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Home Ec 101 Burrito Bowls

Shredded Pork Burrito Bowls

Heather says We’ve been working hard to reduce our meals out. We’ve come a long way since we first started dating and I’m thrilled about that. However, we both sometimes miss items found at certain *cough* Chipotle *cough* restaurants. We’ve agreed to work on finding meals or recipes that satisfy those urges without breaking our…

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Butternut Squash Skillet

Butternut Squash, Poblano, and Bacon Skillet

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…

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Hearty Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup

Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup

Heather says: I saw some version of a sausage and kale soup floating around on Pinterest. Last week I wanted soup one night instead of whatever was planned*. The soup was so good, it became something that I had to be able to replicate. Around here, soups are made willy-let’s throw everything we want into…

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Easily Make Gluten-FrAee Chicken Gumbo

Gluten-Free Chicken Gumbo

Heather says: I am ridiculously happy. I was recently doing my weekly shopping and found Pillsbury Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix near the regular flour at Publix. It isn’t the fanciest of grocery stores, but it’s generally a step above of say Food Lion. Long story short, this gluten-free flour mix already contains xanthan gum which…

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Lasagna

Lasagna: The Company Dinner

The hearty sauce for this lasagna recipe is made from scratch and provides enough for a very large pan of lasagna. However, if you’re going to go the trouble of preparing a pan of lasagna, double the recipe and freeze one to bake at a later date. Also, don’t get overwhelmed looking at the ingredient…

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Sweet potato bacon and blue cheese risotto

Sweet Potato Risotto with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Heather says: As many of you know, I’ve moved. I now live in a house with a tiny kitchen that is more fixer-than upper. I spent the whole day working on the yard and wanted needed some serious comfort food. I’ll warn you, the kids did not approve, the blue cheese was too much for…

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Homemade noodles

Homemade Pasta – Fettuccine Noodles from Scratch

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…

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The Great Fried Egg Tutorial

How to Fry an Egg

Heather says: Today we’re covering fried eggs -as new projects to procrastinate develop- I’ll also address: scrambled eggs, omelets, frittatas, quiche, and my as yet unnamed hybrid of the three techniques that feeds my family on a busy evening when I have no interest in effort.     So what is a fried egg? Well…

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Lowcountry Boil

Lowcountry Boil

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…

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Shrimp Quesadillas

Shrimp Quesadillas

Heather says: I promise you, that if you can make grilled cheese, you’ve got these shrimp quesadillas in the bag. In our house as the weather gets warmer we find ourselves reaching for lighter and lighter fare. Shrimp quesadillas are a perfect main dish item for spring and summer. Don’t go too heavy on the cheese,…

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Make chicken wings in your oven

Chicken Wings in the Oven

Dear Home Ec 101, I am having a dinner party and I want to have chicken wings as part of the meal. How long should I bake them for to make them taste perfectly tender? Signed, Winging it in Wyndham Heather says: Actually I have a couple of answers for you depending on how you…

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Garlic and Soy Chicken Thighs

Heather says: The humble chicken thigh certainly doesn’t get as much attention as its counterpart the boneless skinless chicken breast.  In my area BSCB have been running in the neighborhood of $5 a pound on sale, which makes thighs much more attractive. This recipe is flexible, substitute low sodium soy sauce if you wish.  If…

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Gluten Free Shrimp Etouffee

Heather says: I love to have people over for dinner; opening my home and sharing my table is my favorite way to show people I care and want them to be a part of our lives. As that circle of people expands -and ages, heh- I’m finding that more and more often I have friends…

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French Onion Soup

Michele says: I’m not a fan of summer; it’s hot, sticky, and—for someone as pale as I—sunburny.  I spend most of the summer indoors, hoping for a cloudy day.  For reasons probably related to my aversion to summer, I long ago decided that August is, in fact, autumn.  And what does autumn mean?  Soup, of…

