5 Things to Do This Weekend (To make cooking easier all week)

Plan some meals Everything goes better when you have a plan. If your house is anything like ours, no plan often leads to more take-out/eat out. Take a look in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to see what’s in your food inventory. What should be used…are there fresh veggies in the crisper that won’t lastContinue Reading

Pork Stock

                        Pork Stock   Print This pork stock is a great base for oriental or bean soups. Author: Beth Osmund Ingredients 2 lbs pork (neck bones or hocks) 3 med. yellow onions (see note) 3-4 stalks celery 3-4 carrots 3 bay leaves 1 tsp.Continue Reading

Letter to Governor Rauner

  Governor Rauner, Did you read the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s “Public Agenda for College and Career Success” before suggesting a 30% cut to higher education funding? If you haven’t here is the link to the document: http://www.ibhe.org/masterPlanning/materials/070109_PublicAgenda.pdf The report outlines how it is critical that our state increase educational attainment to ensure economicContinue Reading

Chicken Liver Pate   Print Ingredients 1 pound chicken livers, rinsed and trimmed 1 cup milk ½ cup unsalted butter 2 large onions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon rosemary ½ teaspoon thyme 2 bay leaves ½ cup dry white wine (or chicken broth) 2 tablespoons drained capers 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon groundContinue Reading


Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock

  Chicken Stock   Print Ingredients 4 – 5lbs chicken (this can be a combination of whole chicken, necks, backs, or carcasses from baked/roasted chicken) The better the chicken you use the better your stock will be. (We like CVSF chicken, but any pasture raised chicken will be good.) 2 gallons cold water 1-2 onionsContinue Reading

Real Food – Fast

When it comes to feeding a family, there are several competing priorities: time, cost, nutrition, and the ever important “Will the kids eat it?” I have a strong bias toward real food. By real food I mean food that is minimally processed, which eliminates many of the so called convenience foods that I once reliedContinue Reading

Easy Enchilada Bake (a.k.a. Delicious Glop)

Easy Enchilada Bake (a.k.a. Delicious Glop)

Easy Enchilada Bake (a.k.a. Delicious Glop)   Print (As you may guess from what my kids call this, a lovely presentation isn’t always my priority!) Ingredients 1 bag prepared meat (chicken, beef, or pork) 1 bag precooked beans 1 cup rice 1 can enchilada sauce (hot or mild) Shredded cheddar cheese Flour tortillas Nonstick sprayContinue Reading