Liam’s Lemonade

Liam's Lemonade

My son Liam loves to cook!  The other day he asked if he could make homemade lemonade.  I was happy to oblige.  I got out the stuff and he told me to walk away.  He was going to do it all.  I told him that I would need to help as he hasn’t graduated to using the stove or a sharp knife yet.  While he objected, he finally agreed as he really wanted lemonade.  Just to set the record straight, all I did was cut the lemons in half and heat up the simple syrup.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

The past week the weather has been a little cold.  My son told me that he really wanted some hot chocolate to heat him up. I was too happy to oblige, as I love hot chocolate. I went to all of the stores around me and every single hot chocolate mix that I found, contained sugar and sucralose (an artificial sweetener). I don’t have any issue with people using artificial sweeteners, but my son and I both get an off taste from them. I can’t explain it, but it just does not taste right to us. So after a quick scan of three supermarket aisles, I decided that the commercial brands were out. Therefore, I had to make my own mix. Come to find out, making homemade hot chocolate is quite simple. Mix a few ingredients, add some hot water and boom. Homemade Hot Chocolate!  The homemade hot chocolate mix, is simple and delicious!

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Three Cheese Manicotti

Homemade Manicotti

My wife Dana is from New York City! When we visit NYC, we like to purchase food items to bring back Virginia.  One of those food items is fresh pasta.  Our favorite is Manicotti.  You just can’t beat the flavor of the pasta, from the pasta stores in New York.  Since we haven’t been to NY in a while, our stash has run dry.  So I wanted to surprise Dana with some handmade Manicotti.  I must say the three cheese Manicotti was freaking fantastic.  Even Dana said it was the best that she had eaten.  That says a lot.

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Fresh Pasta

Fresh Pasta

Dana and I were organizing our cabinets the other day and we found our pasta attachment for our kitchen aid mixer. Looking at it, we knew what our next recipe was going to be.  We are making fresh pasta.  This recipe is an all-purpose flour based pasta.  I would have loved to make a semolina flour based pasta, but I was unable to find semolina flour at any of my local stores.  I have some on order.  I will make a semolina pasta soon!

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Boneless Buffalo Wings

Boneless Buffalo Wings

The other day I was cleaning the garage and found a deep fryer that Dana and I received as a wedding present.  It was perfect timing, as the Big game is approaching and I received a question on how to make homemade boneless buffalo wings.  I have made wings in the past, but never boneless ones.  So I picked up a dozen chicken breasts from Costco and started experimenting.  After my third iteration I found the perfect combination.

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Homemade Sandies (shortbread cookies)

Homemade Sandies

I have been up all night lately and my only savior has been coffee.  Nothing goes with coffee like Shortbread cookies (AKA Sandies).  I buy them by the case.  However, I ran out and was unable to go to the store.  So I decided to try them for myself.  It is a basic butter cookie … Read moreHomemade Sandies (shortbread cookies)

Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

With the Holiday’s upon us we are constantly bombarded with pies and cakes that go great with whipped cream.  You can grab a spray can or a tub of whipped cream product, but nothing tastes as good as homemade whipped cream.  It is super simple to make.  Just add whipping cream, sugar and a hint … Read moreHomemade Whipped Cream

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Ever since passing an Ikea on my way to DC the other day I have been craving Swedish Meatballs.   Hard to believe but Ikea has great affordable food.  My favorite is the Swedish Meatballs.  Those tasty little meatballs in the delicious beef gravy.  After having the craving for a few days I decided to … Read moreSwedish Meatballs

Homemade Stove Top Stuffing

Homemade Stove Top Stuffing

I love stove top stuffing.  There is something about the easy directions and great flavor that keeps me going back for more.  I love it! However, when you have a food blog, everyone wants you to make everything from scratch.  Who knew that it was a faux pas to serve boxed stuffing to your friends and family when you write about food. Well, you don’t need to tell me again.  I make my stuffing from scratch from now on.  Even though I base my flavors on boxed stuffing, haha.

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Grilled Meatballs

Grilled Meatballs

I know it is hard to believe but sometimes I get cook’s block.  It is like writer’s block except I can not think of a single thing to make for dinner.  So earlier this week Dana requested something from chicken and something from ground beef.  I went to the store  and picked up the basic … Read moreGrilled Meatballs

Chicken and Dumpling Noodle Soup (From Scratch)

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch

Although it doesn’t seem to get that cold here in Richmond, we did have a nice cool spell where we had a few days in the 60s.  As soon as I felt a little chill I wanted to make soup.  I love soup and in turn I really enjoy making it.  You put in a … Read moreChicken and Dumpling Noodle Soup (From Scratch)

Dumpling Noodles

Dumpling Noodles

Every once in a while I will go out to eat and there will be an amazing soup with delicious dumpling-like noodles in it.  I have always wondered how or where they get their noodles.  Then I started to mess around with dumpling recipes to see if I could turn them into noodles.  I was … Read moreDumpling Noodles