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Mom’s Meatloaf

In honor of Mother’s Day – a recipe from my mom, who cooked all the time when we were growing up and insisted on meals together at the table every night. My mom is a great cook, as was my grandma, and I’m lucky to have pieced together a cookbook with recipes from them both…

organic apples

Real Food: The Ups & the Downs

It’s been four months since we started our real food journey and two months since I began this blog. It’s been quite the adventure – from shopping and cooking differently to just plain thinking differently – eating real food has been a huge change in our lives; one I know is for the better. But…

how to season a cast iron skillet

Kitchen Tip: How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

I recently purchased my very first cast iron skillet (similar to this Lodge 12-Inch Skillet). I’d been thinking about it for some time, after reading about the versatility and health benefits of cooking in cast iron, but hadn’t made the commitment. We happened into a Williams-Sonoma Oulet store a few weeks back and they had a…

buffalo chicken pita pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pita Pizzas

I had some leftover buffalo sauce from the spicy baked chicken wings I made last week, so I was brainstorming ways to use it up and decided personal pita pizzas might be the way to go. This is a pretty simple recipe to make, taking only a few minutes to prep. If you’re not feeling inspired…

homemade ranch dip

Ranch Dip Mix

I have never met someone who loves crudité as much as my husband, Jeff. He’s like a rabbit. If you were to set down a tray of cheese and crackers and a tray of raw veggies in front of him, the vegetables would be gone long before the cheese (now me – I’d eat all…

spaghetti sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I have a confession (or perhaps I’m confessing for my mother, too – sorry, Mom!): we never made homemade spaghetti sauce in my house growing up. Not that I recall, at least. What I do remember are the jars of Prego, and then Classico brand later on in my childhood, a tradition I continued in…

homemade breadcrumbs

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Breadcrumbs

No more buying bread crumbs in canisters with “Italian seasoning” or other such artificial nonsense. I decided it was high time I learned to make bread crumbs from scratch. It seems simple enough. I bake a loaf of whole wheat bread about once a week and occasionally we don’t get through the whole loaf or…