Archives for September 2009

A Series of Unfortunate Eats

Sometimes cooking just doesn’t work out.  It’s rare that I make something completely inedible, but I have turned out several less than delicious dishes lately.  I’ll spare you the recipes, but please join me on this tour of Unfortunate Eats.

First up: Elbow Grease Enchiladas

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Bowtie Festival

Bowtie Festival done

I was going for a copy cat version of Johnny Carino’s Bowtie Festival when I created this.  Several months ago, I created Penne Gorgonzola, which came very close to the restaurant dish.  This Bowtie Festival was excellent, but it was not exactly like the restaurant version.  Something was missing, but we couldn’t quite place it.  That said, I will make it again.  How can you go wrong with pasta, parmesan and bacon?  Wonderful stuff. [Read more…]

Weekly Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Week 10

If you like printing these menus and grocery lists, check out the new Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plan service.  Subscribers get both the Traditional and All Slow Cooker versions emailed each week.  It’s the easiest way to eat at home!


One of the questions I get asked most frequently is how to print the recipes here on Eat at Home.  Every recipe included in the weekly menus is in a printable format.  So even if you don’t want to use the grocery list and menu, you can still print for the recipes.

With 10 weeks of menus, that’s a lot to choose from.  I format the recipes so they each get their own page.  That way you can easily file them in your own organizer for quick reference later.

For now, if you want to print a recipe not included in one of the menus, the easiest thing to do is copy and paste the text into a word processing document.

Back to this week’s menu.  You get 6 dinners, including 2 crockpot meals.  And an awesome dessert that will make everybody in your house happy.

To download and print click here: [download id=”10″]

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese icing

I’ve heard that there’s a canned pumpkin shortage going on.  I hope not, because you are going to want to make this cake.  It’s perfectly pumpkin-y with a soft, cream cheese frosting that makes you want to lick your lips, your fork, your plate and the pan. 

The recipe makes a good-sized sheet cake so you can share it with a bunch of friends, or pop some in the freezer for another time.  You’ll still have plenty to eat for yourself.  I altered the recipe from the Amish Friends Cookbook.  My mother-in-law bought it for me for my birthday.  I love Amish cookbooks.  They’re 87.3% desserts with a few main dishes thrown in so as not to be too decadent.  They also have recipes for odd things like a drink called Hay-Time Switchel and Vinegar Punch.  [Read more…]

Whole Wheat Pancakes

I love to hear from readers. It makes me feel like I’m not standing in the kitchen talking to myself, which I am prone to do from time to time.  I hope you’ll take time to leave a comment about your favorite go-to meal.  How do you put dinner on the table when all the plans fly out the window?

whole wheat pancakes done

Meet my “go-to” meal.

Earlier this week, I posted an interview with 5 food bloggers.  One of the questions I asked was what their go-to meal is for when all the plans fly out the window.  These pancakes are mine.  They’re handy when I just don’t feel like cooking.  Or when I really need to go to the grocery and have little food in the house.  Or when Jim is out of town and it’s just me and the kids for dinner. [Read more…]

Harvest Apple Pot Roast – Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.

harvest apple pot roast done

The Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner recipe challenge this week was for Beef Pot Roast with Maple Sweet Potatoes.  I used the recipe as inspiration and then did my own thing.  The roast turned out delicious.  It smelled wonderful as it simmered in the slow cooker.  The ingredients are a bit strange, and to be honest I wasn’t sure it would turn out at all.  But I’m happy to say that we all loved it. 

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Get Dinner on the Table – An Interview with 5 Food Bloggers


Several months ago, I interviewed 5 food bloggers about how they get dinner on the table.  It was such a fun post, I decided it was time to do it again.  I asked five bloggers to participate and they all agreed!  I’ll let them do the talking now.

Erin Chase at $5 Dinners:

I’m Erin Chase, also known as The $5 Dinner Mom. I’m a child of God, wife of an adorable, supportive and godly husband and mom to 2 precious little boys (almost 4 and 2) with another on the way.  Due Thanksgiving Day!

Do you always make a meal plan and stick to it?  [Read more…]

Black Angus Potatoes Au Gratin

au gratin potatoes done

Many years ago, I was a young newly-wed with no idea how to cook.  I wanted to learn though, so I spent hours pouring over cookbooks, copying recipes, watching the Frugal Gourmet on PBS and spending a large percentage of our meager grocery budget to cook one nice meal a week.  We would invite friends over, all hungry college students, and have dinner together.

One of the recipes I copied in my cookbook journal was this one for Au Gratin Potatoes.  I think I made it for Easter one year, when we couldn’t get home to celebrate.  I’ve made it many times since and it’s always a hit.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Week 9

If you like printing these menus and grocery lists, check out the new Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plan service.  Subscribers get both the Traditional and All Slow Cooker versions emailed each week.  It’s the easiest way to eat at home!

weeklymenusYesterday, I printed and shopped with one of my Menu/Grocery Lists for the first time.

That’s right.  For 9 weeks, I’ve put together printable menus with complete grocery lists and I’ve yet to use one myself.  You see, I’m always trying out new recipes so it hasn’t made sense to use a menu full of recipes I’ve already tried.

But, this week I noticed that I’ve cooked up all kinds of things to share here and I’m ahead of the game.  That meant that I could make it easy on myself by printing off the grocery list and heading to the store.

Guess what!  It was so easy!  What a time saver.  And I found that it was simple to alter the menu if I needed.  In fact, today for lunch I made a new recipe.  I just re-purposed the ingredients for the planned meal into a brand new meal.  I think we can add “flexible” to the list of benefits of these menus and grocery lists.

A few notes about this week’s menu:

  1. You get 6 dinners and 1 dessert, plus bonus salad and muffin recipes.
  2. There is a slow cooker meal included.
  3. Serving suggestions are included on the grocery list in curly brackets {}

Here are the recipes included this week:

Print the Menu, Grocery List and Recipes by clicking here: [download id=”9″]

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at

Cherry Squares

cherry squares done

My favorite birthday treat is Cherry Squares. I don’t get them every year, but often my mom will bake a batch for me. Even though I did see her just 10 days before my birthday, she didn’t make me any. Can you believe that? I know. It’s a sad life I lead.

So, I decided to make a pan for myself. This is the first time I’ve ever made them. The recipe makes a large jelly roll pan, but I cut the recipe in half to make a 9×13 pan. Food blogging can start to go to a person’s hips. I did not need to chow down on a full recipe of these sweet cherry treats.

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