Month: June 2014

Amazing Salsa Queso ((lentil)) Burritos, prepare to be shocked!

Amazing Salsa Queso ((lentil)) Burritos, prepare to be shocked!

I love lentils – they can take on any flavor profile perfectly. They can be served cold or warm. They are simple to prepare, inexpensive, heart healthy, vitamin rich & filling. The key to working with lentils is to  pay attention to the texture changes […]

Open-face Salami Melts

Open-face Salami Melts

Nothing takes me back to 1985 faster than the first bite of a salami melt ((well, maybe watching Back to the Future, or the Cosby Show, to The Neverending Story, or ‘you take the good, you take the bad – you take them both and […]

Tip of the Week!

Tip of the Week!

I decided to share this particular tip while I was preparing the Chard Roll recipe I shared earlier this week. I chopped and chopped and chopped in order to make the chard roll filling and the deliciously simple garden- veggie tomato sauce. Several times, throughout the process, I thought to myself “this is so handy – I am glad Rachel Ray shared this idea on her show…It’s so simple…it should be the Tip of the Week!” (more…)

Recipe Review ((AND RECIPE!!)): Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cook’s Country Magazine

Recipe Review ((AND RECIPE!!)): Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cook’s Country Magazine

I love Cook’s Illustrated & Cook’s Country magazines! I always look forward to studying the newest issue! Each one is packed full of tested & perfected recipes, handy, time ((and $$$)) saving tips & one of my favorites parts: food and equipment reviews. It is […]

Stuffed Rainbow Chard Rolls with a Simple Garden Veggie & Tomato Sauce ((with a BONUS extra meal))

Stuffed Rainbow Chard Rolls with a Simple Garden Veggie & Tomato Sauce ((with a BONUS extra meal))

One of my favorite things is to use my garden harvest in meal-making for the family. My rainbow chard has been growing like CRAZY this year… causing me to have daydreams of chard recipes. This recipe is a result of one of those daydreams!

Masa Coated “Healthi”-fried Yellow Summer Squash & Garden-fresh Parsley

Masa Coated “Healthi”-fried Yellow Summer Squash & Garden-fresh Parsley

One of my favorite summer sides is fried yellow squash. In the summer, grandpa always had an abundance of yellow summer squash & brought a sack ((or 2)) crammed full every time he & grandma came for a visit. Mom sliced it & tossed it in a seasoned flour/cornmeal mixture. Then she fried it in the skillet. I don’t think there is anything that tastes better! (more…)

Double Dutch Banana Bread ((baked in a jar))

Double Dutch Banana Bread ((baked in a jar))

I have been using the same banana bread recipe for over 20 years. One of the things mom gave me when I left home ((to get my Master’s at SMU)) was book of cooking instructions, tips and simple recipes. I still have it — somewhere, […]

Tip of the Week!!!

Tip of the Week!!!

Around my house, storage baggies are a key player in lunch packing. Sandwiches, grapes & chips – they work perfectly ((as I am sure you know!!)). I can’t get along without them – I have tried reusable pouches and all different systems & sizes of plastic […]

We are under attack – Red Spider Mite Invasion of 2014! (a how to for battling against these pesky critters)

We are under attack – Red Spider Mite Invasion of 2014! (a how to for battling against these pesky critters)

To Whom It Should Concern:

I will not tolerate your invasion and destruction of all things green and bean like. You took my beautiful, perfect & flourishing beans plants & in a flash — turned them into shriveled, spotted, crisp, diseased plants. What was once a utopia of green beans – where hundreds (both large and small) once lived peaceably, you quietly & systematically wagged war. Leaves have fallen, beans have turned yellow & dropped — all for what?? A little plant nectar???  (more…)

Thyme Blossom-Brined, Chinese Five Spice & Buttermilk Deep Fried Chicken

Thyme Blossom-Brined, Chinese Five Spice & Buttermilk Deep Fried Chicken

About 3 weeks ago, hubby hinted at his Father’s Day wish list. It was short – very short. He said, “you know what I want for Father’s Day??” Now, at this point, my ears perked! I have a hard time coming up with gift ideas […]

Dad’s Favorite Macaroni Salad ((Just in time for Father’s Day!!))

Dad’s Favorite Macaroni Salad ((Just in time for Father’s Day!!))

Every time I think of this macaroni salad, a scene plays over in my mind. It isn’t an exciting scene, nor is it monumental in forming me into who I am today. But it is still quietly and comfortingly present every single time I recall this […]

Tip of the Week!! ((100th post & a giveaway!!))

Tip of the Week!! ((100th post & a giveaway!!))

This week’s Tip of the Week is also my 100th post!! To celebrate this achievement, I am giving away a set of 3 handmade, crocheted dish clothes. These dish clothes are cute but also get the “job done” better than any others I have found. They are a bit thicker & textured in such a way to really combat messes and grime! I hope the winner appreciates them as much as I do! In order to be entered in this giveaway, (more…)


 
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