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. 


Fisherman’s Pie

By Heather Solos | February 23, 2008

Heather says: I’m not going to lie. The original name for this classic turns my stomach. There is something about the idea of “fish pie” that brings up all sorts of unspeakable concoctions, rather than the simple and classic combination of fish, vegetables, and mashed potatoes. This makes for a simple meal of comforting flavors…

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…

Pot Roast: Back to Basics

By Heather Solos | February 21, 2008

Heather says: Pot roasting beef is a great way to get a tender dish from a fairly tough cut of meat. Pot roast typically refers to tougher cuts of beef: chuck, rump, or brisket cooked by braising. Braising simply means a wet, slow cook. Slow cookers and Crock-Pots® work well for this type of cooking,…

Butternut Squash, Poblano, and Bacon Skillet

By Heather Solos | June 30, 2015

Heather says I admit it, I fell off the menu planning wagon last week, the produce piled up, and around time to make dinner I stared into the depths of the refrigerator trying to pair flavors. Finally I turned to Google and found an Emeril Lagasse recipe that looked like a good starting place. The following is…

Chicken Picante

By Heather Solos | March 11, 2008

Heather says: Way back, a hundred years ago, I used to work for a Spanish restaurant. Yes, Spanish as in Spain. One of our top selling lunch dishes was very simple and not exactly Spanish, it was a variation on fettuccine Alfredo with chicken and sweet peppers. My husband requested this dish so often that…

Homemade Pasta – Fettuccine Noodles from Scratch

By Heather Solos | August 13, 2014

Heather says: Here is an updated recipe for making fettuccine noodles from scratch. I should do this again very, very soon. Or maybe I shouldn’t look at this when I’m hungry. Homemade Noodles A (Very)Basic Tutorial It won’t be long before someone whose traditional, Italian grandmother taught them how to make noodles chimes in and…

Easy salmon recipe that will have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Dilled Salmon Recipe

By Heather Solos | March 29, 2008

Heather says: I have updated this dilled salmon from an old baked salmon recipe that used mayonnaise.  Those who know how much I dislike mayonnaise are not the least bit surprised.  Fish is much more delicate than chicken, pork, or beef.  I will not be giving a specific cook time as oven temperatures vary and…

Collard greens, bell peppers, Italian sausage

Collard Greens, Sausage, Peppers, and Onions – A One Dish, Gluten Free Meal

By Heather Solos | August 10, 2012

Heather says: You have seen one of my favorite recipes Sausage, Peppers, and Onions, right? This simple variation is great for those nights when you need something lower carb, have gluten free guests, or simply want to incorporate more cruciferous vegetables into your diet. You can substitute any of your favorite greens, cut into shreds,…

New England Clam Chowder

By Heather Solos | April 21, 2009

Heather says: Sometimes canned soup is good enough, but once you have had the real deal, it’s hard to go back. Try topping this basic clam chowder with a sprinkling of Old Bay Seasoning and a small handful of sliced green onions. This recipe is a good example of how simple a New England clam…

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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