Kitchen Basics

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…

Quick Strawberry Freezer Jam {No Pectin}

Last week I posted a killer Strawberry Shortcake Recipe and now today I am back with Quick Strawberry Freezer Jam.  Another day…another strawberry recipe!!   I love summer!!  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…

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…

How to Plan a Dessert Buffet

I love to plan a good party and because my world revolves around food that is always where the planning starts.  This past weekend my Tales graduated from high school which was a fabulous excuse for a gathering.  We decided early on that a dessert buffet was the way to go because who doesn’t love […] 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…

Cookie Baking Basics

Since I have been on such a cookie kick lately, I thought it might be a great time to give you my tips for success.  I love to cook but baking is what really makes my heart {& stomach} happy.  I will admit that until I was a culinary teacher, I never really thought a […] Read more…