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Chicken Marsala 4

Gluten-Free Chicken Marsala

Heather says: Like many people, I love chicken marsala. If you’ve gone gluten free, no worries, you don’t have to leave chicken marsala behind. This version is a simple variation on the classic, all you need is brown rice flour (This is the one I use) to use in place of wheat. I made this…

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Tomato Pie

Heather says: Two years ago I stumbled upon the deliciousness that is tomato pie. The framework for this recipe can be credited to Paula Deen, but it has been played with enough, to call it my own. Before giving this pie a shot, make sure you have fully ripe tomatoes. I know, I know it’s…

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Ground Beef Soup

Albondigas Soup, Simplified for Weeknight Ease

Heather says: I absolutely love albondigas soup, it’s a family favorite, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy to mess with rolling the meatballs. Sometimes I just can’t bring myself to care that much. So on a whim one evening, when I had planned on making the original albondigas, I looked at it and…

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Pork and Miso Ramen

Michele says: Ramen. It’s a single word that conjures images of students and young newlyweds alike, united by their grumbling bellies and meager budgets.  Most of us have been there, done that—myself included—and if you’re anything like me, you may have also done a happy dance when you finally said sayonara to your noodle heavy…

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Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Thighs

Heather says: This recipe for balsamic marinated chicken is sort of a repeat. Why? Because sometimes you don’t want to cook a whole chicken and grab the super-value pack of chicken thighs or leg quarters when they go on sale. Like the garlic and soy chicken thighs, this recipe is simple, the only drawback is…

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Thai Inspired Beef Cabbage Skillet Recipe

Thai Inspired Beef and Cabbage Skillet

Heather says: I’d like to thank Bobbie for helping out with the name of this quick beef skillet, I was staring at it last night and drawing a blank. This ground beef cabbage skillet recipe will feed six, more if you serve over cooked rice or noodles. Feel free to play with the ingredients as…

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Easy Sausage Skillet

Italian Sausage Skillet

Heather says: I’m not the only one getting into this whole back to cooking basics idea. Over on the Home-Ec 101 Facebook Fanpage, Home Eccer Lindsey decided to play around with this week’s Simple Philly Skillet and used what she had on hand -smarty lady!- and shared the results. She shared the a whole album…

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Philly Skillet with Bell Peppers and Onions

Simple Philly Skillet

Heather says: This simple Philly skillet is another in my impromptu, unorganized, and johnny-come-lately decision to really dive into cooking basics here on Home-Ec 101. I try my best to stay out of the center aisles of the grocery store. Yes, there are some pantry basics on some aisles that I must have, but for…

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Fried Pork Chops

Pork Chops, Fried

Heather says: Fried pork chops are a quintessential Sunday Dinner and depending on the number of minions you are cooking for, they are fairly low effort. They are less touchy than fried chicken and completely company worthy, especially if it’s the kind of company that will hang out in the kitchen and talk while you…

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Chicken and Dumplings

Heather says: This recipe for chicken and rolled dumplings is my riff on the Lee Bros version which can be found in The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook. I love their recipes and while I think their idea for sweet potato dumplings sounds intriguing, I chose to go with classic rolled dumplings. Many people include shortening…

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Shrimp-Gumbo

Shrimp Gumbo Recipe, Cajun Comfort Food

Heather says: If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you probably have noticed that I have a strong affinity for Cajun and Creole food. What can I say? I live in the South and I love garlic and shrimp and when they simmer with trinity, then life, at least at supper time,…

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Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet: This simple meal is easy on the budget, simple to make and tastes great.

Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet Recipe – Hearty Winter Fare

*Edit 2/13/2015: New photo, ground pork was substituted -Heather* Bobbie says: Winter was almost ignoring us here in south central Pennsylvantia:  not too frigid and hardly any snow, and heck, I even wore shorts last week. Well, indoors, at least.  Then that stupid groundhog saw his shadow on February 2, signalling six more weeks of…

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Fancying up Meat and Potatoes

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Winter Greens and Caramelized Onions

Heather says: Here’s another recipe from the National Pork Board‘s Good and Good for You Challenge. This roast pork tenderloin with winter greens and caramelized* onions comes together quickly and would make a great weeknight meal. With a little creativity and the right sides, like this morning’s Hasselback potatoes, it’d be good for a healthy,…

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Beef Stroganoff, Gluten Free and for the Slow Cooker

Heather says: Beef stroganoff is not an attractive comfort food, which is why it has taken me nearly five years to get around to posting this slow cooker recipe. It’s not the beef stroganoff’s fault it’s unattractive and the recipe itself is quite simple; it’s just a homely dish. People on the interwebz can be…

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Gluten Free Corn Chowder

Gluten Free Corn Chowder Recipe

Heather says: Gluten free doesn’t have to be complicated. This recipe for gluten free corn chowder is almost identical to the regular corn chowder recipe on this site. Now, I changed the proportions a little bit for a thicker soup and because I was using a smaller pot. This recipe makes three quarts of a…

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Simple Autumn Skillet

Heather says: This autumn skillet recipe is a simple framework, feel free to use your imagination and modify it however you see fit. This recipe is great for a new cook who wants to become comfortable with the art of substitution. Don’t like squash, try peeled and cubed sweet potatoes, toss in some apple slices. Turnips…

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Broccoli Cheese Frittata

Broccoli Cheddar Frittata

Heather says: We consume a lot of eggs in our household, currently consisting of three adults and three children. Seriously, you can’t beat egg dishes for protein content, budget consciousness, and speed of preparation. Right now we’re hot and heavy into football season which means that breakfast (and really the entire day) is all about…

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Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe – Great Summer Main Dish Salad

Bobbie says: I had a craving for Tuna Macaroni Salad today*, and since it’s a perfect hot weather main-dish salad, I thought I’d share it with you, too. I’ve based this on the way my mom used to make it, but Mom never followed a recipe, so I’ve come up with my own proportions. Also,…

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Hearty Potato Egg and Green Bean Salad - Three easy ingredients

Hearty Potato, Egg and Green Bean Salad Recipe

Bobbie says: Hearty Potato, Egg and Green Bean Salad is a great spring recipe. These three components  get cooked in the same pot and a versatile dressing that can be made ahead of time means you can have a very easy but hearty main dish salad on the table in just over half an hour….

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Corn Chowder Recipe

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…

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Cheeseburger Macaroni

Cheeseburger Macaroni

Heather says: There are some meals that are so simple that I’ve forgotten to include them in the recipe files here on Home Ec 101. This easy recipe for Cheeseburger Macaroni is one of the forgotten go to meals. This quick dinner is a great for busy weeknights. It is as simple as it sounds,…

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Lentil Patties

Lentil Burgers

Heather says: In our house we try to keep meatless Monday in the rotation, but before we get into the recipe itself, let’s get one thing straight. You aren’t ever going to convince an omnivore that a lentil burger is just like a real hamburger. Just get that out of your head right now, it’s…

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Easy Chili Maple Pork Chops

Chili Maple Pork Chops

Heather says: This recipe for chili rubbed maple pork chops is amazing and pretty easy, too. It does take two pans to prepare, a large, oven-safe skillet with a lid and either a small skillet or sauce pan. While I have this recipe pictured with two vegetables (steamed snow peas and  cooked carrots tossed in…

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Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Heather says: Winter is officially here and eating seasonally in the winter can certainly be difficult. Well, difficult if you like variety that is. For the most part we’re reduced to vegetables that store well, like squashes and potatoes, along with hardy vegetables from the brassica genus: brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, etc. I’m not…

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Hoppin John Recipe

Hoppin’ John

Heather says: In my corner of the south, Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s dish believed to bring good luck. I’m not superstitious, but some traditions, like this one appeal to me. Every year on New Year’s Day we serve Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cornbread. Hoppin’ John is a nice, flavorful version of…

