Flaky Pie Crust

Making an excellent pie crust is a dying art.  Some folks don’t even try because they think it’s too hard, when in reality it’s pretty simple.  Have you ever heard the expression “Easy as pie”?  The most important things are to have a very simple recipe and to remember some of the rules and tricks….

Grandma’s Green Beans

Green beans are such a simple thing. They come in a can and we dump them in a pan with butter and call it good. I have noticed that restaurants have started to par cook them on the grill, too. I think those are just plain nasty. Granted, they are probably better nutritionally than this…

Dutch Mess

If you want to try something really different, then give this a try. The story behind this recipe goes that Grandpa had to do the cooking one fine Spring day, and this is what he came up with. I’m sure they’re all his favorite things. This used to be a very seasonal meal in our…

Basic Liver and Onions

There are some recipes it’s just best not to mess around with. Liver and onions is one of them.  The two flavors stand on their own and something gets lost when the cook tries to add extra seasonings.   To cut down on the ‘gamey’ taste of liver, it is important to soak the meat…

Chicken and Dumplings

People think making a basic chicken soup is challenging, but it’s not. The absolute worst part of making chicken soup is boiling the chicken, because it does not smell great, but for the best tasting chicken soup, this is kind of a step that cannot be avoided. For all the benefits of chicken soup, the…

Red Beans and Rice

I am not ordinarily a big fan of beans, but THESE! I first had them when we visited New Orleans and I can’t get enough of them. It’s not necessary to cook them in a pressure cooker, I just do it this way because it’s so much quicker. You can follow the same recipe and put all the ingredients (except the sausage, rice, hot sauce and green onions) in a crock pot and cook it all day, too.

The Best Brownies

These are the best brownies you will ever eat and possibly one of the simplest recipes as well.  I make them with a fudge icing, which can be really tricky, but worth the effort if you are willing to give it a try. Everywhere I’ve ever taken these, they have been a huge hit.  These…