Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

Red, white, and blue, potato salad

Michele says: If you had to summarize summer in three words, which words would you choose?  Swimming, picnics, and ice cream?  Vacations, thunderstorms, and fireflies?  Bikinis, bonfires, and s'mores?  How about red, white, and blue? To me, summer never fails to feel like one big patriotic party, and the colors of the season seem to agree. … [Read more...]

Picnic Perfect: Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Dear Home Ec 101: My neighborhood will soon be throwing their annual blockparty. I don't want anyone to know that I can't cook for beans. Do you have a recipe for me? Please don't tell me just to go to the deli and put it in a new bowl. I want to try, but I'm busy and I need something I can make the night before. Oh, and I'm vegetarian but eggs … [Read more...]

Tomato Pie: Smack Your Granny Good

Tomato Pie

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 tempting, what with the bacon and basil, but just sit … [Read more...]

Simple Scalloped Potatoes from Scratch Recipe

Simple Scalloped Potatoes - 1 from simple wholesome ingredients

  Bobbie says:   Lately, Home Ec 101 has been focusing on cooking basics, and in my opinion, Scalloped Potatoes are about as basic as it gets when it comes to side dishes. They go with practically anything, and with the right recipe, made-from-scratch scalloped potatoes are almost as easy as a boxed mix, so much better for you, … [Read more...]

Caprese or Sliced Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

Insalata-Caprese

Heather says: Sometimes recipes are so basic, so simple, so easy, that I forget to include them here on Home Ec 101. Insalata caprese is one such recipe. This recipe shines in the summer, when tomatoes are at their peak, but sometimes it just beckons in the depth of winter. If it's not tomato season, spend extra on the premium, locally grown, … [Read more...]