January is downright cold. Many of us are taking a beating with near record low temps and lots of rain and snow. Warm up family and friends with some of my best chill-chasing soups. Continue reading…
Merry Christmas, Merry Baking everyone! I’m back in the kitchen stirring up bowls of holiday goodies to share with coworkers and friends. Take time out to do something special for those you care about.Continue reading…
Are you looking for a quick meal you can put together that your family will love, regardless of the time of day? I’ve got you covered with this Easy Low Carb Vegetable Frittata. You can switch it up however you want, depending on what’s in your fridge.
What would Valentine’s Day be without a chocolatey yummy something shared with your special sweetie? Our year here at The Log Home Kitchen started out being hectic with many necessary trips out-of-town, so I offer you five of my tried-and-true Best Valentine Desserts that even Cupid would approve.Continue reading…
As we wind down the holiday season, I offer you all what I consider to be the 5 best appetizers to ring in the New Year. These morsels of savory goodness are perfect for casual celebration. They’re easy, tried and true delights that are a standard for gatherings here at The Log Home Kitchen.
I’ve partnered with Krusteaz this season to help make your life a little easier during the hectic Christmas rush. Their line of bakery-style cookie mixes may be just the ticket to bring good cheer to those on your gift-giving list.
Do you ever have those times that everything falls apart in threes? With a burned-out bread machine, an overloaded computer, and a nasty head cold, I offer you a lovely recipe I posted last year at this time your guests will love.Continue reading…
Don’t let these slip away without giving them a try. A huge meal like Thanksgiving just won’t be the same without these heavenly Homemade Idaho Potato Dinner Rolls on the side. A convenient ingredient makes these rolls extra special.
Save money and ditch the ready-made stuff. Whisk together a batch of your own Homemade Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix, and keep it stored in the cupboard or pantry. You’ll never go back to those little packages again.
Cool Autumn days beckon a yearning for classic comfort foods. I’m here to show you how to make the Best Meatloaf Dinner ever, hands down. A hidden trick sans the messy grease. The veggies are baked at the same time, making this one-pan meal a snap on ease and clean-up. You’ll be making this family favorite over and over again.
You know those fancy cake rolls with pumpkin and cream that we all drool over? Some of us might find them a bit tedious or intimidating to make. You’ll love this easy tried-and-true version I’ve used for years. Come on in and check it out.
French toast is one of the easiest breakfast dishes to pull together quickly. Think of it as bread soaked in scrambled eggs, then dolloped with butter and maple syrup. Using english muffins puts a simple twist on this traditional family favorite.
Krusteaz Meyer Lemon Pound Cake Mix makes it super easy to whip up a batch of these Lemon Raspberry Muffins. As one of the generous IFBC sponsors, I came home from Seattle with a box they gave me and immediately grabbed a mixing bowl.
Tinkering with food sometimes results in the most delicious of dishes. In doing so, fresh poultry and ingredients on hand come together in a marriage of herby, sumptuous flavor. This Chicken Artichoke Mushroom Skillet is easy, and your family will think company is coming.
Early morning rains have been tugging me out of a deep slumber the past few days. The dancing of heavy droplets on the metal roof have gestured there’s no rush to get up. With a hint of Fall in the air, I couldn’t resist the temptation to make these Scrumptious Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls to savor on a lazy day.
How does a buttery, flaky, tender crust filled with sweet peaches sound? Peaches have been oh so ripe for the pickin’. With a fresh picked bushel, I thought I’d share with you the perfect recipe to Celebrate National Peach Pie Day! Continue reading…
Making these celebrated rolls just got easier! Due to the overwhelming response, as in mega-thousands (thank you all soooo much!), to the post where I shared the Better Than Texas Roadhouse Rolls, I’m back to tell you they can be simpler to make with the same results using a bread machine.
Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day with these easy chicken wings baked in a hot sticky sauce that will keep you licking your fingers and wanting more. Leave the complicated work behind with this simplified method for perfect wings.
Do you have herbs growing galore in your garden and are looking for something new to do with them? With a bumper crop this summer, I’ve started to incorporate them into just about everything I cook and bake. Come inside and take a peek at this Garden Herb Cheesecake.
