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

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

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

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 […]

Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions with Balsamic Vinegar

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

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

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 […]

Deli Potato Salad

Potato Salad is one of those summer dishes that is filling without heating you up. It goes great with grilled meats, sandwiches, and salad buffet meals. And, it’s a great after-anything kind of snack. Once upon a time, our local grocery store deli served the best potato salad. Tangy, but not too sweet. And hubs […]

Win the Grill of Your Dreams

We love to grill around here. Let me count the ways. Grilled Vegetable Kabobs Orange-Ginger Chicken Grilled Tri-tip Grilled Pizza Grilled Meatloaf Tandoori Chicken Fish Tacos Ok, you get the point, right? Summertime is the ideal time to cook out. But, alas, if you don’t have a good grill — or a bad grill for […]