Simple Sauteed Pork Chops

If you’re in a hurry and want some simple, tasty meat as an addition to dinner, check out these pork chops.

9 years ago

The Perfect Roast Beef

Ladies, this is the way to a man’s heart. If you can cook a good roast or a good steak, you will surely appeal to the inner carnivore. Be careful, he may even start grunting or belching or otherwise acting like a neanderthal.

To make any kind of roast, it’s important to remember that meat keeps cooking after you take it out of the oven. Because of that, it’s really important to use a meat thermometer – especially for beef if you want it rare and delicious. This roast beef is not any kind of intricately seasoned dish, but the timing and temperature ensures the entire roast is cooked to perfection.

9 years ago

Oatmeal Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies

I really got into baking in college- go figure. I think maybe it was a combination of a need for comfort food and also because I loved sharing with people. It’s a great feeling to see the look on a roommate’s face when they’re frustrated from studying for a test, and you bring up a plate of warm cookies. I originally made this recipe without the oatmeal- for that recipe you’ll see the second set of ingredients. The process is exactly the same except with slightly different amounts of ingredients, and of course, the original doesn’t use oatmeal.

9 years ago

Vanilla and Almond Crepes

This delicious and incredibly tasty breakfast (or brunch, or dinner) is really fairly simple once you get the hang of cooking them in the skillet (or if you happen to have one, a crepe pan). The great thing about crepes is you can stuff them full of anything: maple syrup, whipped cream, fruit, peanut butter, eagle brand milk (sweetened condensed milk…mmmm), nuts, caramel, ice cream and the list goes on.

9 years ago

Ham and Bean Soup

This is a super simple recipe using a leftover ham bone. So, after most of that holiday ham is devoured, you can take the bone and leftover ham scraps and make a tasty soup. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE soup when it’s cold outside. Unfortunately, for some reason it was 70°F outside today and there is a tornado warning. Yes, I said tornado warning…in southern New York. Well, we can eat this inside bundled up and pretend its cold outside.

Leftover update: If you make a cup of white rice, or even take some leftover Chinese white rice, add it to your leftover soup in a pot and warm up on medium low heat- it turns into a delicious thick stew!

9 years ago

Famous Ricco Chicken Cutlets

If there is one meal that my family is known for, it’s chicken cutlets. Dad once made over 200 for my brother’s playoff soccer game in high school. We made chicken cutlets for my graduation party. When we make cutlets, it’s an event. They are great right out of the oil or 3 days later right out of the fridge. If you have the time, make a lot at once and you have snacks/lunches/meal options for a whole week. You can freeze them too.

9 years ago

Mustard Crusted Chicken with Apples and Onions

Today is my Dad’s 55th birthday. I made him a Jack and Jill pound Cake and of course, a delicious, mouthwatering, yummy dinner: Honey Mustard Crusted Chicken Breast on a bed of Apples and Onions. I made a side of spinach sauteed in oil and garlic. This recipe serves four with one chicken breast each.

9 years ago

Wax Paper and a Baking Pan

Want a cleaner, easier way to grease your baking pans? My grandmother taught me this when I made my first cake back in elementary school. All you need is some fat (butter or shortening), some scissors, and some wax paper.

9 years ago

Jack and Jill Cake

Today is, besides Veteran’s Day, my father’s birthday. Of course I had to make him a birthday cake, and I chose a family favorite: Jack and Jill cake. To be honest, I don’t think anyone knows where the name came from, but it is a delightful variation of a yellow pound cake. Topped with light icing and some powdered sugar, this cake is AWESOME with ice cream, fruit or whipped cream. I used a single recipe in a 9″ round cake pan. This cake is also great as a bundt cake, but use a double recipe. I’ve also made mini bundt cakes with this recipe.

9 years ago

Simple Apple Pie

So today my boyfriend and I shared our 1 year anniversary-I know, I know, I’ll keep the sap to a minimum. Anyway, I brought ingredients to make an apple pie with me when I drove up to visit him (He’s still in college, my youngling little boyfriend).

We chose to make the pie at one of his fraternity houses, affectionately named “Maple Light” because it is a smaller, albeit cleaner version of it’s neighbor, “Maple.” Well, cooking there was an experience- amidst hungover frat boys who were pleasantly surprised to find the aroma of apple pie wafting through the house.

9 years ago