FatCatMomma's Fave Fare

FatCatMomma's Favourite Fare


Check out three of my other blogs for other recipes and ideas:

Bodacious Bites

Two Chicks Make Bodacious Bites


Crunchings and Munchings

All my fave recipes! :)

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Chicken, Shrimp, Crab & Sausage Gumbo

Posted by Dawn Bissonette on November 23, 2011 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Original Recipe:


I made some substitutions so mine was slightly different but still yummy!

I had no celery so I will add that next time.

I had no file powder or Old Bay Seasoning so I used Cajun Spice.

I only used one can of crab meat.

I don't cook with salt.

AND I used mild italian sausage.

Hubby had 3 bowls and Gibby had 2! :)


Over noodles. Quite delicious! :) YAY! My first gumbo!!

Easter Dinner

Posted by Dawn Bissonette on May 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This year I had Easter Dinner at my house because Mom & Pop needed a break from all the commotion AND all the hard work!

I was exhausted afterwards because I cooked ALL day!

I made Baked Maple Ham, Slow Cooked Scalloped Potatoes au Gratin, Green Bean Casserole and Baked Rice Primavera and everyone enjoyed and had a wonderful time!



Turkey Sausage Soup

Posted by Dawn Bissonette on March 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM Comments comments (0)

We had a package of turkey sweet italian sausage in the freezer and some different bags of Europe's Best vegetable mixes and s I decided to make a nice soup for dinner.

I went searching for a recipe to start as my base and I made substitutions where I needed to and the end resul was this recipe:

  • Fill pot with water.
  • Add 2 cans of tomato paste.
  • Add 1/2 cup of salsa.
  • Add one bag of Europe's Best Nature's Balance vegetables (or veggies you prefer).
  • Bring all to a boil...THEN...
  • Cut sausage into medallions and brown in fry pan. Add to pot.
  • Add one cup of uncooked pasta (elbows or shells).
  • Cook till pasta softens. Serve.
Try it and let me know if it is something you liked! 
I'm not a fan of either spinach or asparagus which are both in that bag of veggies but even I have to admit the soup is delicious and good for you! ;)


Posted by Dawn Bissonette on February 19, 2011 at 12:19 AM Comments comments (1)

In honour of Walter Gibson's (John Cusack) essay "How to Eat Pizza Without Burning the Roof of Your Mouth" from the movie "The Sure Thing"-STILL one of my fave movies ever and truly the reason I fell head over heels in love with John Cusack, PERIOD! :) I have decided to write a blog post about...you guessed it! PIZZA!!! lol

So...I'm gonna discuss all OUR fave pizzas including toppings and see if I can't make you feel HUNGRY afterwards! lol

First of all, we live in a small town so the pizzerias here are usually franchise stores like 241 Pizza, Pizaville, or Pizza Pizza. We don't like ALL of them but, we do enjoy some of them.

The best pizza in town comes from Bill's Pizza because it is homemade, filling and delicious!

Just recently we got a Boston Pizza's and we really enjoy their pizza's as well!

We generally will choose the same pizzas or flavour blends from any of these stores but certain places also make gourmet pizzas or different flavours that we also enjoy. ANY of these with extra cheese sometimes can change the texture also and make an even more enjoyable pizza experience! ;)

So usually we will choose:

#1. pepperoni, mushrooms and green peppers

#2. bacon, gr. beef, and cheddar

#3. hot italian sausage, green olives, and hot peppers

#4. bacon, ham, and pineapple or black olives instead of pineapple

#5. gr. beef, bacon and ham

OCCASIONALLY we'll order a gourmet pizza:

#1. Mexican: gr. beef, onions, sliced tomatoes, jalapenos

#2. Canadian: Bacon, Pepperoni, Mushrooms

#3. Meat Lover's: sausage, ham, gr. beef, bacon, pepperoni

#4. Cheeseburger: bacon, gr. beef, cheddar and mozza cheese

#5. Hawaiian: ham, bacon, pineapple

FROM our fave pizza place Bill's we will order:

bacon, ham, mushrooms, green peppers, pepperoni. and green olives (basically this is our "the works")

AND now, from Boston Pizza we have so many other choices!

We have tried their:

#1. The Pepper: spicy chili pepper sauce, mozza, cheddar, red and green banana peppers, and taco beef

#2. The Spicy Perogy: sour cream, smoky bacon, cactus cut potatoes, mozza and cheddar, and green onion

#3. Bacon Double Cheeseburger: pizza sauce, mozza and cheddar, seasoned gr. beef, smoky bacon, onion, and mushrooms

AND I think once we ordered our usual type of pizza as well. No matter what we do love the Boston Pizza food!

Once in awhile it is really fun to put as many ingredients on the pizza as we can afford to pay for! lol

Sometimes, we even get bored and create something different than the norm entirely. No matter what we do pizza has always been, and will always be one of our favourite foods ever!!

MY absolute fave pizza is hawaiian but hubby and kid don't like it so I have to have a fit once in a blue moon to actually get one...or maybe get them to agree on panzerottis instead! (then I get what I want in it! lol)

Close second to that tho is some kind of pizza with mushrooms and bacon and various other things depending on my mood as well as either exta OR double cheese.

I will pay for eating this much of a pizza so I won't do it often but there is nothing else in the world like one!

Are you hungry yet? I'm not! I already had mine...hence the reason I have pizza on the brain! lmao

It was very tasty...you should go get some too...NOW!! ;) :)

Living Without Goodies

Posted by Dawn Bissonette on January 28, 2011 at 1:49 AM Comments comments (0)

Living without all the edible goodies in this world is sad.

When you have health issues like me it is better to do all that you can to make it easier for the body to do it's job and therefore when Drs., nurses and dieticians tell you not to eat all the things they tell you not to eat, you don't eat all those things.

At LEAST you try not to eat them on a regular basis!

But, I cannot give up everything for always.

That would make life unbearable.

Even tho sometimes eating what I LOVE can be hurtful and I can pay for a whole DAY afterwards, to me it is worth it.

A life without some of the pleasures you need, whether guilty ones or not, is NO life at all.

SO...instead of being excessive I try for the most part to be GOOD and then occasionally treat myself to something I want or enjoy!

THAT IS a compromise that I CAN live with!

So...since I cannot enjoy these things OFTEN I have decided to share them so other people may find some joy from them! lol

In that way I haven't just given things up but passed them on for others to use.

So it doesn't feel a waste but just a letting go of, a passing it on kind of thing.  

I'm ok with that.

I have a lot of good recipes to share!

You can also find recipes in two of my other blogs as well and I'm sure sometimes they will overlap but, there is a method to my madness!!

Crunchings and Munchings is the blog where I keep meal plans and ideas for my restricted diet.  It is meant to HELP me keep on track!

Burgers, Boys & BEER is the blog where I post about family & friend get togethers and all the party food we share when we do get together! (Sometimes healthy snacks, and sometimes NOT so healthy...BUT always good!!)

AND FatCatMomma's Fave Fare is HERE where I'll post anything and everything I have enjoyed eating throughout the years and some things I haven't tried yet but would like to.  Hopefully from one of these blogs you'll find something *NEW* to try at least once! AND enjoy! :)

All the Goodies

Posted by Dawn Bissonette on January 28, 2011 at 1:36 AM Comments comments (0)

This blog is for me to share all the goodies, meals, recipes and things that I LOVE but am not really SUPPOSED to have, and all the new things I find that I'd like to TRY!

So even if I can't always enjoy these things anymore (because of my health) I CAN and will surely enjoy, sharing them with YOU!! ;)