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…

Honey Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Just a refreshing anytime salad that is quick and easy to make.  The secret to it is rice vinegar.  The cucumbers I used was end of the season large and full of seeds.  I seeded them and peeled them.  You can slice them the way you want. Add tomatoes cut in wedges and thinly sliced…

Pressure Canning Salsa

My mother used to make a version of this salsa.  She used to call it hot sauce.  She usually made it at the end of the summer season.  The heat she would use was Hungarian banana peppers because they grew well in her garden.  I didn’t want my salsa to be real hot and I…

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…

Chicago Style Sweet Cucumber Relish

A wonderful recipe for using up end of season cucumbers that are too large and seedy to use for other canning or dishes.  The relish is sweet and sour with a wonderful aroma of pickling spices.  It is sparkling green with bits of red and yellow sweet pepper.  Perfect for gift giving during the holidays….

Shepherd’s Pie for 2

Easy dinner for just a couple of people.  It only takes 1/2 pound of ground beef.  This is perfect for left over vegetables or mixed frozen vegetables.  Add a salad or a dish of applesauce to complete the meal.  Cooking a hardy meal can be done even for just one or two people.

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…