Are you trying to spend your leisure time learning new cooking skills these days? Here are tips on three essentials to master in the kitchen.
Tortillas are a wonderful way to creatively serve your favorite meats and vegetables. And, they are easy to make at home! Here is how.
Stretching your food budget might sound like a great plan for your wallet and the environment. Here are 3 easy ways to reach that goal.
Pressure canning potatoes is an easy project for first-timers who are new to preserving foods. This recipe adds a clove of garlic for bold flavor.
Need to bake bread but you don’t have yeast on hand? This classic beer bread recipe is for you, then! And, it’s only 2 WW smartpoints when baked my way.
Coffee is the go-to breakfast drink of choice for so many of us. Do you want to skip the drive thru and start brewing at home? Here’s how!
Those who follow DIY Home & Garden know that I’ve been on WW formerly Weight Watchers since last March. Total loss since then is just over 70 lbs. I hit my goal weight and have been maintaining my lost pounds. More importantly, I feel much better! One challenge… I still love cooking and eating tasty […]
It’s that time of year. Everyone is on the weight-loss bandwagon. You can cut the fat of meats and embrace vegan recipes as part of your ongoing efforts. Not only are we in thick of New Year’s Resolutions, but it also looks as if 2020 is the year for Veganism to become even more popular. […]
Nearly everyone has had the yummy sausage breakfast casserole. Our version cuts the fat and calories. After losing 70 pounds on WW (formerly Weight Watchers), I have continued to reboot classic comfort foods into dishes that will satisfy everyone. My hubby loves the flavors, I love the low points value. Breakfast casserole is a Christmas […]
WW Chocolate Protein Booster is the basis for 6 yummy recipes that can help you weight loss goals.
Zucchini soup is a real treat, especially when you pair it with unexpectedly bold southwester flavors. Make it in 30 minutes with Pampered Chef.
Tomato soup is a hearty, cool-weather classic. When the weather turns, I can’t seem to get enough. I cooked this recipe in the Pampered Chef Deluxe Quick Cooker. For those of you haven’t taken the plunge and purchased one, I’m including the stove top method and a crockpot method. Truthfully, I cooked this batch the […]
Fall is upon us. That means cold nights, cold mornings, and plenty of opportunities for comforting warm meals with the family. The following fall recipes prove that a finger-licking hearty supper or lunch that brings the whole family together doesn’t need to take much time or be overly complicated. 5 Easy Fall Recipes for the […]
Apple butter gets a transformation from heavy comfort food to a delicious sugar-free snack that’s nutritious and still tasty!
Taco seasonings are a pantry staple for many households. But do you know what preservatives are in the packet? Skip the guesswork and eliminate those chemicals by making your own taco spice blend. We’ll show you how!
Are apple the…well…apple of your eye? Use our comprehensive guide to see how to use peak-season goodies to make for year round consumption.
WW member? Then you probably know the value of zero point foods in the revamped WW Freestyle Program. This Creamy Italian Dressing hits all the marks–great in taste, offers protein, and zero points. For those of you who might not know, WW is the former Weight Watchers. About a year ago (when I joined the […]
This morning I had to drive to Raleigh to pick up my stepdaughter for the holidays, a four-hour round trip drive. Before I left, I tossed crock pot pierogies in to have a hot lunch ready and waiting when we got home. I’ve seen crockpot pierogies all over the internet, but I’d never taken the […]
For your next gathering, swap out your same old dinner rolls for this home baked pull-apart cheddar garlic bread. Stand back. Watch your guests gobble them up!
Let your family think you spent hours in the kitchen! This 4 ingredient apple pecan dump cake evokes feelings of warm early winter memories. Warm apples, spice flavors, and a crunchy and nutty topping combine to create that perfectly indulgent dessert.
Drunken Pumpkin Coffee (pronounce it drunkin punkin) kicks up your holiday gift wrapping. Brew a cup before you gift wrap, and you’ll be singing fa-la-la-la-la-la and enjoying your last minute holiday preparations.
