Eye-Catching Desserts for the Family Pitch-in

The dessert tables at family pitch-in dinners always look so appealing some party-goers start their meal right there. Pies, cakes, cookies, candies, puddings and other taste bud delights are always favorites. Poached Stuffed Pears These beauties are always a hit at the dinner table! Elegant and classic, they promise great flavor served up by the…

Miscellaneous Cooking Goodies

Every cook has a catch-all drawer or container where we keep the tools that don’t deserve counter space since we only use them occasionally. The same is true of those treasured occasional recipes and “how-to” notes that get stuck away until “next time.” We keep ours here in the Vaughn household on our Misc (Miscellaneous)…

Invite the Roulades for Dinner

Who are the Roulades, you ask? It isn’t a who . . . it’s a what! A dish cooked or served in the form of a roll, typically made from a flat piece of meat, fish, or sponge cake, spread with a soft filling and rolled up into a spiral. And, it comes packed with…

Hot Chili – The Warmer Upper

We couldn’t help it (Grin) The title really does say it all, though. A hardy chili soup is a wonderful warmer upper for these bone-chilling cold days of winter. Beefy, and full of delicious flavors, chili soup can range from one extreme to another. In our own soup category we have chili soups mild enough…

Pork Entrees for the Holidays

Spinach and Sausage Pork Roulade This delightful dish tastes as good as it looks! It combines slivered almonds, onion soup mix, and Italian sausage to create a filling for a pork roast. Cooking is simply putting the roulade on a hot pan and carefully turning every few minutes to get it brown all the way…

5X5 Super Deluxe Pizza

Sometimes an extravagant, once-in-a-while, homemade, super deluxe thin crust pizza is the only thing that will fill the bill, and it isn’t something you can order from the local pizza shop. This one is special. It is substantial. It is a party of flavors that burst to life in your mouth. And, it is super…

Sour Apple and Graham Cracker Crisp

Cooking should be fun, and there is little more rewarding and fulfilling than sharing the kitchen with a grandchild who likes to learn. We have a young grandson who loves to be in the kitchen when we are preparing anything from soups and salads to desserts. He is one of those children who snacks continuously,…

Hot Chili for Not Chilly

We couldn’t help it (Grin) The title really does say it all, though. A hardy chili soup is a wonderful warmer upper for these bone-chilling cold days of winter. Beefy, and full of delicious flavors, chili soup can range from one extreme to another. In our own soup category we have chili soups mild enough…

Touch Testing Your Steak

Do you struggle with guessing how well done your steak is? Do you make a calculated guess based on thickness of the steak, heat of the fire, and a length of time to the desired doneness? Sometimes that works, but often it fails dismally. So, is there a better way? How do steak houses seemly…

How To Steam Eggs For Perfect Yolks

Have you ever noticed the cooks in your circles that have a favorite dish that is always requested for pitch-in dinners? There’s always the dessert folks, and the brisket baker, and, of course, the popular deviled egg favorite. Deviled eggs are always a hit, and so is the person that makes them. And, preparation isn’t…

5 Tips for Cooking Great Steaks

We love a tender, juicy, well-cooked beef steak. Because preparing it perfectly involves proper technique, temperature control, timing, and seasoning, cooking a steak is a great test of your culinary skills. Cooking the perfect steak might not be as easy as you wish, but with practice, and some insight, you can quickly master it. Here…