Our Backyard Vegetable Garden, The Fun and The Challenges

Its summer and time to reap the benefits of our backyard vegetable garden. Actually, I need to clarify this statement. It is really Harold’s garden. And it is in our side yard. Harold, my husband, does most of the work when it comes to planting and weeding. When it comes to harvesting the produce I…


Chicken Enchiladas With White Sauce

Do you get hungry for Mexican food but just don’t feel like going out?  Make these chicken enchiladas with white sauce and satisfy your craving without having to leave the house.  This recipe is so easy and you will have them on the table in no time. Several years ago a co-worker was telling me…


Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

When I first made this recipe, my children were small and I was not working outside the home. It was a great meal and cheap too.  The recipe consisted of 3 ingredients and the mashed potatoes were served on the side of what I called this meal  “poor man’s stew”. In recent years, I have…


What’s The Big Deal About Pressure Cooking?

What is the rave about regarding pressure cooking? Pressure cookers have been around for a long time. My mother-in-law used her stove top pressure cooker quite often, especially when cooking family dinners on Sunday.  I do have to admit that the stove top version of pressure cookers scared me. I had heard the nightmare stories…


Potato Salad, A Family Reunion Favorite!

It’s that time of year! Family Reunions, summer picnics, and cookouts. And one of the staples? Potato salad! Have you ever went to a family reunion and found several bowls of potato salad on the table? And I bet they were most likely made by different members of the family. Everyone has their own version…


Kitchen Basics, To Make Your Kitchen Experiences Easier!

Kitchen basics. Everything you need to know when stocking and maintaining your kitchen. When I first married I didn’t realize all the things I needed. I was a naive 17-year old, and my friends had given me a bridal shower, but it was all Tupperware. I’m not even sure Tupperware is still around. I had…


Easy Homemade Pierogies Recipe

I love pierogies. I believe that I first learned about them when the Schwan truck used to come around. They were listed in the Schwan catalog. Hmm, pasta filled with mashed potatoes and cheese. The picture of them looked like ravioli but was a half moon shaped. I love pasta and I have to admit…


60 Cooking Terms Commonly Used In Recipes

Sometimes reading a recipe can be confusing especially if you don’t know what some cooking terms mean. I was following a recipe for beef stew a couple years ago. One of the steps was to dredge the stew meat in flour. What? Honestly, I didn’t know what that meant. For some reason the picture of…


Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe

When cravings start you just have to follow them. That is one of my biggest downfalls. I get “hungry” for a certain meal and off to the grocery store I go. I do not plan my meals ahead. Sure as I do, the cravings will kick in and the planned meal is in the dust….


The Size of a Baking Pan-Yes it Really Matters!

Is your cake not getting done? Or is it too thin and burning? Then you are most likely using the wrong size baking pan. When baking, you need to use the size of the baking pan the recipe calls for to get the best results. Recipes are carefully calculated as to yield (produce, and changing…


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