Top 10 Home Cooking Memories Pins on Pinterest in 2012

Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

Oh, how I love Pinterest! Every day I'm pinning the stuff I find and dream about cooking, baking and making.  And I know I'm not the only one who feels this way! This year has been both fun and amazing for Home Cooking Memories on Pinterest too. It's so rewarding to see something of your own get pinned...and I want to give a BIG thank you to all of you have pinned my recipes. You can follow and see my boards here: Home Cooking Memories on Pinterest Last year I did a "Top 10 Recipes" post, … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread

It's #SundaySupper time again and this week our theme is Helping Hands. Each participating food blogger is sharing a recipe for something that can be made to give to someone who might be going through a rough time...for whatever reason. I've had times when someone has surprised my family and I with a casserole or some bread.  These kind gestures have always meant a lot to us and made us feel like someone truly cared. Because I know how good it feels to be given a meal or baked goods … [Read more...]

Oven Baked Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Oven Baked Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches - from

In our house, sandwiches are a popular dinner and these Oven Baked Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches are one of the top favorites. Easy-to-make with sliced chicken and cheese, plus the addition of bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. … [Read more...]

Fried Zucchini with Chipotle Ranch Dip and Parmesan Cheese Ranch Dip

Fried Zucchini with Chipotle Ranch Dip and Parmesan Cheese Ranch Dip

Here's one of many weird things about me: I don't like ranch dressing, unless it's used as a dip. I can't handle it on a salad. Or even on sandwiches, or other ways I've seen it used. It's not like I would refuse it if I went to your house and you told me that was the only salad dressing you had, but I definitely don't prefer it. But, for a dip, I think it's fabulous. Right out of the bottle works for me, but you can also get creative with bottled ranch dressing. I've got two ranch dip ideas … [Read more...]

Grilled Butterflied Whole Chicken with Barbecue Sauce


One of my favorite dinners to make for my family is oven roasted whole chicken. But, this is Las Vegas, and in the summer, turning on my oven is the last thing I want to do. I avoid it as much as possible. My solution for enjoying inexpensive whole chickens in the summer is throwing them on the grill. And I don't mean cutting them up and grilling the individual pieces -- I grill spatchcocked (or butterflied) chicken. Okay, okay...I don't actually grill it, my husband does. Must give credit … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Homemade Pancake Mix

Homemade Pancake Mix

Have you ever made your own pancake mix? It's so simple and the pancakes turn out wonderful. Sure, I know there are times when life is crazy and you're feeling frazzled, so a box of packaged pancake mix makes the most sense, but seriously...give it a try. With just a tiny bit of planning, you can make up a dry mix and it will give you enough for a couple mornings of homemade pancakes. And it will cost you very little to do so. It's also a great gift-in-a-jar idea. … [Read more...]

Mini Peach Pies in a Jar


Mini Peach Pies in a Jar -- cute, personal-sized pies with an easy filling you make from fruit cups! My niece, Courtney, adores little things. She loves little forks and little spoons, mini erasers, and tiny kittens. Just about anything that is smaller than "normal" size. Food in miniature is especially cute...and tasty too. When she heard that I was making mini pies in a jar, she asked "how mini are they?" I told her to peek in the oven and she would see, and she squealed "OH! They are … [Read more...]

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is one of my top favorite comfort foods. In the early years of our marriage, there was no way I would have made it homemade. Seemed so complicated. We did have it at home, but it was almost always a frozen variety. I ordered it in restaurants too. I remember choosing it during our 3rd wedding anniversary date night to Marie Callendar's restaurant. I've come a long ways from that time and I think my family is quite happy that I have. If I say we are having chicken pot pie for … [Read more...]