25 “Must Have” Spices for your Pantry

What are your “must have” spices? Every home cook has certain spices, or seasonings, that they always reach for. These are the dried spices, or spice blends, that absolutely have to be in their pantry in order for them to create meals. I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered that I had many dried spices that I’ve only used once or twice. They aren’t spices that I routinely reach for, and many were purchased simply because I wanted to try a recipe that called for them. As I separated these spices, hoping to find them new homes where […]

Leftover Makeover–A Week of Family Dinners from Two Pieces of Meat

One of the best ways to make the most of your grocery budget is to ensure that leftovers don’t sit in the refrigerator and spoil.  Our grandmothers possessed this skill, but it seems to have been lost over the years.  One of the complaints that I frequently hear from people is that their family members don’t like leftovers.  Another complaint I hear is how expensive meat has become.   My solution to both of these problems is the Leftover Makeover.  First, purchase fewer pieces of meat during your weekly grocery trip.  Then, turn the leftovers into something different, and your […]

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs

These ribs require that you start the process a day ahead, but they are so delicious that it’s worth the extra time required.    This recipe is adapted from a recipe that I originally found at Men’s Health.  I would link back, but I can’t find the recipe.  I think they must have removed it.  I’ve been searching since I posted my pressure cooker rib recipe a few months ago.  If anyone finds the recipe, please leave the link in a comment below.  I would really appreciate it. Before I begin with my description of the process, I have a confession to […]