Kitchen Basics

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam

Another day…another strawberry recipe!!   I love summer!!  As I start thinking about going back to school and getting lessons together, I am always reminded about how much my students LOVE jam.  Sometimes I think that they come up with recipes just so they can smother it with jam.  When I teach them about preserving food […] Read more…

Thanksgiving Dinner Cheat Sheet featured by top US food blog, Practically Homemade

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Cheat Sheet: all the Essentials Needed for the Perfect Holiday Family Dinner

We are less than one month away from Thanksgiving.  What does that mean?  Well, besides the fact that I am already thinking about pumpkin pie {and cookies}.  It means that the more planning I do ahead of time, the more prepared I will be and the more I will enjoy the day.   So today I […] Read more…

Cookie Baking Essentials featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Cookie Baking Essentials

I am so excited to share my love of all things cookies with you today.  Who better to get you ready for cookie baking season then someone completely obsessed with…baking them, eating them and even thinking about them?  Cookies make my world go round, so let me share my favorite cookie baking essentials for total […] Read more…

Bakers Gift Guide

One of the questions that I get asked the most is, what baking supplies I use to make my recipes.  So I decided to go ahead and put together a list of all of my favorite baking products.  Whether you are looking for yourself or maybe you want a gift idea for someone else, this […] Read more…

How to Season your Cast Iron Skillet

Growing up my family cooked with a cast iron skillet all of the time.  In fact, most of our meals {especially breakfast} were made with one.  When I got older and left home, I always used the skillets that came with whatever cookware set I had at the time.   For some reason, over the last […] Read more…

Pickled Shallots

Most of you already know that I am a high school culinary teacher.  I love to cook and bake!  So I am constantly thinking of new ideas for recipes {which is why I have this blog}.  But here is the thing!  I am not very adventurous.  My Darb would even go as far to as […] Read more…

Everything Spice Rub & 5 Grilling Tips

It is grilling season!!  Honestly, there are not enough exclamation points in the world to explain my excitement.  I often dream of living somewhere warm enough to cook outside all year long.  One summer when the kids were younger and I was a single mom, our oven broke mid summer.  Money was a little tight […] Read more…

Meal Planning Basics

I have been asked so many times about meal planning.  How do I do it?  When do I plan?  When do I shop?  Meal planning has became really important to me because I am a girl who likes to have a plan!  When I was a single mom of 2 and owned the deli, I […] Read more…

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