Win a Holiday Cooking Gift Pack from Nakano, Holland House, and Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: mnhilburn@. Long, long ago, in a state far, far away, my friend Amy¬†agreed to do some recipe testing for my cookbook. I was so blessed to have her on my team. I also laughed a lot about how different our cupboards must look. She, a Kansas […]

Mushroom – Tarragon Dressing

Forget the boxed dressing! It’s easy to make your own. This Thanksgiving I decided to bust out of the box and make everything from scratch. I’ve slowly been making this transition over the years. But, I have always relied on Mrs. Cubbison’s boxed stuffing mix. This year I broke with tradition and made my own […]

Easy Marinated Chicken Without a Recipe

Easy marinated Chicken without a recipe

Creating your own marinades at home is not difficult. In fact, you can pull it off without a recipe even. We’re big on grilling around here. Lazy, sunny weekends just scream, “Fire up the barby.” But, since they are lazy, sunny weekends, I’d rather not do too much work. That’s when I just throw together […]

Quick Sunflower Seed Butter Noodle Stirfry

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Sunbutter acts as a great replacement for peanut in this quick noodle stirfry. Quick, easy, and oh-so good! This recipe is by far one of the quickest to pull together. Not only does it use up little bits of leftovers in your fridge, but it’s quick to prepare and it tastes great. As part of […]

Reusable Salad Dressing Cruet

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Reuse a vinegar bottle to create a reusable salad dressing cruet. Prevent wasted dressing by using a bottle with a shaker-type stopper. I have always been a huge fan of salads. I love the fresh, crunchy combination of flavors. For the last dozen years or so, I’ve made it a habit to make my own […]

Chef’s Salad with a Garlicky Anchovy Vinaigrette

chef's salad with garlicky anchovy vinaigrette

A typical chef’s salad boasts hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and meat on a bed of dressed greens. This garlicky anchovy vinaigrette adds some punch to the melange. Said to have been created sometime in the 1930’s, the Chef’s Salad boasts a number of topppings: hard cooked eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and meat, such as […]

Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions with Balsamic Vinegar

Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

Mushrooms and onions sauteed in a bit of oil and balsamic vinegar add punch to pizzas, grilled meats, and pastas. Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods on earth. Definitely in my top ten. Pizza? Mushrooms, please. Steak? Mushrooms, please. Pasta? Mushrooms, please. I have at least one child who shares my affinity for mushrooms. […]

Using Balsamic Vinegar to “Fix” a Sauce

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Got a sauce that needs fixing? I’ve got the answer! Balsamic vinegar saved the day and my dinner. The other day, I made my typical pot roast in the slow cooker. The house was full or good smells all day long. But, when I went to mix up the gravy, it wasn’t as flavorful as […]

Quick Salads for Busy Days

Quick Balsamic Salad

Busy days call for quick lunches. With an easy formula for pulling together a great salad, you can eat good as well as cheap. My days are fairly non-stop. If I’m paying attention, that it. Don’t get me wrong. I like to just lie around. But, folks depend on me, so I don’t take that […]

Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing

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I’ve always been a salad fiend. I would rather eat salad than dessert sometimes. My college roommate could not understand it. I don’t think I ever saw her eat anything green. Poor thing. There are so many delicious salad combinations, you never have to be bored. Ahem… Let me count the ways. Orchard Chicken Salad […]