Recipes for making the most of what you have

These are some of my favorite recipes and ideas for making the most of what you have.  I’ve been using these while trying to work around not being able to buy certain ingredients.  Thought you might find these helpful to extend the food you have on hand or make do with what you’ve got duringContinue reading “Recipes for making the most of what you have”

The Secret to Cooking Good Healthy Food

Last year a culinary instructor named Todd Mohr gave a free webinar on how to cook like a chef.  It was not what I expected.  Instead of talking about all the “secrets” and difficult recipes we think professional chefs know he talked about how home cooks make things too difficult.  The focus of his webinar wasContinue reading “The Secret to Cooking Good Healthy Food”

It’s National Ice Cream Month!

July is National Ice Cream Month by Presidential Proclamation 5219, signed by then President Reagan on July 9, 1984.  But did you know that today, July 17 is also National Ice Cream Day?  Ice cream is certainly one way I enjoy my journey through life. Let’s think about ways we can celebrate ice cream. Try aContinue reading “It’s National Ice Cream Month!”

Need Help with Holiday Cooking?

Tis the season for the holiday food  help lines, hotlines and websites.  Below is a list of companies providing information, recipes and tips for holiday cooking. Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 800-BUTTERBALL (Live help during Nov. and Dec.), or via e-mail at  Automated assistance all year. Foster Farms Turkey Helpline: 800- 255-7227 Honeysuckle White  (800) 810-6325 Recorded answersContinue reading “Need Help with Holiday Cooking?”

Canning Season

Is you garden doing well this year?  Do you have cucumbers and tomatoes covering every inch of available space? Have you thought about taking up canning?  There is still time to can seasonal fruits and vegetables. There is a sense of satisfaction when you look at your counter top full of freshly canned corn relish,Continue reading “Canning Season”

Time to Kill the Fatted Pumpkin

Every year around this time I go through the autumn tradition I call killing the fatted pumpkin.  This is when I cook wonderful fresh pie pumpkins and freeze the puree for  the rest of the year. Cooking fresh pumpkin is easy: 1.  Choose a nice orange pie pumpkin. 2.  Cut pumpkin in half. 3.  Scoop outContinue reading “Time to Kill the Fatted Pumpkin”