My favorite childhood dish is a casserole that my mom calls 'hamburger pie.' I'm not sure where she originally got the recipe, but over the years it's evolved into an easy dish.

Dinner time when I was growing up was usually hurried. Mom worked shift work, so meal times were varied and usually she just wanted to throw something together fast.

She made 'hamburger pie' often, because she could brown ground beef, throw some canned veggies in the dish, whip up mashed potatoes to throw on top and put it in the oven.

1 pound of lean ground beef - tonight I'll be using venison

1 can of cut green beans

1 can of ranch style beans

1 can of condensed tomato soup

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

5 medium potatoes, milk, butter to prepare mashed potatoes

1. You'll want to prepare your mashed potatoes first and set them aside.

2. In a large skillet brown the ground meat and and a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper. (Sometimes I add onion powder for flavor as well.) Drain the fat from the skillet, add in your beans and stir in your tomato soup.

3. Take the mixture from the skillet and pour it into a large casserole baking dish. Then spoon the mashed potato mixture over the top. Sprinkle your cheese over the potatoes and bake, uncovered in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese starts to brown.