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  • Why cook?

    Now that there are four people in our family, we're being squeezed by pay cuts and rising costs. So I made a promise to my family, and myself, to cook twice each week. The husband usually cooks twice each week, too. Then we can eat frozen pizza on Friday. On the weekends we can visit relatives and eat their food! There's only one problem with this plan: I don't know how to cook. At all. Seriously. Join me on this adventure and culinary trauma.
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Stuffin’ Myself

This was so easy, and so good, I am eating a second helping while I type this.  It is the Chicken Bake from the Stove Top Stuffing box, and it also appears in the Cooking Guru’s Greatest Hits book — no wonder! It calls for chicken that is boneless and skinless. This makes it very … Continue reading

Simple Delight

This is just a bowl of cherries — see pitter — on a blob of Cool Whip. Yum. The cherry pitter is the only thing I’ve ever purchased from Pampered Chef. It was expensive, and worth every dime. Spitting pits can ruin the sweetest fruit, if you ask me. The first time I tried to … Continue reading

Hot for Chili

It was so hot today. Welcome to LA in the summertime, in an old house that doesn’t have a/c. At least we have fans in every room of the house. Today was crock-pot day — and I’m aiming to have a crock pot day every week, along with one day for pasta and one day … Continue reading

Pasta Purgatory

Help me before I Classico again!  I have been doing up a pasta meal once a week, just as a go-to meal that we can make whenever (freeze the ground beef or turkey, and use one of the many packages of noodles we have on-hand) but now I am finding we are eating pasta twice … Continue reading

Zoku Watermelon

Why can’t I ever follow the directions? I spent a long time figuring out how to make these watermelon popsicles, but I just couldn’t bring home a watermelon and cut it up myself. That is a man’s work: the melon is so heavy, and the knife is so huge! So I tried to make my … Continue reading

Summer on a Stick

After obsessing for several months over this kitchen gadget, I finally purchased a Zoku. The Zoku is a popsicle maker that works in about 10 minutes. Yeah. It really works. You put it in the freezer, and then you can pour in any kind of popsicle ingredients, like juice, or yogurt, or pudding.   It freezes … Continue reading

Crisis for Dinner

There’s really only one way to turn 40 — regress! And so I threw a Twilight-theme party that was worthy of any sixteen year old girl. I wore my Twilight crown from Burger King’s Twilight promo last summer. Here was the menu: ravioli bake, bread with oil & balsamic vinegar to dip, salad, and cranberry … Continue reading

Dinner by Packet

Here lies a blog of two packets: one for tonight, and one for tomorrow. People often claim that tacos are an easy meal for a beginner cook. I beg to differ. I never have figured out exactly when to wash and cut the lettuce and the tomatoes. While the meat is cooking, it needs stirring. … Continue reading

Easier BLT and Product Review

Since we’re trying to save money, a major drawback to Redneck Calzone is that there’s all this bacon leftover. Last time I bought a small package of pre-cooked bacon just so there was less of it — but truly, you can get 10 times as much meat for less money, so we come out ahead … Continue reading


I can’t believe this happened to me, of all people. We went out on our standard “Date Night” — all four of us. Regardless of Dave Ramsey, we still have the urge to celebrate Friday night with an out-on-the-town dinner. Last week we went to Red Robin, this week we went to our favorite Chinese … Continue reading