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Pie Crust
Dessert, pies, Vegetarian/Vegan

Pie Crust (4 rounds)


 I have two pie crust recipes. This one makes four rounds. Which is enough four two double-crust (top and bottom) pies or four single-crust pies (bottom only; such as a custard). Both pie crust recipes come from my Grandma Edna, my Dad’s mother. I’m pretty sure that my Grandma Ruth, […]

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Soup, Vegetarian/Vegan

Tomato Soup


 This soup is so much better than canned soup and it really doesn’t take much more to make! This is inspired by my days at The Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. Such wonderful memories! This can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable stock for the chicken stock. Vegan […]

Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce with Vodka


 This is a wonderful recipe that I found some time in 2019. It has a wonderful depth of flavor and it got two thumbs up from Rob! This sauce can also be made in a slow cooker if you aren’t going to be around to stir the sauce every once […]

Homemade Tomato Sauce
Pantry, Vegetarian/Vegan

Homemade Tomato Sauce


 This Homemade Tomato Sauce is one of the very best ways to preserve the wonderful fresh flavor of summer tomatoes for use in the off months. You can use it in soups, sauces, casseroles, stews, etc. I wouldn’t use most typical grocery store fresh tomatoes to make this recipe. I […]

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken, Bacon, and Cheddar Spaghetti Casserole


 Here is a great (if fattening) chicken casserole. You can use almost any chicken in this. It’s great with the Easy Shredded Chicken that I’ve already posted. You could also use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken from the grocery. Or just use boneless chicken breasts and start this process by cooking […]

Shredded Chicken

Easy Shredded Chicken


 A super easy slow cooker recipe for all-purpose shredded chicken!  This chicken is seasoned and slowly cooked all day. When it’s ready, use in any of your favorite tacos, sandwiches, or casseroles.  Or, you can freeze it to use for later! Some ideas are Chicken, Bacon, and Cheddar Spaghetti Casserole […]

Appetizer, Snack, Vegetarian/Vegan



 I never used to like hummus and it is such a huge trend these days. While I was at Ballymaloe, I was introduced to dried chickpeas. I honestly didn’t realize there was such a thing. Typically in America, we only have canned chickpeas and the texture of canned chickpeas is […]

Pantry, Vegetarian/Vegan



 Gremolata is an Italian condiment that can be sprinkled on almost anything including hummus, pizza, pasta, and soup. It can be made by hand; just be sure everything is finely chopped. You can also make it in a food processor, especially if you need a lot.

Chicken Picatta, Lemon Pasta, and Green Beans

Chicken Piccata


 This is one of Rob’s favorites! The original recipe comes from the original “Frugal Gourmet” cookbook that was published in 1984. The Frugal Gourmet was a man by the name of Jeff Smith. He wrote several cookbooks and had a PBS television show. I would have to say that at […]