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. 


Easy Chili Maple Pork Chops

Chili Maple Pork Chops

By Heather Solos | January 7, 2011

Heather says: This recipe for chili rubbed maple pork chops is amazing and pretty easy, too. It does take two pans to prepare, a large, oven-safe skillet with a lid and either a small skillet or sauce pan. While I have this recipe pictured with two vegetables (steamed snow peas and  cooked carrots tossed in…

Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

By Heather Solos | December 29, 2010

Heather says: Winter is officially here and eating seasonally in the winter can certainly be difficult. Well, difficult if you like variety that is. For the most part we’re reduced to vegetables that store well, like squashes and potatoes, along with hardy vegetables from the brassica genus: brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, etc. I’m not…

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…

Pork Chops With Raspberry Sauce Recipe

By Heather Solos | March 6, 2007

Dear Home-ec 101: I’m tired of the same food. The delivery place knows our order by heart. Help! ~In a rut in Wheeling Heather says: This recipe will pop you out of that rut; it’s one of our favorites and tastes complicated enough for company. Thankfully it’s quite simple to make, but I write at…

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…

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…

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

By Heather Solos | May 2, 2011

Heather says: Buffalo chicken sandwiches are my weakness. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the combination of crunch, heat, and the cool of the blue cheese. Buffalo chicken sandwiches are a sometimes food, meaning I don’t pretend they are healthy and I won’t make them often, but when I do? Hoo boy, I enjoy them.…

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…

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

By Heather Solos | October 23, 2011

Heather says: My inner twelve-year-old is having a field day as I try to describe this spaghetti sauce without sounding like a pervert. In fact, I give completely up, snicker away, it’s a thick and meaty sauce that is perfect over spaghetti noodles or sauteed vegetables for the gluten free and low carb crowd. Personally,…

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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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