Frozen Broccoli Made Tasty: Easy Recipe

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It’s time to put dinner on the table and we need a vegetable side dish. A salad seems like so much work, and so does any other vegetable. Frozen broccoli is a staple in our home, as I’m sure it is in many others, for just this reason. It doesn’t taste as good as fresh, of course, but it’s just so handy. How can we prepare it to make it more acceptable? Microwave – this is how I ate it … Read More

An Ad-Lib Dinner: Turkey Pizza Melts

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When, the other day, my son came into the kitchen and asked, “What’s for dinner?” while I stood with the fridge open, I replied, “I don’t know. I was just going to make something up.” In less than an hour we were at the table eating dinner. As soon as I said, “I was just going to make something up,” I realized I should grab the camera so I could blog about how I went about it. Earlier that week … Read More

Cooking Without Recipes: Turkey-Rice-Cheese Casserole Easy Recipe

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A narrative non-recipe from 2010. I felt uninspired for dinner yesterday, which is not a good thing when all you have in the house is ingredients, yet not all the ingredients necessary for recipes. Of course, I don’t follow recipes to begin with, so it bodes ill when inspiration is low. Yet, this lack of inspiration and decision to just toss together what I had without trying to dress it up yielded a very satisfying dinner. No longer will I … Read More

Homemakers and Mothers as Artisans

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Over the years I’ve seen and read many perspectives on “professional motherhood.” For a time, considering myself a professional made a lot of sense and appealed to me. Sitting around in my pajamas wasn’t going to cut it; I had a job I was responsible to accomplish. Professional also implies deliberate and intentional duty-fulfillment: a professional shows up even if he doesn’t feel like it. There are a lot of subtle ways moms can go through the motions without “showing … Read More

Chicken Pasta Salad for a Crowd Easy Recipe

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This is a great meal to make if you’re serving a crowd or if you’re taking a meal to another family. I have served it for birthday dinners when our extended families gather and just recently I made it when I was asked to take a meal to two families who had just had babies. A meal for 12 adults and a handful of kids? A meal for three families that can be transported in disposable containers? This recipe is … Read More

Homemade, Handmade Whole Wheat Tortillas Easy Recipe

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Before reading Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, it never occurred to me that I might make my own flour tortillas. Doesn’t it require extra tools? Wouldn’t it take a lot of time? No! It doesn’t! So, not only do I get to cross “tortillas” off my master pantry list, making one less thing I have to shop for (making tortillas doesn’t require any additional ingredients not on the pantry list), but I also can make 100% whole wheat tortillas … Read More

Choosing Conviviality or Perpetuating a Pity Party?

Is happiness an emotion reserved for those who have an easy life? Right now I have a child who thinks happiness is a life without math fact drill pages. And, he’s onto something that misery is dragging one’s feet and taking three hours to do what should take one three minutes. However, cause and effect might be different than his perception. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but liking what one has to do. — … Read More

2012 Resolutions Revisited

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So, here’s a look at the resolutions I made in January 2012 and an examination of how well I did. At the beginning of the year, I did not know whether or not I would be pregnant and decided to make my resolutions assuming I wouldn’t be, because if I was, I’d have the perfect excuse for not meeting the goals. Right? 2012 Resolutions Publish, market, and sell my Pantry Meals book. Renamed Simplified Dinners and successfully launched. Complete & … Read More

Simple & Cheap Bean Soup Easy Recipe

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Last year I created a soup quite by accident, but it turned out to be incredibly tasty and well-received. The plan was to have beans and cornbread ala Pioneer Woman. But my pinto beans, after cooking with two large beef bones all day, had created a very tasty broth, and there was a lot of it in the pot. The beans were already falling apart, there was too much liquid to boil down, and I wasn’t about to drain such … Read More

Quick and Simple Tuna Cakes Easy Recipe

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Guest post by Jamie Oliver of Walking in High Cotton. Did you ever have “tuna patties” growing up? We did. And we thought they were awful! My momma mashed together tuna fish and hand-torn bread, patted them together, coated them in flour, and pan fried them until they were solid. Inexpensive? Yes. Tasty? Um…no. In all fairness, my Dad loved them. That’s probably why she made them that way. He topped them with a slice of tomato and ate a … Read More

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