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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 […]

Organizer Jen and I Slay the Last of PCS2017

Organizer Jen and I Slay the Last of PCS2017

My friend Jen Stark, aka “Organizer Jen” drove down from Pennsylvania last month to help me destroy the last bits of unpacking from our massive move from Okinawa, Japan.  I had already unpacked 11,000 pounds of household goods on my own by the time our […]

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

Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Hello and welcome!  If you’re a newcomer, I certainly appreciate you taking the time to click on this recipe.  If you’re a long-time reader/viewer, thank you so much (all the more) for sticking around all this time!  It’s certainly great to be up-and-running after our […]

Rabbit’s Envy Carrot Cake

Rabbit’s Envy Carrot Cake

Our newest “cake movie”!

Irish Cream Bread Puddings…..GAH!!

Irish Cream Bread Puddings…..GAH!!

These are so delicious…I just…I just don’t even know what to say.  Make them and you’ll see what I mean. You can see all the shenanigans on the vid above.  Recipe in print is below: Irish Cream Bread Pudding: Makes four small-ramekin sized bread puddings 4 […]

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 […]

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! Like I say in my live-recorded vid below – real Irish soda bread contains only flour, salt, leavening agents and buttermilk.  Mix it with […]

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 […]

Split Pea and Ham Soup

Split Pea and Ham Soup

This hearty, frugal soup is a mainstay at my house.  It never fails to impress, which always is a surprise to me.  How in the world can such humble ingredients combine to make something so delicious? I suppose that’s the case with every good soup.  I’m a big […]

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 […]

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 […]

Butter Bolognese, Baby Boys and War

Butter Bolognese, Baby Boys and War

I first heard the term “Bolognese” when we lived in England. Before then, I just called it “meat sauce”.   All the “mums” on my square were making “Spag Bol” (spaghetti Bolognese) as their go-to dish on week nights. We lived in a very international part of Cambridge, England.  Built in the era of […]

Freezer Cooking Series:  Baked Ziti From the Freezer

Freezer Cooking Series: Baked Ziti From the Freezer

Update: The video was from last summer, but the written post below was from a couple of years ago. Dinners from the freezer:  Because sometimes you need to drop everything and explain to your kids why we don’t draw swastikas on things. “Look what we […]

Smoked Cheese, Ham and Spinach Frittata (With a Spot of Cream Cheese)

Smoked Cheese, Ham and Spinach Frittata (With a Spot of Cream Cheese)

This is not what I planned on posting this week.  I had a post on baked ziti all planned out, then I went and made this for dinner last night (on the fly).  It turned out so great, I had to drop everything and recreate […]

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 […]

Skillet Satay

Skillet Satay

Peanut butter:  It’s not just for jelly. “Satay”, or “Sati” is a traditional Indonesian dish made from marinated meat, skewered on bamboo rods, grilled, and served with a peanut sauce.  It’s quite possibly one of the world’s most delicious foods.  The spices of cumin, red pepper and […]

Watercress Soup

Watercress Soup

It’s hard to believe a weedy little thing like watercress can make such an addictive soup. I first tried watercress soup when we lived in England.  It, like the Carrot and Coriander Soup came fresh in little cartons.  I don’t know if I can accurately describe what it was […]