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Sep 30, 2014

A German Style Pork Hock Bake-Off

It may seem surprising to have a German Style Pork Hock recipe in a blog focused on healthy living.  But as you may have heard, fat is becoming less worrisome–if it comes from a healthier source, of course.  This whole adventure started out of my mission to eat local.  Last fall when I order local pastured pork for my freezer, … Continue reading

marson-jar-salad-cookbook

Aug 16, 2014

Bored with Bag Lunch? Mason Jar Salads Review & Giveaway

The Mason Jar Salads book arrived just in time.  You see for the past couple months, my kids have had summer jobs that extend over meals.   Early shift means bag lunch.  Late shift, dinner.  Snag a double shift, brown bag both.  I can’t begin to tell you how old PB&J has gotten.  

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Aug 12, 2014

10 Minute Herbed Tilapia (or Any Whitefish)

Good, easy, food.  It can be the subject of awe and guilt–at the same time.  As in (she frowns to herself) “What do you mean you don’t have time for a complex dinner–you cooked from scratch when you worked full time.”   This recipe for easy herbed tilapia is as tasty as a big complex dish–and it’s also healthy and efficient.   … Continue reading

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Jul 30, 2014

Salisbury Steak and Cooking with Mom

I learned something new last week.  It’s always fun to cook with Mom–even when you are all grown up (and then some!).  A couple weeks ago, we had three generations “up north” and I asked my Mom to pass along one of her recipes–for Salisbury Steak, an old family favorite.  Salisbury Steak is a patty made from seasoned ground beef … Continue reading

Bite of Peach Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Jul 25, 2014

Peach Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

You gotta love it when a single recipe meets three different requirements.  Quick and easy.  Liked by picky kids.  Finishes food on hand. Check, check, check again.  My kids, never known for their tolerance of “ordinary” food, have been getting seriously tired of me cleaning out last winter’s pork via grilled pork chops or chops with sauerkraut.  So this week … Continue reading

Open faced sandwiches

Jun 15, 2014

Open Faced Sandwiches with Homemade Garlic Aioli for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!  To celebrate we are having Open Faced Sandwiches made with Homemade Garlic Aioli.  It is a dish that is both simple and elegant–perfect for a casual summer party or light supper–just add a salad.  Even easier than grilling! For those not familiar with garlic aioli, it is basically a zipped up homemade mayonnaise. According to Wikipedia, “aioli … Continue reading

Eating Southwest Chicken Burgers

Jun 4, 2014

5 Easy Ways to Dress Up a Chicken Burger

Don’t you love the summer grilling season?  Even if I am making burgers on the stove, I appreciate the casual atmosphere!  Yesterday, to make things even more fun, I experimented with some different ways to liven up a grilled chicken sandwich. This post was inspired by Gold ‘n Plump who just sent me samples of their new chicken patties.  In … Continue reading

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May 16, 2014

Southwest Lasagna

Isn’t it fun to have friends who cook?  For me, this includes one of our “up north” neighbors–and we always are excited when we get a dinner invitation!  This recipe is based on one she served us, adapted some to use things I needed to use up, so thank you Lolly! My kids always feel that other people cook “normal” … Continue reading

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May 13, 2014

How to Roast a Chicken (the Lazy Way)

Do you have days when you just want to make the easiest meal ever?  But something that still tastes  really, seriously, good.  Enter Lazy Roast Chicken. Yup, I almost feel guilty calling this a recipe. Now back when I made my very first roast chicken, I was actually scared.   I had always bought my chicken at the grocery store, … Continue reading

Flaming Steak Diane

Apr 30, 2014

Steak Diane in Mushroom Brandy Sauce

Every so often I go back and make an old classic recipe.  I believe that the classics are remembered for good reason–usually great flavor!  Luckily, at the end of my April “eat from the pantry” challenge, I had all the ingredients for Steak Diane, a steak entree with a flavorful mushroom brandy sauce, that is sometimes flamed tableside. I still … Continue reading