Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp from Dinner: A Love Story

I've had this recipe flagged since I bought the book Dinner: A Love Story and I finally got around to making it. These shrimp are delicious!  The combination of spices was intriguing to me: smoked paprika, cumin, curry powder, cayenne and a pinch of … [Read More...]

cornbread salad from a gracious plenty

Cornbread Salad from A Gracious Plenty

I heard about this cookbook on the Chowhound home cooking board. (Warning: This board can do serious damage to your cookbook budget!)  Even though it didn't win the "cookbook of the month" (where everyone cooks and reviews recipes from the same … [Read More...]

apple walnut cake

Mom’s Apple Walnut Cake

I have this recipe on an old recipe card in my Mom's handwriting.  I used to make it when the girls were little and our apple trees were bursting with fruit...then somehow I didn't make it anymore. I ran across it the other day and had just picked … [Read More...]

zucchini and rice tart

Lidia’s Zucchini and Rice Tart

My niece is coming for dinner tonight and I thought it would be fun to have something to nibble on while I'm fixing dinner.  I saw this zucchini and rice tart and thought it sounded good and would taste fine the next day so I made it last night. I … [Read More...]

Random Lessons

Fun Activities for the Kids

Okay, it’s not “cooking” per se but it is mixing up ingredients. I’m guessing lots of you have kids home from school and are looking for some fun and cheap activities. My own girls are past the ages for these recipes but I remember they had fun with them when they were little! Bubbles Finger […]

Menu: Pork Chops, Applesauce, Spinach and Baked Potatoes

No cookbooks to credit with this dinner tonight. Definitely one I can do in my sleep almost! In order of cooking: Baked potatoes Scrub, pierce with a fork a few times, bake on an oven rack at 350-400F depending on how much time you have and how large the potatoes are.  My medium sized ones […]

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Using Leftovers

Leftover Potatoes: Baked and Mashed

I made baked potatoes the other night for dinner but one child didn’t eat hers so I was left with an extra, which I stuck in the frig. The next morning at breakfast the same child begged for sauteed potatoes (just peeled, diced, and fried in a bit of olive oil and butter usually) but […]

Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

I often make chicken quesadillas for dinner when I have some leftover cooked chicken. The other night I had cut up a whole chicken into 10 pieces (2 wings, 2 legs, 2 thighs, and then cut each half breast in half as none of us eat a whole breast piece). Tonight, I pulled the meat […]

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