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Chicken Noodle Soup

2 T. olive oil or chicken fat1 onion, grated2 carrots, grated1 small zucchini, grated8 cups chicken broth (low-salt commercial brand or homemade)8-16 ounces egg noodles, amount depends on your family’s tastes1 t. marjoram1 t. dried parsley flakessalt and pepper to taste2-3 cooked chicken breasts, skin and bone removed, meat shredded or chopped into ½-inch chunks. […]

Marinated Flank Steak (Recipe Swap: The Meat and Potatoes Edition)

These recipe swaps can really make a girl hungry, ya know? Last week’s pumpkin carnival had me rushing out for canned pumpkin only to come back and read more recipes with ingredients I didn’t have. So this week’s shopping list includes cream cheese for Janel’s Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes and a vat of oil for those […]

Tandoori Chicken

Photo Source: prakhar As part of our homeschooling curriculum, we regularly study foreign countries. When I can I try to make dinnertime match the theme to help reinforce some of the things that our kids are learning. Last year we studied India and so I searched for an easy recipe that wasn’t too out of […]

Lynn’s version of Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Recipe Swap: Soup’s On!)

How cool is it that when I asked Lynn to guestblog this week’s recipe swap, she chose my very favorite soup?! Jessica asked me to do a guest post for her while she is in the middle of moving to the West Coast. I love to cook and bake, so I was thrilled to be […]

Chicken and Bowties (Recipe Swap: Favorite Fall Food)

I love Autumn. It’s one of the best things about the Midwest. And one thing that I will miss once we move. When the trees turn colors, it’s just beautiful, and every year is different. Dependent on the weather, the leaves vary in their vibrancy. A couple years ago the foliage was full of vivid […]

Bean and Meat Crockpot Enchilada

I made this for lunch last week, and FishBoy11 and Papa were just so pleased. Super easy and very good, especially with the yummy toppings!

Baby Greens with Nuts, Cranberries, Turkey, and Blue Cheese (Recipe Swap: What’s Your Favorite Post-Baby Indulgence?)

Do you know how much the food rules have changed since I had my first baby? In recent years I’ve been amazed at the growing lists of taboo foods: no alfalfa sprouts, no soft cheeses, no caffeine, no tuna fish, no hot dogs, no lunch meat, etc. etc. My goodness! Most of those were encouraged […]

Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your Crockpot?)

Sauerkraut and Pork in the Crockpot

One thing that’s true about the approach of fall is that the days get busy. And dinner is the last thing you want to think about in between carpools, homework, and soccer practice. That is where one of my best friends can save the day. Remember the handy dandy crockpot? Well, bust it out, ladies, […]