Homemade Chicken Stock

I don’t throw a lot of food out.  It probably has much to do with how I was raised.  I feel terrible when I throw out a moldy piece of cheese (especially if I paid quite a bit for it) or produce that is looking less than prime.  This recipe is my best attempt to…

Birthday Dinner

Today my hubby is thirty-five. That’s old, right?  It seems old.  What is worse is that I’m not that far behind.  <Shudder>  My mom reminded me tonight that in a few years, I’ll be forty.  Thanks, mom. My husband has been asking me to make beef bourguignon for several years now but I have never…

Meatless Monday – Lentil Rolls

I broke a cardinal rule tonight.  I made a separate meal for my kids.  I always swore I would never be the mom who is a short order cook, trying to make sure my kids will eat something.  Anything.  So far, in the 3 1/2 years of motherhood, my kids have done pretty darn well. …

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas

I’ve made enchiladas before but I’ve never tried one with green sauce.  You know, green from tomatillos and green chiles.  I’ve actually never tried tomatillos before but I really loved their tartness.  If you can’t find them, feel free to substitute green tomatoes.  (I actually added a few green tomatoes from my garden and it…

Flaky Buttery Biscuits

We had a Southern supper recently complete with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and a vegetable.  I had a hankering for homemade biscuits.  I am not very confident in my bread making abilities but these turned out better than I expected!  We had the leftover biscuits the next morning for breakfast with butter and honey alongside…

Skillet Lasagna

I adapted this recipe from the Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals cookbook that I recently borrowed from the library.  It has 250 recipes and most of them look really easy including this one.  I love that it is a one-pan meal although don’t be fooled, it does still make a lot of dirty dishes!:)…

Shepherd’s Pie

This dish is such a manly meal.  What’s not to love?  Meat and potatoes (and a few vegetables for good measure) in one dish?  The man in our family enjoyed second helpings.  The boy in our family wasn’t so keen but I don’t let my 3-year old dictate my meal planning.:) This recipe is adapted…

And The Winner Is…

Renee!  Thanks to all for entering the contest!  I loved hearing from all of you and I must say, y’all are adventurous eaters!  I love it! Here’s a recipe I made today for a summer lunch I made for some dear friends from Dallas who are vacationing here for the week.  We had burgers, potato…

A Food Dilemma

A couple at church had their fifth (!) baby this past week.  I volunteered to take a meal to them.  I was told they were vegetarian.  No problem, I have some vegetarian meals under my belt.  Then I found out they also don’t eat dairy.  Uh oh.  Most of my vegetarian meals involve some form…

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

This recipe comes from my all time favorite cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Family Style.  I think it was the first cookbook I ever purchased after being a newlywed and I have tried so many of Ina’s recipes with great success.  These blueberry muffins are so moist and *fluffy*.  I love the addition of the sour cream…