Make the Most of Your Meals

Cooking dinner is sometimes stressful from a time and money standpoint. Below are a few tips to make your meals go further. This is a post that I wrote for Ideas That Spark. Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Stretch Your Family Meals By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Cooking at home is the most economical way to feed your family. Here’s how to make the most of your time and money. Cook once, eat twice. That doesn’t mean you have to serve the same meal each night! Cook extra servings of the … [Read more...]

Rachael Ray's Lasagna Burgers are What's for Dinner this Wednesday

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! I am attempting to stretch my efforts with this recipe. Our son finally came home after 13 days in the NICU. I made homemade spaghetti sauce last night to celebrate. I soon learned I would never do that … [Read more...]

Grilled T-bone Steaks With Sweet & Savory Sauce

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Get the grill out! This recipe looks really good with fresh vegetables and a grilled steak. This recipe will be a hit all summer as we will soon have zucchini and carrots fresh from our garden. Thanks to Beef It's Whats for Dinner for this recipe. Check out their site for more Summer of Sizzle recipes and tips on grilling. Total Recipe Time: 45 to 50 minutes 2 beef T-bone steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 16 ounces each) 1/2 pound small carrots with tops, trimmed 2 tablespoons water 2 medium … [Read more...]

Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Well Rachael and I are on a trial separation. It is a fact that I do love her but my life is suddenly out of control. I just had a baby boy. He is wonderful but since he was premature he is still in the … [Read more...]

Curried Pork in a Cream Sauce Slow Cooker Recipe

I love curry and I can't wait to try this easy recipe! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I ruined a beautiful pork loin roast recently. I cooked it too long in not enough liquid and dried it out. Mistakes happen, I guess. But, I was not about to waste that roast, dry or not. So, I began looking for recipes that would tenderize the already-cooked meat and perk up the flavor. I found a curry cream sauce recipe that would do the trick, but … [Read more...]

Sizzling Sirloin Kabobs Recipe

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Last week I attended a webinar put together by Beef It's What's for Dinner and Chef Dave Zino. They have launched a new Interactive Meat Case on their website to help people choose the right cut of beef. Many of the same cuts of beef go by different names in different areas. If you are unfamiliar with a cut that a recipe calls for, check out the Interactive Meat Case to learn more! Plus there are some yummy recipes available. Chef Dave has shared a recipe with us that is perfect for summer … [Read more...]

Spring Spinach Salad Recipe

I love spinach! I actually prefer spinach over lettuce for my salads. Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I love a big, green salad, especially in the spring. Romaine, arugula, mixed baby greens, spinach, frisee, escarole, even cabbages, and good ole iceberg make crisp and healthy salads with limitless possibilities. Some of my favorite salad ingredients include something salty, something crunchy, something sweet, and something cheesy. … [Read more...]

Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: Grilled Spanish Chicken and Tomato Bread

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! This sounds super. The reason why I picked this dinner is we have everything on hand. Yeah! I am so worried that my husband isn't eating right while I am not home. I looked for things he could cook quickly … [Read more...]

Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

I have never tried Rhubarb! After looking at Connie's recipe, I am tempted. I just love crisps or crumbles- my favorite dessert! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Rhubarb is a tart vegetable, so it is often misunderstood. It looks like reddish-colored celery and is optimum in the spring and early summer. The thin-skinned stalk should be no thicker than your thumb. Because of rhubarb’s tartness, recipes usually call for a lot of sugar. The … [Read more...]

What is for Dinner Wednesday? Help Stamp Out Hunger

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Well, this week I will not be cooking dinner. They do not allow hospital patients to cook their own dinner. It got me thinking about food and dinner and I decided instead to ask you all to help others fix their own dinner. The post office runs a food donation drive which occurs on May 8th. I was hoping everyone could donate a can or two for people who are struggling to make ends meet. I feel very fortunate to be able to provide meals for my family. I also feel fortunate that by using our site I … [Read more...]