Turkey Cranberry Wreath Recipe

January 9, 2017 0 Comments
Turkey Cranberry Wreath Recipe

A Wreath For Eating, Not Hanging On Your Front Door Every year we can count on at least one invitation to a holiday season potluck dinner.  This gives me the opportunity to make my super easy and seasonally festive turkey cranberry wreath……not for hanging on the door, but for consumption. My copy of the recipe […]

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Ratio Chart for Converting Fresh Herbs to Dried Herbs

January 5, 2017 4 Comments
Ratio Chart for Converting Fresh Herbs to Dried Herbs

How To Convert Fresh Herb to Dried Herbs Let me start by saying, I try to use fresh herbs over dried herbs as much as humanly possible. We grow fresh herbs in the spring and throughout the summer and many of them last through the fall and some right into winter. If we don’t have […]

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Beef Wellington Recipe

January 2, 2017 2 Comments
Beef Wellington Recipe

How to Make the Best Beef Wellington This Beef Wellington recipe has become a tradition in our house. We prepare it every couple of years for Christmas and made it again this year. If I’m lucky, we will have it next year and the year after that. My wife originally found a recipe in Fine […]

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Mug Cakes Cookbook

December 20, 2016 0 Comments
Mug Cakes Cookbook

A Cookbook For Cakes in a Cup Back in January of 2013, I posted a recipe for Chocolate Cake in a Cup sent to us with all the ingredients plus four mugs by my sister-in-law.  I wasn’t wowed at the time but after my oldest daughter made one of them in the microwave in just […]

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Beef and Mushroom Crock Pot Stew Recipe

December 13, 2016 0 Comments
Beef and Mushroom Crock Pot Stew Recipe

How to Make Beef Stew With Mushrooms in a Crock Pot Last week we had a Stew Challenge on my Facebook’s What I Cooked For Dinner Last Night. The idea is for everyone in the group to prepare a favorite stew and share it by submitting a photo. I knew I was going to have […]

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

December 2, 2016 0 Comments
2016 Holiday Gift Guide

All I Want For Christmas in 2016 Each year I make a wish list of cool toys for the kitchen that I would love to find under the tree Christmas morning.  It’s sort of my Dear Santa letter that I send this time of year. I’m not sure Santa is checking out The Reluctant Gourmet, […]

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Cost of Thanksgiving Meal 2016

November 21, 2016 0 Comments
Cost of Thanksgiving Meal 2016

  The Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner in 2016 Is Back Under $50 The price of a Thanksgiving meal according to The American Farm Bureau Federation is now less than $5 per person. Before you get too excited, last year it was $5.01 per person so not much of a decline but I’ll take it. Every […]

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Rice Cooker Rice and Beans Recipe

November 20, 2016 0 Comments
Rice Cooker Rice and Beans Recipe

How to Made the Best Rice and Beans in a Rice Cooker I don’t eat enough rice and beans. They are good for you by providing lots of protein, fiber and vitamins, low in fat and filled with complex carbs. They are relatively cheap and so versatile. Serve them as a side dish, add them […]

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How to Sous Vide Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

November 17, 2016 4 Comments
How to Sous Vide Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Make a Great Hard Boiled Egg That Peels Easily If you like hard boiled eggs made the classic way, you are going to love the results you’ll get by preparing them sous vide.  Sous vide means “under vacuum” in French and is a cooking technique in which you vacuum-seal ingredients in plastic bags, […]

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Pasta and Rice Conversions

November 8, 2016 2 Comments
Pasta and Rice Conversions

Pasta and Rice Conversions & Equivalents How frustrating is it when you’re cooking dinner from a great recipe you found in your favorite cooking magazine that says you need 2 cups of cooked rice but you have no idea how much dry rice that takes. Or what if you need to know how many cups […]

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