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. 


Beef Pepper Steak

By Heather Solos | December 20, 2007

Heather says: Beef pepper steak is a great meal that can be prepared in about the same amount of time it takes to make rice. It’s also flexible enough to play with. Use different colored bell peppers for variety and if you’d like, toss in extras like: bean sprouts, snow peas, or mushrooms. This meal…

Chicken Bog is a dish from the Peedee Region of South Carolina. It's chicken, sausage, and rice simmered together. It's comfort food that can feed a crowd, is freezer friendly, and a perfect meal to share with new parents or someone who could just use a warm meal.

Chicken Bog Recipe

By Heather Solos | May 7, 2008

Heather says: Do you ever have a snippet from a TV show stay with you for eternity? That’s all I can think whenever I make chicken bog. Now that you’ve had a peek into my twisted little mind, let’s talk chicken bog. At first glance, some long time readers may say, “But Heather, that looks…

Black Bean Burrito Recipe

By Heather Solos | June 5, 2008

Heather says: Meatless meals are often great for the wallet.  This recipe can be prepared with canned or dried beans.  If you use dry black beans, cook 1/2lb dried beans until soft.  I put mine in the crockpot the morning I want to make the burritos, cover them with water, and turn the crock on…

Roast Beef

By Heather Solos | October 16, 2007

Heather says: Many novice cooks are intimidated by beef roasts and opinions vary widely as to which cooking method should be used. Two of the more popular schools of thought are the initial high heat blast and the low and slow method. Regardless of the method you choose, always use a meat thermometer to prevent…

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…

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,…

Pot Roast: Back to Basics

By Heather Solos | February 21, 2008

Heather says: Pot roasting beef is a great way to get a tender dish from a fairly tough cut of meat. Pot roast typically refers to tougher cuts of beef: chuck, rump, or brisket cooked by braising. Braising simply means a wet, slow cook. Slow cookers and Crock-Pots® work well for this type of cooking,…

Easy Chili Maple Pork Chops

Chili Maple Pork Chops

By Heather Solos | January 7, 2011

Heather says: This recipe for chili rubbed maple pork chops is amazing and pretty easy, too. It does take two pans to prepare, a large, oven-safe skillet with a lid and either a small skillet or sauce pan. While I have this recipe pictured with two vegetables (steamed snow peas and  cooked carrots tossed in…

Calzones Recipe for Fearless Friday

By Heather Solos | July 10, 2009

Skip the narrative and get right to the calzone recipe Heather says: So, what’s fearless about a calzone? The fact that I have not been able to get a good picture of one in almost 3 years. So earlier this week I said to heck with it, that’s my fearless feat for Friday. I’m going to…

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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