Tag: cooking

Amazing Acini de Pepe Salad

Growing up, whenever Mom asked me what I wanted her to make, my answer was always Acini de Pepe Salad.  It does take a little planning and makes a very large amount, so generally this side dish was reserved for holidays, carry-ins, and church picnics.  This recipe is a family favorite and is taken from …

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Delicious Deviled Eggs (a.k.a. Angel Eggs); Part II

Following up from the previous post, comparing hard-boiled to baked eggs, today we are looking at the final details for creating delicious deviled eggs.  When I was little I referred to them as “angel eggs.”  I didn’t like the word “deviled” and couldn’t comprehend how something so wonderful could have such a horrid name.  Generating joy and laughter from …

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Hard-Boiled Versus Baked Eggs: Part I

If you’ve visited this page before, there is one huge difference that is changing my life with boiled eggs – start with boiling water! This completely changes the peeling. The eggs turn out gorgeous. Read on for details… I have recently heard several people mention that rather than hard-boiling eggs it is better to bake …

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Top 5 Picks for the Kitchen

As I continue on with my exploration of the culinary arts and finding my inner chef, I am thankful for all of the wonderful advancements in cooking technology.  This is a quick list of my top 5 picks to help out in the kitchen. 1. Electric Kettle You may find this one a little unusual, especially …

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(Almost) Authentic Cheese Enchiladas

Since we’ve moved to the East Coast, it’s been quite a challenge finding any great Mexican restaurants.   Some grocery stores don’t even carry tortillas.  Missing my family’s cooking, especially the enchiladas we had at gatherings, I decided to try my hand at the recipe my grandma and cousin perfected.   I have labeled these “almost” authentic since I …

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Just Like Mom Used to Make

Growing up, I never realized how important food was to my family life.  Almost every great childhood memory and experience involves food in some way or another.  Whether we were getting ice cream after winning the big game; having a barbeque when it was too hot to cook in the house; eating a four-course meal …

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How to Avoid Flat Chocolate Chip Cookies

As I meander along on this quest of finding my inner cook, I have been pleasantly surprised at the meals that I have been able to create.  However, a few days ago I encountered my first real disappointment. Trying to do a Good Deed To thank a neighbor for helping me out in a tough …

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Successful Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple and Rice

*UPDATED – You can also prepare this recipe using your slow cooker by adding all ingredients (I omit for the flour) and cooking on low for six hours.  You can add rice or noodles, as well.  I like to use the frozen Lo mein noodles, and throw them in about the last hour or 30 …

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Easy Lasagna with No-Boil Noodles

Keeping up with my cooking journey, last night for dinner I made lasagna.   I got the recipe from a friend who clearly has a culinary gift.  She wrote this herself and has been gracious enough to share it.  I love this method because it’s easy and uses no-boil noodles, which saves a lot of time …

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Finding my Inner Cook

I never really thought of cooking as being “my thing.”  Stopping by a restaurant or picking up something to eat was far too easy and became our normal routine after working late and facing a long commute home.  After 5 years of marriage and only a handful of attempts at having dinner at the table, …

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