Category Archives: Everyday Cooking

Ranch Dressing

Where to begin? This dressing is near iconic. Yes, most of us only know it from the commercial Hidden Valley Ranch product we’ve known for years. But let’s go back in time, to when the dressing was made from scratch … Continue reading

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Oven-baked Rice Pilaf

This recipe is not very different from most rice recipes except that it is baked. That said, it sure is a tasty one and I think you should give it a try. It’s a great match with chicken or pork. … Continue reading

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients 1/2 pound elbow macaroni (you can use most any pasta though) 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon powdered mustard 3 cups milk 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced 1 … Continue reading

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Hamburger Wild Rice Casserole

A trip down memory lane Who remembers this when they were growing up? It sure is good, make some, eat, reminisce. 1 cup wild rice, washed 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef 1 can cream of mushroom … Continue reading

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Quick Chicken Fricassee

Here’s something new I made today. It’s a very flexible recipe in my mind. Feel free to substitute pork (like I did) or beef in for the chicken. Here’s the original recipe from America’s Test Kitchen (sign in required) Quick … Continue reading

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Stuffed Mozzarella Burgers

Similar to the meatloaf recipe, but with a little more pizazz. This is for my pal YGFGF, hope you enjoy. (I promise pictures next time I make these.) Serves 4 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey 1 lb Italian … Continue reading

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Kheema: Indian Ground Beef with Peas

OK, this isn’t close to an original. I’ve only cooked it once twice. So why is it here? Because it’s good, easy, quick, and different. Here’s the base recipe from Food Network: Kheema: Indian Ground Beef with Peas (open in … Continue reading

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Hot and Spicy Pickles

OK, so this isn’t really a recipe. But it is something I am known to enjoy. Hot and spicy pickles are incredibly easy to make and wonderfully delicious. Most recipes presume you have or want to make a full gallon … Continue reading

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Instant Mashed Potatoes (how to make them taste like they aren’t)

More of my musings on how to make convenience foods like instant mashed potatoes into a more elegant, tasty dish. A short entry today, being Thanksgiving and all. Instant Mashed Potatoes (serves 8 ) Start with the things you need … Continue reading

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Chicken Stock

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Chicken stock. We use it in many dishes. It’s almost as prevalent as salt and pepper. So what kind do you use? I admit, the boxed containers with their easy-pour spots are convenient. But are they … Continue reading

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