Sunday, September 24, 2017


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced

1 white or yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 cups roughly chopped Swiss chard leaves
4 ounces small pasta shells (about 1 heaping cup)
4 ounces green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
One 16-ounce jar tomato and sausage pasta sauce
One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 yellow summer squash, sliced into half-moons
1 zucchini, sliced into half-moons
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving

How to make this recipe.

Melt the butter in a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions and carrots and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Stir in the chicken broth, chard, pasta, green beans, oregano, pasta sauce, cannellini beans, squash, zucchini, 1 cup water, 2 teaspoons salt and several grinds of pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until the pasta is cooked and the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Divide among 6 bowls and top with the torn basil and Parmesan.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Homemade Ranch

Homemade Ranch From Scratch

  • 1/4 cup Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup Parsley Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Garlic Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Garlic
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Dill Weed
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice


1. Combine all ingredients, store in an airtight container. Makes about 3 ½ cups of dry mix

2. To Make Dressing, whisk together 2 Tbsp of mix with 2 Cups each of mayonnaise and buttermilk 1 ½ Cups sour cream, & 1 tsp Lemon Juice. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Makes 1 3/4 Quarts. Stores up to 3 to 4 months.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Homemade Fragrance defuser

Here's an inexpensive way to make your home smell like christmas. After cooking a meal, you don't want your house smelling like what you are cooking all night. 
Boil a pot of fruits, spice and herb.  Your home well smell like Christmas!


Homemade Fragrant

  • 2 Large Orange peels
  • 2 -3 Cinnamon sticks
  • half a cup of mint leaves
  • half a cup of Cranberries
  • A medium pot of water
Cooking Directions
  1. Boil about half a pot of water. Add in the Orange peels, Cinnamon sticks, Cranberries. After about 3 minutes, add in the mint leaves. Stir, and let is simmer on low. Do not cover or turn on the vent.