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Chicken-Marsala-Finished

Chicken Marsala

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? Over the past few years, I know I’ve gotten bad about not keeping any…

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Salmon with Pecan Crust

Pecan Crusted Salmon or Steelhead Trout

Heather says: I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was working on getting more fish into our diet. Salmon is our go to, it’s a reliable fish, but like chicken it can go with a number of flavors. With the weather cooling off I find my tastes turn toward warmer flavors.  The toasted…

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Spanish Baked Cod with Olive Tapenade

Spanish Baked Cod with Olive Tapenade

Heather says: Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned I was going to work on adding more seafood to my cooking repertoire? This week I didn’t venture too far as far as type of fish, but I thought it would be nice to share a company worthy recipe such as this baked cod…

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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Heather says: I know a can of sloppy joe sauce is easy, but it’s often loaded with high fructose corn syrup, something we work hard to avoid. This recipe is our go-to alternative. If you’re also trying to cut out hfcs, be sure to check the label on your hamburger buns. Oh, and even though…

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Stewed Chicken: Comfort Food Classic

Stewed Chicken Recipe: A Comfort Food Classic

Heather says: This recipe for stewed chicken is a frequent request and a great use for those giant bags of leg quarters. Leg quarters on sale are a mixed blessing. I’m not a huge fan of dark meat, but with the right seasoning I can be persuaded. My usual go to is a recipe for…

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Shrimp etouffee

Shrimp Étouffée

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…

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Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Thighs, Marinated in Homemade Italian Dressing

For a full breakdown on exactly how to fry chicken, I invite you to check out Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Heather says: We don’t fry chicken often, but sometimes when chicken thighs are well under $1 per pound the temptation is overwhelming. Recently we had a long conversation on the hidden sources of high fructose corn…

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Beer Braised Short Ribs

Short Ribs Braised in Beer Recipe

Heather says: If  you purchase a side of beef, there will always be a few less desirable cuts. For our family it’ the beef short ribs, with three small children beef ribs are anything but a go-to meal. Get out the napkins, this is worth the mess. This recipe works well either in the oven…

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Balsamic Chicken

Chicken, Roasted and Marinated in Balsamic

Heather says: This recipe for roast chicken tastes like effort marinated in herbs and vinegar. Really, it’s a throw together and toss in the oven kind of dish.  I won’t tell if you don’t, sometimes I like to pretend I’m working harder than I am. The chicken can be set to marinate the night before…

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Wilted Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad with Pecans, Dried Cranberries, Feta

Heather says: Vegetarians rejoice, there’s no bacon in this wilted spinach salad. Also, this is more of a wilted spinach salad template than a recipe. If you don’t like feta, use a crumbly cheese you do like. If you hate pecans, but love walnuts, great! Use those. If there are no bunches of spinach at…

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Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup

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…

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deep frying turkey

Countdown to Turkey Day 2009: Fried Turkey Talk

Heather says: My first encounter with a fried turkey had to have been around 1997. I was visiting the family of my then boyfriend down in Jacksonville, FL. The family was big and friendly, but I was extremely shy, so I lurked outside with the dad who was in charge of frying the turkey.  Circumstances…

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How to Roast a Turkey

How to Roast a Turkey

Heather says: I won’t lie. My hands down favorite way to cook turkey is to head outside and plop that bad boy into peanut oil. However, that’s not an option for many of you. Since turkey is running at $0.69 lbs and my 6 year old has a hollow leg, I call that a bargain…

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Sausage Pinwheel with Sausage Gravy

Sausage Pinwheels with Sausage Gravy Recipe

Skip the narrative and go right to the pinwheel recipe or to the sausage gravy recipe. Heather says: When I posted a picture of last week’s proofing cinnamon rolls, someone asked if they were sweet or savory.  She asked this because her mother made a similar looking treat with sausage and cheese instead of the…

