bread bowls

Hearty soup on a cool day only gets richer when served in a bowl of bread. This recipe makes enough to serve your family and invite your friends. Your soup will soak in to the bread bowl creating a scrumptious side. Pulling apart the soap-soaked walls at the end of the meal is the best….

poultry rub

For poultry its all about the baked-in dry rub. This serves as the perfect base for BBQ chicken drumsticks or wings, it would even be delish on roasted chicken or chicken breasts. This rub can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for a quick weeknight meal or impromptu dinner guests. Serves: 24…

bbq chicken drumsticks

Finger-licking good is the only way to describe these drumsticks slathered in honey BBQ sauce. The recipes for both the sauce and the chicken are below. Great for kid-friendly family meals or hosting a party with friends. Serves: Enough sauce for 50 drumsticks. Tools: 2-4 rimmed baking sheets aluminum foil mixing bowl whisk basting brush…

roasted turkey

For Thanksgiving overseas we gather around the table with friends we call family. This roasted turkey was rich in flavor and the drippings made a delicious gravy. Serves: 9 kilo / 20 pound turkey served 14 Tools: large roasting pan cutting board sharp knife meat thermometer Ingredients: 9 kilo / 20 pound frozen turkey 8…

meat balls

To my friend Carol who taught me how to make Sicilian pasta sauce again I say thank you for also schooling me on her meatballs. I have adapted the recipe to ingredients readily available where ever I may be. These are sure to please any appetite. I often make them in large batches and use…

bread sticks

My family loves a good bowl of pasta. These breadsticks are crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, perfect for lapping up the pasta sauce left in the bottom of the bowl. Serves: 8 large breadsticks, 8 guests Tools: mixing bowl baking pan baking mat measuring cups Ingredients: .25 oz or 1 1/2…

thai stir fry

I spent a summer in Thailand and came away with a love for the people and their cuisine. I took a cooking class there and this dish has been a staple in my menu ever since. It is as beautiful in presentation as it is healthy. Serves: 4-6 guests Tools: wok chef’s knife cutting board…

homemade pizza

Homemade pizza loaded with veggies is a crowd-pleaser, family-favorite and kid-friendly. Nearly every week this is requested in the meal plan. Take the basic pizza as your foundation and build on it what you like. Serves: 2 large rectangular pizzas if you use the pizza crust & pizza sauce recipes Tools:  chef’s knife cutting board…

chicken pot pie

Oh my chicken pot pie. This one is at the top of our family fav list. I tore this recipe out of a Food Network Magazine years ago and have carried it with us wherever we have lived. I have adapted it to use staple ingredients I love and require basic kitchen tools. This recipe…

potato soup

This hearty soup will warm you up on cooler days, is great for large groups and my kids love it in their lunches. It can be made-ahead and even frozen in smaller batches for quick and healthy meals. Serves: 8 guests. Tools: Stock pot or crock pot Cutting board chef’s knife Ingredients: 6-8 cups chicken…

chicken salad

Chicken salad is a family favorite and a go-to for when I am hosting. It’s not only pretty plated up, it’s light, refreshing and healthy.  It is even better if made ahead for the flavors to combine so it’s a win-win on all accounts. Serves: 8 guests Tools: cutting board sharp chef’s knive mixing bowl…

roasted chicken

A savory roasted chicken is comfort food for the soul. This basic recipe is delicious as the feature of a main course and doubles as the base for a plethora of other poultry dishes. This one is a staple in our kitchen.   Serves: 4 guests per whole chicken Tools: crock pot or roasting pan…