Orange Roasted Chicken with Rice


My mother gave me a new pan for Christmas. This was my first trial run with the pan. Though it worked good I realize I need to work more on when to cover and uncover dishes to get that nice brown skin that I wanted. In my old roasting pan I never thought about it…

Italian Stromboli


I had some frozen bread dough and needed something simple to make for dinner. My kids had a bit to eat at their choir rehearsal so they didn’t really want to eat a big meal and we had a large lunch so I was really not too hungry too. We needed something that was just…

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Mozzarella Pasta


I let my daughter pick what we were having for dinner the other night. The only condition was that whatever we would make, we had to have almost all the ingredients already in the house. She looked through several things and finally settled on this dish. The only item we needed to buy was a…

Clinton Kelly Inspired Chicken Thigh Osso Buco


I can tell winter is on its way in when I see the sand/snow fences up at the beach. This is always a very sad sight for me because I know what is coming far too soon. The past two Halloween nights we have had snow or cold, icy rain. With Halloween only 3 weeks…

Poutine Baked Potatoes


When we were in Wisconsin recently we visited our favorite cheese store. We always pick up Basil Farmers Cheese and Fresh Cheese Curd. One bag of Cheese Curd was quickly eaten by the time we got home. But, I still had 3 lbs. of it. Of course the kids were thinking of Poutine all the…

How to Store Flour and Sugar


Sugar and flour are two basic staples in my house . This is how I store them in my kitchen.  I try to buy sugar and flour only when they are on sale. But, that sometimes means I have more than I need in a few weeks. I store the extra in my pantry, usually…

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops


I can’t believe that everyone was home before 8:00 pm the other night. It was such a treat for all of us to be together at 6:00 pm and cooking dinner together. That hasn’t happened in quite a while. One of my kids sets the table and gets the condiments ready while the other pours…

Meal 1 – Baked Chicken Strips


Even though I make many “different” meals for my family they still want “kid” food once in a while. I am not a believer in that there are kids foods and adult foods. Kids menus and foods began back in the 1920s because prior to that time most parents dined out without children. Starting in…

What’s for Dinner Moms?


After listening to “What’s for dinner Mom?”  every day, for the past 11 years, no matter what the answer I gave them, the reply is always the same, “Again?” I am not overly creative lately in my choices for dinner so I am going on a quest to see how many different dishes I can…