Creamed Peas and New Potatoes

With all of this work on main courses, the Kid Cooks and I realized we needed more basic side dishes to go with other meals. Sometimes they need something to go with Roasted Chicken Drumsticks or a non-fries side to homemade hamburgers. Also, a great way to help me out and get them involved is... Continue Reading →

Smashed Potatoes

We have used this recipe for a while but didn't realize we didn't share it with the world. The Kid Cooks use this not only for a side, but also to make potatoes to top dishes like the Tex Mex Shepherd's Pie. So here it is, a simple set of directions to make "smashed" potatoes.... Continue Reading →

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

Recently I have been thinking about things I do in the kitchen that don't require recipes; they are more like a simple adaptable method. Roasting foods like broccoli, potatoes, and chicken are some of those. However, I recognize that some people need more guidance when it comes to these if they are going to provide... Continue Reading →

Ham and Pea Pasta Salad

COVID-19 quarantine has meant that we have been cooking and eating LOTS of meals at home. And so, when asked "Hey, what are you having for lunch this week?" the Kids Cooks have been challenged to come up with ideas to bring in some variety into an otherwise routine and boring existence. From staying at... Continue Reading →

Baked Chicken Fingers

This recipe was born after my sons looked through my cookbooks and said "we want to make fried chicken". So, I kept the comment "that's why you buy fried chicken in a restaurant" to myself, and helped them learn to make their own baked version that was faster, cleaner... and safer! They have done the... Continue Reading →

Buttermilk Quick Bread

The Kids Cooks have asked for years to make bread. But I have held fast to my philosophy that I just don't see them dabbling in yeast. This is why we developed a pizza recipe with a crust that didn't require yeast. Even with bread, I am still interested in them eating healthy and fresh... Continue Reading →

Tex-Mex Shepherd’s Pie

After creating one recipe using a rotisserie chicken (see Chicken Tater-Tot Pot Pie), I wanted another that both showcased the other half of the chicken and created more comfort food. In a week, this meant the Kids Cooks could have TWO dinners with the one chicken they bought from the store. I make shepherd's pie... Continue Reading →

Chicken Tater-Tot Pot Pie

I've said before, the recipes are driven largely by what the Kids Cooks want to make. After discussion, they decided they wanted comfort food -- like pot pie! I also had ulterior motives to help them learn how to create with a rotisserie chicken. Pre-cooked, rotisserie chickens are readily available at the store and a... Continue Reading →

Seasoned Rice

Looking for a different recipe that makes an easy, flavorful side dish? This gives the rice some basic seasoning and allows the Kid Cooks to place it in the oven to cook while they complete another part of the meal. The rice plays well with many things, mini meatloaf or even tacos, for example. 1.24.21 This recipe... Continue Reading →

Southwest Chicken and Rice

I am hesitant to call this "Gumbo", "Jambalaya", or even "Dirty Rice" for I have no desire to upset a traditional Southern cook. But this is a similar dish for those with unique abilities that is simpler to make and doesn't require tending to the stove the entire time -- it starts on the stovetop... Continue Reading →

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