Mom's Cooking Secrets
Grandma's Shrimp CreoleI got this recipe from my mom who made it throughout my childhood. It is simple and yummy, just add a salad.
World's Best Roast ChickenThe easiest dinner ever !!! Also, it makes the house smell yummy all afternoon. My favorite thing to cook on a cold rainy Sunday . . .
Mini BrowniesMakes just enough for dessert tonight. . . . not the whole big pan. Also great to make and add to ice cream
Chocolate Chip Coffee CakeMade this on any Sunday that we didn't have ingredients for something else. Always yummy and always gets finished.Also, I never, ever had buttermilk. ALWAYS make the substitution
Cori's Amazing German Chocolate PieWhen Kyra went to college, she spent time with Grandma learning to make Pumpkin Pie from scratch for Thanksgiving. I wanted to give Cori that same experience and found this recipe. It became the hit of the holiday and now she makes it every year
Superquick Chicken and Broccoli RisottoSuper quick dinner for girls who don't have time to cook but don't want to eat fast food again!
Chicken with Pesto Cream SauceAnother quick and easy recipe meant for folks with no time. Good enough for company or just for everyday dinner
Beef Teriyaki Stir-FryAnother quick one for those who don't have time to cook but are tired of eating out. Makes enough for leftovers for lunch too!
Creole Shrimp and RiceEasy, Yummy. That about says it.Not the same as Grandma's Shrimp Creole - less tomatoey and more creamy
Dijon Chicken with Spinach and Lemon RiceLooking for a gluten free recipe for Kyra's friend Jen, I found this one that quickly became everyone's favorite. Lots of light, lemony flavor.
Coconut Mango Chicken with Black BeansA quick dinner we made one night with Allie . . . . turns out it was the first time she ever cooked!
Chicken Curry in a HurryIndian food without the Indian restaurant. Pair this with Quick and Easy Samosas (also in this app)
Quick and Easy SamosasBecause you can't serve Chicken Curry all by itself. Also, makes great leftovers for lunch with a salad.
Chipotle Steak with Charred Creamed CornNo backstory, just yummy food - in the broiler or on the grill. Good enough for date night
Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers with Zucchini RiceOnce again, no backstory . . . Just yummy dinner
Nicole PastaThis is called Nicole Pasta because the first time we had it was when Cori's friend Nicole came over for dinner. After that, we just forgot the real name.
Chicken with Apple Gravy Rice Pilaf and Green BeansThis is another yummy meal that's simple but good enough for guests. There's a little bit of sweetness which I like because everyone cleans their plate! This is a little more advanced cooking as you have to manage 3 pans at the same time for everything to be done all together. If it doesn't come out at the same time, don't worry. Just reheat the first done items a few seconds in the microwave and no one will ever know.
All in One Pork Chop BakeIncredibly simple! Just pop it in the oven after work, then change into jammies and pour a glass of wine. Don't forget to make a salad to go with!
Brown Sugar Baked Chicken and Oven FriesA childhood favorite. The recipe calls for drumsticks, but we actually like it better with wings. Also, we seldom ever made the potatoes with it, but they're part of the recipe, so I'll leave them in
BBQ Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potato FriesNo backstory, just easy one dish oven meal. Make a salad to make it complete
Coconut Shrimp and RiceYou can freeze the left over chicken broth and coconut milk for use in future recipes
Turkey Cutlets with CornTurkey with a yummy sauce that includes CORN!!! Serve with baked sweet potatoes and broccoli
Apricot Glazed Chicken BreastsNo backstory, just easy, yummy dinner. Serve with steamed rice and baby boo choy (you can add the bok choy to the last 5 minutes of the rice cooking and everything should be done about the sme time.
Coconut Cranberry GranolaThis is the granola I shipped to Kyra in college to top her yogurts . . . or eat straight from the bag.
On the Fence BrowniesThese are the best homemade brownies ever. They're called "on the fence" cause they're both cakey and fudgy so you can please ALL the taste testers.
BLT DipThis is one of my go-to recipes for potlucks or when having guests over. Very tasty. Everyone enjoys it. You can make it vegetarian by using "Bacos" instead of bacon as they are made with soy crumbles.
Saltine Crunch BarsThe quickest recipe ever for holiday cookie swaps. . . . also the quickest to vanish, and the most requested, and the most surprising ingredient
Baja Fish Tacos with Mango SalsaCori and Melissa'a favorite fish recipe. I made this about once a month for all of Cori's junior year of high school.Also, if you're short on time, just but the mango salsa and then cook the fish. Drink the balance of the beer while cooking up the fish!
Chicken with Lemon and OlivesYummy easy, cause all you do is bake in the oven!! Serve with green pea rice, which is included in this recipe
Coffee-Marshmallow Crispies with Chocolate, Cherries and AlmondsA yummy granola bar kind of variation on rice krispie treats
Midnight Espresso CrinklesKyra's favorite kind of cookie - especially in boxes from Mom to college.
Pork Chops with Rice and CranberriesQuick, easy, one dish meal. Also, great veggies already included
Grilled Chicken and Black Bean SalsaEasy, inexpensive . . . and you can use your new grill (and your blender for margaritas)
Wheatie CookiesReally yummy! My Grandma Lewis made these all through my childhood. A tasty cookie with lots of crunch but no chocolate. Plus, you get leftover cereal to eat for breakfast!
Public School CookiesThese are those great chocolate no-bake cookies that make you say yes to school lunch in the cafeteria on Fridays . . . No idea why they're called Public School Cookies, but that's where I was introduced to them. Also, they're pretty quick because they are no-bake
Pecan TassiesTeeny, tiny pecan pies. Pop one or more in your mouth - yumm! Also, a great alternative to whole pecan pie if you're taking a dish to a holiday party
EZ Mix Peanut Butter CookiesThese are my favorite because of the cinnamon. Grandma, however, doesn't like them because of the cinnamon. You'll have to judge for yourself
Grandma McCarty's Christmas CandyThis is the only recipe I have from the girls' dad's grandma. But still, every time I make it, I think of her packaging it in decorated coffee cans and sending it to us for Christmas. It's nice to remember family who's no longer here.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip CookiesOk, these cookies take an bit longer to make than your average chocolate chip cookies. But trust me . . . they're SOOOOO worth it. Best served warm, right out of the oven Note - avoid using a nonstick skillet to brown the butter; the dark color of the nonstick coating makes it difficult to gauge when the butter is sufficiently browned
Party Bean DipThis is a great dish to take to ANY potluck! It can be a main dish or an appetizer and it's vegetarian.Folks always love it. Best if made in advance so the flavors have time to mingle
This is a cookbook of family favorites written for my daughters. They're now going to college and living on their own. Hopefully they'll be able to make dinner sometimes, rather than eating out all the time.
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