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…

Chipotle-Orange Chicken With Rice

This incredibly easy, delicious treat of a dinner is my take on a recipe from Once a Month Meals. I resized it for two people, decreased the amount of liquid, cut the sugar and salt way back, and added some True Orange Ginger. The result is even more flavorful, and a bit less runny. As the…

Sesame-Soy Chicken With Rice

I’m in love with Instant Pot Freezer Meals! I started experimenting with them as part of my “survive the kitchen & hip renovations” plan. All of which is progressing nicely. My new cabinets are going up, and the new range hood is on order. The appliance folks assure me this one will move enough air…

Madras Shrimp

Just tell your guests you’ve been at this for hours. They’ll believe you because that’s how good it tastes! Nobody has to know that this is an incredibly simple, fast dish to make. Don’t just save it for company, either. It’s so quick and easy that it makes a great weeknight meal, too. If you…

Spicy Peanut Chicken With Rice

I love the combination of peanut and ginger! I just can’t get enough of it. I’m having some work done on my kitchen this fall, so I’m stocking up on freezer meals. Neither Spiced Peanut Sheet Pan Chicken Supper nor Nutty Shrimp lends itself very well to a one-container freezer meal, so I needed to…