Cooking Early – Why & How

crock pots

When my kids were still at home, I learned quickly that bad things happened at dinner time - or rather, when I was trying to fix dinner.  I remember things like the toilet overflowing, the dog getting in something and needing a bath, a car breaking down and having to go pick someone up.  You name it.  If something bad was going to happen, it happened during dinner prep. It got so frustrating … [Read more...]

My Biggest Cooking Mistake


Bad things occasionally happen to all cooks.  Sometimes they’re because we’re in a hurry; sometimes our equipment fails; sometimes we just don’t know what we’re doing.  The last reason was the case for me many, many years ago when I used garlic for the first time. I wasn’t familiar with garlic.  I thought it came in powder and salt and that was it.  I didn’t realize there was an actual garlic … [Read more...]

3 Easier Ways to Shred Chicken than With 2 Forks!

kitchen aid

Raise your hand if you HATE shredding chicken with two forks!  I use a LOT of shredded chicken and I got sick of shredding it the old-fashioned way.  It was time consuming and hurt my hands.  That’s why I was EXCITED BEYOND BELIEF when several years ago I discovered that you can shred chicken quickly and easily with some of your ordinary kitchen tools. I’ve written about this before, but just … [Read more...]

Cooking for Two – Two Separate Meals, That Is!


  I've never been one to cook different foods for different members of my family.  Until now.  David was diagnosed with IBS this winter and he's been following a low FODMAP diet.  It's a tough diet to follow because it eliminates a LOT of foods.  So for the first time ever, I've found myself cooking one meal for him and a different meal for me. From reading your comments and talking to … [Read more...]

The Perfect Tool for Measuring Small Amounts of Liquids

Mini Measure

I might have an addiction to measuring containers. I’ll admit I have more than a few but I use them all!  I recently went through my collection and got rid of anything I didn’t use – it wasn’t much!  Seriously, I use them all! But my new favorites are these glass Mini Measures.  I saw them on the shelf at Target a while back and was instantly in love.  I wasn’t sure I would … [Read more...]

How to Make Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

The first time I heard about Twice Baked Potatoes I thought they sounded like a lot of work and I wasn’t interested.  But then I tasted them.  And then I tried making them.  They’re not that much work and they’re worth every bit of it. If you’ve never made them before, take a look and see if it’s something you might want to try. Choose between four to six potatoes that are similar in … [Read more...]

One of My Favorite Kitchen Utensils:  Potato Masher

Potato Masher

For years I lived without a potato masher and had no idea what I was missing.  One day I decided I might need one so I bought one to add to my kitchen utensil collection. I didn’t use it right away and wondered if I had made a mistake.  I don’t like to buy things I don’t need and I don’t like to keep things I don’t use.  But I just couldn’t bring myself to get rid of my potato masher. And … [Read more...]