Green Beans (baby food)

1 can (14.5 ounces) green beans 1 cube chicken bullion 2 to 3 ounces breast milk or formula Optional: 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Directions: Place green beans, bullion, and optional black pepper into a 2-quart pot. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Place all ingredients into a blender; blend until smooth.Continue reading “Green Beans (baby food)”

Peanut Butter & Grits

(Being a southerner myself, I know that this just sounds wrong. However, my 1-year-old son has an iron deficiency, and grits and peanut butter are both good sources of iron, so I decided to see what would happen if I combined them. Amazingly, it turned out really good. It tastes like a less-sweet version ofContinue reading “Peanut Butter & Grits”

Air Fryer Cooking Chart

(This is the cooking chart from the Quick Start Guide for the Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Air Fryer.) Food Amount Temp Single Dual Oil? Prep Asparagus 1 bunch 390 F 8-12 min 20-25 min 2 tsp Whole, trimmed Bacon 3 strips 350 F 8-10 min 9-12 min None Cut in half Beets 6-7 small 390 FContinue reading “Air Fryer Cooking Chart”

Frequently-Used Ingredients

This isn’t an all-encompassing list, but these are things that I try to keep on-hand as they are used in quite a few recipes. Salt Pepper Milk Eggs (chicken) Butter or Margarine Mayonnaise Mustard Sriracha Soy Sauce Hot Sauce All-purpose Flour Self-rising Flour Pasta (Spaghetti, Fettuccini, Elbow Macaroni, Shells, Egg Noodles, Rotini) Rice (I recommendContinue reading “Frequently-Used Ingredients”

Kitchen Equipment

In order to cook for yourself, you’re going to need some equipment. Hopefully, this list will help you when you’re setting up your own first kitchen. Remember, the goal here isn’t to buy/obtain the best equipment (so buy cheap when you can), but simply to have enough stuff that most recipes will be within yourContinue reading “Kitchen Equipment”

DIY: Pork Chops, Pork Loin, & Extras

Here in Kentucky, it’s not very difficult to find a grocery store that sells whole pork loins… and I do mean whole–I can usually find about 3-foot-long sections of pork loin for less than $30 somewhere. If you’re smart about it, you can make quite a few meals from one loin. Alright, let’s get started.Continue reading “DIY: Pork Chops, Pork Loin, & Extras”