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. 


Lowcountry Boil

By Heather Solos | May 23, 2014

It’s Memorial Day weekend in the US. Spend time with your loved ones and remember those who sacrificed so we could spend this time together. The recipe below is a classic great for get-togethers with the framily [sic]. Heather says: Making Low Country Boil is a time honored tradition in the South. Remember how leery…

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe: Fearless Friday

By Heather Solos | May 22, 2009

Heather says: My husband is always asking for chicken pot pie and I realized my avoidance is part of some bizarre personal boundary. (It has to do with the amount of work for a meal in relation to my own general enjoyment). So, both today and next week’s Fearless Friday are about me getting over…

Shrimp etouffee

Shrimp Étouffée

By Heather Solos | April 14, 2010

Heather says: This recipe appears complicated, but comes together a lot faster than the explanation and I should note that I screwed up and omitted half the beer and still had fantastic, oh my goodness, I need to make this again results. In fact our babysitter asked to move in with us, just to have…

Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup

By Heather Solos | January 5, 2010

Heather says: As part of our attempt to eat more seasonally, we’re also trying new -to us anyway- vegetables. I know leeks aren’t at all uncommon and taste-wise they are simply a milder green onion, it was just nothing I’ve ever had much reason to experiment with. This soup has a flavor that suggests there…

No Tomato Chili Recipe

Sue Polinsky’s No Tomato Chili Recipe

By Heather Solos | December 22, 2011

Heather says: When it comes to chili, I’m not picky, really. There have been very few chili recipes I’ve met that I haven’t enjoyed. That said, I know how some of you feel about chili, there are those who feel it isn’t chili if it contains: [insert ingredient here]. I’m just happy when you share…

How to Roast Chicken

By Heather Solos | March 16, 2007

Heather says: Here at Home Ec 101 we get a lot of questions on how to stretch those grocery dollars. One of my personal favorites is to buy a whole chicken. You can get a lot of bang for your buck with one of these, just make sure you don’t buy one injected with anything…

Thai Lettuce Wraps with Satay Pork Strips

By Heather Solos | February 3, 2012

Skip to the Thai Lettuce Wrap Recipe Heather says: I have another recipe from the National Pork Board and Publix to share with you and I have to say that these Thai Lettuce Wraps with Satay Pork Strips were worth EVERY single bit of hassle I put up with to make them. Have you ever…


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…

Roast Beef

By Heather Solos | October 16, 2007

Heather says: Many novice cooks are intimidated by beef roasts and opinions vary widely as to which cooking method should be used. Two of the more popular schools of thought are the initial high heat blast and the low and slow method. Regardless of the method you choose, always use a meat thermometer to prevent…

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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