Category Archives: comfort food

Cooking Does Not Have to be a Chore!

Fast food and daily take out does not always have to be your ‘go-to’ option for any meal. You can cook your favorite meals and enjoy them at any time. Cooking is not a chore but an experience that you can enjoy. (more…)


Sunday Dinner: Recipe or No Recipe?

How often do you use a recipe when you cook? Me, not that often; if I’m baking then all the time. But, after cooking Sunday dinner with my mother, I realized we don’t often use a recipe.

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Sunday Dinner: BBQ Pig Feet, Baked Beans and Potato Salad

People ask me all the time about recipes for the items that I cook throughout the week. Most of the time my response is “I don’t have one.” Usually, I don’t. I just cook sometimes I experiment with spices and other times I know what the ingredients are, I just don’t know the measurements.

Growing up in the kitchen with my family, I watched my mother, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents just add stuff to the pot. As I got older I started to ask about the measurements and how much is too much to put in certain dishes. The unanimous response for family ” I don’t know, I just pour and stop when it looks like it’s enough.” That right there is trial and error. I’ve learned a lot from the people in my family and have chosen to educate those that come after me. My challenge is to take one recipe at a time and write down the measurements so my younger relatives and children (when they come) can have them.

So often we learn things just by doing them. When it comes to showing others we have to figure out a way to do because there are no accurate directions. No recipe? No problem. But what do you do when a family member or friend wants a recipe for a dish that you make? I have had to make the dish again, recording the measurements just so I can give it to them or I end up making the dish then telling them to come to pick it up. But due to my schedule lately, I don’t always have that option.

Here’s to me recording all of my recipes that don’t have measurements to them!

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There is still time to plan for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is almost here and we all know preparations for Thanksgiving dinner can be hectic. There is so much to do, in such a small time frame that things can be overwhelming. Having a plan in place helps ease the stress of the big day and helps you relax and enjoy your loved ones.

Create a menu- Having a menu planned ahead of times helps for many reasons. Knowing ahead of time what groceries you need to buy; Ideas for left overs; Knowing you’ll have enough food for everyone invited. Once you create your menu get your loved ones involved, have them bring a dish. This cuts down on what you have to cook.

Designate tasks and dishes- The holidays give us time to spend with family and friends. Make these special days count by not doing everything yourself. Make being in the kitchen a fun family event. Share responsibilities in preparing the food, setting the table, playing games with the kids, etc. If you know certain family members are good with particular tasks, use that to your advantage.

Cook/Bake/ Prepare in advance- Prepare as much as you can ahead of time. A lot time the side dishes that you are making can be made a head of time. String beans, collards greens, butternut squash, mashed potatoes even macaroni & cheese can be made the day before. this is also perfect for your cold salads, such as carrot slaw, potato salad, macaroni & tuna salad and pasta salad. Season your meats down a day or two before this way you can cook them the night before or early Thanksgiving morning. Use your time wisely so you can enjoy your day with your family.

Make use of your slow cooker/crockpot- Do you own one? You know the appliance that you haven’t used in months, the one that comes out for times such as this. Many items can be cooked in your slow cooker, it will cut down on the amount of pots and pans you use and you can serve from it. Hot dips, soups, chili, gravy, vegetables, meatballs, all can be cooked and served directly from this dish.

Hopefully these tips will help you with your planning. Remember you don’t have to do everything yourself, enjoy this time with your family.

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Taste Test Tuesday: Summer Grilling from Tastefully Simple

It’s mid-summer, cookouts are still in effect, parties are calendar and we’ve got something to help ease your mind about what to cook for dinner, your next gathering or even bring to an outing. Tastefully Simple has paired together a selection of items from the Spring-Summer line entitled ‘Summer Grilling’

Summer Grillin' Assortment

This assortment provides you with items to make your grilling adventures, tasty, exciting and will leave you wanting more. The Summer Grilling assortment includes:

* Creamy Caramel Sauce

* Vidalia Onion Dressing

* Honey Teriyaki Sauce

* Fuzzy Navel Slush Drink Mix

Each of these products are great by themselves. The sauces and dressing can be used on chicken, fish, beef or pork. The vidalia onion dressing can be used to saute vegetables or kick up your favorite potato salad recipe. Caramel sauce drizzled on ice cream, fruit or cake is a great way to end a night or or relax mid-day. Use Honey Teriyaki as a glaze over salmon, chicken or as a sauce in some stir-fry. Fuzzy Navel Slush Drink MIx can be used with or without alcohol, pairs very well with sparkling water, lemon-lime soda or sparkling cider.

There are many possibilities to Tastefully Simple’s Summer Grilling assortment. Get it while it lasts and let us know what you were able to create.

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Taste Test Tuesday: Dill Pickle Dip Mix

Happy Tuesday love bugs. So glad to have you back in the kitchen with us today. The warm weather is here and it’s time to spend our days outside. We’ve got a tangy dip mix for you.

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Here’s a dilly of a deal! Get our Dill Pickle Dip Mix FREE with your $50 order, only while supplies last. This offer is available exclusively at my parties, or you can contact me via phone or email to order. I’d love to help you make dinnertime and entertaining easy this summer!

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