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. 


Lasagna: The Company Dinner

By Heather Solos | November 19, 2014

The hearty sauce for this lasagna recipe is made from scratch and provides enough for a very large pan of lasagna. However, if you’re going to go the trouble of preparing a pan of lasagna, double the recipe and freeze one to bake at a later date. Also, don’t get overwhelmed looking at the ingredient…

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…

Two Bean Tamale Pie Recipe

By Heather Solos | April 3, 2007

Heather says: Partly for our health and partly for our budget we try to eat meatless one night a week. This recipe could easily be converted to vegan by omitting the cheese and using an eggless recipe for cornbread. This is Betty Crocker’s version with minor tweaking.   Two Bean Tamale Pie Ingredients 1 TBSP…

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…

Lentil Burgers

By Heather Solos | January 10, 2011

Heather says: In our house we try to keep meatless Monday in the rotation, but before we get into the recipe itself, let’s get one thing straight. You aren’t ever going to convince an omnivore that a lentil burger is just like a real hamburger. Just get that out of your head right now, it’s…

oven baked tuna cakes recipe

Oven-Baked Tuna Cakes (Croquettes if You’re Fancy)

By Heather Solos | February 11, 2016

Heather says: Of all the recipes in all the world, never did I think the kids would like this one for tuna cakes. Crab is a bit on the spendy side for a herd of finicky kids, so I figured I’d give budget friendly tuna a try. I expected turned up noses and arguing about…

Shrimp Etouffee, Dry Roux Variation

By Heather Solos | July 2, 2010

If you’re here for the dry roux shrimp étouffée recipe, click the print friendly button below the text. You can quickly delete extra text and pictures with just a few clicks.. I’m all about saving the printer ink. Heather says: Recently Jo-Lynne tried out my shrimp étouffée recipe and shared her results. One of her readers,…

Pork Spare Ribs, Memphis Dry Rub Style

By Heather Solos | July 14, 2010

Heather says: I found this a few months ago via Andre Pope, South Carolina’s youngest Certified Senior BBQ Judge, naturally. It’s quite silly, but gives a good overview of the many kinds of BBQ out there. I will admit to never having been brave enough to try it Alabama style and yes, when I’m through,…

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…

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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