Taco Skillet

Turkey or Beef Taco Skillet

By Heather Solos | January 24, 2013

Heather says: Taco Skillet? Yep. We’re Home-Ec 101 here and one of my goals for this year is to go back and share those simple recipes that we assume everyone already knows how to make. This is as close to Hamburger Helper™ as you can get without opening a HH box. Sometimes dinner is just thrown…

Simple sweet cornbread

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

By Heather Solos | October 25, 2016

Heather says: This is a very basic, dense, slightly sweet cornbread recipe. It is not to be confused with cornbread cake which, as one may imagine, is even sweeter and more cake like. Corncakes usually contain flour to lighten the batter. The recipe as written below is safe for those on a gluten-free diet as…

Stupidly Simple: Radish Slaw Recipe

By Heather Solos | May 21, 2015

Heather says: I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was finally able to take advantage of our local CSA. If you’ve never participated in a CSA, it’s a program where you pay a farm a predetermined amount at the beginning of the growing season. The farm then divides up the produce harvested between…

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

By Heather Solos | October 23, 2011

Heather says: My inner twelve-year-old is having a field day as I try to describe this spaghetti sauce without sounding like a pervert. In fact, I give completely up, snicker away, it’s a thick and meaty sauce that is perfect over spaghetti noodles or sauteed vegetables for the gluten free and low carb crowd. Personally,…

Southern Fried Chicken

By Heather Solos | September 11, 2009

Click to skip the narrative and get to the recipe. Heather says: Fried chicken doesn’t sound fearless, does it? You must remember, Home Eccers, that I live in a part of the country where grown men will fight over whose Meemaw had the best recipe for any number of meals. For that reason, I have…

Smoked Sausage and Cabbage Skillet – A Basic Cooking Lesson

By Heather Solos | January 19, 2016

Heather says: Eating locally and seasonally is a popular trend, with good reason. Choosing foods grown locally and in season reduces the amount of energy that is needed to bring the food from the farm to your table. In colder climates it isn’t always convenient or practical as late winter can mean nothing is in…

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

By Heather Solos | August 3, 2010

Heather says: I know a can of sloppy joe sauce is easy, but it’s often loaded with high fructose corn syrup, something we work hard to avoid. This recipe is our go-to alternative. If you’re also trying to cut out hfcs, be sure to check the label on your hamburger buns. Oh, and even though…

Simple Philly Skillet

By Heather Solos | January 29, 2013

Heather says: This simple Philly skillet is another in my impromptu, unorganized, and a johnny-come-lately decision to dive into cooking basics here on Home-Ec 101. I try my best to stay out of the center aisles of the grocery store. Yes, there are some pantry basics on some aisles that I must have, but for…

This simple risotto is company dinner winner. Serve with chicken or pork and a side salad.

Simple Mushroom Risotto

By Heather Solos | October 24, 2016

Heather says: This recipe for mushroom risotto is about as simple as risotto can get. You see, while risotto is rice, it’s a needy rice. It’s rice that needs a little nurturing and love, but then when it’s ready to serve? It brings the awesome. If you really want to make this recipe company worthy…

It’s scrumptious as a dip for buffalo hot wings and celery sticks. Use a dish of Simple Chunky Blue Cheese Dip as the star of a raw veggie tray.

Simple Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing and Dip Recipe

By Bobbie | May 20, 2016

Note from Heather: When I updated the images on this recipe, I added 3 green onions, chopped, used fresh ground black pepper, and used *gasp* bottled lemon juice. Don’t tell Bobbie 😉 Bobbie says: This recipe for Simple Chunky Blue Cheese Salad Dressing and Dip was the result of the quest of a lifetime. I…

Simple Autumn Skillet

By Heather Solos | October 12, 2011

Heather says: This autumn skillet recipe is a simple framework, feel free to use your imagination and modify it however you see fit. This recipe is great for a new cook who wants to become comfortable with the art of substitution. Don’t like squash, try peeled and cubed sweet potatoes, toss in some apple slices. Turnips…

Shrimp Quesadillas

Shrimp Quesadillas

By Heather Solos | April 14, 2014

Heather says: I promise you, that if you can make grilled cheese, you’ve got these shrimp quesadillas in the bag. In our house as the weather gets warmer we find ourselves reaching for lighter and lighter fare. Shrimp quesadillas are a perfect main dish item for spring and summer. Don’t go too heavy on the cheese,…

Shrimp Gumbo Recipe

Shrimp Gumbo Recipe, Cajun Comfort Food

By Heather Solos | August 23, 2012

Heather says: If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you probably have noticed that I have a strong affinity for Cajun and Creole food. What can I say? I live in the South and I love garlic and shrimp and when they simmer with trinity, then life, at least at supper time,…

Shrimp etouffee

Shrimp Étouffée

By Heather Solos | April 14, 2010

Heather says: This recipe appears complicated, but comes together a lot faster than the explanation and I should note that I screwed up and omitted half the beer and still had fantastic, oh my goodness, I need to make this again results. In fact our babysitter asked to move in with us, just to have…

Shrimp Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing

By Heather Solos | November 8, 2011

Heather says: If you have ever even given cornbread dressing a favorable nod, add this shrimp and andouille sausage recipe to your repertoire right this very moment. Heck, don’t even wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas to give this side dish a try. Yes, you want to double the recipe, it’ll work as an amazing post-Thanksgiving…

With this burrito bowls recipe we get our Chipotle fix for significantly less than half the cost, with plenty of leftovers for school lunches.

