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Chicken Tortilla Soup with Lime Tortilla Strips

Daycare germs don’t often phase me anymore. Having been in the daycare system for six years now, I have a pretty tough immune system. This year, though, the back-to-school and daycare germs hit at the same time, leaving both Maddie and me suffering. It may have been 80 degrees outside, but we were in need of soup. (more…)

Dad’s Famous Grilled Potatoes

Growing up, my dad didn’t cook a lot, but when he did, it was always really good. He typically spent a lot of time on his dishes, and the result was always really great. Except for a couple, which led to some traumatizing flavor experiences. For example, Borscht. Of course, there were times when we weren’t in need of anything fancy, and he felt like firing up the grill. It was these times that he whipped up the most fantastic grilled potatoes. They weren’t his usual extended-time recipes, but their flavor was always amazing and I couldn’t get enough. (more…)

Hot Dog Bun Garlic Bread

I was pretty proud of myself for this one. Of course, I get pretty proud of myself any time I think up a way to save money or make the most out of the groceries I buy. Yes, there is nothing better than being able to walk down a grocery aisle proclaiming your victory over the dreaded waste of a product. Don’t worry. I only proclaim that in my head. This was definitely one of those moments. (more…)

Pumpkin and Sage Cream Biscuits

It’s time for fall flavors! Pumpkin, squash, sage, pumpkin pie spice. I love it all and am pretty excited to try out some new creations this year. The first in my exploration were these cream biscuits with the addition of pumpkin puree and sage. They were delicious, and both kids agreed. Success! It’s a good thing that pumpkin puree will likely be on sale for the month. (more…)

Everyday Bread

Yes, this bread is pretty ordinary. But, it is bread and homemade, which means it is delicious. There is one downfall. It takes a lot of time. That said, the time it takes is mostly just waiting. The actual time creating it is actually very short. So while it takes most of the afternoon, it will not take up all of your afternoon. Plus, the end result is a house that smells like homemade bread. Yes, please! Since the bread it so ordinary, it is easy to add different flavors to it. I’m getting into the fall mood with my cooking, so I tried to add sage to it. I didn’t add enough for the extra spice to make a huge difference. It’ll need a little experimenting. There is always next week! (more…)