

Leftovers (if you have any) are even better the next day…