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December 8, 2019

We are fond of ham!! Also fans of ham glazes or toppings. I always top my ham steaks with something interesting, some favorites being apricot or peach jam, or a honey mustard.  I like jam, but I also like to make my own spread/toppings when time permits. I do not use pectin, only fruits and some sugar, and cook it down until it thickens to my liking. This procedure makes for a softer product which we prefer, even spooned on our toast, biscuits, English muff...

November 30, 2019

We've all or at least a lot of us have had the cream cheese with pickles and chip beef spread, and believe me I love it scrambled in my eggs or even on my baked potato, don't knock it till you try it!! Bottom line I am a fan of cream cheese plain and simple. So anytime I have a condiment or two left over I "cream cheese it" as I like to say. Today was no exception and in the process I got rid of two more leftover items, a win win as they say!!

There are all...

November 29, 2019

Oven 350 or 375 or freeze!

For some reason in our house leftovers always seem to end up being turkey, stuffing, mashed potato and gravy! the sides and desserts have long disappeared! But that is fine with us because then I whip up my simple casserole we all love. Sometimes I make small ones in the little mini foil pans (unbaked) (see photo) for the freezer for another time. Sometimes I have the casserole the next day for a change of pace, and sometimes I mak...

November 25, 2019

Everyone has their own cranberry sauce recipe, handed down through the family or not. It is one of the easiest of the holiday items to make, so even new cooks can do it....

My favorite recipe I use from year to year has maple syrup in it, as we buy local for our honeys and our maple syrups to support small businesses whenever we possibly can. 

Check out sometime the great healthy things in your local syrup and honey versus white sugars, at least if you need a...

November 19, 2019

375 oven

Time 50-60 minutes

Almost everyone will be having squash of some kind at thanksgiving, it is after all, one of the favorite sides, along beside green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole, and all the other fixings for the holiday. Today more and more of us are roasting off our veggies in place of water boiling, or simmering, where all the vitamins cook out into the water, or so they say. Today I roasted butternut squash cubes with onions and a l...

November 14, 2019

Cornbread/johnnycake is a favorite in our family, one thing all of us liked through the years, even my picky eaters. We all have used the little corn muffin mix box for cornbread through the years, or should have.  They were quick, simple and cheap, in fact they still are very reasonable, and as far as I am concerned still used by me today. All that know me know I am not a great baker, and any help I can get is most welcome, however I am a cook who believes...

November 8, 2019

Oven 375, Time 1 to 1 1/4 hours

Every now and then a light bulb goes off and a new idea pops in my head, this was one of those moments. I was craving my fav mac and cheese with roasted red peppers and artichokes, basic mac and cheese is ok, but to me, what you add into it keeps it from being well, basic!! However, this idea/recipe works well with any and all mac and cheese recipes of your choice. Would probably not do it with cauliflower mac and cheese howev...

November 5, 2019

It's that time of year again, albeit a little later then usual that I will be popping in and out with a blog recipe. Please note my recipes are not detailed with videos, extra photos, or advertisements. I am a simple blogger, short and to the point, my motto has always been simple is as simple does.  If you are looking for something more informative, my blog is probably not for you! I have tips that I have learned through the years, all on my own, some have...

April 19, 2019

Please note: this will be my last post of the season. We are now starting our busy summer schedule. I hope everyone has a happy Easter and a wonderful summer. If all goes well will see you in the fall!!

If you cooked a ham for Easter or even if you didn't, this recipe might appeal to you and your family, it does to mine.  These can be eaten as is, dipped in something, used on a bun or biscuit, topped with an egg, and the list goes on and on. Some of our favo...

April 14, 2019

Many, many, many years ago I admitted defeat on making from scratch dough anything, breads, biscuits, pie crusts, you name it.  Even now, I have problems always with the ready made biscuit dough mix you can buy in the store. Today, for instance, after following closely or so I thought the simple instructions, my biscuit dough stuck to my chopping block/board, to my fingers, to my biscuit cutter, and I even had some on the floor, how the heck did that even h...

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