TGIF: Make Homemade Pizza


One of the things that our family loves to do is to eat pizza. Personally, my very favorite pizza is served up at the corner of Bouquet and Soledad Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA. However, I live in Kansas City, so I’ve had to learn to make do without my hometown pizza. When we’ve got […]

Black Bean and Cheese Pie

Several readers commented on wanting to know about the Black Bean Pie I was making for my OAMC bash. It’s not anything too fancy. The South Beach/Zone people would probably tell me it’s high in carbs. Blah, blah, blah. I think there’s a fair amount of protein, and I don’t see how it’s terribly different […]

Black Bean Lasagna

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is winding up her frugal food series this week, featuring Breads, Potatoes, Pasta, and Rice. I thought I would share our Black Bean Lasagna recipe. These directions are made for freezing. If you’re going to eat it the day you prepare it, skip the steps between the asterisks. Black Bean LasagnaMakes 1 9×13-inch pan […]

What I’m Not Cooking This Week

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If you were tracking with me last week, you know that I spent four mornings cookin’ up a storm chez moi. This week we’re going to reap the rewards of that. I’m not cooking this week! (OK, I have to heat it up and make side dishes. But, that’s just icing on the cake.) Later […]

Curried Chicken Casserole

Today is chicken day. I’m going to put together three kinds of chicken dishes for the freezer. And since Jenn@FrugalUpstate is hosting chicken recipes this week, it made sense to post one of today’s featured culinary creations. Check out her site for a wealth of frugal ideas, including a great roundup of budget recipes. This […]

News Flash

Remember awhile ago I mentioned the Crockpot 365 blog where Stephanie cooks something everyday in her slowcooker? Well, she’s going to be on Rachel Ray today! How fun!

Tips for a Good Freezer Cooking Day


Another day, another dinner — or two or ten. Praise the Lord for small (and big) mercies! It was actually very mellow around here, despite my late start. No spilled milk today! I got cookin’ about 10 and wrapped up the morning at 11:45 for lunch and swim lessons. Crockpots simmered while we were gone. […]

Quick Tips for Bulk Cooking


I didn’t get quite as much done as I had planned, but that’s okay. Life happens. And I don’t want to be crabby at my kids for the sake of a few “tv dinners.” Twittering it was helpful because it kept me accountable and gave me a record of my timeline. I’m guessing that I […]