Tips and Tricks for Thanksgiving – AND, How to Make GREAT Stuffing

Tips and Tricks for Thanksgiving – AND, How to Make GREAT Stuffing

For years, I thought the right thing to do was to torture myself on Thanksgiving eve and day in order to make everyone else happy. Then, I came up with a system to conquer having to cook all day long. Before I start sharing tips on food preparation, I wanted to share another turning point in how I made my stuffing go over the top from great to excellent.  Well, we all have our favorite stuffing and could fight stuffing wars on who has the best stuffing, but no matter…

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The BEST and Most Moist, Succulent Turkey without Breaking the Bank

The BEST and Most Moist, Succulent Turkey without Breaking the Bank

Everyone has their own special dishes and holiday traditions that take place during Thanksgiving.  For many cooks in the home, the day can become overwhelming.  Being a first time Thanksgiving cook can also present stress with the need for perfection. Fortunately, for many, the Internet provides a lot of answers to how to make the perfect turkey.  I learned by making mistakes.  Then, I learned to cook a turkey the way I like it, and maybe NOT the way most professionals would advise. Let’s have a side note for a…

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Awesome Gingersnaps!

Awesome Gingersnaps!

Shortly after my husband and I were first married, he bought a bag of gingersnaps and professed his love for them.  At that time, I never believed in buying a bag of cookies.  My thoughts were that I could make a batch of cookies for a lot less money, get more cookies, and know what was in them. My love for baking cookies first started as a kid.  It’s where my fascination for cooking started – with the almighty cookie.  My mother bought a cookie book for me when I…

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Splendid Recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener

Splendid Recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener

Every morning, I wake up, go into the kitchen, and press the on button to the coffee maker.  As my coffee is brewing, I pull out two things:  coffee creamer and Splenda® packets.  I prefer using Splenda® for a couple of reasons.  One reason is because it dissolves so easily into my beverages.  The other reason is because I like the fact that Splenda® is low in calories. When I discovered Splenda® was going to be a sponsor this month and that I was one of the chosen Allrecipes Brand…

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The IFBC, Bai 5 Antioxidant Infusions, and…what’s this? A GIVEAWAY!

The IFBC, Bai 5 Antioxidant Infusions, and…what’s this?  A GIVEAWAY!

While at the IFBC (International Food Blogger Conference), many food companies introduced their products.  It was a thankful time for me.  Since one of my daughters had to become gluten free, I felt like her food choices were limited – and usually to items that didn’t taste so good. However, my opinion change after that conference.  I saw the trend for more natural ingredients.  More dietary needs are being met.  It was eye opening to see more companies listing their products as being gluten and GMO free.  One of the…

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Vegetarian Sunday Supper – Great for Meatless Monday!

Vegetarian Sunday Supper – Great for Meatless Monday!

When you have people who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and none of the above running around your household, it can be relatively complicated to try to put meals together that everyone can eat.  Lately, I feel like it’s been a lot of trial and error in my home because it’s hard to appeal to the masses. I find that the best method to making sure everyone has enough to eat is to make a variety of dishes.  Sometimes, it seems I go overboard.  I can’t help it.  I worry….

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Easy and Awesome Potato Soup for Your Sunday Supper!

Easy and Awesome Potato Soup for Your Sunday Supper!

I’ve made more potato soup in life than I care to mention.  During my twenties, it was practically a staple in my diet.  Why?  Well, for one, potatoes are relatively inexpensive.  Also, buying a ham steak at that time and making it last for a few days came in handy…especially considering the price. My older two daughters told me they never knew how broke I was when I always managed to get dinner on the table.  But, it doesn’t take a mound of cash to satisfy your tummy!  The little…

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Sunday Supper – Slow Cooker Cooking, Can You Take the Heat?

Sunday Supper – Slow Cooker Cooking, Can You Take the Heat?

When I was growing up, my mother use to make a dinner for us to eat shortly after church.  Outside of Saturday and Sunday,  we had dinner by six pm.  The only reason why I threw Saturday in there is that, by the time I was a teenager, I was too busy socializing to know when people ate. Quite a few times, my mother would use her slow cooker to make the meals.  Stews and shredded BBQ beef were among the dinners that she put together.  It was so nice…

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Turkey Tuesday – When One Good Thing Leads to Another

Turkey Tuesday – When One Good Thing Leads to Another

Almost a year ago, one of my daughters wanted to hatch eggs for a science project.  We created a homemade hatchery (see http://hudsonvalleyhandymom.com/?p=471 for more details).  At the time the experiment was done, I had no idea what it would later lead to: This is the result of the three hens I was able to keep.  That’s right…THREE!!!  Who would’ve thought they’d lay daily eggs?  When I chose the breed of chickens, I had read that they COULD lay up to one egg a day, but I cook so much that…

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Steak – When Beef is What’s for Dinner

Steak – When Beef is What’s for Dinner

Ah, summer….where grills are fired up and the smell of burgers across the nation remind us of peaceful, warm days and time with our friends and family.  But, maybe you swore off beef because you thought it was so bad for you.  Perhaps, your life is about to change.  Why?  Beef has more benefits than you know:  http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/health.aspx Everything in moderation! How can you resist a dish like this? The dog days of summer come along and remind us that our days of basking in the sun are numbered.  Although…

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