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 8 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 3 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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Sage Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

October 26, 2016 0 Comments
Sage Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

A Great Brown Butter Sauce with Sage Can Elevate ANY Meal The other night I prepared a pan fried chicken with roasted fall vegetable medley including butternut squash, potatoes and apples. The side dish was incredible and I’ve been serving it with both pork and flounder because it’s that good. The chicken is easy to […]

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Historic Harriton House Apple Tasting

October 18, 2016 0 Comments
Historic Harriton House Apple Tasting

Heirloom Apples Abound This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Fall apple tasting at the Historic Harriton House in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Hosted by curator Bruce Gill who collects heirloom apples from various locations throughout the area, some varieties over 300 years old and still being grown for eating “out of hand”, baking […]

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Roasted Fall Vegetable Medley Recipe

October 16, 2016 0 Comments
Roasted Fall Vegetable Medley Recipe

Consummate Side Dish Recipe For Fall Vegetables I’m always looking for great side dishes that are easy to make and don’t take forever to prepare. For years I thought a meal was all about the main ingredient – a chicken breast, a pork chop, a piece of fish, but over the years I’ve realized what […]

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