Deer camp casserole is one of those lazy weekend dishes. It’s perfect for Saturdays when my hubby is deer hunting since I never know exactly when he’ll walk back in the door–that depends on the success of the hunt.
In case you haven’t noticed, I love to cook with bourbon. Today, I have an apple bourbon peanut cake recipe to share.
It’s a cake so moist and delicious that nobody will know that it came from a box. The cake is rich from the bourbon (not extract, the real stuff!) and crisp from the apples. And, the peanuts? They add an interesting texture and great flavor.
Love Pampered Chef? Then you’ll definitely love this PC Quick Cooker Recipe. Cheese, sausage, pepperoni pizza pasta. On the table in minutes!
Pumpkin spice shortbread cookies are just the right balance of warm spice and slight sweetness. The flavors are complex and not overpoweringly sweet or pumpkiny. This means that even those who don’t like overpowered with pumpkin spice will enjoy this light, crisp cookie.
Hearty vegetable and turkey chili is a delicious way to get that taste of chili you crave in the fall without the fat and calories of beef.
Today’s the first day of hunting season. This leaves me here on a Saturday with the house all to myself. I’ve had the chance to putter around at some little organizing projects, snuggle with my dog, and treat myself to a warm, decadent, but still Weight Watchers friendly lunch. I came up with the idea of putting pan seared flounder over apple and warm kale salad.
Home canned pizza sauce is a fantastic item to keep on hand. From scratch made pizza to a quick dipping sauce, this recipe is easy to follow. Ideal for those just giving canning a first try!
Looking for a snack to enjoy during tonight’s Monday night game? Try stirring up a quick, easy batch of roasted corn and black eyed pea salsa. It is a tangy, savory, and delicious salsa that’s got a very mild heat so even those who don’t brave hot salsas will be sure to enjoy this treat. […]
DIY chili seasoning is so simple to make. You can skip those little packets in the spices section and DIY to save tons of money. Plus, you will have control over how hot or mild you prefer your seasoning.
The debate over which are the best college football snacks can be a lively one in my household. My husband and I are both avid football fans. I prefer the NFL (Go Steelers) and he’s a die-hard college football fan (UNC Tarheels). The college football season starts next weekend already, and we are already planning our menu!
Italian brunch is a fantastic theme that breaks out of the usual rut. Skip a meal and serve this early lunch for a sumptuous experience.
There’s nothing quite like the smell of hot and tasty fajitas. Zesty, seasoned steak meets freshly grilled onions and peppers. The aroma is tantalizing. Better yet, they are cheap, quick, and so simple to make. In fact, the prep time takes longer than the actual cooking. It’s a fantastic and easy way to feed a crowd for cheap!
Simply delicious, pineapple rum cake is a current favorite around my house. It is moist, sweet, and satisfying.
Whenever I offer to bake for a fundraiser or to take to an event, I am inevitably asked to bake my Scottish Shortbread. These are light, not overly sweet, and buttery cookies that are as much in demand in the spring or summer as at Christmastime. Today I’m sharing the secrets of how to bake […]
Honey maple peanut butter protein bites are the perfect snack to pack with you on the go when you’re trying to get healthy and avoid temptation. I selected products that were non-gmo and gluten-free to amp up the health benefits.
I wanted to share with you a recipe for a savory avocado spread for wraps of salads. It only takes a few minutes to make, and it adds so much flavor to an otherwise kind of boring wrap.
This 10-minute meal, shrimp and grits, is almost faster to make than waiting in line for fast food! And I am certain that you will find it healthier and better tasting!
Shrimp fra diavolo offers you a fast meal that’s easy to prep and cook and light on the waistline. Pasta dinner for 8 ww points.
Today I wanted to share how to make 5 ingredient lip scrub at home. The air is getting colder and drier. I don’t know about you, but winter is starting to take a toll on my lips! They get dry, chapped, and flaky if I am not vigilant with a lip scrub this time of the year.
We’re halfway through the holidays. Thanksgiving is a week or two behind us and Christmas is just three weeks away from today. In the south, ’tis the season for all things sweet potatoes. This is an easy recipe to make–peanut crusted sweet potatoes.
