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Meatloaf – hearty, delicious and makes great leftovers!

Meatloaf sauce

I’ve tried many recipes for meatloaf over the years. I’ve made meatloaf stuffed with cheese, I’ve wrapped a meatloaf in bacon, I’ve used dry breadcrumbs, soggy bread crumbs, oatmeal…you name it, I’ve tried it. Turkey, Sausage/Veal/Beef meatloaf mixes (I’m not an advocate of eating veal…) I’ve used Italian Sausage both sweet and hot, breakfast sausage [...]

Asian flavors – Flounder, Kale & Soy – Oh Boy!

Asian Fish Packet cooked

Yesterday I went to Whole Foods Market in Columbus, Ohio looking for Grains of Paradise. (Thank you, Alton Brown – for sending me on a wild chase for a spice I’ll have to order online) – I didn’t find said spice BUT I did find beautiful flounder – and the price was awesome! So, my [...]

Flavor Punch Meal! That was GOOD!

Food tastes better when it has a flavor! A LOT of flavor! Sunday dinner at our house was about that flavor and we used an old standby and tried a new recipe that I will use time and again!

Garlic Lime Chicken & Cauliflower Steaks with a delicious flavor packed relish

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Versatile Chicken – oh the things you can create!

Chicken is such a versatile food – no wonder it’s the first thing I’m blogging about now that we’ve successfully recovered The Nurturing Cook!

Sticky Chicken

My husband loves rotisserie chicken, but I don’t love the prep and clean up of the rotisserie. When he’s home [...]

Welcome back to my kitchen!

good morning beautiful coffee

It seems like I’ve been away forever. Due to unforseen circumstances, my blog was destroyed by malicious hackers and it has taken this long for us to get our domain back. We are still trying to piece together the old blog and restore it to a family friendly homecooking site where you can safely read, [...]


Appam and Kerala chicken stew curry

The August Challenge for The Daring Cooks was for Indian food! One of my best friends from my childhood is married to an Indian man and it just so happens that they are in the United States. I went to several Indian grocers searching for fresh curry leaves. I could not find them. Out of [...]




The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.

The Meringue Coffee Cake I made was delicious! One was eaten at home and the other accompanied hubby to work and [...]

The Daring Cooks March 2011Challenge: ¡Me Encanta Perú! – Ceviche and Papas Rellenas


Kathlyn of Bake Like a Ninja was our Daring Cooks’ March 2011 hostess. Kathlyn challenges us to make two classic Peruvian dishes: Ceviche de Pescado from “Peruvian Cooking – Basic Recipes” by Annik Franco Barreau. And Papas Rellenas adapted from a home recipe by Kathlyn’s Spanish teacher, Mayra.

Download the printable .pdf file HERE

Fried Chicken, Angel Biscuits and Texas Potato Salad


There are some things in the kitchen that I have not accomplished yet…a successful pie crust, fluffy/flaky biscuits and decent/good fried chicken. I can survive on Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts…and since I’m supposed to live a low carb lifestyle – I can survive without a really good fluffy/flaky biscuit (the better they are – the [...]

THE DARING BAKERS FEBRUARY 2011 CHALLENGE: Here’s to a Creamy Dreamy Crunchy Sweet February!


The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.

The Panna Cotta was enjoyed by the entire family. The Florentine Cookies weren’t such a hit with anyone in the [...]

The Daring Cooks January 2011 Challenge: Hearty Winter Stew – The French Way


Our January 2011 Challenge comes from Jenni of The Gingered Whisk and Lisa from Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. They have challenged the Daring Cooks to learn how to make a confit and use it within the traditional French dish of Cassoulet. They have chosen a traditional recipe from Anthony Bourdain and Michael Ruhlman.


"Q" is for Quiche


Have you seen the price of eggs? The last I remembered they were .99 cents per dozen and now they are up to $1.79 a dozen? With the price of eggs, why in the world would I be making such things as bread pudding (8 eggs) or Quiché (3 eggs)? It’s because my husband brought [...]

New Year’s Resolution

This year I am meal planning – and I’m fighting to stick to it. So far, I’ve been persuaded to NOT fulfill “Fishy Friday Night” last week and went to a burger joint. I still believe that my Crispy Baked Tilapia with steamed broccoli would have been a lot better than the chicken sandwich and [...]

Reinventing "The Nurturing Cook"…with love, Jacquelyn


When I first started blogging….sometime after the 1st quarter 2010 – I loved it! Then I started getting messages…some positive, some super positive and a few negative. The negative responses hurt. They were critical – they were disappointing. I allowed them to cripple me. I stopped posting my blogs and continued to take photos and [...]

The Daring Cooks December 2010 Challenge: Poach to Perfection!


Jenn and Jill have challenged The Daring Cooks to learn to perfect the technique of poaching an egg. They chose Eggs Benedict recipe from Alton Brown, Oeufs en Meurette from Cooking with Wine by Anne Willan, and Homemade Sundried Tomato & Pine Nut Seitan Sausages (poached) courtesy of Trudy of Veggie num num.

Stuffed Acorn Squash


Super simple recipe – it makes a nice presentation if you have company coming over or if you just want to love on your family!! Normally I would bake the acorn squash in the oven but since I was out of my own kitchen – I microwaved them. Feel free to make changes as you [...]

Fall means PUMPKIN PIE!!

You might not know this, but I’m pretty much sugar free…I know, I know, my blog would lead you to believe otherwise. While I’ve “sold my soul to the sugar free” lifestyle – I’ve been looking for a sugar substitute that I can tolerate and with good conscience – feed to my children. Enter Agave [...]



The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

A cookie decorator, I am not. But the up side is that for the first time in my life I have successfully [...]


Pretty as a picture...cause it is a picture.

The September 2010 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by John of Eat4Fun. John chose to challenge The Daring Cooks to learn about food preservation, mainly in the form of canning and freezing. He challenged everyone to make a recipe and preserve it. John’s source for food preservation information was from The National Center for Home [...]

Cinnamon Rolls & Pretzels…


My 2 bread makers got a workout yesterday. They cranked out a total of 4 batches of sweet dough for cinnamon rolls and 2 batches of dough for pretzels.

Hot Pepper Pretzels are the best of the two. Planning to serve them with Hot Pepper Butter read that as mustard…kind of a sweet and spicy [...]