How to Make Fabulous Meals Using a Formula, Not a Recipe

Ever feel like kitchen klutz? Wish you could take that odd assortment of stuff in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer

Fabulous Solution to the Breakfast Dilemma

Mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Recent medical research says we

Soups to Soothe the Soul and The Budget

Loyal readers of this column know by now that I love to cook. And I prefer to make things from

How to Get Started Roasting Your Own Coffee Beans

Clearly, a recent post where I mentioned that my coffee roasting hobby has taken on a new dimension now

Make It Yourself: Beef Jerky, French Salad Dressing, Steak Sauce 

If your family loves beef jerky, French salad dressing and A-1 Steak Sauce as much as mine, you definitely need

Bake Bread, Save Dough: Basics for 5-Minutes-a-Day Bread Bakers

You may recall a post from a few weeks ago on baking bread—specifically, artisan bread in five minutes a day!

Money-Saving Tricks to Put Your Freezer To Work

Whether you have a stand-alone unit or it’s is part of your refrigerator, your freezer is either costing a lot

A Can of Tuna in the Real World

Are the popular “reality” television shows anything close to what you consider reality? Take Survivor, now in

The Three-Apples-a-Day Challenge

In the modern day supermarket, an apple is something that never disappears. No matter what time of year it is

Mailable Cookies to Make Someone’s Day

Whether it’s a care package for a college student, a goody box for someone in the military or a way

Got Five Minutes? Make Beautiful, Fresh Homemade Bread

As the stories continue to unfold for how people survived and continue now to deal with the ravages of hurricane

Skip the Dinner, Bring on the Appetizers!

Fall is more than the kickoff to all of our favorite holidays. For me, it’s also the season of dinner

Instant Pot Quick-Start Guide

About 20 years ago there was a pressure cooker renaissance in America. Our grandmothers knew that day would come, that

How the Right Thermometer Makes Me Look Good in the Kitchen

Faithful readers know how much I love to cook. That has not always been the case. It was coming face-to-face

They’ll Think It’s Filet Mignon

From time to time my supermarket runs a special on a cut of beef they label,  “London Broil.” It’s a

Make It Better Yourself: In-N-Out Burgers

It happens at least once a week: Someone asks me if I miss living in California, a question I find

Make It Better Yourself: Mac n’ Cheese, Lemon Loaf

According to a recent Reuters story, one-third of U.S. adults are eating out less frequently than three months ago. The

A Vanilla Bean Hedge Fund

Back in 2013, I bought half a pound of Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans for $34.95, to make a

A Dozen Ways to Make Dump Chicken

It’s called Dump Chicken and it’s genius. Here’s why: You dump chicken pieces and your choice of sauce ingredients into a

Quick and Easy Stir-Fry

I can’t think of a more perfect food than stir-fry. It makes good use of leftovers; it’s healthy and when