Morning After Hash

The leftovers are coveted nearly as much as the meal itself! The morning after thanksgiving my dad would have an open faced turkey sandwich with plenty of this gravy and a slice of pumpkin pie. These are as much tradition as any other part of the holiday! Having turkey feast leftovers for breakfast is like a shot…

Gravy and Cranberry Sauce: Back to Basics

I have been asked by multiple readers if I could show them how to make turkey gravy… without a packet. The concept seems so easy to me that I never thought to post it! Since it’s easy peasy, I decided to add another ultra simple Thanksgiving staple, cranberry sauce! Or, as my youngest son refers…

My Great Grandma’s Stuffing

There are SO many options for stuffing, or dressing as my grandma would say. Oyster, corn bread, nuts, berries, dried fruit… all of these have their merits but none of them belong on my holiday table. I LOVE my grandma’s stuffing! It’s very simple. The flavors are earthy and sage filled, no bells or whistles,…

Mummy Dogs

It’s hard to get anything that even resembles actual food into your kiddos when Halloween is in full swing. Candy for daaaaaaaaaays, bitches! While this is nowhere near being a healthy meal, it’s a fun way to get a bite of dinner on a special occasion. It’s easy to set these up for the kids…

Honey Ginger Glazed Carrots

The Rockstar doesn’t care for carrots. Because of this, they aren’t one of my “go to” veggies. However, when my pickiest eater, the littlest Klooster, requests them, mama’s gotta go for it! These carrots turned out exactly how I hoped they would. They were tender and sweet with just enough kick from the ginger to…

Grandma’s Country Beans

I don’t know exactly what makes these beans “country beans” except that it’s what my Grandma and Grandpa Wallace called them. He from Oklahoma and she from Arkansas, I suppose they would be an authority on what might be considered “country”. There were always beans in their house. They were a bit more basic than…

Chili Colorado

I’m from a town in California’s Central (San Joaquin) Valley called Stockton. The Mexican food there is by far, the best I’ve ever had. Seriously authentic and seriously good. I miss it very much. Living in LA, you would think that the Mexican food would be even better but that isn’t the case. They’ve got…

Crumby Weeknight Pasta

Yep. I just called my recipe “crumby”, but only because of the bread crumbs! Duh! This pasta was delicious AF and will be a returning item to the menu. The bread crumbs were a nice addition too, they added an interesting crisp to what is usually and soft and chewy pasta dish. It will also…

Honey Ketchup Glazed Chicken

Chicken legs and thighs are a winner in my house. This is a good thing because they are also cheap! But coming up with new ways to gussy them up can be problematic. I mean seriously, this morning, before 8am, I had already refused to count the cereal in my son’s bowl, admonished the other…

Pumpkin Sage Baked Ziti

‘Tis the season for pumpkin. Seems like that shit is in everything! It may be overly ¬†and inappropriately used these days but let’s not let the scourge known only as “pumpkin spice” cast a shadow over the extremely versatile and completely delicious ingredient. We can rise above the latte, the detergent, the… Pringle? Seriously? What…

Cheese & Spinach Pasta Bake

I wanted something that would taste like comfort food but also something different. I decided to try a spin off of my Mac n Cheese. As with all experimental cooking, it could have gone either way. I’m happy to report that this was a keeper. The Rockstar loved it as did frick and frack, ahem,…

Hot Sauce: A journey into fermentation

I absolutely LOVED the Michael Polan series, Cooked. I mean, this dude GETS it. He’s got an amazingly pragmatic outlook on food, he’s terribly smart and not hard to look at either! (Yes, I have a thing for intellectual nerd types). If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor and get on it….