Category Archive: Cooking

Delicious and budget-friendly meals from Thanksgiving Leftovers

We hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. We’re so happy to have lots of leftovers. We’ll have turkey sandwiches (hot or cold) today for lunch, then I’ll start on the soup, pot pies, and shepherd’s pie. Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has some great recipes on her blog.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

We had a request this week to share the recipe for our favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins which came to us several years ago from http://www.joyofbaking.com/muffins/PumpkinChocolateChipMuffins.html. Delicious all year long, but especially in the fall, I made half of this batch with chocolate chips and the other half with white chips. 1- 1/2 cups all purpose …

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Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup

There are few things in the world that are as personally satisfying, as coming home to a meal you prepared using the crockpot. Now, I’ve cooked some impressive meals I’ve been very proud of including my Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas prime rib and perfect-for-every- occasion-chocolate mousse. But when I successfully set up the slow cooker, I …

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Pizza sandwich

Ashley posted this today: “Gifted children grow up to be gifted adults.” Not to toot my own horn, but I was a pretty bright kid, graduated high school early, and just today I made a sandwich with leftover pizza for bread. So yeah. Put it in the toaster oven so the cheese gets all melty. …

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Half & Half Ice Cream

Today is the last day of National Ice Cream Month, and to celebrate, here’s our “go to” ice cream recipe. Shortly after we we first got married, we got our first ice cream maker; along with it, we got our first ice cream recipe book, which we still have. It’s called “Modern Ice Cream Recipes” …

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DIY Monday: Recondition Cast Iron Cookware

One of the best, most useful items you can have in your kitchen is a good cast iron skillet. Nothing cooks like cast iron, and as we learned in Disney’s Tangled, it also makes a pretty good weapon. Cast iron cookware also happens to be one of those items people tend to pass by at …

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Easy Lemon Cookies

We found this recipe some years ago in a friend’s recipe book collection. It was cookie-making season, and our oven was broken (well, not really broken so much as simply misbehaving; temperatures were random, the pilot light had a tendency to go out, and all the other things that go with trying to use an incredibly cool looking but obstinate 75-year-old appliance), so we schlepped ourselves over to Sara and Benny’s place for a day of cookies, videogames, random oddball movies and good conversation.

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Chicken & Waffles

We’re fortunate enough to live just a few blocks from one of the great American restaurants, Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles. The first time I saw the place, I thought it sounded bizarre; chicken and waffles, in my mind, went together like spaghetti and ice cream. But I was intrigued, and after hearing from friends, we finally ventured forth and found out that chicken and waffles are a marriage made in heaven.

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Best Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries were on sale last week, so of course I bought some. Finding myself with an abundance of berries, I pulled out this wonderful recipe from my copy of the Vincent Price Cookbook © 1965 which I inherited from my mother. Price was known not only for his films, which ranged from the 1944 noir …

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Fabulous Summertime Beverage: White Wine Sangria

  The very first note in my phone is a list of ingredients for a white wine sangria made by a Pasadena restaurant, Café Santorini: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Peach Schnapps. The fruits that were used that night were honeydew, pineapple, cherries and lime. The waiter described how the restaurant prepared their sangria on Friday …

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