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. 


Fried Pork Chops

Pork Chops, Fried

By Heather Solos | January 28, 2013

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…

Tomato Soup: Saving Summer’s Bounty

By Heather Solos | June 25, 2009

Heather says: I can proudly say I did not have to cook this soup. My stepdaughter said she was in the mood for tomato soup and grilled cheese. So she started Googling. Together (notice I learned my lesson) we picked out and modified a recipe. Here’s what we came up with. This soup begs for…

Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe – Great Summer Main Dish Salad

By Bobbie | June 15, 2011

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,…

Apple Cider Pancakes

By Heather Solos | September 3, 2015

Heather says: Whenever birthday season rolls around, we like to give the birthday child a few treats of their own choosing, within reason. I do believe my middle child is a budding foodie. The days leading up to his birthday he talked about how he wanted to have apple pancakes for breakfast, something we have…

Simple Philly Skillet

By Heather Solos | January 29, 2013

Heather says: This simple Philly skillet is another in my impromptu, unorganized, and a johnny-come-lately decision to 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…

Learn to make beef stew, a perfect meal for chilly evenings or whenever you need comfort food. Stretch the meal by serving it over rice.

How To Make Beef Stew

By Heather Solos | December 4, 2007

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 ex-husband’s grandparents were kind enough to bring over dinner. Not knowing the depths of my loathing…

Stewed Chicken: Comfort Food Classic

Stewed Chicken Recipe: A Comfort Food Classic

By Heather Solos | May 14, 2010

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…

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…

Calzones Recipe for Fearless Friday

By Heather Solos | July 10, 2009

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…

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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