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Menu Planning aka The Meal Plan Primer

How to Start a Menu Plan -Eat at Home (part 1) A Plan Is Not a Rut, Slowly Increase Your Recipe Repertoire (part 2)
Cut Your Menu Costs By Building Your Pantry (part 3) Side Dishes are an Important Part of Menu Planning (part 4)
Busy Schedules and Meal Plans

Get Started with 16 Weeks of Free Menu Plans

Basic Cooking Skills


Cooking Terms and Definitions

Use the Water Test to Prevent Food Sticking in Stainless Steel

Knife Skills
How to Sharpen a Knife
How to Dice a Bell Pepper How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken
How to Seed and Dice a Cucumber How to Dice an Onion
How to Slice an Onion How to Dice a Tomato


Food Safety
How to Hand Wash Dishes
How to Use Chlorine Bleach Safely Is Vinegar Strong Enough for Kitchen Disinfection
How to Freeze Food Safely, Part 1 How to Freeze Food Safely, Part 2
Why Thaw Food in a Waterbath What to Do After the Freezer Was Left Open
How Long Can Food Be Frozen
Use Refrigerator Zones for Optimal Food Storage Use Caution Cooking Kidney Beans in a Slow Cooker

Recipes and Tutorials

Sauces, Gravy, and Salad Dressing

How to Make Bechamel (White Sauce) How to Make Pan Gravy
Cream of X Soup Substitute
How to make Sausage Gravy
Enchilada Sauce Tzatziki or Cucumber Garlic Sauce
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Blue Cheese Dressing
Western Dressing

Soups and Stews

Albondigas Baked Potato Soup Beef Stew
Black Bean Chicken and Turkey Stock Chicken Gumbo
Chicken and Wild Rice  (Creamy) Chicken Noodle Soup Cioppino (Shellfish Stew)
Corn Chowder Cream of Broccoli Cream of [X] Soup Substitute
Gazpacho Gluten Free Corn Chowder Leek and Cabbage Soup
Leek and Potato Soup New England Style Clam Chowder No Tomato Chili
Shrimp Étouffée Split Pea Soup Stewed Chicken
Taco Soup  Tomato Soup White Chicken Chili


Bean and Corn Salad Candied Bacon Salad  Caprese
Carrot Raisin Salad  Chicken Salad  Classic Tuna Salad
Coleslaw Cucumber Salad (2 ways)
Greek Pasta Salad Mediterranean Cous Cous Salad Chick Pea and Watermelon
Pasta Salad Potato, Egg, and Green Bean Salad
Radish and Egg Salad Spinach Salad with Cranberries & Feta Tomato Salad
Tuna Macaroni Salad Tuna Salad (Tangy Variation)


Cioppino Dilled Salmon Fish and Chips, Oven Fried
Fisherman’s Pie Linguine with Clam Sauce Pecan Crusted Salmon
Lox Shrimp Etouffee Shrimp Etouffee, Dry Roux
Shrimp Stock Spanish Baked Cod with Olive Tapenade Spring Rolls with Shrimp
Steelhead Trout with Honey or Maple Glaze


Chicken Recipes 1

How to Convert Chicken Recipes for Various Cuts

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

How to Butterfly or Spatchcock a Chicken

Boneless (breasts or thighs)
Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches Chicken Curry Chicken Fingers
Chicken Marsala Chicken Parmesan Chicken Picante
Leg Quarters, Thighs, Drumsticks, Wings
Chicken Gumbo Chili Honey Chicken Thighs Fried Chicken
Garlic and Brown Sugar Thighs Garlic and Soy Baked Chicken Thighs Grilled Buffalo Wings
Italian Marinated Fried Chicken Thighs Oven Fried Chicken Thighs Pineapple Grilled Chicken
Stewed Chicken
Balsamic Roasted Chicken BBQ Chicken (dry rub) Chicken Bog
Chicken Pilau  Chicken Peppers and Mushrooms Oven Roasted Chicken
Pre-Cooked Chicken (canned or homemade)
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Chicken Chimichangas / Grilled Burritos Chicken Noodle Soup
Jambalaya Chicken Pot Pie White Chicken Chili


