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 recipe for garlic and brown sugar chicken is a family favorite. The chicken recipe is simple enough for a weeknight and makes a budget-friendly meal.

Chicken With Caramelized Garlic and Brown Sugar Glaze

By Heather Solos | September 30, 2009

Simple garlic and brown sugar glaze recipe for chicken parts, such as legs and thighs or a cut up chicken.

Albondigas soup simplified into an easy weeknight meal. This has all of the same ingredients, but without the work of the meatballs.

Albondigas Soup, Simplified for Weeknight Ease

By Heather Solos | April 22, 2013

Heather says: I absolutely love albondigas soup, it’s a family favorite, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy to mess with rolling the meatballs. Sometimes I just can’t bring myself to care that much. So on a whim one evening, when I had planned on making the original albondigas, I looked at it and…

Steelhead Trout Baked with Honey or Maple Glaze

By Heather Solos | September 13, 2010

Heather says: A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be trying to increase the amount and variety of fish we eat. This week I decided to try out steelhead trout. Looking at the picture, you may think to yourself, Heather has gone off her rocker (again) that looks just like salmon. There’s a…

Beer Braised Short Ribs

Short Ribs Braised in Beer Recipe

By Heather Solos | March 4, 2010

Heather says: If  you purchase a side of beef, there will always be a few less desirable cuts. For our family it’ the beef short ribs, with three small children beef ribs are anything but a go-to meal. Get out the napkins, this is worth the mess. This recipe works well either in the oven…

Chicken Marsala

By Heather Solos | December 9, 2010

Heather says: There’s a rule of thumb when cooking dishes that involve wine: don’t use anything you wouldn’t drink. What if you don’t drink wine or what if you just don’t like the kind of wine called for in a recipe? I know if you look at my wine rack, you’ll usually only find cab,…

Fried Chicken Thighs, Marinated in Homemade Italian Dressing

By Heather Solos | March 30, 2010

For a full breakdown on exactly how to fry chicken, I invite you to check out Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Heather says: We don’t fry chicken often, but sometimes when chicken thighs are well under $1 per pound the temptation is overwhelming. Recently we had a long conversation on the hidden sources of high fructose corn…

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…

Fish and Chips, Oven Fried Recipe

By Heather Solos | December 18, 2007

Heather says: While I will always prefer the beer battered and deep fried fish, this version is a close second and is much healthier. Nearly any white-fleshed fish will do: cod, walleye, or whiting for example. If you would like the chips done completely in the oven, follow the directions for these potato wedges, omitting…

Pseudo Shepherds Pie Recipe

By Heather Solos | December 10, 2007

Heather says: Traditional Shepherd’s pie contains lamb, gravy, and vegetables, covered with mashed potatoes. Its close cousin cottage pie contains beef. This version substitutes vegetable stock for the broth used to make the gravy and contains kidney beans to provide protein. As the mashed potatoes contain milk and are topped with cheese, this one dish*…

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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