Beets in Orange Sauce

Beautiful addition to any meal that can be served all year around. It is quick to make. It just takes canned beets, a large orange, sugar and corn starch. No one in my family will eat beets and I enjoy them. So every once in a while I get hungry for them. This time I…

Oven Fried Red Potatoes

Nice side dish for a oven baked dinner. I try to bake more then one item when using the oven to save energy. Oven fried potatoes are very easy to add to the menu. Just wash the amount of small red potatoes you need for servings. Cut them in half and place in a bag…

Strawberry Pineapple Marmalade

This is an updated recipe from a 50 year old Ball Blue Book recipe. I used to make it the long cook method that was in this canning and freezing cookbook. I just loved the fruit flavor of this marmalade and was willing to stand over it until it reached the jell stage on the…

Basil Butter Pats

Make pretty little herbed butter pats to dress up a special meal.  They are easy to do and you can mold them in silicon ice cube or candy trays.  The trays are inexpensive and are found with seasonal items at hobby and craft stores.  I have a selection of them that I collected over the…

Stir Fried Chicken and Pineapple(Make Ahead Meal Starter)

I have an abundance of chicken in my freezer.  I thawed some of the skinless boneless chicken breasts that was in a very large package.  It is the time of the year when things get hectic because of the fall and winter holidays.  This is something I like to do is prepare make ahead meal…

Chicken Chop Suey (Freezer Meal Starter)

I had thawed a large package of skinless chicken breasts and decided to spend the morning making meals ahead for the up and coming holiday season.  This package was taking up a lot of space in the freezer.  These meal packages will actually make more space available then the large package.  Since this was for…

Apple Butter Made From Applesauce

I am still busy canning.  In my pantry, I discovered many cans of applesauce. Applesauce is something that is often in my food box.  I enjoy applesauce and do eat it but I have more then I can eat.  So I took time to research some ways to use applesauce.  I found that I could…

Making Bread Crumbs and Dried Bread Cubes

I like to make my own bread crumbs from bread that is at the end of it’s shelf life.  It is also getting close to Thanksgiving and we enjoy stuffed turkey.  It makes sense to find uses for stale bread.  I sometimes make French toast or bread pudding with the extra bread.  The breads I usually use…

Curly Kale Chicken Cannellini Soup

Hearty Fall soup that is easy to make.  Kale is delicious in vegetable soups and adds great color to bean soups.  Add some grated carrots and a chopped fresh tomatoes will make an appealing presentation to a bean soup. Serve it with corn bread or crusty rolls with lots of butter. I started with enough…

Ravioli From Scratch (Cooking for two)

There is nothing better then freshly made ravioli and the best part is you can fill them with what you have on hand.  You don’t need to have a production line of family members to help make the dough, then roll it out and fill them.  It is not as intimidating to make as it…