In the Kitchen


Family Dinner Swap

Posted on November 3rd, by Amy in In the Kitchen. 17 comments

Let’s swap recipes! I need some serious help getting creative in the kitchen. I even checked out a pile of cookbooks recently and hardly looked through them – it’s hard to know if they will turn out good, or if my family will eat it! That’s why I love this community – you all are willing to share what you know :)

I’ve mentioned Alfredo here a few times – it’s a family favorite. One recipe that I know everyone will eat, and usually can stretch for two dinners! If not dinner, I at least have good lunch for a few days :) It’s a little involved, and dirties at least 3 pans – but worth it!

Alfredo with Broccoli & Chicken

2-3 broccoli crowns, just the florets2 Tbsp butter2 Tbsp flour2 Cups milk1/2 Cup parmesan cheese … Read More »


Homemade Tomato Sauce

Posted on September 3rd, by Amy in In the Kitchen. 8 comments

After Joe and I married, we both decided we didn’t like our moms spaghetti sauce very much. One used a jar of sauce and added fresh bits, and Italian sausage, and the other used canned tomatoes with browned hamburger. Neither was bad, but we figured that their must be better! This sent us on a journey of trying and tweaking many recipes.

Ingredients1 head of garlic1/4 C Olive Oil2 large onions3-4 T dried basil (1 bunch of fresh, chopped)1 T dried oregano1 T salt (to taste)1/2 T black pepper1/2 – 1 tsp chili pepper flakes – this will add more heat as it simmers1 tsp fennel seeds – crushed2 T balsamic vinegar10# can stewed tomatoes (if using fresh, blanch, peel, core and de-seed)

Roast garlic in oven at 350 for 1 hour.
Warm olive oil in large dutch oven, … Read More »


SewConnected – August & A Little More

Posted on September 3rd, by Amy in In the Kitchen, My kids, SewConnected. 23 comments

I know – it’s already September, I was slow to take the time to figure out paper piecing. I’ve read a few tutorials, but until I sit down to do something for the first time – it is still an unknown. In the end I had a lot of fun making these for Amy -

Over last weekend I took the time to make tomato sauce for the winter. It was an experiment. I love to make my thick and hearty sauce, but usually use canned tomatoes from the store. So I bought up 30 fresh, locally grown tomatoes at the farmer’s market – after all the simmering I was left with 2.5 quarts! I was/am a little disappointed :( It’s not cost effective, I can purchase a 10# can at Costco for less … Read More »





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