Casseroles To-Go is a brand new, very convenient, drive-thru food trailer that sits in the parking lot near the stoplight at the intersection of North Harbin and the Northwest Loop — where you can pick up breakfast, lunch or dinner for yourself or the whole family in just a sec.
Even better it’s an extension of Lori Lesley’s very popular business — Rollin’ the Dough — that has been a familiar partner with hungry families, business owners and organizations in Stephenville for about eight years.
Lesley — who also writes a regular cooking column for the E-T — explains, “Nothing will change with our Rollin’ the Dough customers. We’ll still be making great food, delivering, catering and all of the things we’ve always done. I just thought this would be a nice extension of that — something handy for people who are too tired to cook a meal after work, or just don’t want to sometimes.”
Her homemade casseroles are already prepared for you to just bake at home. No muss, no fuss — just pick it up, heat it up, and serve it up. Sweet!
And if you’re like a lot of us with kids grown out of the house and there’s just the two of you — or if you live alone— Casserole To-Go has single portions in microwaveable containers. What could be easier than that?
“This is a home-cooked alternative to grabbing a bag of burgers on the way home from work when you don’t want to cook after a long day. Nothing wrong with grabbing some fast food now and then — we all want something like that sometimes. I love to pick up tacos now and then, myself.
“But this is a different, healthier version of that — it’s fast and easy like a franchise fast-food place — but it’s quality food and once again, it’s home cooked.”
Lesley rents the space from Chris and Justin Nehring — owners of Nehring Technology, a managed IT services provider at the same location — and she raves about them.
“They’re just the greatest, most helpful people in the world. When I approached them, Justin said they’d been thinking about doing something with all this space, and when I told them what I had in mind, they thought it would be a good fit," she said.
Lesley says TSU graduate Breanne Richardson is a licensed food handler and lifelong cook and she’ll run the inside operations at Casseroles To-Go when they open this coming Wednesday.
“The menu changes every week,” Lesley says, “however I most always do king ranch chicken, chicken enchiladas, meatloaf, green chili enchiladas, chicken spaghetti, chipotle mac and cheese, enchilada pasta and pizza pasta. These are all my regulars, and I’ll throw in new ones every week.”
Here are some other things you might want to know about Casseroles To-Go:
• Fresh-baked, double-layer cake by the slice or the whole cake — and fresh-baked pies
• Breakfast casseroles: Sausage egg and cheese, hash browns, French toast
• One casserole is a family-sized meal
• Lesley sends out a weekly email containing this week’s menu choices. You can sign up at RollinTheDough2010@gmail.com
• Lesley also caters lunch meetings at offices and organizations — call well in advance, though.
You’ll find Casseroles To-Go at 1390 N. Harbin. Phone is 254-485-1314. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.