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Fried Chicken Dinner

Southern Fried Chicken

Click to skip the narrative and get to the recipe. Heather says: Fried chicken doesn’t sound fearless, does it? You must remember, Home Eccers, that I live in a part of the country where grown men will fight over whose Meemaw had the best recipe for any number of meals. For that reason, I have…

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wine braised pot roast

Wine Braised Pot Roast for the Crock Pot or Dutch Oven

Heather says: Fearless Friday will return next week. I am a little behind on what I wanted to accomplish and this recipe is one of my favorites, there’s no kitchen bravery to be found only a meal that whispers comfort drenched in red wine. A good friend of mine once asked what cut of beef…

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Country Style Cube Steak

Country Style Cube Steak

Heather says: There are some dishes that are extremely hard to photograph in an attractive manner. This is one of them, there’s just something about pictures of saucy foods that I haven’t figured out how to capture well. So, bear with me. This recipe is pure comfort food. If you like a classic meatloaf with…

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Calzones Recipe for Fearless Friday

Skip the narrative and get right to the calzone recipe Heather says: So, what’s fearless about a calzone? The fact that I have not been able to get a good picture of one in almost 3 years. So earlier this week I said to heck with it, that’s my fearless feat for Friday. I’m going to…

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Chicken Pot Pie Recipe: Fearless Friday

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…

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Pineapple grilled chicken

Pineapple Grilled Chicken

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…

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Herb grilled porterhouse with grilled tomatoes, squash, and zucchini. Pictured is the New York strip side of the steak.

Herb Crusted Steaks

Heather says: It has been unusually cool here near Charleston, SC, but our summer is just around the corner. Summer, in my world means grilling and not just steaks, but vegetables, too. Our third and final installment of recipes from BeefItsWhatsforDinner.com take us out onto the porch where I fired up the grill to prepare…

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Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Heather says: This recipe is versatile, use any 3 – 5lbs of bone in chicken, use breasts, thighs, or a cut up a whole chicken. If you have young children they can help with shaking, but only if your container has a tight fitting lid or said child is old enough to understand they need…

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Cioppino

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 Foodtimeline.org, cioppino is believed to have evolved in the San Francisco Bay area. I became a fan…

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Pulled Pork with Barbecue Sauce

Pulled Pork

Heather says: From time to time I get emails asking about different cuts of meat: what are they, where do they come from, and how on earth should I cook it? Since we don’t exactly have a huge production budget (it’s my weekly grocery budget after all), these questions are often deferred until the cut…

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Salmon with Lmon and Rosemary

Salmon with Rosemary and Lemon

Heather says: This method of baking is fast and simple. If you can fold foil around salmon, you’ve got it in the bag. If you don’t care for rosemary try dill, basil, or cracked black pepper.  As an added bonus, the rosemary makes for a fancy schmany picture, eh? Ingredients: Salmon olive oil salt lemon,…

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pan-seared-ribeye

Pan Seared Ribeye

Heather says: Sometimes the tastebuds say, “Grill up a steak!” but the weatherman says, “Snow, rain, blizzard, hurricanes, cats, dogs, plagues of frogs!” What to do, what to do? Why pan sear, of course. Now, it isn’t quite the same as grilling a marinated steak, but it has some of the same qualities. I enjoy…

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Turkey Cutlets with Onions and Bell Peppers

Turkey Cutlets with Onions and Bell Peppers

Heather says: I live near a small city, but my weekly shopping is close to home and the store doesn’t always have the same variety you can find elsewhere. I was happy to see they have begun carrying turkey cutlets. If you haven’t run across them before, they are simply turkey breasts cut across the…

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Italian Pork Chops

Heather says: This is a simple recipe that can be expanded with little effort to feed a large family. Simply double or triple the sauce according to the number of pork chops you cook. The sauce below is for 4 -6 1/2″ thick chops, reduce the browning time for thinner cuts. The technique for the…

