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. 


Chicken in the Crockpot

By Heather Solos | October 2, 2007

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…

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…

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

By Bobbie | February 8, 2013

*plus an unrelated note from Heather at the end* Bobbie says: “So, is it cold enough for ya?” I don’t think I’ve made it through a winter in my entire life without hearing this lamest of questions at least once. I just smile and nod at the crazy person as I move along.  “Cold enough” implies that…

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,…

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Simple Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 16, 2008

Heather says: The only thing not simple about this sausage, peppers, and onions 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…

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 Gumbo Recipe

Shrimp Gumbo Recipe, Cajun Comfort Food

By Heather Solos | August 23, 2012

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,…

Pork Spare Ribs, Memphis Dry Rub Style

By Heather Solos | July 14, 2010

Heather says: I found this a few months ago via Andre Pope, South Carolina’s youngest Certified Senior BBQ Judge, naturally. It’s quite silly, but gives a good overview of the many kinds of BBQ out there. I will admit to never having been brave enough to try it Alabama style and yes, when I’m through,…

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,…

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  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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