Plain Old Pecan Pie

Jeff likes plain old pecan pie. Not chocolate, not maple, not even Bourbon Pecan Pie.  Just plain old. However, you can sneak a tablespoon or two of bourbon in this pie and most people would just wonder what made it extra special. (Shh… I did!) 1 cup light corn syrup (or dark) 3 eggs 1…

Rustic Apple Pie

Granny Smith apples usually go fast at my house. When they don’t, I make pie. 1 9-inch pie crust rolled to 10 inches. 5 medium-size apples – Granny Smith or Golden Delicious work great 1/2 cup brown sugar. White sugar will also work 1 1/2 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon…

PBJ Pancakes in a Pan

  Inspired by the recipe hacking in Netflix’s Time To Eat: Nadiya Hussain’s Best Recipes, I made my own version of her Peanut Butter and Jelly Traybake. This is a beautiful and tasty dish that you can easily adjust to your serving needs and also use whatever kind of peanut butter, jam or jelly you have…

Thanksgiving Menu 2018

  Herb Turkey Breast Cranberry Apple Turkey Breast Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Bourbon Maple Sweet Potatoes Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Seasoned Green Beans Broccoli Casserole Browned Butter Carrots Harvest Salad Charcuterie Tray Pumpkin Pie Berry Crumble Crisp Pecan Pie Dinner Rolls

5 Things I Learned on the Great South Dakota Road Trip of 2017

On September 15, the hubs and I and our Jeep embarked upon a 19-hour road trip to Hill City, South Dakota and the surrounding areas. Here a few things I learned on this trip 1) The best 3D, HD camera is your eyes. 2) The Crazy Horse Memorial deserves more attention. The history surrounding it…

Steak Marinade

Love a good marinade but hate the ingredients in every bottle or powdered bag? Here’s a great recipe to use for steak, chicken or pork. 2 TBSP chili garlic sauce 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos 1 TBSP red wine vinegar 1 1/4 pounds flank steak Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl and add…

Keeping My Christmas Spirit

Snow, Santa, Jingle Bells. I love Christmas – until the season is in full swing. And then suddenly, I’ve become a Scrooge, Grinch and Hater. So overwhelmed by how quickly it descends and all there is do, that the joy is sucked right out of me. The smell of peppermint, triggering the olfactory Christmas memories, makes…

Thanksgiving Menu 2016

Smoked Turkey Breast Rotisserie Turkey Breast Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Hassleback Sage Brown Buttered Sweet Potatoes Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Sautéed Green Beans with Mushrooms Plain Old Pecan Pie Caramel Apples    

Chipotle Rice

A chipotle pepper is a smoked-dried jalapeño.  The jalapeños are kept on the vine until they turn red ( something that often happens to my home grown jalapeños as they yield more than I can eat!) and then smoked with wood. I’m thinking about trying this in our own smoker. Until then, I use canned chipotles in adobo sauce…

Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes with Eggs

Made this wonderful recipe when I was doing Whole30  (minus the toast) and have added it to the “normal” line up at house.   INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, quartered lengthwise, then sliced crosswise 1 orange bell pepper, quartered lengthwise, then sliced crosswise kosher salt black pepper…

Sausage with Lentils and Spinach

This magazine recipe caught my eye because it was from Mario Batali. I’d never roasted sausage in the oven before, but i’m now sold on this method of preparing it. Ingredients kosher salt Black pepper 12 oz. dried lentils 2 cloves garlic, peeled 6 fresh sage leaves or 2 tbsps. dried 2 medium carrots, peeled,…

Get This Cheese Baby Out of Me!

Unrequited love hurts. Literally hurts. Often, you don’t realize you are alone in a love fest until long after your dreams of eternal happiness are in full swing.  And then, the truth smacks you in the face.  Or, in my case, in the gut. After a 34-day separation, I discovered today that I still love…

Tidy is Not My Middle Name

This 1967 photo is the only known proof that I have actually cleaned something myself. Please note that my sassy dish towel apron did nothing to appease my distaste for this chore, as is evident by my facial expression. I not ashamed at all to admit that I come from a short line of sub-par housekeepers….

I Did It! Whole30 @ Lorens Kitchen

Batshit, right? Giving up grains, dairy, legumes, sugar and alcohol (plus other additives) for a month is something only a crazy person would do.  Well, like most mothers, I blame my offspring for my madness. Harry knew a few people who tried Whole30, and after looking at the book, mentioned he wanted to give it…