McCormick Scores Again!

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Chicken.  So versatile…so tasty…and served so often in our home.

And because of our fondness for chicken, and my ability to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts for between $1.69 – $1.99-a-pound with regularity, my recipes needed a little refresh.

I’d had family-pleasing success using the McCormick Bag and Season for Pot Roast, so I was inspired to pick up their Bag and Season for Chicken during my last trip to Stop & Shop. Continue reading

Beef – From Bottom To Top

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Why have I never made a roast before? I asked myself that recently while in Stop & Shop as I admired a bottom round roast that I couldn’t pass up. What had my family and I been missing? I knew McCormick made cooking bags and spice combinations that would make this an easy and tasty dish, which inspired me to give making my first roast a whirl.

And we were all glad I did. Continue reading

All In A Stew

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the meals my mom made as I look for meal inspiration for my own family.

Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, chicken soup, Swedish meatballs, pork chops, stuffed peppers, the list of her delicious meals is endless, whether for a weekday dinner or a large holiday gathering. And then it hit me – mom’s beef stew, rich, thick, loaded with potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, mushrooms and meat…and dumplings floating on top. I also remembered that somehow, I always managed to get the serving with the bay leaf, lol. Continue reading

Punched Up Potato Salad

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Celery. Celery. My queendom for a bunch of celery.

I was making potato salad to go with last night’s dinner – and horror of horrors – there was no celery in my fridge. How can that be, and more importantly, what can I use to bring flavor, color and crunch to my potato salad?

I needed inspiration and I needed it fast. Continue reading

Cousin Carol’s Caprese Salad

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Have I got a treat for you. I know my last blog said I would follow it up with a Beat The Heat Part 2 blog, but I’ve got something that’s too good not to share here.

My cousin Carol is an excellent cook. I’ve never had a bad meal that she’s prepared. Since she always seems to come up with something delicious to bring to our holiday meals, I was inspired to reach out to her for a cool summertime recipe…and she sent me a gem. Continue reading

Bountiful Burrito Bowls

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The warm weather has me looking for dinner inspiration…and cool meals long on satisfying flavor.

I made burritos recently and they were well received. Okay, they were devoured. After some thought, I decided to take the ingredients out of the wrap and put them in a bowl the next time I made the recipe. This would be perfect for a warm day’s dinner – a layered combination of warm seasoned ground beef, refried beans and sautéed whitecap mushrooms and onions with the cool crispness of shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes and cucumber, low-fat sour cream and finely shredded Cheddar cheese on top. Continue reading

More Pandemic Pantry

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While shopping my pantry recently and finding two boxes of stuffing, I was inspired to tweak my meatloaf recipe (see “Pandemic Pantry” blog post).

But what to do with the other box of stuffing had me puzzled. After some thought and a check of my pantry inventory, I was inspired to revamp my quiche recipe to include stuffing. And with the weather turning warmer, a slice of quiche and salad make a welcomed meal. Continue reading

Pandemic Pantry

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Since the advent of COVID-19, I’ve been even more determined to teach old dogs new tricks. In other words, I enjoy refreshing family favorite comfort food recipes after shopping in my pantry, since I’m staying home much more now than before the coronavirus came a-callin’.

Take meatloaf, for instance. I was inspired to give this old fave a new twist when I spied a box of sourdough caramelized onion stuffing mix – bought during a trip to Aldi – in my pantry. The idea of creating a stuffed meatloaf sounded good to me. Continue reading

“Tot”-age Pie

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I seem to be thinking about food a lot lately. While I’m not obsessing over it, with the chaotic times we’re facing, I’ve been spending more time thinking about, planning and making comfort foods for my family.

We’ve had breakfast for dinner, with eggs scrambled with shredded cheddar cheese and bacon pieces, and toast. We’ve had homemade creamy tomato soup (which seems to be my new favorite). We’ve had chili served over rice, and the leftovers will be served with scoop-size corn chips and sour cream. Continue reading