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Learning To Cook From Scratch

I ended my self-imposed “Cooking From Scratch Experiment” this weekend…and what an experience!  It was so much fun thinking “outside the box” in terms of food for my family.  I am a firm believer in eating real food – not processed and full of chemicals, additives and preservatives.  I also think it’s very important to teach my … Continue reading

Spinach, Rice and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

Spinach, Rice and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

People either love or hate meatloaf.  I think it’s because a good meatloaf is hard to find – so many are dry and flavorless.  This is my standard recipe  – with the addition of spinach, rice and cheese.  You can use any cheese you like – it’s also nice with sautéed mushrooms in place of the spinach.  … Continue reading

Aglio Olio – Pasta With Olive Oil and Garlic

Aglio Olio – Pasta With Olive Oil and Garlic

If you have ever had a day go by so fast you didn’t even have time to prep dinner, then this might be the meal for you.  It’s a great as a simple supper, paired with a green salad and fresh sliced tomatoes.  You can also add shrimp or chicken – even chopped tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.  It’s extremely … Continue reading

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are a tradition in my house.  I make them every holiday morning, but I also make them at least once or twice a month.  Last Christmas, I didn’t make them – I tried out some new recipes instead.  I thought that they weren’t special because I make them all the time.  My children thought differently.  They were really … Continue reading

Sunday Pasta Sauce and Meatballs

Sunday Pasta Sauce and Meatballs

Growing up, Sunday was always pasta day.  My father would start his sauce on Saturday – giving it the day to simmer and develop its flavors. The only thing that ever changed was the type of pasta he served.  Sometimes ravioli or cavatelli (my personal favorite) – all made by my grandmother.  Other times it was just really good quality boxed … Continue reading

Grilled Spice Rubbed Chicken

Grilled Spice Rubbed Chicken

This is also known here in Western PA as “Beer Can Chicken”.  It is by far my favorite way to cook chicken on the grill.  There isn’t anything better than smoky, spicy, crispy skin and juicy, tender meat underneath.  Very yummy!  I used to buy a pre-made spice rub….but it costs $4.99 per jar (about 1/2 cup).  So my … Continue reading

Simple Baked Apple Butter

Simple Baked Apple Butter

Since today is the first day of my self-imposed “Cooking From Scratch Experiment”, I thought I would share with one of the things we spread on all the toast we eat.  I made these up for Christmas last year as gifts – along with a Caramel Pear Butter and a Banana Butter.  Thankfully I had … Continue reading

Anise Pizzelles

Anise Pizzelles

My grandmother always had pizzelles on hand just in case she “got company”.  Lucky for me, she always had a few set aside for me.  This is her recipe.  Feel free to substitute other flavorings such as vanilla or lemon.  She preferred anise, so that is how I make them for my kids. Anise Pizzelles … Continue reading

Super Easy, Super Fast Cooking – Omelet In A Cup

I love eggs…and cheese…and bacon…and sometimes vegetables!  But I don’t always want to get involved with cooking a major breakfast early in the morning.  This is a super easy way to have eggs for breakfast (also for dinner or a snack).  My older kids customize this according to whatever leftovers I have sitting in the fridge.  … Continue reading

Cooking From Scratch Experiment – Part 2

  I have been thinking a lot about my experiment that starts next week (see here).  I decided I would need some “rules” to follow – otherwise I would go completely crazy at the grocery store, which would totally defeat the purpose of saving money cooking from scratch.  So here is what I came up … Continue reading

Freezer Cooking – Beef Enchiladas

  Today was a busy day spent spring cleaning.  Realizing that dinner time was right around the corner I started to panic!  Then I remembered that 2 weeks ago I made a double batch of beef enchiladas, 1 for supper and the other went into the deep freeze.  I was saved!  I really have to … Continue reading

Bacon and Maple Waffles

  My 2-year-old is a waffle fanatic.  She asks for them everyday, so usually I make up a double batch and keep them in the freezer.  To thaw, I just place a frozen waffle in the toaster and we are good to go.  Today I decided (there weren’t any left in the freezer) to try … Continue reading