Extracts for baking have gotten extremely expensive. Save money. Make your own peppermint extract for stirring up holiday goodies. Christmas in July reminded me now is the time to start infusing.
It’s been too hot to stand outside babysitting food cooking over an open flame. Having had a little bit of inspiration over the weekend, I went skewer-less and made these flavorful, tender Asian Chicken Kabobs on the stovetop.
If there’s just one thing that makes Idaho famous, it’s the potatoes. And no picnic is complete without a Creamy Idaho Potato Salad. Since the 4th is just around the corner, I thought I’d share my tried-and-true recipe that keeps everyone coming back for seconds.
Cherries are ripe for the picking, even in our own backyard. With a meager yield, I made this easy, mouthwatering Cherry Cobbler Jubilee that has a special little nip to it.
This is for all of my mommy and grammy friends out there. Kids of all ages are gonna love these crispy, soft and chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Healthy Goodies. Using mindful swaps from a favorite recipe, I’ve turned ordinary oatmeal cookies into flavorful, more healthy ones.
Are you gluten intolerant? Whether you are or aren’t, a simple list of ingredients makes this berry-bursting tart super easy to put together. It’s delicious and gluten-free.
Kick-off the first holiday weekend of the warm season ahead with these tasty little beef burgers, aka sliders, topped with pickled red onions and dressed out with a homemade jalapeño mayo. Are you tempted?
Do you ever find yourself making the same dishes for dinner over and over again? Does your family crawl to the dinner table with lackluster enthusiasm? Break out of the mold and surprise them with this Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata.
Get ready for the raves when you cook up a big batch of these slow simmered pinto beans. It wasn’t until recently when I was hosting a dinner party that I was reminded how good they are. I’ve been making them this way for years.
It’s no surprise that Mexican food is one of my absolute favorite cuisines on the planet. If you’ve been following me, I lean toward main dishes and salsas that are not your average Mexican fare. Average as in those combo plates ordered in a restaurant by numbers. #3, # 12, #15, etc. Each plate has rice and beans, unless you specify something different.
When I get a hankering for something I’ve not eaten in awhile, I’ve just gotta have it. It can be so specific that I can taste it in my mouth. Sound familiar? In this case it was all about those sugary, spicy, fresh-from-the-oven muffins made in the bakery at one of those warehouse superstores that popped into my head. I just couldn’t shake the temptation.
After a much needed break and change in scenery, I returned home to find quite a stockpile of eggs. The old gals still have it. It’s amazing that they’re still laying considering they range from 3 to 5 years in age. Typically production would have dwindled by now. Maybe they heard rumor of new chicks landing on the scene next month.
Who doesn’t like mac & cheese? It’s a comfort dish that can unfortunately be a weight watcher’s nightmare. All of that creamy cheese clinging to tender macaroni can be pure bliss for the tastebuds, but not for the waistline. When I was digging in the stash of recipes I’ve kept in a basket for literally decades, I uncovered one of my favorite macaroni and cheese dishes. With a few minor changes to make it a bit healthier, I offer you a revamped version that’s just as good as the original.
Granted, this isn’t the fat-laden, drowning in ooey, gooey, rich cheese kind you might be salivating for. It does, however, satisfy the craving and delivers a delicious flavor with a few healthy ingredients added in.
Delight your family and friends on Easter Sunday by featuring this easy-to-prepare, delicous Savory Easter Pie as the main course for brunch or supper. Ricotta and mozzerella cheeses, garlic, peppers, ham, spinach and basil are encased in a flaky pie crust.
A recent look-see through a basket piled high with recipes I used to use all the time revealed this gem of a dish that brought back fond memories. Seeing my handwriting in the margin saying “This was a hit!” made me smile. I couldn’t help but dust it off and resurrect an old favorite.
Let’s talk banana bread. Banana bread, shmanana bread. Is it really that simple? There must be a bazillion versions floating around out there. Ask anyone who bakes it, and they’ll tell you they have “the best” recipe. Maybe so. The truth is, many can be labeled the best for one reason or another. Density, texture, flavor, height and moistness all factor in to the equation.
