Ground Beef Stroganoff

Thursday, June 28, 2018 Cooking  No comments

Hi again everyone – today we will be looking at cooking up an easy beef stroganoff dish that everyone loves!  As you can see  I have a guest or two helping me out with my computer down and having to use the one at the library till mine can be fixed.  I appreciate their help and different ideas.  My husband falls a lot and I have begun to as well due to my feet and calves being totally numb from neuropathy from a neck injury in a car accident over 20 yrs ago.  Now the dr is worried there is something else going on with  my neck or lower back.  Fun – I go for MRI’s on both those areas on Tuesday to see what is going on now.

Always something going on at our house!  Not always for the best but we continue to plug our way along day by day and we are grateful...

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How to Make an Awesome Antipasto Salad Platter

Monday, June 25, 2018 Cooking  No comments

Making a salad for a crowd doesn’t get any easier than adding all the antipasto toppings like olives, pickled veggies, artichokes, pepperoncini, salami, salumi, prosciutto, pasta and mozzarella balls to a big pile of lettuce for an Italian salad everyone will love.

Antipasto Salad Platter | #antipasto #salad #platter #Italian #olives

This recipe is in partnership with DeLallo Foods

Antipasto is known as the first course of the Italian meal. It’s the time to get a nibble of olives and pickled peppers or a bite of cured meats and cheeses, and to prepare your belly for the feast about to come.

What I love about this Antipasto Salad Platter is it bridges the gap between that appetizer course and the salad course, for a more relaxed vibe that mixes all my favorite tastes together, and can easily be made into a meal all its own.

And when you serve this salad ...

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Why Do People Hate Garlic Presses So Much?

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Cooking  No comments

Apparently, it’s cool to hate garlic presses. The clunky, single-use tools are much derided across the internet. Epicurious likened them to “the devil”, Delish contends that they’re “a waste of money.” If the Instant Pot is like the Regina George of the current food appliance high school hierarchy, then the garlic press is like the loner goth Janis Ian—once admired, now bullied, largely considered a waste of space.

But how did this happen? Growing up, I knew people who swore by them, yet how did the tool I’d watched countless parents use to turn cloves of garlic into paste become the subject of so much ire? The hatescape claims they make garlic taste unnecessarily bitter and cause garlic to burn in a mere matter of seconds.

In Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain advises...

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The No-Mayo Pasta Salad That Will Change Your Mind About Pasta Salad

Thursday, June 14, 2018 Cooking  No comments

Pasta salad borrows from Italian peperonata.
Pasta salad borrows from Italian peperonata. Photo by James Ransom

‘Tis the season for pasta salads. They’re a summertime staple at picnics and backyard barbecues for good reason: They can be prepped in advance, feed a crowd, and hang out for hours. Most importantly, they’re easy-breezy, exactly what a dish on a hot summer day should be.

Except that, in reality, pasta salad is often the most snoozeworthy dish on the picnic table—bland, mushy, oily, heavy, or all of the above. It’s the dish that we bypass entirely or shuffle to the sides of our plates after a few bites to make room for the things we actually want to eat.


This summer, let’s change that...

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Easy Greek Chicken Kebabs

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Cooking  No comments

Greek Chicken Kebabs | #chicken #grill #chicken #kebab

Easy Greek Chicken Kebabs

Boneless, skinless chicken breast marinated in the traditional Greek flavors of lemon, garlic and oregano then threaded on skewers with a few veggies makes these grilled chicken kebabs an easy and healthy weeknight dinner winner.

Dinner on the grill makes up about 95% of our summer dinner cooking routine, and with so much variety to be had (pork, steak, shrimp, and even cheese!) cooking skewers and kebabs is an easy, all-in-one healthy dinner that take as little as 15 minutes to marinate only about 15 minutes for the chicken kebabs to cook on the grill.

I’m not sure when I dropped the shish in shish kebabs, but whether you spell them kebabs or kababs, or maybe call them skewers too, these small chunks of chicken threaded on wooden or metal skewers with vegetable ...

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The Best Snacks to Sneak Into Every Summer Blockbuster

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Cooking  No comments

Ah, it’s summer. Which means it’s the best time to hole yourself up in an overly air conditioned auditorium with a whole sea of people and stare at a giant glowing screen. Right?

Blockbuster movies are one of summer’s simplest pleasures. They’re reliable and plentiful and offer the perfect respite from those sweltering afternoons when the sweat dripping so, so slowly down your spine just won’t let up. It’s moments like those that I thank my lucky stars (read: Moviepass) that there’s a cold movie theater somewhere nearby that I can park myself in for a few hours at time. Besides, summer’s one of the best times to tune in, as the list of available flicks swells in the warmer months.


If popcorn’s not for you—and concessions just don’t cut it—then you’re going t...

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Friday, June 8, 2018 Cooking  No comments

As you can see by the dates of my other posts, I’ve been away from my desk for a short break while having an oblation procedure done on my upper back – no fun at all!!  But it is finally improving so thought I’d just jot a note to let you know where I’ve been – here at home.  I’ve just been doing what I have to do to care for my invalid husband and to keep us going from day to day.

I have actually done a couple of cakes to keep my husbands sweet tooth at bay and since we have fresh rhubarb in our yard I didn’t want to see it go to waste because we like it a lot.  And it is actually good for you.  We both enjoyed that recipe and I will probably share it later on but for today it’s just to visit.

I will share that I was married before for almost 20 yrs and have 2 daughters...

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Monday, May 14, 2018 Cooking  No comments

Ok today we’re all about HOMEMADE EGG NOODLES    Greetings fellow cooks and kitchen peoples.  I am the mother of two daughters – one who was never in the kitchen and married a wonderful fellow who loves to cook and the other who loved to try anything in the kitchen and we made some pretty fantastic messes that turned out really good to eat.  She is a gourmet cook when she has time in her busy life with two very busy, growing girls of her own.

We knew this older lady who lived very near grandma and grandpa and she had been raised in Chicago in the ethnic part of town where they made everything from scratch...

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Monday, May 14, 2018 Featured  No comments

Hello again friends and cooks!  Spring has finally arrived in the mid-west but may just jump into an early summer the way the weather looks. We are all so glad to see warm temps and be done with the cold, gloomy winter days.  The trees are nearly all leafed out, spring flowers are in bloom and some folks have even got into their gardening.  We used to garden in a big way until I got to the point where my joints and body just doesn’t bend as well as it used too.  It’s not the getting down – it’s the getting  back up that gets you.

So you know this is the time of year for fresh rhubarb growing in my back yard and I’ve chosen a favorite recipe I found a  long time ago in an old church cookbook of favorites and you know they are always great tasting!  It’s easy to make and I know you will...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Cooking  No comments

Who’s up for BAKED TUNA CASSEROLE?  Hello again – how is everyone today?  It’s a sunshiny day now and we in Iowa are looking forward to more spring weather as some of the trees and flowers are showing signs of perking up to a new year of life here in the Midwest.



After my freshman year in high school, our school and the one in the next little town south of us were consolidated with a 3rd school further south and opened as the only high school in our school district.  We were on the last road north in the district so it would mean an hour drive each way daily to get to and from school.  At that point we moved into my grandfather’s home which was in a different district altogether and a 15 minute ride each way...

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