Category: Home Cooking

Make Your Recipes Work For You: Recipe-Hacking

Do you want to know one of my favorite tricks for cooking home-cooked meals regularly? Before I ever pick up a knife, or turn on the oven, I read the recipe. I know you have probably heard that advice before, and you’re nodding your heads, saying, yeah, yeah, how about something I haven’t heard! So, ...

Summer Night Dinner Project: Cool Beans and Greens

During the summer, it seems the weekends are busier and full of fun, leaving little time for big dinner projects. It’s often the weeknights where some spare moments can be found in the kitchen, and dried beans are made for those moments. I have posted about dried beans before, mostly about how useful they are ...

Leftover Makeover: Pulled Pork and Bean Burritos

I love burritos. They are an easy, quick, totally satisfying weeknight meal that you can fill with so many different ingredients; you can even eat them for breakfast or lunch. It’s all in the filling. If you cooked the latest Weekend Dinner Project, you have some splendid burrito filling just waiting for you to make ...

Weekend Dinner Project: Pulled Pork and Pinto Bean Soup/Stew/Chili?

This Weekend Dinner Project took a couple of tries, to make sure I got it right, and of course in between lots of LIFE happened, so it’s taken me longer to get it up here. Then there was the quandary of what to call it; is it soup, stew, or chili? (Stoup is not on ...

Leftover Makeover – Red Beans and Rice

First off, sorry about the blurry photos. I was very hungry while preparing this dish, and impatience does not steady a camera. My previous post featured dried kidney beans and Italian sausage. Chances are, you still have kidney beans in the refrigerator; here’s an easy weeknight meal to put them to use, with another type ...

Weekend Dinner Project: Sausage Bean Vegetable Soup

While winter is finally over, there are still plenty of chilly spring nights ahead, perfect for cooking big pots of warm, comforting soup. This soup is a great weekend dinner project, using dried beans, Italian sausage, and lots of fresh vegetables to build in rich flavor and hearty texture.

Leftover Makeovers: Creamed Chicken with Vegetables and Egg Noodles, Roasted Vegetable Soup

So, if you roasted two chickens, and your family is like mine, you have a lot of breast meat left over. Breast meat tends to become very dry when warmed up as is, but it’s great for shredding and saucing up, as I did here.