Simple Homemade Oatmeal

When I was in my 20s (you know… like 7 months ago) I thought packaged flavored oatmeal was a healthy breakfast. Oops. If I knew then what I know now…. I’ve started making my own oatmeal and it is the easiest thing. If you are trying to be healthier or control your sugar or insulin better,…

Israeli Couscous Salad

Going away on vacation and looking for a meal that’s on the ‘lighter’ side? Or staying in Dodge and needing a mental getaway? Hello Israeli Couscous salad. If you aren’t somewhere tropical you’ll at least be able to imagine that you are. My neighbor/gf Dorothy got me hooked on Israeli couscous one summer evening and I’ve kept a…

Porterhouse Steak, Luger Style

A couple weeks ago hubby and I decided to open up a beautiful red wine from the Masciarelli Wine Company. We had bought it while at a tasting hosted by The Townshend in Quincy. That of course meant we would need to cook something extra special at home: hello porterhouse steak. I made Dutch Potatoes and hubby…

Swamp Yankee Dutch Potatoes

I descend from a long lineage of Swamp Yankees. We believe in practicality, simplicity, and stoicism. We think people talk too much and should listen more. We pay more attention to the weather and birds than TV or electronics. We live to ripe old ages because we mostly eat at home and try to go…

Easy Stovetop Mussels

I really like ordering mussels off the appetizer menu at restaurants and having it as my meal. It’s an especially good move for me since I’ve inherited my grandmother’s habit of extremely slow eating. I can get mussels eaten in a reasonable time, it looks like I accomplished a lot, and my dinner companions don’t have to…

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Oh hey. It’s been a year and half, but I didn’t forget you She Cooks Up Nice. I just bought a 100 year old home and restored it. And taught 100 kids how to read and write. And recycled about 7 years worth of recipes. But I’m back and badder than ever!

Custard Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is comforting. Cornbread is fancier than toast. Corn is a vegetable. These are all clear reasons why you should enjoy cornbread more regularly. Just ask LC. I think she makes a different cornbread each time we are in DC (most memorable so far? cheesy corn bread). My mom, who gives me probably 75% of…

Tuna Casserole

It’s casserole. Which means this is not a fancy, crowd-awing dish. However, it’s yummy, filling, fairly healthy, cheap, and you can make enough for leftovers or a big group. Sometimes that is just what you need! It’s my momma’s recipe. Ingredients -2 cans of white tuna in water (8 0z total I think) -1.5 cups…

Roast Vegetables

My sister made these vegetables for her friend’s baby shower and they were delicious. They are really easy to make and super healthy. It’s amazing how heat can transform a vegetable, because raw these vegetables are not all that interesting. She found this recipe on Food.com. I just simplified it a little more. You can…

Crock-Pot Chicken Chili

It’s cold. It’s dark. And I don’t want to do anything when I get home from work besides put on my pjs and enjoy some Parks & Recreation and chips and salsa (Stacy’s Hint of Salt Chips and Green Mountain Gringo…mmmm). Is that too much to ask?

Lemon-Coconut Cake

I love my husband more than anything. And so I poured my heart and soul into making him a birthday cake with style (just like him). This is the result of that love and hours of work. Make this cake when you want to impress someone. I had it last Christmas at my Aunt Zoe’s…

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

“shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s…

Homemade Pizza – Frozen Dough – Life Made Easy

Pizza is arguably one of my favorite foods. Just ask my girlfriends from study abroad… I was housing a full pizza about twice a week. I would love to make my own dough regularly and have it frozen and waiting, but I’m a busy woman with lessons to plan and people to care for. I…

French Onion Soup

The first time I ever had French onion soup I was at my teacher Mrs. Mahoney’s house for a French Club holiday party – Yankee swap style. I was one of the only freshman there and felt really awkward. Would people want the gift I brought? Who can I talk to? What jerk stepped in dog poop…