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. 


Baked pork chops are quick, simple, and easy on the budget. It's a great recipe to use when teaching kids how to cook and plan meals.

Pork Chops – Fake ‘n Bake Style

By Heather Solos | October 26, 2007

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:…

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,…


By Heather Solos | April 9, 2007

Heather says: This recipe is quick and so simple the kids can help. If they can roll a playdough ball, they can make a meatball. I tend to make this in large batches so I can freeze leftovers for future meals of calzones, subs, or even more spaghetti. If you have a vacuum sealer, from…

Thai Lettuce Wraps with Satay Pork Strips

By Heather Solos | February 3, 2012

Skip to the Thai Lettuce Wrap Recipe Heather says: I have another recipe from the National Pork Board and Publix to share with you and I have to say that these Thai Lettuce Wraps with Satay Pork Strips were worth EVERY single bit of hassle I put up with to make them. Have you ever…

This garlicky, sweet and spicy Honey Garlic Sriracha BBQ Sauce will work well for ribs, riblets, and chicken.

Honey Garlic Sriracha BBQ Sauce – Great for Ribs, Riblets, and Chicken

By Heather Solos | October 24, 2015

Heather says: The butcher shop I love had a special on riblets and leg quarters this week. If you’ve never worked with riblets before, they are the trimmed ends of back or spare ribs. As they aren’t the world’s most attractive cut, they are often significantly cheaper than back or spare ribs. As I didn’t have…

Chicken and Dumplings

By Heather Solos | November 6, 2012

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…

Tomato Pie

By Heather Solos | June 14, 2013

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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  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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