Category Archive: Tips and Tricks

Alternative to Canning Tomatoes

An easy alternative to canning tomatoes.   Canning your own sauce is awesome for the freshness, but I hate canning. It’s hot, messy, and time consuming. Not to mention, buying the tools gets expensive. An old friend of mine taught me this alternative way to canning tomato sauce. I’ve been doing it for years. It’s …

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Tip Thursday: Recycling Charcoal

Have a charcoal grill? Not sure what to do with the charcoal after cooking up your burgers? I got ya covered. Since I bought our Weber grill this summer (BTW, Great for BBQs), I’m finding cool ways to recycle the charcoal. There are a ton of uses for it. Just use Google. Of course, I …

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Grab-N-Go, Mexican Stuffed Wraps

  This recipe was created for a Reynolds Wrap contest. Bummer, I didn’t win. Boo hiss. I’m over it, but WTH, right? The contest instructed to create a recipe using four ingredients from a list of foods they supplied, and of course, use Reynolds Wrap. You can double the recipe and freeze it for those …

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Cast Iron Skillet, Sweet Fried Potatoes

Cast Iron Skillet Sweet Fried Potatoes

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Mostly because I always have bacon. Since we moved into our new home, we’ve had overnight guests just about every weekend. Absolutely love a full house for breakfast served with mimosas. This recipe is my sister, Donna’s. I’m also thinking that it’s a Pittsburgh thing because I know a lot …

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Ranchero Chicken Muffins

  The foundation of my recipe was inspired by Tablespoon.com. They always have cool ideas, and I love this recipe. I used Tablespoon’s Mini Tex-Mex Chicken and Cheese Pies as a foundation, but of course, I made my own version. You’ll need Featured by 2 (13 oz.) cans of Chicken, drained 1 1/2 cups of …

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Three Minute Microwave Gourmet Breakfast

  I don’t know about you, but I usually wait for the weekends to make a gourmet breakfast. No time to waste during the week. I usually hit the snooze button for the umpteenth time before I have to drag my butt out of bed. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love …

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BYOB

  Here’s a great cork tip from one of our readers Valerie Lans. This will save you lots of cashola. Those that know me know I like to enjoy a glass or two of wine when dining out. So, I did the math… Two glasses of wine for me can cost $14 (at least). Plus, …

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Frozen Fruit Smoothie

  We’re big on fruit smoothies. I make one just about every day. I would really like to add beer, but this is for breakfast after all. Ha! SAM’s Club has yummy produce. I buy bulk fruits, clean them, and toss in a Ziploc freezer bag. We always have blueberries, strawberries and bananas on hand. …

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Low-Cal Salad Dressing

  Since the girl likes to eat A LOT, she needs to watch what she eats. On occasion. Actually, this healthy twist is a fully awesome alternative to regular store bought salad dressings. Put a few spritz on your salad using a Misto with extra virgin olive oil. This will help hold the seasons to …

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Cream Cheese Chicken Pasta

Photo by Jenny MacBeth

  Discovery! I was cleaning out my refrigerator and found a brick of cream cheese. The expiration date was approaching next week, so I thought, “I need to use this up. But, er, how?” I opened a bottle of beer and by the time I finished, I thought, “Let’s melt it down and pour it …

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