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…

Simple Philly Skillet

By Heather Solos

Heather says: This simple Philly skillet is another in my impromptu, unorganized, and a johnny-come-lately decision to dive into cooking basics here on Home-Ec 101. I try my best to stay out of the center aisles of the grocery store. Yes, there are some pantry basics on some aisles that I must have, but for…

Serve this quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet recipe with mashed potatoes or some crusty rolls and butter for a simple, comforting meal.

Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet Recipe – Hearty Winter Fare

By Bobbie

Bobbie says: Winter was almost ignoring us here in south central Pennsylvania:  not too frigid and hardly any snow, and heck, I even wore shorts last week. Well, indoors, at least.  Then that stupid groundhog saw his shadow on February 2, signaling six more weeks of winter. And then, someone must have passed the message…

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…

Broccoli Cheese Frittata

Broccoli Cheddar Frittata

By Heather Solos

Heather says: We consume a lot of eggs in our household, currently consisting of three adults and three children. Seriously, you can’t beat egg dishes for protein content, budget consciousness, and speed of preparation. Right now we’re hot and heavy into football season which means that breakfast (and really the entire day) is all about…

Carrot Raisin Salad

By Heather Solos

Heather says: This classic pairs well with sandwiches and meals that call Spring and Summer to mind.  In its most basic form, the recipe here, it’s low cost and low effort.  There are many variations on this recipe, feel free to share yours in the comments. Ingredients: 2 cups coarsely shredded carrot 1/2 cup raisins…

How to Poach an Egg

By Heather Solos

Heather says: We’re huge fans of eggs in our house, with growing kids and a busy schedule, they are one of the fastest and most economical forms of protein we keep on hand. Throw in the fact that there are hundreds of ways to cook eggs and we’re sold. Learning how to poach an egg…



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