Archives for November 2011

Ingredient Spotlight: Quick Breads

I know, I know.  Quick breads are not ingredients.  But I needed your help and this was the best way I could think of to get it.

You see,  I only have 3 recipes for quick breads on my blog and I love quick breads!  That’s where you come in.  I can’t wait to see the recipes you have for me.

I’m not even going to link to my recipes this week.  I want to see what you’ve got!

Share your recipes!  Link up your quick bread recipes (breads that use no yeast).  Feel free to link as many as you like.  Be sure to link back to Eat at Home in your blog post.  You can use the button below, if you like.  I’ve added the html for you.

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Cheese Soup and Pretzel Rolls

Eating Cheese Soup and Sister Schubert’s Soft Pretzel Rolls made me feel like I was in Canada.

Not the real Canada.  The Disney version in EPCOT.  They have a restaurant there called Le Cellier that serves cheese soup and pretzel bread.  So yummy!

This recipe is not exactly like the Disney soup, but it is very good and easy to make.  And the Pretzel Rolls are super easy.  Just pop them in the oven to warm for a few minutes.

My kids were so excited to have the rolls again.  They’d been asking me to serve them since we’d had Reuben Sliders on Pretzel Rolls a few weeks ago.  The rolls are crusty on the outside, but the inside is soft and tender.  The flavor is like soft pretzels.  They’re a perfect compliment to any soup, but I think they go especially well with cheese soup.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup:  [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 5

Before we get to the menu, I want to share some awesome eBook sales going on now:

You can get my ebook, Feast in 15 for just $1.99 using the code: THANKSGIVING

Get E-Licious by Jenna from Newlyweds Blog for just 99 cents.  Use the code: CYBER99

Tricia from Once a Month Mom has her Toddler cookbook, Survive Before 5 on sale today:

Starting at 9:30 am, Eastern Standard Time Survive Before 5 will be on sale in the following increments:
– 1 hour (9:30-10:30) – $1 – Code: cyber1
– 2 hours (10:31-12:30) – $2 Code: cyber2
– 3 hours (12:31-3:30) – $3 Code: cyber3
– 4 hours (3:31-7:30) – $4 Code: cyber4
I bought Truth in Tinsel ($4.99)  last night.  It looks like a fun way to teach your kids the Christmas story.  All the plans and supply lists are outlined for you.  I’m not a crafty mom, but I think even I can do this.

Grocery University one-day sale

Grocery University audio course is also on sale today.  These are great prices for this course that will teach you to save money by maximizing sales and coupons.
(These are Eastern times)
2 AM – 8 AM: price is $5 (savings of 80%)
8 AM – 9 AM: price is $6 (savings of 76%)
9 AM – 10 AM: price is $7 (savings of 72%)
10 AM – 11 AM: price is $8 (savings of 68%)
11 AM – midnight: price is $9.00 (savings of 64%)

Now for the menu.  As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets on the grocery list.

Tropical Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa and Coconut Rice, broccoli
Southwestern Steak and Cornbread Dressing in the Slow Cooker, favorite green veggie
Red Beans and Rice with Ham, salad
Italian Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells, salad
Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker, angel hair pasta, salad
Chicken and Cheesy Rice, favorite green veggie, salad
Cranberry Nut Bars

To print click here:  [download id=”122″]

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at The Organizing Junkie.

This post contains affiliate links.

All I Want for Christmas is… Holiday Gift Ideas for Eat at Home Cooks

I firmly believe you do not need the latest and greatest in kitchen equipment to be a good cook.  However, there are a few essentials and some fun items that are nice to own.  Since Christmas is coming, I thought I’d share some ideas with you.

Stand Mixer

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KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer is very similar to the one I’ve had for 18 years.  Mine is still going strong. I use it several times a week.  It was a huge splurge (one of the only black friday items Jim has ever purchased) but it was so worth it.  Right now on Amazon the black mixer is $50 less than the white.  That could change quickly,
but that’s a great savings.