This easy taco soup offers you hearty and perfectly balanced flavor in a flash! Days are getting hectic as we count down to Christmas. We need meals that are flavorful, nutritious, and comforting.
Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and it’s time to share my secret recipe for Peanut Pie. It’s rich, decadent. In the South, we have a saying when something’s this good: “Slap Yo Mama!”. This pie is so rich, so decadent, and so satisfying it makes me want to cry when I take a bite.
When the weather turns cold, this easy, cheesy grilled ham and potato soup warms the body and feeds hungry appetites.
Try one of these 3 easy dry rubs for your Thanksgiving turkey!
Perfect steak. Every time. It’s every grillmaster’s dream come true! A steak is a classic American protein. It’s on the menu at all the finest restaurants, it’s appropriate for every occasion, and it’s impressive to look at…when it’s done right!
It seemed fitting to make a post on how to deep fry a turkey safely. I have been getting hungry for turkey, so why wait for Thanksgiving? I can fire up the fryer and turn out a succulent, moist deep-fried turkey just because. However, we’ve all seen news stories on disasters that occur when turkey fryers go wrong. Burnt hair. Burnt cars, Burnt houses. You get the idea.
I absolutely love both guacamole and hummus. In fact, I often crave them but sometimes can’t decide which one to make. Now, I call this dish God Bless Texas Hummus. As it turns out, Tex Mex flavors and Mid Eastern hummus make a savory, delicious fusion. A hummus recipe is always great to keep on […]
Last year, I came up with Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix, my own take on cereal snack mix. I love all things pumpkin spice, and this was a perfect blend of sweet and salty.
Maple bacon corn muffins are a treat for a cool fall morning. I bake them on Sunday morning and serve them piping hot. You get 18 muffins out of one batch, leaving plenty of muffins left over to keep on hand for a quick weekday morning breakfast.
Peanut Butter Fruit and Pretzel dip is a no cook recipe that’s easy to take to your tailgate or football party this weekend! This tasty dip only has 3 ingredients so you can whip it up with very little prep work.
Freezing sweet potatoes without them turning brown can be challenging. There’s nothing worse than doing all the work of freezing, only to have your lovely potatoes turn from that gorgeous sunset orange to the color of rust by the time you serve them.
This weekend is the best weekend of the year. NFL Kickoff! Woot-woot! The first game day is a big deal in my house. Playing around in the kitchen, I thought of an easy way to make one jar of local NC peanuts into three super tasty game day snacks.
Banana peppers offer amazing flavor to any dish. Preserve them this summer and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor all winter. Instructions on home canned banana peppers, in under 60 minutes!
If you live in a relatively hot climate, with long and humid summers, you probably get tired of drinking water. These 20 easy fruit-infused waters will help hydrate your body. Better yet, they taste great and add variety to all the water you’ve been drinking.
This may sound weird to you, but Cheese Soup is an actual dish that is very common in the northern region of Mexico. It is extremely simple and makes a great dish any time of the day.
I think you know by now that we Mexicans love our food spicy. Even if we don’t enjoy spicy things as a child, like myself, you develop a taste for it. Soon you start to feel like food doesn’t taste as good, or has any flavor at all, unless it makes you cry of how […]
Jalapeno Pimiento Cheese is a southern classic with a delicious and zesty twist! In fact, this is one of my husband’s favorite sandwiches. Every southern woman has a family recipe for Pimiento Cheese. This is because it’s a staple in most southern households. RELATED POST: Oven Dehydrate Jalapeno Peppers: An Easy Way To Preserve But […]
Southwestern Bean Salad is a recipe I came up with on a moment’s notice. It was prompted by necessity. We received a last minute invitation to a cookout with some friends.
Trail mix is a snack that is difficult to get right. It can either boost your energy excellently or make you feel unhealthy and ill. Nonetheless, trail mix can be a fantastic snack when you make it appropriately with nutritious ingredients.
BBQ pork sliders from the pressure cooker taste rich and moist. Because of the steam in the pressure cooker, the pork doesn’t get dry. It’s one of the quickest ways I have found to cook a pork loin, and the results are consistently great!
