Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

In spite of my optimism for spring, Mother Nature is apparently not ready to give up on winter. It’s cold today, with a biting wind. So maybe no Buttermilk Chicken Salad just yet. What to do, then, with the Easy Homemade Poultry Seasoning you made this week? Well, do I have some comfort food for…

Balsamic Beets With Broccolini

Balsamic Beets With Broccolini is so easy, you don’t even need a proper kitchen! I know because the first time I made this, I didn’t have a kitchen at all. And I was on crutches. So we’re talking a really easy recipe here! Please forgive the lighting in most of the pics – the little…

Cooking Dried Black Beans

I’d say black beans are my favorite, but that wouldn’t exactly be accurate. They’re probably tied with chickpeas, but my favorite beans are really whichever ones I’m eating at the time. I include both stovetop and Instant Pot directions here. Either way, I much prefer cooking them myself to buying them canned. They’re better, both…

Risotto Milanese

  My first foray into making risotto! I never bothered to make it the traditional way, because I’d only ever had it once that I liked (thanks, Claudia!). It just didn’t seem worth the effort. Then I bought an Instant Pot pressure cooker. So many people rave about using the IP for risotto, I figured…

Split Pea Soup

It hasn’t been this cold here in years! I’m no lightweight when it comes to cold and snow, having spent my whole life In Upstate NY. My first year in Buffalo, it didn’t go above 0℉ for something like 62 days. That was the year I had no car, didn’t live on a bus route,…

Cheaters’ Stuffing

  I always feel a little guilty when I make stuffing. That’s because my dirty little secret is that I start with a packaged stuffing mix. I do have a trick up my sleeve to make the stuffing my own, though. As I’ve said before, my mom was doing semi-homemade before Sandra Lee was even…

Shrimp with Peas & Seasoned Rice

This delicious, paella-inspired dish is pure magic! Whether you cook it right away or freeze it for later, and whether you cook it on your stovetop or in your Instant Pot, the ease and speed with which you get dinner on the table will amaze your friends and family. On those days when you’re too…