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Satellite Recipe: Shredded Chicken with Black Beans, Rice and Roasted Red Peppers

Satellite Recipe: Shredded Chicken with Black Beans, Rice and Roasted Red Peppers

This is a “satellite recipe” to accompany The Best Crockpot Shredded Chicken . The Best Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe cooks all day in the crock pot. You can eat it in several ways once it’s done. If you have a large family like mine, you’ll […]

Episode 17 –  Bacon Chicken Podcast Cookalong Recipe

Episode 17 – Bacon Chicken Podcast Cookalong Recipe

A great dinner. Prep time: 30 minutes. Start to finish 1 hour 5 minutes. Serve with steamed rice. Ingredients: 3-5 LBS chicken of your choice (breast, hind quarters or whole cut-up chicken), 1 lb bacon, 2-3 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoons pepper, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, […]

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

I can’t tell you how good it feels to press the “create new post” on my WordPress dashboard. I feel like crying from relief. Especially since this is an ACTUAL RECIPE, instead of another post of how life has beat the crap out of me […]

Ginger – Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Scenes from Kentucky and Felix Mendelssohn

Ginger – Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Scenes from Kentucky and Felix Mendelssohn

Most days, I wake up not knowing what I’ll cook. Most days, I find inspiration in the market as I meander around. I always have a list of “necessaries”. Today I had to pick up dish soap, and tea, and a pair of size 11 […]

“Marginally Unremarkable” Bourbon Ham, Kitchen Grief, Self-Compassion and Hope Springs

“Marginally Unremarkable” Bourbon Ham, Kitchen Grief, Self-Compassion and Hope Springs

Truth be told, bourbon makes me want to wretch. Don’t tell anyone in Kentucky that I just said that. However, it’s not too shabby baked in a cake or poured over a ham. It’s hard to f up a ham. It really is. A cured […]

Pucker Up!  Sticky Lemon Chicken, Vivaldi, Dark Nights of The Soul, and more Tales From my Busy Kitchen Today

Pucker Up! Sticky Lemon Chicken, Vivaldi, Dark Nights of The Soul, and more Tales From my Busy Kitchen Today

I didn’t know today was the first day of spring until Rosie’s preschool teacher mentioned it to me this afternoon. I had already decided to tell you about the significance of lemons in the rhythms of my cooking, and breathing, and existing – and that […]

Homemade Tortillas (from a mix) and More From My Kitchen Today, Existential Crises Notwithstanding

Homemade Tortillas (from a mix) and More From My Kitchen Today, Existential Crises Notwithstanding

I’m not one to regret much. I’ve been making sound decisions for myself for a long time now. And I wish I had the ability to describe in words how much angst I’ve produced over this blog, and my work, and my approach. It’s not […]

Grilled Ribeyes with Compound Butter

Grilled Ribeyes with Compound Butter

Welcome!!! If you’re here because of the recent article in the Jacksonville Daily News, I want to wholeheartedly thank you for taking the time to click on my website. You can also follow my fb page for lots of updates, interaction with other members and […]

Freezer Cooking Series:  Bulk Seasoned Ground Beef (AND Nachos for Days)

Freezer Cooking Series: Bulk Seasoned Ground Beef (AND Nachos for Days)

Vid with recipes and freezer prep for ground beef is here! I’ll post the rest of the pics and the text recipes tomorrow. Thanks so much for your views, clicks, shares and comments! You’re the best! – SV

Freezer Cooking Series: Bulk Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Freezer Cooking Series: Bulk Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Hello again!  Thanks so much for taking part in my FREEZER COOKING series!  We’re stocking our freezers and putting our plans in place to have a great back-to-school season.  I really appreciate you being here!  My first freezer cooking video (baked ziti) has received a […]

Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots.  “Fah Gahds SAKE!!”

Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots. “Fah Gahds SAKE!!”

Okay, THIS is delicious.  For full instructions and shenanigans, including my list of how to live the “Irish Way” watch the vid below. This is another one of my pressure cooker recipes.  I usually make corned beef in the crockpot, but I just got a new pressure cooker […]

Pressure Steamed Salmon and Veg

Pressure Steamed Salmon and Veg

Why can’t our food be macaroni & cheese and chocolate cake all the time?  Why oh WHY must we spend some days eating things like fish and vegetables? Oh well.  Who knows?  All I know is that if you’re going to impose some kind of […]

Perfectly Gooey and Delicious Mac and Cheese

Perfectly Gooey and Delicious Mac and Cheese

A really superb mac and cheese comes together like a symphony. There’s a technique of timing.  Each component needs to be added in at just the right moment. How else could these two ingredients combine to make something so incredible? Of course, there are other ingredients […]

Lemon Cilantro Chicken Thighs (Freeze Ahead Recipe)

Lemon Cilantro Chicken Thighs (Freeze Ahead Recipe)

This assemble-ahead, freeze-ahead recipe is so easy to make and SO delicious, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief.  It takes only minutes to assemble, and is a snap to bake.  It’s a light, springy, fresh-tasting addition to your recipe repertoire, and the slice of lemon […]

Lemon Tarragon Baked Chicken

Lemon Tarragon Baked Chicken

If you haven’t discovered tarragon yet, this is a great place to start.  It’s a light, sweet herb, and it’s hard to misuse it when paired with a crispy baked chicken and plenty of fresh lemons. If rosemary is my go-to herb of autumn (rosemary […]

Beef, Black Beans and Rice for a Crowd

Beef, Black Beans and Rice for a Crowd

This fast, easy, SUPER economical dinner is the one I featured on my show on Feb. 14.  It’s one of the “satellite” recipes I’ve developed off of my Crockpot Braised Beef Master Recipe. Ingredients: One Braised Beef recipe, cooked on low for 11-12 hours, shredded, and […]

Olive Oil Pizza Crust

Olive Oil Pizza Crust

I make this pizza crust every single Friday.  If you watch my show, 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 Olive Oil Pizza Crust Makes 3-4 pizzas 7 […]

Ribeye Steaks with Compound Butter

Ribeye Steaks with Compound Butter

    These fast-marinated compound butter rib-eyes are standard Saturday night fare at our house.   Why in the world would we go out for dinner if we can spend a fraction of the money and have better food at home?  These steaks only need an […]

Baked Beef Ribs

Baked Beef Ribs

“Hey, do you want me to make ribs?”, I ask. “Is that a trick question?”, is always my husband’s response. Of course he wants me to make ribs.  Of course he does. And these are good.  Really good.  AND easy.  Who knew?  Don’t spend a […]