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…

Time Saving Main Course Casseroles

Spring is a very busy time in most households, with gardening season starting in Southern states, spring cleaning beckoning, and outdoor activities gearing up for children, many households are searching for ways to maximize their leisure time while still taking care of business. Enter the casserole, those wonderful time savers! Nothing says “home” as well as the…

Spring Into Summer Recipes

When we start getting those occasional warm sunny days that break the monotony of ole’ man winter, we begin looking forward to spring’s arrival. Along with blooms and blossoms our thoughts turn to our favorite, lighter, warm season dishes including succulent fruits and vegetables, luscious summer salads, and comforting entrees. Here’s a look at some…

Most Requested Recipes of 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by some of the 10 most requested recipes of 2017 according to Google, because there’s a resurgence of interest in some of the classic homemade recipes. We are delighted to see some long time classics appearing on the list, including the most sought after recipe, Beef Stroganoff! A French chef, who…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…