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Sausage and Peppers

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Heather says: The only thing not simple about this dish are the number of variations that can be applied. Serve it over rice or noodles, on toasted hoagie rolls or with buttered Italian bread. Each simple accompaniment changes the tone and perception of the dish.  For a more pronounced difference vary the sausage involved. Last…

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Alfredo Sauce

Simple Alfredo Sauce

Heather says: If you load this dish up with steamed broccoli it’s easy to pretend it’s healthy. This recipe makes four servings of alfredo and can create a variety of meals by varying the accompaniments.  My favorites are blackened beef, chicken, or shrimp.  If spicy foods are not your style, try grilled chicken, shrimp, or…

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Spatchcock Chicken

Heather says: I have said it before, but whole chickens are often a great buy.  I am a huge fan of cooking once and eating several times, but how do you reap the benefit when it is is too warm for the oven?  You grill it, of course.  Rather than cutting the bird into parts…

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Pizza Crust Recipe

Heather says:       I was not content with the pizza crust I originally posted, it was good, but not something I felt others would rave about.  Consequently I have been experimenting with variations for the past few months.  While searching for a simple crust I had some criteria in mind: the ingredients must…

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Chicken-Bog

Chicken Bog

Heather says: Do you ever have a snippet from a TV show stay with you for eternity? That’s all I can think whenever I make chicken bog. Now that you’ve had a peek into my twisted little mind, let’s talk chicken bog. At first glance, some long time readers may say, “But Heather, that looks…

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Beans and Rice

Heather says: On the rare occasion we have ham, I freeze the bone and save it for a week when I need our grocery dollars to stretch just a bit further. Cornbread rounds out the meal nicely and keeps the grand total, for us, under two dollars. Yes, even if you use a mix like…

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Dilled Salmon

Heather says: I have updated this dilled salmon from an old baked salmon recipe that used mayonnaise.  Those who know me 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 the thickness of your…

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Chicken Picante

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…

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Chicken, Mushrooms, and Peppers

Chicken, Mushrooms, and Peppers. Oh My!

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…

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Fisherman’s Pie

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…

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Pot Roast: Back to Basics

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,…

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Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet

Heather says: File this meal under pretty good comfort food. Mr. Heather filed it under “should make again” but he’s from Minnesota and used to consider “hotdish” its own food group. Relax, I’m just teasing to pick on my in-laws. Everyone say hi to Nan and Gramps. Back to the food, it’s important to remember…

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Beef Pepper Steak

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…

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Fish and Chips, Oven Fried Recipe

Heather says: While I will always prefer the beer battered and deep fried fish, this version is a close second and is much healthier. Nearly any white-fleshed fish will do: cod, walleye, or whiting for example. If you would like the chips done completely in the oven, follow the directions for these potato wedges, omitting…

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Pseudo Shepherds Pie Recipe

Heather says: Traditional Shepherd’s pie contains lamb, gravy, and vegetables, covered with mashed potatoes. Its close cousin cottage pie contains beef. This version substitutes vegetable stock for the broth used to make the gravy and contains kidney beans to provide protein. As the mashed potatoes contain milk and are topped with cheese, this one dish*…

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Beef Stew

Heather says: Growing up, I thought I hated beef stew. I avoided it at all costs. Then came the day I was on complete bedrest during my first pregnancy. I had just gotten out of the hospital and my husband’s grandparents were kind enough to bring over dinner. Not knowing the depths of my loathing…

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Lentil Casserole

Heather says: This lentil casserole recipe is light on the budget, simple, and filling. 2 cups dried lentils 4 cups water 1TBSP extra virgin olive oil  1 onion – diced 2 cloves garlic – minced or pressed 2 celery ribs chopped 2 carrots – chopped 1 red bell pepper (optional) 1 green bell pepper (or…

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Breaded and Baked Pork Chops

Pork Chops – Fake ‘n Bake Style

Dear Home Ec 101, I was hoping to do something with pork chops this week too, they are on sale. Do you do anything special to them, or just bake them straight up? Can anyone point me to a good pork chop recipe or pork roast (but not loin) recipe? Puzzled by Pork Heather says:…