Jalapeno Vinegar in a mason jar is a sassy and spicy way to use some of my jalapenos. My garden runneth over with jalapenos right now. Every day I harvest more than a dozen jalapeno peppers. A good hot pepper vinegar is always fun to keep on hand in the pantry.
Oven dehydrating jalapeno peppers is a quick, easy way to preserve them. When you use this method, the jalapenos hold their famous sweet heat flavor so that you can use them all winter. They only take a few minutes to prep to dry. Once you have finished prepping them and have put them in the oven, they take care of themselves and just need to be checked occasionally.
Last week I found an amazing sale on Poblano peppers at about $.40 a pound and so I stocked up and figured out I could cook some Chiles Rellenos and one of my favorite comfort food: chicken in poblano pepper cream.
Believe it or not, my first time eating chiles rellenos was not that long ago, and I’m a Mexican born and raised in Mexico in my late 20’s.
This Jameson Irish whiskey bbq sauce makes a rich and flavorful addition to your summertime cookouts. It’s super easy to make but the flavors are complex. It’s sweet, smoky, and tangy all at one time. Mix a batch of this barbecue sauce, invite over your friends, and prepare to see them amazed at your bbq prowess.
As a relocated Yankee living in the south, I sometimes miss being able to order Pittsburgh’s most famous cole slaw. You can get this very special slaw only at Primanti Bros. restaurants. They build sandwiches that are piled high with fresh meats, french fries, and they top it all off with this style of coleslaw
One of the tastiest ways to use the tiny but tasty cherry tomato is to make a bowl of cherry tomato salsa. My garden is slamming right now. I’m getting about a pint of cherry tomatoes each day along with jalapenos and cilantro.
Low in fat is not what normally comes to mind when you hear “Creamy,” but this salad dressing delivers on the promise of low-fat but high in flavor. “Creamy” most often conjures images of foods based in mayonnaise or heavy sour creams. But this low-fat salad dressing has a secret ingredient.
As my garden progresses, I’m always trying to use up herbs; Spaetzle made with garden fresh herbs is a fantastic recipe. It’s a quick, easy side dish that gives you home-cooked noodles in just minutes. Re-think spaetzle…it’s not just a heavy winter dish. The herbs give it a light, bright flavor.
French toast is often categorized as a way to use up old bread, but Cinnamon Caramel French Toast is so much more than that. Okay. Technically, it is a wonderful way to use up old bread. However, this is so much better than that. It is rich and sweet at the same time.
One of my favorite foods is meatball pizza sliders. I love both pizza and burgers, it’s often difficult to decide which one I’m hungry for. This quick and easy recipe can combine your love of pizza and burgers into one cheesy, flavorful, delicious dish. They solve the dilemma of pizza vs. burgers. These sliders can […]
Grilled ham and mozzarella macaroni and cheese is an easy dish to cook ahead and take when you’re invited to a cookout or family reunion. It’s easy to make and oozes with creamy, cheesy goodness. Better yet, it only takes roughly 30 minutes to prepare.
I once had one friend ask me for a good recipe for a marinade sauce to prepare meat in order to make carne asada in a true Mexican style. I was a little shocked by his question because where I come from, they meat doesn’t need anything else than the heat from red hot mesquite charcoal and some salt.
As a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, I grew up eating “pepperoni balls;” to the rest of the nation, these are called Pepperoni Rolls. I say this because I am going to try to remember to refer to them by their more common name but the Erie girl in me may pop up and stick her head into this post.
There are a few dishes that bring in me a nostalgic sentiment. One that never fails to do so is Carne con Chile, which, by my definition, can be considered a comfort food from the state of Sonora, in northern Mexico.
I love ribs, but I rarely order them when I go out to eat. I prefer to make them at home. While ribs were once a challenge, I have developed a secret ingredient that makes perfectly seasoned ribs, every time. I call it Big Daddy’s Rib Rub, in honor of my husband.
