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…

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?

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…

Tzatziki or Cucumber Yogurt

First off, let me say that grandparents are amazing. They love you unconditionally and yet without enforcing any rules like a parent. Basically you can do no wrong and every choice you make is fabulous. I remember in Elementary School we had Grandparent’s Day and you could bring a grandparent to school with you. Why…

Raspberry and White Chocolate Scones

I am finally settled in my NEW apartment in Massachusetts with my HUGE kitchen. The hubs and I can both be in the kitchen at the same time! It has a dishwasher! I have a pantry I can walk in! The fridge is huge and has a water dispenser! Goodness gracious! At night I just…

Ave’s Eggplant Parmesan

Growing up what did your family have for Christmas dinner? Turkey? Perhaps a ham? Or maybe even roast lamb? We always had eggplant parmesan. Why? Because it’s delicious. And we’re Italian. duh.

Cast Iron Chicken Thighs

My culinary world is improving dramatically with my new skillet. I love fish. I love shellfish. I love steak. I love pork. And then… there’s chicken. Meh. At least, that is how I usually feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoy some good wings (mmmm Fat Cat), but when it comes to chicken…

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

I distinctly remember the first time I ate chicken pot pie. My sister’s best friend’s mother (thanks Jane!) dropped off some chicken pot pie and I fell in love with the comforting combo of warm bread, gooey chicken, and even those unfamiliar (at the time) items called vegetables. With the cold weather and busy days…

Easy Homemade Applesauce

Autumn is in the air! How about some homemade applesauce? I almost feel silly blogging this because it is so ridiculously easy. It came out delicious! A few weeks ago I had pork and apple rings with the hubs when he started reminiscing about when he was a kid and his mother made homemade applesauce….

Lemon Buttermilk Cake

This is an excellent cake for when you have company over, or, if you have more English sensibilities, with an afternoon tea. It could also be a delicious dessert, perhaps with some vanilla or pistachio ice cream. It went so quickly that I did not even get a picture of it until half was already…