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The Best Crockpot Shredded Chicken

The Best Crockpot Shredded Chicken

One of my “secret weapons” all these years has been my coveted collection of “master recipes”. A master recipe is one singular recipe that serves as the starter or inspiration for many other recipes. In my opinion, a master recipe needs to be a no-brainer.…

BACON CHICKEN

BACON CHICKEN

  Let’s talk about…..BACON CHICKEN. This recipe came about as most of the recipes on this website have; birthed in an agonizing moment of panic of “what’s for dinner, I have no time, who let the cat out and why is there a pile of…

Oreo Buttercream

Oreo Buttercream

Oreo Buttercream by Shannon Vavich 1 lb unsalted butter, room temperaturae 2 lbs powdered sugar Pinch salt 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream About 1/2 pack Oreo cookies, pulverized in food processor, to make 2 cups of crumbs Instructions: Using a heavy duty stand mixer, cream…

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Easy, frugal and it comes together in a snap:  It’s Irish Soda Bread.  You know those Irish mothers didn’t have time to mess around! Irish soda bread contains only flour, salt, leavening agents and buttermilk.  Mix it with a spoon, roll the dough around enough to make a…

Olive Oil Pizza Crust

Olive Oil Pizza Crust

I make this pizza crust every single Friday.  If you watch my fb lives or read my instagram or fb posts, you know that every Friday, this and some variation of topping is on the docket. Friday pizza/movie night is one of my family’s most cherished (and enjoyed traditions). Shannon’s…

Taco Salad, We Love You!

Taco Salad, We Love You!

I seem to remember some kind of controversy surrounding taco salads back in the 90’s.  I don’t know if it came from TV or health class or some kind of fitness magazine – but suddenly, the “unhealthiness” of taco salads seemed to be something worth…

Ginger-Wasabi Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Ginger-Wasabi Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

So there are two things you’re going to have to do if you want your chicken breasts to be palatable: Pound them flat Marinate them I know…I know….it’s a pain.  But let’s face it, chicken breasts are NOT ribeye steaks. You will need:  chicken breast…

Cold Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad

Cold Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad

I’ve been writing recipes like mad lately, and I had my whole freezer stocked with the goodies for my “Light Summer Series”, of which I was going to start photographing this week.  One recipe per day, I figured.  It was a perfect plan!  Until my two-year-old turned off…

Charlotte’s Victoria Sponge Cake

Charlotte’s Victoria Sponge Cake

My daughter Charlotte is ten-years-old and is just about the neatest person I’ve ever known.  All my kids are the neatest people I’ve ever known, but each is so unique, it’s easy to see and appreciate all the great things that make them who they…

Light Garlic and Chicken Broth

Light Garlic and Chicken Broth

Once you see how easy it is to make a good broth out of a picked-over roasted chicken, you’ll never throw chicken bits away again.  This broth is useful as a base for many-a-soup, and it’s especially good taken straight-up in the middle of cold and flu season, which,…

New Orleans King Cake (with Bourbon Glaze)

New Orleans King Cake (with Bourbon Glaze)

It’s hard to explain how New Orleans can get under your skin.  I think the reason why many of us can move to New Orleans and duly adopt the traditions (so readily), is because the people of New Orleans are so non-discriminating.  If you’re there, you’re family.  I’ve…

Nachos for a Crowd

Nachos for a Crowd

I’ll never be too good for nachos.  Never.Who can deny the healing properties of a mound of tortilla chips topped with slow-braised shredded beef, aged cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole, jalapenos, clouds of sour cream and more….? The best thing about this recipe is that the beef cooks…

Skillet Satay

Skillet Satay

Peanut butter:  It’s not just for jelly. I developed this recipe with ease in mind (there is even a freeze-ahead option), with a slight nod to safety as well.  I don’t have time in my typical day to thread small strands of meat onto skewers, and…

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

I’m not saying that making your own chocolate sauce will change your life….  I mean if you’re not in the mood for an ethereal, (nay, even spiritual) experience that will make your childhood dreams come true.  If you never watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate…

Simple Vegetable Soup for Busy People

Simple Vegetable Soup for Busy People

I keep soup like this in my house almost all the time.  I make a big pot once a week, and I eat it almost every day. It’s great for lunch.  You can add a little leftover chicken if you want to have a little protein.  Or some…

Fancy Cranberry Sauce

Fancy Cranberry Sauce

The days are clipping by so fast; it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in only two weeks.  The difficult-to-manage four-year-old turns five next week, which is just unbelievable to me. So, I’ve survived the “first five years” SIX TIMES OVER.  That’s a lot of tying shoes, a lot…

Classic American Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing

Classic American Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing

If you’ve never made a cake from scratch before, this recipe is a good one to get you started. I can’t claim to have a favorite cake, like I can’t claim to have a favorite child.  But….this one’s in my top 5… The chocolate icing has just…

Vavich Family Buttermilk Pancakes

Vavich Family Buttermilk Pancakes

There’s really nothing to making pancakes from scratch. Three of my children have this recipe memorized, and my husband does too.  He’s pulls out all the stops on Saturday mornings and makes these.  He’s like a Transformer….  Marine most of the time, but on Saturday (if he’s home)…

My 72-Hour Beef Broth

My 72-Hour Beef Broth

That’s right.  Seventy-two hours.  This is the kind of broth that will make a hundred dishes swoon-worthy.  This is the kind of thing you make when you really FEEL your food.  When you consider yourself an alchemist.  A rogue.  A guns-blazing, ax wielding badass of a…

Fresh Persimmons with Moroccan Rosewater and Okinawan Honey

Fresh Persimmons with Moroccan Rosewater and Okinawan Honey

Persimmons are in season right now in Okinawa. I’ve had several people ask me what they taste like. An orange? A mango? Yes. Kind of a combination of orange and mango, but with flesh like a mango. Sort of. The skin is firm and almost…