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. 


This recipe is based on the loaded potato soup served by Bennigan's. It is comfort food in a bowl.

Baked Potato Soup Recipe

By Heather Solos | November 4, 2008

Heather says, Ever since I worked at Bennigans, I have adored potato soup. I am fairly certain if it weren’t for snitched rolls and ramekins of baked potato soup I would have wasted away in my late teens. I was sad to see the company recently declare bankruptcy, but take heart the potato soup lives…

Tomato Soup: Saving Summer’s Bounty

By Heather Solos | June 25, 2009

Heather says: I can proudly say I did not have to cook this soup. My stepdaughter said she was in the mood for tomato soup and grilled cheese. So she started Googling. Together (notice I learned my lesson) we picked out and modified a recipe. Here’s what we came up with. This soup begs for…


By Heather Solos | May 17, 2007

Heather says: I’ve developed a craving for BBQ. I’m searching for the perfect dry rub for slow roasted chicken. When slow roasting chicken, it is done at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. Due to time constraints I cooked this one for two hours at 300F and then turned the oven up…

Chicken Marsala

By Heather Solos | December 9, 2010

Heather says: There’s a rule of thumb when cooking dishes that involve wine: don’t use anything you wouldn’t drink. What if you don’t drink wine or what if you just don’t like the kind of wine called for in a recipe? I know if you look at my wine rack, you’ll usually only find cab,…

Serve this quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet recipe with mashed potatoes or some crusty rolls and butter for a simple, comforting meal.

Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet Recipe – Hearty Winter Fare

By Bobbie | February 9, 2012

Bobbie says: Winter was almost ignoring us here in south central Pennsylvania:  not too frigid and hardly any snow, and heck, I even wore shorts last week. Well, indoors, at least.  Then that stupid groundhog saw his shadow on February 2, signaling six more weeks of winter. And then, someone must have passed the message…

Easy salmon recipe that will have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Dilled Salmon Recipe

By Heather Solos | March 29, 2008

Heather says: I have updated this dilled salmon from an old baked salmon recipe that used mayonnaise.  Those who know how much I dislike mayonnaise are not the least bit surprised.  Fish is much more delicate than chicken, pork, or beef.  I will not be giving a specific cook time as oven temperatures vary and…

Fisherman’s Pie

By Heather Solos | February 23, 2008

Heather says: I’m not going to lie. The original name for this classic turns my stomach. There is something about the idea of “fish pie” that brings up all sorts of unspeakable concoctions, rather than the simple and classic combination of fish, vegetables, and mashed potatoes. This makes for a simple meal of comforting flavors…

Roast Beef

By Heather Solos | October 16, 2007

Heather says: Many novice cooks are intimidated by beef roasts and opinions vary widely as to which cooking method should be used. Two of the more popular schools of thought are the initial high heat blast and the low and slow method. Regardless of the method you choose, always use a meat thermometer to prevent…

Simple Alfredo Sauce

By Heather Solos | July 15, 2008

Heather says: If you load this dish up with steamed broccoli it’s easy to pretend it’s healthy. This recipe makes four servings of alfredo and can create a variety of meals by varying the accompaniments.  My favorites are blackened beef, chicken, or shrimp.  If spicy foods are not your style, try grilled chicken, shrimp, or…

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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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