Shredded Pork Burrito Bowls

By Heather Solos | August 23, 2015

Heather says We’ve been working hard to reduce our meals out. We’ve come a long way since we first started dating and I’m thrilled about that. However, we both sometimes miss items found at certain *cough* Chipotle *cough* restaurants. We’ve agreed to work on finding meals or recipes that satisfy those urges without breaking our…

Sausage Pinwheels with Sausage Gravy Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 18, 2009

Skip the narrative and go right to the pinwheel recipe or to the sausage gravy recipe. Heather says: When I posted a picture of last week’s proofing cinnamon rolls, someone asked if they were sweet or savory.  She asked this because her mother made a similar looking treat with sausage and cheese instead of the…

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…

Copycat recipe of Marzetti’s Slaw Dressing, the Holy Grail of coleslaw: what all coleslaw yearns to be.

Recipe For Coleslaw Done Right

By Bobbie | February 4, 2011

Bobbie says: Several years ago, I developed this recipe for Coleslaw Done Right as a copycat of Marzetti’s Slaw Dressing (which you might find in your store’s produce department.) It’s creamy, tangy, and not overly sweet. Best of all, this simple coleslaw recipe can be put together with ingredients that are easy to have on…

recipe for pot roast with balsamic gravy

Pot Roast with Balsamic Gravy

By Heather Solos | November 12, 2015

Heather says: This recipe is a riff on Wicked Noodle’s Chuck Roast with Balsamic and Dijon. I’m not a super huge thyme fan so I went with garlic, but you can do whatever makes you happy.   You could even do both. If you’re looking for a traditional pot roast, you can try this back…

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…

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…

Mango Salsa: A Super Simple Way to Brighten Dinner

By Heather Solos | May 31, 2012

Heather says: Over the years I’ve mentioned that condiments and sides are a great way to add variety to your menu without adding a lot of effort. I love how fruit salsas can liven up broiled fish or play a nice counterpoint to blackened (think Cajun spices, not burnt) seafood, poultry, or pork. I’ve shared…

Lowcountry Boil

By Heather Solos | May 23, 2014

It’s Memorial Day weekend in the US. Spend time with your loved ones and remember those who sacrificed so we could spend this time together. The recipe below is a classic great for get-togethers with the framily [sic]. Heather says: Making Low Country Boil is a time honored tradition in the South. Remember how leery…

Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup

By Heather Solos | January 5, 2010

Heather says: As part of our attempt to eat more seasonally, we’re also trying new -to us anyway- vegetables. I know leeks aren’t at all uncommon and taste-wise they are simply a milder green onion, it was just nothing I’ve ever had much reason to experiment with. This soup has a flavor that suggests there…

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…

Easy Sausage Skillet

Italian Sausage Skillet

By Heather Solos | February 1, 2013

Heather says: I’m not the only one getting into this whole back to cooking basics idea. Over on the Home-Ec 101 Facebook Fanpage, Home Eccer Lindsey decided to play around with this week’s Simple Philly Skillet and used what she had on hand -smarty lady!- and shared the results. She shared the a whole album…

These Hasselback potatoes are tasty and look fancy enough for guests.

How To Make Hasselback Potatoes

By Heather Solos | January 28, 2012

Heather says: I don’t remember when I first stumbled upon the idea of Hasselback Potatoes, I do believe I was wandering around Pinterest. The idea may have come from from PurpleFoodie’s Hasselback Potato Post, as the images look familiar, but I can’t be sure. Variations on this recipe / technique can also be found on most major recipe…

Homemade Pasta – Fettuccine Noodles from Scratch

By Heather Solos | August 13, 2014

Heather says: Here is an updated recipe for making fettuccine noodles from scratch. I should do this again very, very soon. Or maybe I shouldn’t look at this when I’m hungry. Homemade Noodles A (Very)Basic Tutorial It won’t be long before someone whose traditional, Italian grandmother taught them how to make noodles chimes in and…

Garlic and Soy Chicken Thighs

Garlic and Soy Chicken Thighs

By Heather Solos | January 30, 2014

Heather says: The humble chicken thigh certainly doesn’t get as much attention as its counterpart the boneless skinless chicken breast.  In my area, boneless, skinless chicken breasts have been running in the neighborhood of $5 a pound on sale, which makes thighs much more attractive. This recipe is flexible, substitute low-sodium soy sauce if you…