The Unemployment Cookbook: Slow Cooker Pork & ‘Kraut

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Y’all remember last month when New Inklings Press introduced their February #MediaMenagerie Member? [Phew, I double-dog dare ya to say that five times fast on a late Sunday evening.] Bridges the Raccoon was brought on board to help writers find a way to get from here to there . . . Whatever “here” and “there” is.

Well, this weekend, it was in the kitchen. And after a crazy usual month of go-here-see-there-stop-now-breathe-okay-get-going-again activity, I just needed a bit of a break. So I opened the fridge and pantry, and asked Bridges what he … read the rest. . .

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The Unemployment Cookbook: Hobo Dinner

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

The Menagerie’s not helping with this recipe. This one’s all mine. (Like I want to share this with a frog or zebra, anyway.)

Can I get a hello for another family favorite recipe that’s easily changeable? I love love love the meat-and-potatoes flavors, the easy clean up, and of course, the wallet-friendly ingredients. I mean, who wouldn’t? Even the Catford Manor felines drool for this savory meal.

So, on a busy week like this (writing NOLA, working the new day job, watching NCIS season premieres), it’s nice to have a quick dinner fix. Am … read the rest. . .

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October is a beautiful month, isn’t it? Full of crisp air, sweaters out of storage, leaves changing colors and crunching under your feet. The start of the holiday season before the holiday rush. I think October is my favorite month.

On Facebook, I asked “What are some of your favorite fall/harvest moments?” Each reply was unique to the individual commenter, but there was one running theme: pumpkin. It seems pumpkin everything is what gets people most excited about October.

Each year I share this photo. It was taken by a friend about ten years ago. We were at the local … read the rest. . .

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Too Hot to Cook (June’s Meal Plan)

It’s been a few months since I’ve written a Meal Plan post. Based on the success of my recent monthly WinCo trips, I’ve had enough foods in the freezer and pantry to not have to buy too much. So I’ve been winging it; making what I can find. Occasionally, I’ve put together some meals like this hearty chicken and pasta dinner.

I always keep frozen salmon filets in the freezer. Last month, I bought a 5 lb. bag of chicken breasts (admittedly not from WinCo). Sure, it cost nearly $17, but with 20 breasts, that’s less than $1/piece.

So my … read the rest. . .

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Mother’s Day Frittata

My Baked Frittata is one of my most popular recipes. It’s my favorite quick Go-To Combo, and my best lazy weekend morning treat. It’s never the same twice, and that’s just how I like it!

Easily altered to suit your Mom’s flavor buds, this dish offers an incredibly delicious dining experience whether you’re making it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Start with a basic mixture of eggs, milk and cheese, then add your own preferred additions to truly make it your own one-of-a-kind creation. For Mother’s Day, I chose ingredients sure to please her pallet: mini pepperonis, diced onion, mushroom, … read the rest. . .

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