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February 17, 2020

Oven 375 Time: 30-40 minutes

The other day I was browsing through my blog for a recipe I wanted to use. Yes, I use it all the time, it is like my own laptop cookbook. As I was noticing the recipes that were stuffed with this or that, from mushrooms, to potatoes, to peppers, spaghetti squash, and on and on I thought, hello, the thing I eat the most stuffed, especially in the summer are zucchini, where was a recipe for that? I have stuffed zucchini with everyt...

February 11, 2020

Please note: this photo is before placing in oven, not after coming out!!

Oven 325  Time 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours

 Today I am sharing a beef and veggie recipe that comes together rather quickly and rather reasonable price wise, not a soup and not a stew!  Like always it can be a barometer for your own concoctions, or another words what you like or what you have on hand at the time, or after a shopping trip! I like to buy a nice looking chuck steak about 1 1/2 to...

February 8, 2020

We've all been there a time or two. Gone out to eat and everything on the menu just looks too good to pass up. Or maybe our eyes are bigger then our belly this time, or a special of the day catches our eye that we could not pass up, and hello, we have leftovers. Fish is one of the hardest leftovers to imagine. There are lots of variety in fish kinds/types available these days, thanks to the demand for more fish dishes for health reasons. I might also add, w...

February 6, 2020

As you know I love coconut rice and have a recipe on here for that. What you don't know is my favorite thing to eat with it is my marinated chicken chunks. Why? you ask. Simple, my marinade includes pineapple juice along with one other flavorful ingredient that I love, lite soy sauce. I generally prefer bone in, skin on chicken breasts, most of the time, flavor and moistness from bone and skin for that reason. But sometimes boneless skinless breasts can als...

February 2, 2020

Oven temp and times listed below!! Tips!!

If you follow cooking trends these days you have seen what they are calling gourmet mac and cheese recipes popping up everywhere. I do not consider myself a gourmet cook, I consider myself a what works for me today on a whim  cook. Today I was wanting one of my favorite pasta sauces I make, or another words a kicked up mac and cheese. As you know/can see from previous posts, mushrooms, cheese, spinach and pasta are u...

January 31, 2020

Oven 350 40-45 minutes

As I have mentioned before, I am envious of those who have sooo many memories and stories of cooking with mothers, fathers, and grandparents growing up. As I have also mentioned, I had no one in that category who really liked to cook, only doing it because it was necessary. My recipes are slim to none from the past, but there are a few. Today's recipe is one from my mother, from 54 years ago, right after getting married, that I found r...

January 28, 2020

Oven 375 25 minutes

If you are a shopper then you have seen all the yummy sausage choices available today. I am a hugh fan of sausages. I like the precooked flavored ones, the Italian ones, the plain ones, patties, links, blocks and so forth and so on. One of my fav ones to use is the chicken apple sausages. Today I happened to have some on hand and decided I wanted something different to do with them. Thus today's blog recipe was born. 

I am also a fan of al...

January 24, 2020

375 35-40 minutes

I love apple crisp, and once fall is here crisps start popping up everywhere, then as fall turns into winter crisps seem to disappear as other desserts such as pies, cakes and cupcakes start popping up everywhere. I, however, am not a pie fan, or a pie crust fan either. So because of that I keep making crisps all winter long. I also use all kinds of fruit combos, fresh, frozen or both combined. Crisps are not as technical to make, very forg...

January 19, 2020

I loved cauliflower long before it became so popular, recently showing up as cauliflower steaks, cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crusts and cauliflower mac and cheese (I also have a recipe on here for that, which got great reviews). To me, cheese and cauliflower is the ultimate marriage of flavors, and sundried tomatoes are another favorite of mine. No surprise I love all 3 together and this recipe is a favorite of mine. 

First a few tips on cutting the...

January 16, 2020

Nope no shrimp in my photo, just simmering flavor!! As I have said before, shrimp is my fav fish, followed by crab legs and then lobster.  Shrimp is the easiest of the three to prepare and the quickest. However, to me precooked frozen shrimp is tasteless and sometimes tough or watery, so I prefer cooking my own from scratch. Even the precooked shrimp in the fish department can be overcooked, undercooked and no flavor. Even busy people can do fresh shrimp, a...

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