Pancakes Aren’t Just for Breakfast

Pancakes are a big deal in our house, and running out of batter can send the whole house into a frenzy… until they realize, we can make our own batter. Just a few simple ingredients, and we are on our way to pancake heaven.                      …

Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

2015 Kids’ “State Dinner” Winners Let’s Move had nearly 1,000 entries submitted to the 2015 nationwide Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Kids from all over the country submitted their recipes based on USDA’s MyPlate recommendations. The 55 winners and their parents joined the First Lady Michelle Obama for a “State Dinner” featuring a selection of the winning…

4th of July Fun!

Fireworks and food, that’s what makes this holiday so much fun. In case you didn’t plan ahead and make all the meals yesterday….here are a few favorites for the days eating frenzy. Watch and learn. ARVE ARVE ARVE Remember to stay safe this holiday! Use precaution around kids fireworkssafety.org

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oh My!

Oatmeal cookies are a favorite in our house, like most homes, and making them healthy is just as important as making them tasty. This recipe has gone through a few variations over the generations. The first version began with my grandmother, and hopefully, she would be proud of the latest version where I have added dark…

Tomato Sauce…it’s all in there

If your kids love pizza or spaghetti, I have a tomato sauce for you! It’s difficult to get kids to eat the vegetables they need for a well-balanced diet, but they are more likely to eat their vegetables, if they help gather them from the garden or they help prep the family meals.  There are…

Favorite CookBooks

Two thngs I don’t have a lot of, time and space. When it comes to picking a cookbook, I want it to be useful and easy to follow. In our house, we use cooking as an introduction to culture. You hear chefs and travel experts talking about visiting the restarurants where the locals hang out…

Cranberry Pistachio Orange Bread

You are probably familiar with the cranberry in the form of juice or the “log” that gets rolled out every Thanksgiving or Christmas from a BPA coated can or maybe you have heard about them from your grandmother dicussing their great qualities for helping with urinary tract infections, but this furit is so much more. Cranberries contain anthocyanins,…

Pesto just got a bit more interesting

Sea Scallops with Maple Blossom Pesto. Maple trees aren’t just for syrup, they also provide edible blossoms to make into this delicious pesto. Not a pesto lover, the blossoms can be sautéed or added to a salad for a bit of a peppery flavor. Visit Fat of the Land blogspot for the complete recipe, and more wonderful dishes…

Favorite Cookies

Gingersnaps are a hit around our house. Not only do they make the entire house smell amazing, but they elicit smiles all around before anyone has taken their first bite. I realized after making these cookies that there are two camps of gingersnap eaters; one that likes them hard and one that prefers them soft.…

Can you REALLY make Classic Pulled Pork?

  The key to saving on cooking time may be cooking a big meal that can be converted into other meals throughout the week. It can be incredibly cost and time effective, but the initial prep isn’t always easy, and the prospect of roasting something all day can be a difficult event to squeeze into a…