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Steak and Mushroom Soup
Beef, Soup

Steak and Mushroom Soup

 

 As I so often do, I was reading a book that mentioned steak soup, so I had to go find a recipe for it and give it a try. Of course I had to change the recipe a little. 🙂 The original recipe just had you cook the mushrooms with […]

Frittata with Ham and Potatoes
Breakfast, Eggs, Vegetarian/Vegan

Frittata

 

 A frittata is an Italian baked omelet. This basic recipe is flavored with chopped onion, grated cheese, and a generous sprinkling of herbs. Like the omelet, though, you may add almost anything you like. We almost always add ham, bacon, or sausage. The meat should be cooked before you add […]

Homemade Bread
Bread, Vegetarian/Vegan

Homemade Bread

 

 I have been making homemade bread for years. It was always one of my kids favorite things. When they came home from college, homemade bread was often one of the few things they requested. (Usually, they just said, “Anything you cook, Mom.”) With a stand mixer, homemade bread is actually […]

Jar of strawberry jam with berries on wooden background
Pantry, Vegetarian/Vegan

Strawberry Freezer Jam

 

 This is an absolutely amazing recipe adapted from the cookbook “Cooking from Quilt Country” by Marcia Adams that was originally published in the late 1980’s. There are many great “old-fashioned” recipes in the book and this is one of my favorites. The best time of year to make this is […]

baked delicious lasagna
Pasta, Vegetarian/Vegan

Lasagna

 

  This is a great lasagna recipe and it is vegetarian and could easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free lasagna noodles. My family absolutely loves this dish. It was a fan-favorite when our kids were growing up. You will notice that there is an extra cup of red sauce […]

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Pantry, Vegetarian/Vegan

Marinara Sauce (Basic Red Sauce)

 

 In August of 2017 our oldest, Ian, became engaged to his wife, Amanda. As part of Amanda’s family tradition, the two families prepared and shared a meal together to celebrate their engagement. As part of the meal Amanda’s stepfather prepared marinara. I asked for his recipe, and he said he […]

Banana Bread
Bread, Vegetarian/Vegan

Banana Bread

 

 This is my take on a classic banana bread. I love the addition of the yogurt because it keeps the loaf very moist. I often take bananas that have gotten too ripe in the freezer. I just peel them and break the into two or three pieces and put them […]

Shredded Chicken Sandwich
Chicken, Sandwiches

Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

 

 These sandwiches are a huge part of my childhood. Most festivals and fairs served them. And my Mom often took them to family picnics and church potlucks. I think they are an Ohio thing. Growing up, they were made with a canned whole chicken. After we moved to Illinois, I […]