Pizza Steel

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I ordered the Dough-Joe pizza steel last winter and it has been such a fun purchase!  This thing make awesome homemade pizza.  It transformed our pizza nights.  The pizza steel goes in the oven and the temp gets cranked as hot as it will go.  Pizzas bake in about 6 minutes and the crust is perfection! I explain how to use the steel in this post.  If you’ve ever wanted to improve your homemade pizza, this is the way to go.

Pizza Peel

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If you’re using a pizza steel then you need a pizza peel in order to transfer the pizzas in and out of the oven.  I use this Epicurean Pizza Peel.  The pizza peel and steel together would make a fantastic gift for the cook in your life.  Or for yourself.  Or even as a family gift.  We’ve had so much fun together on pizza nights.

Slow Cooker

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Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is a great option if you’re in the market for a new slow cooker.

Ice Cream Maker

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Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker  I have two of these and I love them.  They enable my ice cream habit. Yum!

Non-Stick Skillet


I did some work with Swiss Diamond a few months ago.  They sent me a covered skillet to try and I have loved it.  I find I reach for it all the time.  It’s heavy, it cooks evenly, it’s non-stick.  It’s a bit of an investment, but this is a work horse and worth the money.

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Happy Thanksgiving! (and Feast in 15 sale)

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend with family, friends and food.

I’m running a sale on Feast in 15 (pdf version) now through Monday. Use the code: THANKSGIVING to get it for just $1.99.

Feast in 15 is available on Kindle too, but at the normal price of $4.99.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, Gorgonzola etc.

Today is Ingredient Spotlight: Stinky Cheese edition!

I love cheese.  Recently, I’ve encountered people who say they are embarrassed to admit they eat cheese.  I say that’s crazy.  I refuse to be embarrassed by my fondness for cheese.  Life’s too short to waste time on such a small thing.  Besides, there are many other things I could choose to be self-conscious about.  Cheese is just not worth it.

On that note, let’s enjoy these cheeses together!  [Read more…]

White Chocolate Raspberry Homemade Ice Cream and a $200 Walmart Card Giveaway!

It’s no secret that I love ice cream. I’m pretty sure ice cream is a perfect food. It’s so creamy and sweet and easy to eat. If I could get away with it, I’d eat two bowls a day.

I love to make ice cream too. I almost always do a variation on the sweetened condensed milk and half & half recipe. Now I’ve got a variation that you are going to love. It will open a whole world of new homemade ice cream flavors to you.

The secret is International Delight coffee creamer! I did have to play around with this a little bit. (I know. Such a sacrifice to have to eat more ice cream.)

At first, I used all International Delight and no half & half. It worked, but it didn’t set up nearly as well as I thought it should. So the next batch I used 1 cup half & half and 1 cup International Delight. Perfect!

I’ve tried the White Chocolate Raspberry and Peppermint Mocha flavors in the ice cream recipe. Both were delicious.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it (minus the half & half that didn’t make it into the photo):  [Read more…]

Holiday Dinner Menu Ideas

Since Thanksgiving is later this week, I thought I’d share some recipe ideas instead of the regular Menu + Grocery list.


Pie crust tutorial

Spicy Pumpkin Pie

Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

Cranberry Braid Bread

Cranberry Nut Bars

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

Side Dish/Salad/Vegetables   [Read more…]

Weekend Links and some free kindle books

We had 54 recipes linked up for “those foods people pick out” aka mushrooms, artichoke hearts, olives and pimento.  Just teasing about picking out foods.  Kinda.  You know you do it too!

Browsing through the recipes made me wish (again) that I liked mushrooms.  They look so good!  Here are a few posts that caught my eye: [Read more…]

Honey Glazed Carrots in the Slow Cooker

These may be the best carrots I’ve ever eaten.  They were perfectly cooked in the slow cooker and the butter and honey glaze made them taste scrumptious.

I love the idea of these as a Thanksgiving side dish.  They can be cleaned and cut the day before.  Then it’s just a matter of popping them in the slow cooker and turning it on.

I made 1 pound of carrots and it fed 5-6 people.  It would be easy to double or even triple the amount.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

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