Ingredient Spotlight: Vinegar

There must be 3000 uses for vinegar.

I’ve mopped my floors with it.  Cleaned the windows with it.  Added it to loads of laundry.  Dabbed it on sunburned skin.

And of course, I cook with it.  Here are some of my favorite recipes involving vinegar:  [Read more…]

Easter Story Cookies

This is a fun way to pull kids into the kitchen and share the Easter Story with them in a way that they will remember.  The cookies get made in the evening and then sit in the oven overnight.  It’s perfect to do the night before Easter, but any evening will work.

Before I get to the instructions, let me share a few helpful hints. [Read more…]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Freezer Cooking Recipe

The filling for these lettuce wraps is perfect for making ahead and freezing.  I see this becoming one of my vacation food recipes.

The chicken is seasoned with garlic, soy sauce and some vinegar.  Water chestnuts and green onions add to the flavors.  I based the recipe on Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza, another winning freezer recipe.

The chicken filling would also be great served over rice, but we liked the crunch of the lettuce.

Any recipe that calls for cutting raw chicken will require a sharp knife.  My favorite knife comes from Rada Cutlery.  It’s called Cook’s Knife and it costs just $9.20.  Frugal and sharp – I love it!

Here’s what you’ll need for the Chicken Lettuce Wraps: [Read more…]

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

I could have called this 3-point BBQ Chicken, because I was literally tossing things into the slow cooker from across the kitchen.  No stirring.  No mixing.  No thawing took place.

We were in a hurry to get out the door at 7:25am.  I grabbed a bag of frozen chicken breasts and dumped them in the slow cooker.  Then I tossed other ingredients in, based on the Pulled Pork recipe.  I didn’t stir or mix, just turned the pot on and let it cook.

We came in that evening to wonderful smells, so much better than if I’d just used bottled BBQ sauce.  I quickly shredded the meat and served it on buns.  This was the meal we tried out popcorn as a side dish.  It had been a crazy, busy day and popcorn was the fastest thing I could think of.  I’m pretty sure I threw some apples and/or carrots on the table too.  Some nights you’ve just got to get everyone fed.  Can I get an amen?

Here’s what you’ll need.  No ingredient photo this time, because I was in such a hurry when I made it. [Read more…]

Bramble Beans

A friend gave me this recipe years ago.  I make it every once in a while and we like it.  The only reason I haven’t shared it with you before is that it isn’t very photogenic.  Some of my past attempts to photograph it have been dismal.

One reason I like this dish is that it can be cooked on the stove top or in the oven.  I’ve never tried it, but I bet it would work in the slow cooker too.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice

A recipe I cut out of a magazine a long time ago, inspired me to create this.  The magazine version used barbecue sauce, but I thought it would taste better with a homemade sweet and sour sauce instead.  The dish is still very easy to make and the kids loved it.  I intended to use a green pepper, but I didn’t have any.  I substituted carrots.  They were very good and it’s one of the veggies my kids like to eat.  [Read more…]

Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak is a traditional English dish.  I found this recipe in the Whole Foods for the Whole Family cookbook.  Some people say the name comes from the sound that it makes while cooking.  The ingredients are simple – cabbage, onions, potatoes and meat.  I used smoked sausage, but you could use another meat. [Read more…]

Wacky Cake

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Three things make this cake Wacky:

  1. You mix it right in the pan with a fork.
  2. It has no eggs.
  3. Vinegar is one of the ingredients.

Three things make this cake good:

  1. The ingredients are usually in the pantry.
  2. It’s a dense, chocolaty cake.
  3. A quick chocolate icing is spread over the chocolate cake.

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Tomato and Artichoke Heart Salad

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A plate full of this and some bread along side would make an excellent dinner.  I think this might be my favorite way to eat summer tomatoes.  It’s definitely in the top 59 ways to eat them ;-)  We had this salad with Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Boats.  It makes for a fabulous combination.  This recipe also comes from the New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant cookbook.

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Cucumbers and Onions

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It’s hot outside.  Want something cool and crunchy with lunch or dinner?  Here you go.

I wish I had cucumbers from the garden for this, but my cucumber plant is pitiful.  It got hit hard by a late frost and just can’t seem to grow at all, let alone produce cucumbers.  Luckily, I can still find good cukes at the farmers market or plain ol’ Walmart.

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