Recipes at are family favorites. The recipes are not always the most traditional version as, unless otherwise noted, they have been customized to meet the needs of a beginner to intermediate home cook. 


This recipe for garlic and brown sugar chicken is a family favorite. The chicken recipe is simple enough for a weeknight and makes a budget-friendly meal.

Chicken With Caramelized Garlic and Brown Sugar Glaze

By Heather Solos | September 30, 2009

Simple garlic and brown sugar glaze recipe for chicken parts, such as legs and thighs or a cut up chicken.


By Heather Solos | February 21, 2009

Heather says: Let’s say it together chia, like the pet, peeno. Most recipes I offer here on Home Ec 101 are budget friendly in nature. This one isn’t, unless you happen on some rocking seafood sales. According to, cioppino is believed to have evolved in the San Francisco Bay area. I became a fan…

One Baking Sheet and Dinner for 2

By Heather Solos | February 24, 2010

Heather says: Today I had the pleasure of appearing on News 4 WCIV’s Lowcountry Live, it’s a Charleston, SC area news and talk show. I was asked to demo the type of meals I’ll be teaching for Saturday’s workshop Cooking for 1 or 2, part of the You Can Do It series at the Center…

Beef Pepper Steak

By Heather Solos | December 20, 2007

Heather says: Beef pepper steak is a great meal that can be prepared in about the same amount of time it takes to make rice. It’s also flexible enough to play with. Use different colored bell peppers for variety and if you’d like, toss in extras like: bean sprouts, snow peas, or mushrooms. This meal…

Corn Chowder Recipe

By Heather Solos | January 23, 2011

Heather says: Frozen corn, potatoes, bacon, stock, and half-and-half, that’s the stuff dreams -and corn chowder- are made of. I know I should make this in June or July when sweet corn is in season, but with the heat index soaring into the triple digits, there is no way a heavy soup such as this…

Chicken Marsala

By Heather Solos | December 9, 2010

Heather says: There’s a rule of thumb when cooking dishes that involve wine: don’t use anything you wouldn’t drink. What if you don’t drink wine or what if you just don’t like the kind of wine called for in a recipe? I know if you look at my wine rack, you’ll usually only find cab,…

Pineapple Grilled Chicken

By Heather Solos | May 14, 2009

Heather says: I have friends who won’t touch bone-in chicken. I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge fan of leq quarters. What I am a fan of is any marinade that makes cheap chicken enjoyable. Short and sweet, this one does the trick. Ingredients: 10oz canned pineapple in its juice (about 1/2 a can) 1/2…

Chicken, Mushrooms, and Peppers. Oh My!

By Heather Solos | March 8, 2008

Heather says: I love this simple chicken cooked with herbs mushroom, onions, and bell pepper. Use the baking time to prepare a salad or grab a book, hide in the kitchen, and rattle some dishes every now and then for some peace. No one will know you weren’t busy the whole time. Print the grocery…

recipe for pot roast with balsamic gravy

Pot Roast with Balsamic Gravy

By Heather Solos | November 12, 2015

Heather says: This recipe is a riff on Wicked Noodle’s Chuck Roast with Balsamic and Dijon. I’m not a super huge thyme fan so I went with garlic, but you can do whatever makes you happy.   You could even do both. If you’re looking for a traditional pot roast, you can try this back…

1 Comment

  1. DarcyShaw1 on December 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Made the Beef Stew and the Beef Shoulder Roast with extra lemon and spices last weekend. Guaranteed to be a delicacy. 😛

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