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. 


How to Make Dumplings

How to Make Drop Dumplings

By Heather Solos | August 13, 2010

Heather says: Drop dumpling are easy to make and a great technique to keep in your toolkit. Nothing says comfort food like chicken and dumplings. When I first launched this site, I included this recipe for chicken noodle soup. I use the same technique, using homemade chicken stock, when I have it for my chicken…

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…

oven baked tuna cakes recipe

Oven-Baked Tuna Cakes (Croquettes if You’re Fancy)

By Heather Solos | February 11, 2016

Heather says: Of all the recipes in all the world, never did I think the kids would like this one for tuna cakes. Crab is a bit on the spendy side for a herd of finicky kids, so I figured I’d give budget friendly tuna a try. I expected turned up noses and arguing about…

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,…

Lasagna: The Company Dinner

By Heather Solos | November 19, 2014

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…

Shrimp Quesadillas

Shrimp Quesadillas

By Heather Solos | April 14, 2014

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,…

My family's version of the spicy Mexican meatball soup often called Albondigas is a meal often requested from me.

Albondigas Soup Recipe

By Heather Solos | November 30, 2010

Heather says: This is my family’s version of the spicy Mexican meatball soup often called Albondigas. The recipe came from my mother, who I think got it from her sister or mother. The meatballs are a little tedious to make, but if you crank the radio or bribe your kids, spouse, or a friend into…

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…

Pork and Mushroom Quesadillas with a Giveaway from the Pork Board

By Heather Solos | February 17, 2012

Heather says: This week Publix and the National Pork Board are featuring sirloin pork cutlets, which will be on sale at Publix through February 22. These boneless cuts of porks are great for quick cooking methods like stir fry. Today’s recipe for pork and mushroom quesadillas takes advantage of this quick cooking method. Quesadillas are…

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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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