year : 2016 19 results

Slow Cooker Italian Beef or Venison

Slow cooker Italian beef is the perfect meal this time of year. It's comfort food that feeds a family with plenty left over.  Autumn in southern Illinois is when Mother Nature can't decide if she's going to be hot or cold. We go from 65 degrees to near 100 degrees over the course of just a few days. I've lived here my whole life and I'm still not used to her mood swings! Nonetheless, it's also the time of year my slow cooker takes up permanent residency on the kitchen counte...

Pimento Cheese Spread

I love pimento cheese. I love it on crackers as a snack. I love it between bread as a sandwich for lunch. It's the quintessential "munchy" that combines the creamy, smooth texture of cheese with the pungent bite of roasted red pepper. It is also one of the foods I remember most fondly growing up. It was just always there ... in Mom's refrigerator, in Grandma's refrigerator ... I always had access to it.  I always have some in my refrigerator, too. Then, one day, I didn't.&nbsp...

Don’t split your chores, share them!

Good Morning America is a morning ritual for me. Sometimes I watch 15 minutes, sometimes I watch all two hours (if I'm home for the day!) This morning, they aired a segment titled "Secrets to a Better Marriage: Splitting Chores Can Help" that described how changing the traditional roles of who does what in a marriage (or partnership) can lead to a better relationship. Okay. I'll go there ... but I'll one up you. Don't switch. Share. Share the daily grind and spend more time together. ...

Puffed Eggs for Dinner, Anyone?

I love this article and video about puffed eggs from Colonial Williamsburg's historic food blog. I've eaten eggs many ways for many meals, but I haven't seen eggs made this way before! Eggs weren’t just for breakfast in the 18th century. In fact, they were often a side dish to a meal, and not just relegated to the morning as in today’s modern world. More than 20 egg dishes can be found in the French Family Cook alone! Our Rare Breeds [...] Click here to view original web page at recipes...

Grilled Asparagus with Smoked Salt

I will only eat asparagus two ways ... grilled and roasted. Asparagus was one of my least favorite vegetables when I was a kid. In fact, I wouldn't touch it ... and gave a couple cans of it away to the food pantry once, much to my mother's dismay (apparently it wasn't cheap!).  Today, however, grilled asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. Even my husband and daughter love it ... which fascinates me. Neither of them are particularly fond of any vegetable.  Asparagus ...

Coffee Recipes from 1915

This group of interesting coffee recipes was published in the November 15, 1915 edition of the Daily Public Ledger in Maysville, Kentucky. We think of coffee as being that hot or iced drink that gives us the necessary kick in the morning to get moving ... or, maybe that kick to get through the mid-afternoon slump. Some might use instant coffee is cakes or cookies, but these recipes provide a far wider use of the caffeinated cup of Joe. The coffee recipes include coffee jelly, coffee mousse, ...

4 Mouthwatering Food Blogs I Read Every Week

Food and history are my passions ... and I love reading food blogs from around the world. The following four blogs are ones I go to over and over. Each, in some way, reflects my interest in my own heritage and the foods that have impacted it and inspired me to keep learning. Food Blog #1 Farmersgirl Kitchen Ranked number 94 in the Top 100 UK Food Blogs, Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen is focused on real food, but simple food that fits a busy life.  I love reading this blog ...

5 Kitchen Gadgets that Will Make Cooking Easier

My friends ask me all the time what my favorite kitchen gadgets are. Gadgets have to really make sense and make my life easier for me to buy them. Sometimes, it's easier to just pick up a good knife and do things the old fashioned way! However, I've found these 5 kitchen gadgets and tools to be pretty indispensable. I've placed affiliate links on all of these products in case you decide you need one, too.    1) Ground Beef Chopper I saw someone use this ground beef chopper...