Categories Cooking HacksKitchen Tips

Knife Knowledge Part 1: Your Chef’s Knife

I have a confession: I am not really that great at proper use of my knives. But, since I’ve started this blog, there are certain skills that I have decided I need to improve, including my knife skills. When I started doing research on knives and skills for home chefs, I found some interesting information and decided to share it here. I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. The essential knife for all home chefs…

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Categories Delicious DinnersRecipes

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

My husband really loves this chicken cordon bleu sandwich from a specific sandwich shop in Fargo, ND. But, we live in Texas, not Fargo! He likes that sandwich for 2 reasons: the bread and the honey dijon mustard. Well, I have yet to find store bought bread that is similar, but he says this baked chicken cordon bleu recipe comes close to reminding him of his favorite sandwich. I bake mine with a crunchy, bread crumb topping. Ingredients 4 chicken…

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Categories Recipes

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

Everyone knows the slow cooker is a simple way to get meals on the table with less effort. It is a good gadget to use for those nights when you’re too tired to cook. But what do you do when the recipe says 4 to 6 hours and you are gone 8-10 hours? Here’s my recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Ribs along with some tips if you need to start them super early in the morning. Ingredients 2 lbs Pork Ribs…

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Categories Delicious DinnersRecipes

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Freezer Meal

My favorite meal of all time is chicken spaghetti! It is comfort food for me: creamy, cheesy pasta and chicken. Yummy! But not all chicken spaghetti’s are created equal. Some people put onions and celery in theirs. It is an easy meal to fix up on the weekend for the freezer. Then, just heat and eat! My recipe for chicken spaghetti makes 2 pans that will each serve 4-6 people. Ingredients 2 lb cooked chicken, diced small 1 box spaghetti…

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Categories Kitchen AccessoriesUtensils

5 Must-have Kitchen Tools

After many years in the kitchen, I have learned that having the right tools makes a big difference. Even when your meals are simple, a specific kitchen tool can eliminate some steps or create less waste.  Plus, let me be frank, sometimes you just need some cool toys to make you fall in love with cooking again. I use these tools on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. They make cooking more simple and convenient. These are my favorite must-have kitchen tools.…

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Categories Meal Planning

Skip the Fast Food on a Busy Night

Many nights on my drive home from work I dreaded the “What’s for dinner?” discussion. I usually didn’t have anything planned, and I was exhausted from a long day at work. I hated suggesting to my family the same old stuff or delivery. Sound familiar? There is a better way to make quick, delicious meals at home. Here are tips to help you skip the fast food on a busy night. Batch Cook Your Proteins Or even have some simple freezer meals…

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Categories Delicious DinnersRecipes

Burger and Fry Seasoning

One way to combat the mid-week dinner blues is to have delicious seasonings on hand. It is no secret that I love a good store bought seasoning blend, but sometimes I just like to make my own. I control what is going into the blend. I know my household will like it. This Burger and Fry Seasoning is so delicious. It is mild and flavorful. Ingredients 1/4 cup salt 1 Tbsp smoked paprika 1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 Tbsp dried…

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Categories Lunch InspirationRecipes

Make Your Own Lunchable Substitutes

My son loves Lunchables.  As a mom, I also like the convenience of them. They are already prepackaged, and I know my son will eat them. But they are over-processed and have a lot of salt. They are also usually missing a fruit or veggie. Something to make them a little more filling and nutritious. That’s why I was really excited when I found these mini Street Taco-style tortillas. They inspired me to make some DIY Lunchables for my son’s lunches. But, you…

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Categories Recipes

Slow Cooker Stew for Picky Eaters

Slow cooker stew is an easy weeknight meal. But, it isn’t something my picky eaters usually enjoy. Most recipes call for onions, celery or carrots {or all three}. I keep my stew simple with great, mild spices and a few vegetables that I know my family will love. Set it to cook in the morning, and your house will be smelling delicious when you get home. Ingredients 2 lbs meat (I used venison backstrap), cut into 2″ chunks 4 medium…

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Categories Meal Planning

5 Reasons to Start Meal Planning Today

When I was working full-time, I had to shop for groceries on the weekend, typically on Sunday afternoon. I usually had a list and some ideas in my head of meals, but never a meal plan and a complete grocery list. I would spend almost 2 hours at the store and $100-$200. Then, on my way home, I would stop at some local fast food place to pickup dinner because I was just too tired to cook. There’s another $30 or…

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