Using Flavored and Specialty Oils

Have you ever wondered about all the different oils available now?  Using flavored and specialty oils are a way to add depth and dimension to your cooking without a lot of fuss.  Some of flavored oils on the market are infused olive oils, so these can be used in place of plain olive oil.  The …

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It’s been 5 years!

It's my blogging anniversary!  Five years ago I decided to begin writing my own blog, and I am still here, with more to say, LOL!!  From the beginning, I wanted my blog to be a bit different.  I wanted to do posts on all the things I am interested in, not just a single subject, …

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Za’Atar Chicken

I am always open to a new idea when it comes to cooking, and enjoy watching cooking shows on TV.  While watching Milk Street a couple of weekends ago, they demonstrated a new way of cooking chicken using a spice blend called za'atar.  I looked it up in my Milk Street cookbook, and was delighted …

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Pork Roast with Garlic Onion Gravy

Slow cookers are marvelous for making moist and tender roasts.  I've made pork roast a lot, and have a number of recipes on the blog for using up the leftovers.  This time I had an idea for a gluten free gravy for it, so I tried it.  DH approved, going back for seconds!!  The cut …

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Slow Cooker Roasted Garlic Beef Tips

Cold days make a slow cooker meal more enticing, filling the air with the aroma of a hearty meal to come.  I like doing beef this way, as the long slow cooking time can make the most inexpensive cut turn out tender and flavorful.  A quick cook on some noodles, and some steamed broccoli and …

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Christmas Dinner

This weekend is the time to shop for those holiday foods for Christmas dinner.  This is a fun time, planning the meal, deciding what would be festive and special.  For many years now, we have done a Standing Rib Roast.  Yes, a bit expensive, but it is Christmas and that is only once a year.  …

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Christmas from the Kitchen

Giving gifts from the kitchen makes more sense now than ever.  With many of us downsizing, or giving gifts to people who have already done so, the addition of more tchotchkes to a household seems silly.  After all, it is the thought that counts, so why not give something that won't need dusting? Using personalized …

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Delicious Ways with Leftover Turkey

Are you tired of turkey yet?  Sometimes I freeze big portions of turkey to use later, and most years I'll boil the bones for soup, or turkey and dumplings.  I thought today would be a great day to show you some recipes to make the leftovers taste like a fresh meal with different flavors.  Starting …

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Thanksgiving Projects and Ideas

Every year at this time, I go through the some past posts that have relevance to the season.  There are so many fun things to do for Thanksgiving and the Autumn season, that I have not run out of ideas yet.  But, new readers may not have seen these ideas from past years, so here …

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