December 23, 2014

Pecan Tassies

This is going to be a short post, because Christmas is nearly here, and I still have so much cooking and preparing to do! I wanted to share a recipe for a little nibble that is perfect for holiday entertaining. It’s an easy recipe that comes together fairly quickly, so you can make these pretty close to the last minute.

December 18, 2014

The Hard Times Kitchen Cookbook is On Sale

The Hard Times Kitchen Cookbook for the Kindle is on sale for $.99 right now! The Amazon Countdown Deal ends on December 24th, so make sure you get a copy before then. The book is full of homestyle, budget-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. These are some of my favorite recipes that haven't been published before on my blog. Click on the image to go to the Amazon website, or go here: The Hard Times Kitchen: Homestyle Recipes for a Small Budget

I hope you enjoy!

 The Hard Times Kitchen Cookbook

December 16, 2014

Homemade Potato Cheese Pierogi

These delicious little, fluffy pillows of potatoes and cheese, are wrapped in a tender dough and fried with onions in butter, until golden brown. They are scratch comfort-cooking at its finest. For most of my life, I ate the frozen pierogi from the box, and never really gave it a second thought. I mean, let’s face it, the frozen ones are actually pretty decent. When I married my husband, though, the boxed, pre-made pierogi became a thing of the past for me. My husband is 100% Polish, and I don’t think he knowingly ever ate a store-bought pierogi in his life (and he wasn’t about to start.)

December 8, 2014

Kitchen Sink Cabbage and Vegetable Soup

Cabbage and Vegetable Soup

I've heard a rumor that some people don't adore the humble cabbage the way that I do, but I have a hard time believing it. So maybe it is not the most fragrant of vegetables while it's cooking, but the end result is magnificent - delicious, sweet and mellow. Take some of those crunchy cabbage leaves, cook them slowly until tender, and you will end up with some serious comfort food. Let's not forget, too, that cabbage is in season right now, and is a real bargain at the market.

December 2, 2014

Moroccan Chicken and Lemon Herb Couscous

Moroccan Chicken and Lemon Herb Couscous

I had a lovely, but quiet Thanksgiving dinner with my family this year (just 3 of us this time). Small though it was, we had turkey and all the trimmings – candied sweet potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, a super-rich homemade green bean casserole, loads of fluffy stuffing, and everything topped with a boatload of gravy. Yum! It was an excellent meal on Thanksgiving Day, and delicious for a second round Thanksgiving evening. 
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