Strawberries are so delicious that I freeze strawberry puree every season so that I can pull some out of the freezer throughout the year and enjoy. There’s no sweeter indulgence than a decadent home-baked cheesecake topped with fresh strawberry flavor in the middle of November when strawberries are just not available.
Venison sliders are delicious little cheeseburgers made from a savory blend of beef and venison. They are perfectly portioned to grill up quickly or when you want a lighter bite.
Every time I fix them for breakfast, I end up with leftover grits. As a result, I have come up with a way to bake those leftovers into a hearty, richly-textured bread with a rustic appearance. It makes a wonderful toast and is also a full-bodied bread to get out the door in the morning. […]
Cinco de Mayo is a huge celebration and people go crazy on that day. They eat all sorts of Mexican food, drink Mexican beer or Tequila, make tons of guacamole and have a Mexican-brand hangover sometimes! So while America celebrates the triumph of Mexican militia over the French Army in the heroic Battle of Puebla, […]
Is a well known fact that Americans love guacamole. In fact, they eat tons of it during Cinco de Mayo. Guacamole is the heart of a party, whether is a small get-together with your closest friends or a huge family reunion, Mexican homes have always a place right in the center of the table for a bowl of a special recipe of the best guacamole they can make.
In North Carolina, we are lucky that we harvest strawberries in April every year. The season starts around mid-April here in Eastern NC and lasts through early May. Give or take a few days, we have a few short weeks to savor the juicy, sweet flavor of strawberries. Pancakes with fresh strawberries are the perfect way to start out a cool April morning.
Venison in Savory Onion Gravy is mouth watering and succulent when you pull it out of the pressure cooker.
Love those fancy grilled pizzas at your favorite restaurant? You can make it at home for a fraction of the price. Easy and delicious!
Looking for a quick, easy snack to get you going? Then try these easy homemade dinner rolls recipe! Guaranteed to be an enjoyable meal!
Sloppy Doe aka Venison Sloppy Joe is a favorite in my household. We love to use deer meat in this flavorful recipe.
Keto-friendly eggs, sausage, and cheese breakfast casserole is a staple of the ketogenic diet.
Today is a double game day. My Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wild Card Game and the UNC Tarheels are playing NC State. It’s freezing cold outside. In fact, the temperature is the lowest it’s been all winter thus far. It’s a great day to take it easy, kick back, […]
Oven dehydrated herbs are the quickest, easiest way to preserve herbs. In a short time, you can have your herbs preserved for the witner.
Pork chops with brown rice & kale are a delicious, easy dish to fix. They use kale that is bountiful this time of year.
I love peaches. And I really, really love a luscious peach cobbler. A Peach Cobbler should have a smooth, warm filling and lightly browned top with just a little bit of crunch. This Peach Cobbler fits the bill!
Cheese Tortellini & Kale Salad has become a staple in my household. Do you remember playing Never Did I Ever as a child? I can honestly say that as a little girl, I would never in a million years have thought that I would grow to love kale as much as I do. Because I love […]
Whipped pumpkin butter represents two of my favorite things. Pumpkin and butter. Don’t judge!
Today, I want to share my home canning recipe for Peach Pie Filling made with peaches from the Farmer’s Market. About My Peach Tree Firstly, I admit defeat. This is because I have a peach tree. So in the spring it was loaded with blossoms. I then knew I was going to have a tree […]
This Savory Garden Marinara is the perfect dinner to fix on a hot summer night. It has been an extremely hot past couple of weeks here in North Carolina. And I mean too hot to even think about grilling outside. In fact, the temperature has been about 100 degrees for the past two consecutive weeks. […]
Zesty Cucumber Basil Salad is a salad I came up with on the fly. I found myself bombarded with cucumbers. I don’t waste food and needed to come up with something to do with five large cucumbers, quick!
Sweet basil pesto is simple to make and wonderful on hand for the off-season. When the garden delivers a bumper crop of basil, take advantage of it.
Fragrant sweet basil vinegar adds a burst of flavor to salads or greens. This offers you a fantastic way to use up all the sweet basil from your herb garden!