Ground Beef
Albondigas Beef and Cabbage Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni
Egg Rolls Grilled Meatloaf Lasagna
Meatballs Meatloaf (traditional)
Sloppy Joes Spaghetti Sauce  Taco Soup
 Pot Roast Walnut Crusted Roast Wine Braised Pot Roast
Beef Stroganoff Blackened Beef Tips Country Fried Steak
Country Style Cube Steak Herb Crusted Steaks Mediterranean Beef Pitas

Short ribs


Baked Pork Egg Rolls   Strips  Chili Maple Pork Chops Fake ‘n’ Bake Pork Chops
 Italian Pork Chops  Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce  Pork Spare Ribs, Memphis Dry Rub Style
 Pulled Pork  Thai Lettuce Wraps with Satay 


Asparagus, Grilled Baked Potatoes Baked Potato Soup
Broccoli Almond Salad Broccoli Cheddar Frittata Broccoli with Bell Pepper
Broccoli, Roasted Broccoli, Steamed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Ginger
Brussels Sprouts, Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Butternut Squash, Savory
Butternut Squash Caprese Carrot Raisin Salad
Cauliflower Cheddar Bites Coleslaw Collard Greens
Collard Greens and Northern Beans Collard Greens, Vegetarian Style Fried Green Corn
Corn and Bean Salad Corn Chowder Corn Chowder, Gluten Free
Gazpacho Green Beans, Roasted Guacamole
Hasselback Potatoes How to Roast Potatoes Kale, Braised
Leek and Cabbage Soup Leek and Potato Soup Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Olive Tapenade Peach Salsa Peach Syrup
Pear Sauce Peas and Almonds Potato Salad
Ranch Potato Wedges Rice and Peas Roasted Vegetables
Rutabaga, Braised Rutabaga, Mashed
  Turnips and Rutabagas, Braised

Breads: Yeast and Quick

Sweets and Savories


  1. DarcyShaw1 on December 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    View my site if you want Salmon Recipes. 😛 I dig the food safety articles here. Thanks a lot.

  2. Michael Hawkins on October 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Once begun is only half done 😛

  3. Jen DeMond on November 7, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    I am always looking for new recipes for venison. Any ideas?

  4. Jen DeMond on November 5, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I should have been more explicit. The “girls” are my four dogs.

  5. Jen DeMond on November 5, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Planting a garden so I can do canning and freezing is our number one goal towards a frugal life for next year. Right now using all we can to make our home the best we can. There was a pile of old metal siding and boards way out in our new field. Ray has used almost all of these materials and been able to enclose a garage on the house. Not fancy, but it works. I bought a $5 Craftsman Gas Weed Eater at a garage sale. Ray cleaned it up and it works great. It is a good thing because until a few days ago there was no yard. Ray has been busy. We are going to be getting ducks to clean our pond. I can’t wait I love critters!
    When I lost our home, I was devasted and not sure I could deal with it on top of being sick. I now know, it was a blessing in disguise. We lived in the woods until we could close on the new house. Probably about two months. No running water, no electric, but we were together. During the week, I would stay with family and friends so I could work. Anxiously awaiting Thursday evening to join my family. We had never been apart. Ray even stays at the hospital with me, except for when I had to stay at Mayo in MN. The only time we have been away from the girls is vacation and Mayo clinic. We won’t be doing vacation again because we can’t find anyone good enough to watch the dogs. How funny is that?
    To look around our home it isn’t much but it is a home full of love. There are weeks we don’t have much for groceries, but there are so many ways to make meals go alongggggg way. We live very simple. Our vehicles are all at least 12 years old and well worn. With the exception of the beautiful car, my father in law gave us to take to the clinic. But we only use that for special occations. I remember a time as a little girl, I wanted to live like Liittle House on the Prairie. Well, we did that. Now we are just living a frugal, wonderful, peaceful life!
    Well, thank you for taking the time to meet my family! Our Best to you and yours!

  6. Jen DeMond on November 5, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Here is a great recipe that will go a longgg ways on a cold winter day. And it only cost $5 to make a big pot. 3 cans of tomato soup, 3 cans bean w/bacon soup, 2 cups water (optional), 1 bag of frozen corn or vegetable of choice (or two cans of vegatalbe of choice), 1 lb ground beef/venison/turkey, 1 1b smoked sausage or bacon. Fry meats until cooked. Drain grease. Combine all ingredients in Stew pot, simmer for about an hour. Great served with cornbread. I get all my soups at Save A Lot.

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