Fried Chicken Thighs, Marinated in Homemade Italian Dressing

By Heather Solos

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…

No Tomato Chili Recipe

Sue Polinsky’s No Tomato Chili Recipe

By Heather Solos

Heather says: When it comes to chili, I’m not picky, really. There have been very few chili recipes I’ve met that I haven’t enjoyed. That said, I know how some of you feel about chili, there are those who feel it isn’t chili if it contains: [insert ingredient here]. I’m just happy when you share…

Grilled Chicken Burritos / Chimichangas

By Heather Solos

Heather says: This method is probably only useful if you have a propane grill. I wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of lighting a charcoal grill just to grill these chicken burritos for a few moments. However it is well worth wandering outside to slap these on a gas grill or even inside on…

Whether you're looking to teach your child the very basics of cooking or you barely know your way around a kitchen and are looking to change that, learning how to make a grilled cheese sandwich is an excellent first step.

Grilled Cheese – A Basic Cooking Lesson from Home-Ec 101

By Heather Solos

Disclaimer: If you’re teaching  a young child to cook, these are intended to be a good starting point, but children will still need supervision as knives are sharp and stoves are hot. Capiche? Heather says: ♫ Let’s start at the very beginning A very good place to start When you read you begin with A-B-C…

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

By Bobbie

*plus an unrelated note from Heather at the end* Bobbie says: “So, is it cold enough for ya?” I don’t think I’ve made it through a winter in my entire life without hearing this lamest of questions at least once. I just smile and nod at the crazy person as I move along.  “Cold enough” implies that…

How to Fry an Egg

By Heather Solos

Heather says: Today we’re covering fried eggs -as new projects to procrastinate develop- I’ll also address: scrambled eggs, omelets, frittatas, quiche, and my as yet unnamed hybrid of the three techniques that feeds my family on a busy evening when I have no interest in effort.     So what is a fried egg? Well…

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

By Heather Solos

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…

Cheeseburger Macaroni

By Heather Solos

Heather says: There are some meals that are so simple that I’ve forgotten to include them in the recipe files here on Home Ec 101. This easy recipe for Cheeseburger Macaroni is one of the forgotten go to meals. This quick dinner is a great for busy weeknights. It is as simple as it sounds,…

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

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…

Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli, Roasted

By Heather Solos

Heather says: Once in a while every cook stumbles on a technique that transforms a vegetable from a tolerated item into a highly anticipated side dish. This technique which can easily be modified does it for broccoli and I. Admittedly I never hated broccoli, I just didn’t love it, except in salads like broccoli almond…



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