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Pizza (or Calzone) Dough

I’ve been experimenting with this dough recipe over the past few months. It seems to be working well for us. Depending on how well I work it, it can make up to six large, thin-crust pizzas. Often it turns out to be six medium to individual. If you really want large size pizzas, I’d say […]

The Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe

Ultimate Carrot Cake | Life as Mom

Looking for the Ultimate Carrot Cake? This be it! Soft and tender cake is topped with light and fluffy cream cheese and sprinkled with chopped nuts for a super delicious treat. I must admit that when I find a recipe I like, well, it’s a keeper. It eventually finds a place in our family traditions, […]

Pretzels

The boys and I had a great time making these for breakfast a few weeks ago. I made the dough in my bread machine very early in the morning. It took about 1 1/2 hours until the dough was ready to be formed. Once they were baked, we brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled […]

Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad

This recipe is inspired by a similar salad from The Pioneer Woman. I’ve frugalized it and tweaked it so that it’s my very favorite salad – ever. 1 pound linguini, cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained 4 grilled chicken breast halves, chopped 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into […]

Peppery Brisket

Holiday dinners are such a fun tradition in the life of our family. My own mother made a big to-do out of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. While we didn’t have much extended family who lived nearby, the second cousins once removed and all their kin that did were always included in the festivities. Sometimes Mom […]

Boules de Picolat, Catalan Meatballs

Boules de Picolat, also known as Catalan Meatballs, are one of my favorite foods. They are easy to make and super freezer-friendly. There’s no question that not having to cook dinner is a good thing – any night of the week. And while take-out or eating out are certainly fun prospects, they’re not always doable. […]

Chicken Enchilada Casserole (URS: Hot and Spicy)

Since I grew up in Southern California, Mexican food was always a regular part of our diet. Though my dad was a Minnesota farm boy, he moved to California in his twenties and developed a taste for spicy foods. As a result, they were flavors I grew up with. But Mexican food is not the […]

Budget Living: Make Your Own Chicken Stock

You’ve probably heard it said again and again how you can save money by making your own ______________ (fill in the blank). From baked goods to birthday cakes, cooking from scratch generally is the less expensive road to travel. One of the easiest things to make yourself (and it tastes better, too) is chicken stock. […]