How to Cook Noodles so They Don’t Stick

No Stick Noodles

Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes, and I love the way the big, wide noodles hold the meat and cheeses together so well.  But it can be challenging trying to get your lasagna noodles cooked perfectly, since they like to stick together.  Don’t worry though.  By following these cooking tips, you’ll make sure that you get…

Chocolate Drizzle for a Martini Glass

Going out to one of my favorite restaurants or cocktail bars gives me a chance to sample new and interesting cocktails. I thought it would be fun to do a chocolate drizzle tutorial for my cooking tips guide, so that my readers can see how it is done. Many chocolate flavored drinks use this decorative…

Breakfast Casserole – Bacon Egg & Veggies

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole

It’s time for a hearty Breakfast Casserole! I am all about easy recipes.  I don’t have a lot of time to cook but still want to make sure that I serve meals that are visually pleasing and taste good, even when they don’t take much time to make. The hearty Breakfast Casserole features eggs and bacon…

Red Velvet Cheesecake Truffles

These red velvet cheesecake truffles taste amazing.

There could not be any more perfect cheesecake recipe for Valentine’s day or Christmas than these delicious and pretty Red Velvet Cheesecake Truffles.  The combination of the deep red center and the white chocolate topping, drizzled with light red trails of sweetness is the perfect treat to share with a loved on for your special…

How to Make a Heart Shaped Cupcake

Heart shaped cupcakes decorated for Valentine's Day

I am a frugal person by nature.  It was a part of my upbringing and has lasted to this day. Anytime I can do a cooking hack that will save me money in the kitchen, I am all for it. Some of my favorite cooking tips involve saving money.  When I was baking for Valentine’s…

How to Make a Crumb Crust

Making a crumb crust

A crunchy Crumb Crust is a cooking technique that I use for a lot of my recipes.  This delicious crust can form the bottom layer of bar and cheesecake recipes and can take the place of a pie crust anytime you don’t want a double pie crust dessert.  Don’t know how to make one?  Just…

Apple Cheesecake Bars with Caramel Topping

Apple Cheesecake Bars

These Apple Cheesecake Bars have a three layered mixture that features a crumb crust, a creamy cheesecake layer that is topped with cinnamon apples and a luscious streusel topping. The flavor is amazing and, like most bar recipes, these are super easy to make. If you like cheesecake recipes with a twist, you will want…

Storing Dried Herbs – Tips for Success

Storing dried herbs to keep them fresh depends on several factors. Heat, light, storage and time all matter. See my tips for keeping your herbs fresh longer.

Herbs and spices add a ton of flavor to food and most add little to no calories.  I cook with herbs all the time and many of them are those that I grow myself.  But the sheer number of possible herbs means that some will need to be of the dried variety. Storing Dried Herbs so…

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

We are big cheesecake fans in our house.  I’ve tried so many different versions of them and haven’t found one yet that my family didn’t love.  For today’s cheesecake recipe, I’ve decided to turn my favorite chocolate chip cookie into delicious Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars. This amazing recipe brings together the best of both chocolate chip cookies…

How to Measure Flour

How to measure flour

Even the best cooks will make mistakes from time to time. One of the most common mistakes that new bakers make is not measuring flour correctly. If you take a measuring cup and scoop the flour out of the bag or canister, you are making the same mistake that many make.  One of the most…

Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake Recipe

Mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes

It’s a long way away from the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.  That won’t happen until June 30 this year. But this recipe for mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes is a dessert that I love year round.  It is the perfect dessert for those of you who love cheesecake recipes as much as I do, especially if…

One Pot Balsamic Chicken & Vegetables – 30 Minute Meal

One pot Balsamic Chicken

There are two important features that my favorite recipes all have – they can be done in less than 30 minutes and/or they can be made in one pot. This delicious Balsamic Chicken & Vegetables recipe has both!!   We are all busy and most of us don’t have hours to spend cooking each night…

Chicken Corn Soup – A Crock Pot Delight

Slow cooker chicken corn soup

Winter is the time for soup in my house. My husband and daughter love it year round.  Having a nice big bowl of soup with a sandwich makes a perfect meal to them.  Me? Not until the cold weather hits. And then I want it every day!  This crock pot Chicken Corn Soup is my…

Ground Turkey Chili – Slow Cooker Comfort Food

This slow cooker ground turkey chili is super easy to make and has a boat load of delicious flavor. It is the perfect winter comfort food.

In our house, a great tasting chili is the ultimate in winter comfort food. When the temps are cold and the weather is harsh, there is nothing quite like a big steaming bowl of chili to warm you to the bones.  Tonight, we will be enjoying my latest chili recipe – Ground Turkey Chili with…

2016 Top Recipes- Recipes Just 4U

These 2016 Top Recipes posts were the most popular with my readers last year. Perhaps one of them will start the year out right in your kitchen.

One of my favorite things to do, early in the New Year, is to look back over my Google Analytics statistics to see what worked on my blog.  It is always fun to discover which recipes resonated with my readers to make the top 10 list for the previous year.  These 2016 Top Recipes were…

Split Pea & Ham Soup – Brings Wealth for the Coming Year

Homemade Split Pea & Ham soup

Each January brings with it a new round of New Year’s resolutions.  For many, this means going on a diet, or changing some other aspect of life that you may be unhappy with in the last year.  This split pea soup is a tradition in our house on New Year’s Day that dates back to…

Easy Pistachio Fudge Recipe

Easy Pistachio Fudge

This rich and creamy Easy Pistachio Fudge is perfect for your special dessert table and takes just minutes to prepare. I have to admit it.  I love fudge.  Every time I go to my local Farmer’s Market, I head to the indoor area where there is a vendor that sells fudge and buy a piece or…