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Roast Beef

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…

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Chicken in the Crockpot

Dear Home Ec 101, What can I put in the crock pot with some chicken breasts? I’m not wanting to dump a hunk of cream of salt and fat, Ummmm I mean cream of chicken in on top. other suggestions for something a bit different. ~Starving in Stirling Heather says: If you’re looking for a…

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Simple Chicken Curry

Heather says: This may not be the most traditional curry recipe available on the ‘net, but the kids love this mild version. My husband and I find it a pleasant change from our usual repertoire. It is also easily adapted to a kosher diet by substituting cultured soy for the sour cream. However, I have…

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Easy Recipe and Technique for Making Meatloaf

Meatloaf: Back to Basics

Dear Home Ec 101 Ladies, I was talking to my sweetie yesterday about my inability to make a meatloaf. I have tried everything. I once bought a pan with holes in the bottom that would drain the grease into another pan – this was to make my meatloaf grease free but delicious. It was nasty….

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Chicken Fingers, Oven Fried

Heather says: Homemade chicken fingers are a cinch to make, typically a hit with kids, and leftovers are great to liven up a salad. Easy Chicken Finger Recipe Ingredients 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 cup crumbs (bread, cracker, or unsweetened cereal) 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika 1/2…

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Chicken Pilau

Heather says: This is one dish you won’t catch me trying to pronounce. Although I grew up here in the Lowcountry, I was not exposed to this dish until adulthood. As far as I am concerned, that is a crying shame. This meal is tasty, flexible and freezes well if stored properly. Feel free to…

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Eggplant Parmesan

Heather says: Now I know you are just dying for a way to use your new-found basic marinara. How about eggplant parmesan? Those alien looking vegetables are quite tasty when oven fried in breadcrumbs and cheese. Eggplant Parmesan 2 ripe medium eggplant 1 cup breadcrumbs 2/3 cup grated parmesan (+shredded for garnish) ~ 1 tsp…

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BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Rub

Heather says: I’ve developed a craving for BBQ. I’m searching for the perfect dry rub for slow roasted chicken. When slow roasting chicken, it is done at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. Due to time constraints I cooked this one for two hours at 300F and then turned the oven up…

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Lentil Enchiladas Recipe

Heather says: I have debated posting this recipe for several days. It was good, but not a slice of heaven on a plate like the recently posted tomato pie. Once the enchiladas were smothered in salsa, I did enjoy them. The filling recipe is vegetarian and makes enough for 16 enchiladas, I made half and…

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Spicy Shrimp Over Spinach Alfredo

Dear Home Ec 101: I can boil water, I’m not THAT helpless, but I’m no Emeril. I need a quick dish that looks as though I put a lot of effort into the meal. My girlfriend is coming over, but I don’t have a whole lot of time to invest in the meal. Signed, Busy…

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Oven Baked Chimichangas

Chimichangas – Oven Fried

Heather says: Who says chimichangas have to be fried to be tasty? Not me. This is a great meal for a busy day, there’s almost no prep required. Print the grocery list. Oven Fried Chimichangas 1 – 2lbs round steak 1 cup salsa + extra for garnish 1 cup grated cheese (cheddar or monterey jack)…

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Had any good lasagna lately?

Heather says: The sauce is made from scratch and provides enough for a very large pan of lasagna or you can freeze the leftover to serve over spaghetti in the future. Sauce: 1 lb hot Italian sausage 1 lb lean ground beef 1 onion diced 3 cloves garlic – minced 1 28 oz can of…

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Two Bean Tamale Pie Recipe

Heather says: Partly for our health and partly for our budget we try to eat meatless one night a week. This recipe could easily be converted to vegan by omitting the cheese and using an eggless recipe for cornbread. This is Betty Crocker’s version with minor tweaking.   Two Bean Tamale Pie Ingredients 1 TBSP…

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