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. 


Spanish Baked Cod with Olive Tapenade

By Heather Solos | September 6, 2010

Heather says: Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned I was going to work on adding more seafood to my cooking repertoire? This week I didn’t venture too far as far as type of fish, but I thought it would be nice to share a company worthy recipe such as this baked cod…

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…

Taco Soup, easy enough for weeknight cooking. It makes a large batch, perfect for freezing for a busy night down the road.

Taco Soup

By Heather Solos | February 7, 2009

Heather says: Before I took the training wheels off my Internet I used to hang out on AOL’s Kitchen Frugality message board. This soup recipe came from one of those fine ladies and has become a standard in our home. Even if you think you can’t boil water, I promise you can make this soup…

Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet

By Heather Solos | January 26, 2008

Heather says: File this meal under pretty good comfort food. Mr. Heather filed it under “should make again” but he’s from Minnesota and used to consider “hotdish” its own food group. Relax, I’m just teasing to pick on my in-laws. Everyone say hi to Nan and Gramps. Back to the food, it’s important to remember…

White Chicken Chili for the Slow Cooker or Crockpot®

By Heather Solos | February 8, 2012

Heather says: Last month Deneice, a member of the Home Ec 101 Community*, shared several of her recipes with me, including a recipe for white chicken chili. This simple recipe is easily adaptable to use what is in your refrigerator and pantry. Deneice’s recipe  called for lima and cannellini beans, but as I had neither I…


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…

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…

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…

vegetable beef soup recipe

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe – Like Mom Used to Make

By Bobbie | February 14, 2012

Bobbie says: Have you ever caught a whiff of an unexpected scent that suddenly sent you back in time? Figuratively speaking, of course. The sense of smell is a huge memory trigger, and if there’s a smell that says “home” to me, it’s the comforting aroma of simmering Vegetable Beef Soup the way our mom used to make…

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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