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. 


Italian Pork Chops

By Heather Solos | December 7, 2008

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…

Hearty Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup

Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup

By Heather Solos | January 20, 2015

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…

How to Roast a Turkey

How to Roast a Turkey

By Heather Solos | November 11, 2009

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…

Smoked Sausage and Cabbage Skillet – A Basic Cooking Lesson

By Heather Solos | January 19, 2016

Heather says: Eating locally and seasonally is a popular trend, with good reason. Choosing foods grown locally and in season reduces the amount of energy that is needed to bring the food from the farm to your table. In colder climates it isn’t always convenient or practical as late winter can mean nothing is in…

Lentil Enchiladas Recipe

By Heather Solos | May 6, 2007

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…

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…

recipe for pot roast with balsamic gravy

Pot Roast with Balsamic Gravy

By Heather Solos | November 12, 2015

Heather says: This recipe is a riff on Wicked Noodle’s Chuck Roast with Balsamic and Dijon. I’m not a super huge thyme fan so I went with garlic, but you can do whatever makes you happy.   You could even do both. If you’re looking for a traditional pot roast, you can try this back…

This recipe for garlic and brown sugar chicken is a family favorite. The chicken recipe is simple enough for a weeknight and makes a budget-friendly meal.

Chicken With Caramelized Garlic and Brown Sugar Glaze

By Heather Solos | September 30, 2009

Simple garlic and brown sugar glaze recipe for chicken parts, such as legs and thighs or a cut up chicken.

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Thighs

By Heather Solos | April 9, 2013

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…

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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