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. 


Pseudo Shepherds Pie Recipe

By Heather Solos | December 10, 2007

Heather says: Traditional Shepherd’s pie contains lamb, gravy, and vegetables, covered with mashed potatoes. Its close cousin cottage pie contains beef. This version substitutes vegetable stock for the broth used to make the gravy and contains kidney beans to provide protein. As the mashed potatoes contain milk and are topped with cheese, this one dish*…

This meat recipe can be made in the oven or slow cooker with a minimum of ingredients. The whole family will love it and there are many wonderful things to create from leftover pot roast.

Wine Braised Pot Roast for the Crock Pot or Dutch Oven

By Heather Solos | August 28, 2009

Heather says: This recipe is one of my favorites, there’s no kitchen bravery to be found only a meal that whispers comfort drenched in red wine. A good friend of mine once asked what cut of beef should I use for a pot roast? There are several to choose from, but my favorite is the…

This roast pork tenderloin with winter greens and caramelized onions comes together quickly and makes a great weeknight meal.

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Winter Greens and Caramelized Onions

By Heather Solos | January 28, 2012

Heather says: Here’s another recipe from the National Pork Board’s Good and Good for You Challenge. This roast pork tenderloin with winter greens and caramelized* onions comes together quickly and would make a great weeknight meal. With a little creativity and the right sides, like this morning’s Hasselback potatoes, it’d be good for a healthy,…

Herb Crusted Steaks

By Heather Solos | April 9, 2009

Heather says: It has been unusually cool here near Charleston, SC, but our summer is just around the corner. Summer, in my world means grilling and not just steaks, but vegetables, too. Our third and final installment of recipes from take us out onto the porch where I fired up the grill to prepare…

Beef Stroganoff, Gluten Free and for the Slow Cooker

By Heather Solos | January 7, 2012

Heather says: Beef stroganoff is not an attractive comfort food, which is why it has taken me nearly five years to get around to posting this slow cooker recipe. It’s not the beef stroganoff’s fault it’s unattractive and the recipe itself is quite simple; it’s just a homely dish. People on the interwebz can be…

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…

Sweet potato bacon and blue cheese risotto

Sweet Potato Risotto with Bacon and Blue Cheese

By Heather Solos | October 20, 2014

Heather says: As many of you know, I’ve moved. I now live in a house with a tiny kitchen that is more fixer-than upper. I spent the whole day working on the yard and wanted needed some serious comfort food. I’ll warn you, the kids did not approve, the blue cheese was too much for…

Easy Recipe and Technique for Making Meatloaf

Meatloaf: Back to Basics

By Heather Solos | July 10, 2007

Dear Home Ec 101 Ladies, I was talking to my sweetie yesterday about my inability to make a meatloaf. I have tried everything. I once bought a pan with holes in the bottom that would drain the grease into another pan – this was to make my meatloaf grease free but delicious. It was nasty.…

Season navy beans with a leftover ham bone to a filling dinner that can slash your grocery budget.

Beans and Rice a Budget Friendly Dinner

By Heather Solos | April 8, 2008

Heather says: You’ve heard that rice and beans can reduce your grocery budget. On the rare occasion, we have ham, I freeze the bone and save it for a week when I need our grocery dollars to stretch just a bit further. Cornbread rounds out the meal nicely and keeps the grand total, for us,…

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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