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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...

April 11, 2019

I love when a lightbulb goes off as the saying goes. This day was one of those days. I needed to make something fast but still yummy, with not a lot of preparation time. As I scoured my meager fridge items I spotted a container of 4 bean salad from my store deli, that included thin sliced red onions also in a nice vinaigrette dressing. Also, this particular day, I had a small piece of leftover ham steak already cooked. Next I headed to my cupboard and grabb...

April 7, 2019

Spring has sprung, sort of finally, and everyone now is looking for some nice light meals and a change of pace from winter comfort foods. I am a fan of spiralized veggies, but not doing the actual work. There are times when one is busy, and it is ok to get the prep work done for you, doesn't make you a bad person or bad cook/chef. This week when I shopped I had the choice of butternut squash spirals, sweet potato or the old stand by zucchini. Today I decide...

April 2, 2019

As I have mentioned before, my mother-in-law was a great cook and we shared many lunches together all those years ago. I would characterize her as an adventurous cook, she definitely had her likes and dislikes, and you never knew what you might get served on any given lunch, could be anything from a killer beef stew she liked to make out of porterhouse or T-bone steak leftovers and often you would see the bones right in the stew, or a butter an onion sandwi...

March 31, 2019

Are you sick of the same side dish or rice recipe and looking to change it up a bit? So was I. I love coconut rice and decided to make my own a little different and it was a huge success. Served as a side dish with pork or chicken, or alone, this rocks. It is really simple, note I have never tried it in a rice cooker, but no reason it shouldn't work I am thinking. It has a simple hint of coconut and then you think hmmm what else do I taste, could that be a...

March 27, 2019

Everyone has a basic muffin recipe, or a package mix they use/like. I like a muffin now and then but my family loves muffins. I have tweaked many a muffin recipe through the years, taken something out or added something in. Two of my favorite ingredients in the small amount of baking I actually do are shredded coconut and cinnamon. I try to add them into any recipe I can, oh and yes my homemade vanilla extract. This recipe is no different, it includes all 3...

March 24, 2019

Oven 350 Time 35-40 minutes

In our family we are fond of a good casserole now and then, especially pasta related ones, and now with all the different types of pasta from whole grain, to whole wheat, gluten free, chic pea, veggie flavored and so forth, there is never a reason not to make one once in a while, they reheat well, get better with age, and last almost a week. This recipe, however, works best with angel hair pasta another family favorite. It is simp...

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