Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin

Warm, Creamy, Cheesy goodness. This is a great recipe if you have a little Easter ham left over and want to make some serious comfort food. I added a side of steamed broccoli and it was a complete meal. I used a sharp white cheddar for the sauce, but you could use a mild orange cheddar or any mild cheese and this would still be … Continue reading Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin


Grandma’s Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream Frosting

You never know exactly what the outcome will be when you grab an old recipe card and just go with it. I have mentioned in previous posts that older recipes often leave out many specific details. This is usually for one of two reasons: a) they were just jotting down notes for themselves and they only captured enough details to remember key ingredients/steps because they … Continue reading Grandma’s Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Un-stuffed Cabbage

Cabbage rolls are one of my old school comfort foods. Seasoned rice and hamburger rolled up into cabbage leaves and simmered in a tomato sauce, delicious. As an added bonus it is an extremely economical meal. You can feed a family of 4-6 people for under $10.

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I find it interesting how food trends seem to move in circles over decades, centuries or even millennia. As I write this in 2019 plant based diets are on the rise, and whole grains are once again in the spotlight (unless you are following one of the low carb/keto dietary guides). Eggs and butter have gone from good, to bad to good again all in … Continue reading Tabbouleh

Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stacey loves these and orders them any time we are at a Mediterranean or Lebanese restaurant. I wanted to make these at home so I poured over many, many recipes. The variations are endless. Some feature rice and vegetables only, but many include meat. For the meat options some recipes use ground beef (I don’t feel that is particularly authentic, but it is much more … Continue reading Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves

3 Ingredient Beer Bread

Sometimes you want fresh bread but you just don’t want to wait on all that kneading and rising and then kneading and rising again. Sure, you could just buy a loaf of bread, but where is the fun in that? You could buy one of those canned or frozen quick loaves, but who knows what all is in there. The solution? Quick bread.

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Scratch Brownies with Grandma’s Milky Way Frosting

While working my way through grandma’s recipe box I found not one, but two copies of a recipe for Milky Way frosting. They are nearly identical, the only difference being one called for milk while the other called for evaporated milk. When I find two copies of a recipe I have to believe she liked it. It sounded really good (it has a melted candy bar in it), I just needed to come up with something to frost.

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Cuban Style Garbanzos and Sausage

Every time I’m in Miami I am reminded of my love of Cuban food. It isn’t fancy or spicy, but the flavors are savory and complex considering the simple ingredients. I’ve shared my guayaba y queso pastelitos recipe (delicious guava and cheese pastries) that can be found in many Miami cafes and ventanitas (walk up coffee windows).

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Intro to Cooking – Kitchen Tools

In my very first blog post over a year ago, I said “if I can do it, you can do it”. I stand by that statement. There is no magic. Yes it takes a little practice, but we learn far more from our mistakes than our successes. Be bold. You got this. Lets start with some basics. What equipment/tools do you really need? I’ll go … Continue reading Intro to Cooking – Kitchen Tools