Meal Planning Basics

Years ago, when we started growing our family faster than our paychecks, we forced ourselves to stop eating out. It was natural for Yuppie Hubby. Outside of his first month with turmeric, he was a natural chef. I took more convincing. And practice. In the beginning, I thought I needed to make something every night. So while … More Meal Planning Basics

Steak and Mushroom Stroganoff

I do a lot of easy, quick meals here. This is not one of those! But it is sooooo good and worth the effort. Trust me. You know how important ingredients are in our kitchen. In this dish, it isn’t just freshness that counts, but what you do with it. I’ve diced and sliced my … More Steak and Mushroom Stroganoff

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is coughing or sneezing or buying cold and flu medicine. I may have been there myself this week. And when you’re feeling down, an easy chicken noodle soup is just what you need! If you’re a regular, you know by now that I start every soup with my … More Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Sprouting Early in 2017

We have life! Outdoor life!! It may not seem like much, but those sprigs of green popping out of that mound of dead?? That’s an early Spring, y’all! My chives have sprouted OUTSIDE in FEBRUARY!! Even the moss (which will find it’s way to a pot of chives on it’s own, if you let it … More Sprouting Early in 2017

Simple Shrimp Fried Rice

We love this easy, one dish recipe! The only problem is that it’s best with a little pre-planning. The rice is easiest to work with, and doesn’t get mushy, when it’s been able to sit in the fridge over night. The rice is key, but the recipe doesn’t start there. Rather, it almost moves in … More Simple Shrimp Fried Rice

Skillet ham & green beans

I love cooking. But I hate doing dishes. It’s a curse. Or, something that can be managed from time to time. I also love cast iron skillets! They are generally easy to clean, and great several “one-pot” options. If you’ve looked at even two of my other recipes, you’ll know I love to start first … More Skillet ham & green beans

White Chicken Chili

We still have plenty of winter left for more SOUPS! Chili is perfect for these cold nights, but the standard beef and beans versions weigh me down a bit too much. White Chicken Chili is the perfect middle ground. Every good soup should start with three things: your favorite oil, onion, and garlic! My favorite … More White Chicken Chili


We’ve been making a lot of soups this winter, and they don’t seem to ever fail! I’m convinced, it’s all about using fresh ingredients that you love. And wine. The beauty of a soup starts at the base. Too often, stock is isolated as the make-or-break in a good pot of soup. I think it … More Deglazing

Shrimp Pasta in Sun dried Tomato Sauce

This dish requires prepping shrimp, and cutting slimy, oily, sun dried tomatoes. Which may be a little gross. But is totally worth it. Your tomatoes don’t have to be home grown, dried & packed in oil. I use many off the shelf varieties. And let’s remember that I live in the middle; those shrimps were … More Shrimp Pasta in Sun dried Tomato Sauce

Cauliflower Spinach Soup

We were promised an ice storm over the weekend here in the middle. So I had to make comfort food, clearly! Cauliflower and spinach are two of YuppieHubbie’s favorites. Combined in a creamy, vegetable soup, they really can’t go wrong. This hearty, winter soup will keep you as warm as it will keep your house … More Cauliflower Spinach Soup