General Tso’s Tofu


Growing up my mother made 4 dinners every night until I left for college.  There were very few nights that we actually all sat at a table and ate the same meal.  Most of my recollections are us each eating something different while sitting in front of a television.  A very ’70s way of family…

Grilled Marinated Chicken


One of the best ways I have found to save money (I love my Disney trips and need to save for them) is to try and buy all my staple grocery products when they are on sale.   Most sales happen every 4-6 weeks so when I find items such as chicken thighs or chicken drumsticks…

Herbed Pork Roast with Glaze


Today is the first day since school let out that we have all been able to sleep in.  No early morning doctor appointments, dentist appointments or getting my daughter to the school for her trip to Washington DC.  Yes, I actually put my daughter on a plane with some of her 8th grade peers for…

My 300th Post – Chinese Casserole


I knew this post was coming and I thought I would make a special dinner to celebrate.   But, just like every other mom I know, it was a busy night last night and we are low on funds, being the end of the month and all, so I went with what I had on…

Life, Death and Chicken Yakisoba


I decided to take a two-week hiatus recently with the passing of my mother-in-law.  She lived a long beautiful life but death, even when expected, is never easy. The day we had been waiting for had arrived about 2 weeks ago.   We got the call that my mother-in-law was near the end and we should…

Fried Rice with Spam


My mother-in-laws has been in hospice for the past few weeks.  Last night we received word that we are down to weeks and days and are no longer thinking in terms of months.  It is amazing to me that in times of stress and grief how our minds turn to food. My partner immediately picked…

Saucy Asian Meatballs


Lots of ground beef to use right now so I am trying to make different things so the kids don’t realize the meat is the same thing every night.  This recipe for Saucy Asian Meatballs is from Bear With Me at Chef Jenny.com.    I must confess that I followed the recipe just as it…

Pork Fried Rice


One last To-Go dinner before vacation!  I am ready to burst with excitement.  We are heading to Walt Disney World.  I am a master planner so I have breakfasts and dinners booked for our stay.  Half are our old favorites such as Biergarten, Crystal Palace and Cape May Cafe’ and the rest are new to…

Rachel Ray inspired Asian Ground Beef Lettuce Cups


My kids were asking for something savory tonight for dinner.  I wanted something fairly easy to make and clean up.   I still had ground beef, yes, night number 3, but I wanted to make it not feel like the same meat again.  This time I turned to an Asian influence to try to change things…

Chicken Fried Rice


This is my new wok that I got for Christmas.  I LOVE IT!  Yes, I am shouting.  I also have a large skillet by the same company.  I love that I can take it from stove top to oven.  It has a ceramic base that is easy to keep clean and the food doesn’t stick….

Trisha Yearwood’s Slow Cooker Pork Loin


I pinned this recipe for Trisha Yearwood’s Slow Cooker Pork Loin from Bo’s Bowl.com a few weeks ago.  I was waiting for the night that someone pulled pork loin from the freezer for dinner.   Last night was the night. Verdict: The pork loin was okay but a bit ordinary.  The gravy is the reason to…

Vegetable Lo Mein


We have been on a HUGE Chinese food kick lately.  We love the flavors and my kids love noodles and rice with anything.  Plus I love that I can use up the bits and pieces of stuff from my refrigerator in it. I had bought two bags of broccoli slaw mix when it was on…