My husband has a friend Gary who likes chicken pot pie, so I have been trying some different recipes. One day when I was cleaning up my studio I found an older copy of Cook’s Illustrated magazine folded open to this recipe. The magazine was dated February, 2006. The intro said that it is a lot of work but worth it. Since my friend Shara was coming that week, and I knew that she liked chicken pot pie, I thought I would give it a try. Funny how things work out. 🙂
With the start of summer I am always looking for recipes for good salads. My criteria is something that is somewhat healthy, tasty and of course looks good. I found this Tortellini Salad with Asparagus and Fresh Basil Vinaigrette in “America’s Test Kitchen – Make -Ahead Cookbook”. I took it to my cousins for Mother’s day and it was a big hit. It was so good I made it again this weekend.
If you are like me you have been eating too many rich, sweet, heavy foods and are ready for something tasty that is healthy. This seafood chowder is a nice light meal, but still seems like you prepared something special for your family and guests. It would make a great New Years Eve dinner, pared with a salad and some nice bread. I often make this chowder for Christmas Eve.
This lasagna recipe I got from an old “McCall’s Cooking School” cookbook. I have tried other recipes but I keep going back to this one. It seem to be a favorite every time I serve it.
Now that it is getting a little cooler it is always nice to make comfort food. One of our favorites is meatloaf with mushroom gravy.
My husband and I both enjoy soup especially as the weather starts to get cooler. When I had originally found this recipe it was to have been as good as Olive Gardens Pasta E Fagioli soup. I love Olive Gardens pasta fagioli soup so I had to try this one. I have made a lot of tweeks to the recipe and it still does not taste like Olive Gardens, but I think it is a good hearty soup and easy to make. I hope you enjoy it.
Since Memorial Day is the official start of picnic season I thought I would share with you my favorite potato salad recipe which is from “The Perfect Recipe” by Pam Anderson. I would highly recommend this cookbook.
I have always been a big fan of spaghetti and meatballs and for years I used a recipe from my uncle. A couple of years ago this recipe showed up in my Cook’s Country magazine and I thought I would give them a try…they are now my new favorite.
Each year I host the family egg hunt/Easter get together so I usually bake a ham. Over the years I have found a few tips from different cook books and articles that have helped to make the job easier and produced a tasty ham.
When it is cold outside my husband and I enjoy making this hearty chili. It is made with a chuck roast that is trimmed and cut into cubes. This chili has a little heat, but not a lot and you can adjust the seasonings to your taste.
For me Memorial Day is the official start of picnic season and with that comes grilling and yummy salads. One of my husbands favorite salad is my bean salad. It is easy to make, keeps well and is full of healthy things.
One of the blogs that I follow is Jennifer Rizzo and she is looking for monthly contributors for recipes, crafting and home decorating. To find out more about the contest go to her blog post Jennifer Rizzo Contributor Call-Out
To enter you have to do a post showing your three best posts. Since I do all three, I will show my three best post for each.
When I have company I like to serve them something special, but also want to be able to spend time with my guest. This recipe is perfect because you can prepare it ahead of time and the marinade cooks down to be a pan sauce that you serve with the chicken. The original recipe I found in Fine Cooking magazine.
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In the winter it is often hard to find good veggies for a salad. My off-season go to salad is one that my mother would make with fruit, nuts and a sweet and sour dressing. I love this salad and you can vary the ingredients.
Yesterday my husband and I visited our niece Emily and her husband Phil. We had fun making crab cakes together for dinner and thought you might also enjoy making them. They make a meal special, but are easy to make….the secret is using good ingredients.
Last year I offered to make one of the turkeys, stuffing and gravy for our family thanksgiving dinner. The only problems were: I never made many turkeys in my lifetime, I no longer had my mother to ask advice, and I do not like to get up early yet alone in the middle of the night to stuff and begin baking a turkey.
The days are shorter and the evenings cooler, you can definitely feel summer coming to an end. But if you are like us you still have tomatoes on the vines; and as much as you love them you don’t know what to do with them.