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. 


This roast pork tenderloin with winter greens and caramelized onions comes together quickly and makes a great weeknight meal.

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Winter Greens and Caramelized Onions

By Heather Solos | January 28, 2012

Heather says: Here’s another recipe from the National Pork Board’s Good and Good for You Challenge. This roast pork tenderloin with winter greens and caramelized* onions comes together quickly and would make a great weeknight meal. With a little creativity and the right sides, like this morning’s Hasselback potatoes, it’d be good for a healthy,…

Mediterranean Beef Pitas: Beef it’s What’s for Dinner

By Heather Solos | April 6, 2009

Heather says: My 14yo stepdaughter is here for her spring break and we bond over dinner preparation. She teases that I just enjoy having an indentured servant at my disposal. Well, I do miss having a sous chef. (For those unfamiliar with restaurant hierarchy, a sous chef performs a lot of the drudge work in…

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…

Chicken, Mushrooms, and Peppers. Oh My!

By Heather Solos | March 8, 2008

Chicken Mushrooms and Peppers 1 3-5lb chicken – cut up 1/4 cup oil (olive is best) 2 TBSP butter 1 cup flour 2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp rubbed sage 1 med onion – thinly sliced 12oz button mushrooms – cut in half 2 bell…

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Simple Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 16, 2008

Heather says: The only thing not simple about this sausage, peppers, and onions dish are the number of variations that can be applied. Serve it over rice or noodles, on toasted hoagie rolls or with buttered Italian bread. Each simple accompaniment changes the tone and perception of the dish.  For a more pronounced difference vary…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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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