Today I made a banana bread drizzled with rum icing. Umm…oh, yeah.
Not wanting to leave it plain, I checked the stash in the liquor cabinet and found a bit of spiced rum. That’s of course after I checked the cupboard for rum extract. Nada. So I used the next best thing. Besides, a teaspoon can’t hurt. Can it?
Just when you think something can’t get better, it does. Layers of corn tortillas, shredded chicken, jalapenos, onion and cheese are drenched in a creamy salsa verde sauce that is to die for! A deconstructed take on traditional chicken enchiladas, this casserole is easy to put together because the ingredients are layered instead of rolled.
Get ready to indulge in chicken enchilada casserole heaven. It’s pretty incredible, if I do say so.
We love Mexican food. As many of you may know, this type of cuisine can vary depending on the region. When we go out to a Mexican restaurant in this area, it’s always with the expectation that the food will be bland. As in very little spice or heat. That’s just the way they make it. Having enjoyed the flavorful, make-your-tastebuds-dance fare for so many years, it’s quite a letdown.
Keeping in the spirit of it being St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it best to at least post something green. With all due respect, I’m not Irish, and I’m not particularly fond of corned beef and cabbage. There. I said it. That doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate like everyone else. I’ve been known to slug a green beer or two down for good luck, and wear one of those funky green beaded necklaces with shamrocks all over it. For extra luck, of course.
The green stuff I’m here to talk about today is a super easy, mild in flavor, homemade salsa verde.
Kick the can to premade salsa with preservatives and ingredients one can’t even pronounce. Once you discover how delicious, healthy, and easy it is to make at home, you’ll be saying bye-bye to the store-bought versions for good.
Just pure vegetables are in this flavorful No Cream Asparagus Soup. As an added bonus, how does just 4 ingredients sound? I thought this might pique your interest. With a few bunches left over from a get-together with friends, I decided to make this unadulterated version that’s easy on time, and easy on the waistline.
It’s elegant served on it’s own, or as a prelude to a main course.
Are you trying to eat better…feel better? Are you trying to lose weight? Let’s face it, habits are hard to break. Especially when it comes to food. I subscribe to the diet of “all things in moderation.” But I still find myself feeling sluggish from time-to-time. That’s reason enough to shift gears and introduce whole foods into the diet that are much healthier.
Inspired by The Whole30 Program, I decided to try a new take on breading and cooked up these moist Healthy Chicken Tenders accompanied with a Red Pepper Dipping Sauce. Oh yum!
The mere association with the word “healthy” can make some people run for the hills. I’m here to tell you that even my pickiest eater asked for seconds, and thirds. Hubs gives this dish 5 stars.
Would you like less mess in the kitchen? Frying up bacon in a skillet with grease spattering all over the place is just not my thing. For several reasons. In case you don’t already know, there is a better way. I’m here to show you how to bake your bacon, rendering off the fat from the meaty strips. Once that’s done, I’m going to work up an easy 2 for 1 quiche you’ll want to save to your recipe box.
Firm, cheesy, eggy Bacon Artichoke Quiche.
Years ago Quiche Lorraine was the “in” food of choice. Remember? Many of you will. Quiche was popping up in every restaurant, and was served for any meal of the day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pie crusts evolved into being a catchall for all things eggs, meat, and veggies. Though it may not be in vogue these days, it’s still a popular dish in this house due to it’s ease of preparation, high protein and versatility.
If you ever bake muffins from scratch, do the tops fall flat? Do the berries fall to the bottom? Do they burn, or does the paper liner stick to the bottom and sides? Do you find it to be a messy process just getting the batter into the muffin tins? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, please read on.
Whether you’re baking them from a box mix, or from scratch, either way can result in less than desirable results. It doesn’t have to be this way. After all, you just want to pull some muffins out of the oven that halfway resemble the kind from the bakery, right? With a few simple tips and tricks that you might not know about, you’ll be on your way to muffin success in no time.