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California Blend Soup in the Instant Pot® (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrot, and Cheddar)
We've become enamored of rich, thick soups in the Instant Pot®. It's just so easy! A creamy, heavy soup on the stove would require a lot of attention and stirring to keep it from burning on the bottom. In the Instant Pot®, you load it, set it, and forget it. I love that! I thought an…
Review: Grape Stuff BBQ Grill Mats
Labor Day doesn't mean the end of summer - it means the start of tailgating season! Of course, here in the so-called sunny South, there's a lot of good outdoor time to come, and for many of us, that means time with the grill - in the backyard, or at the stadium. Our friend JoJo…
Man Food: Pig Picking Cake
This is a super-fast, super-yummy, super-easy fancy cake. It's called a Pig Picking Cake (or Pig Pickin') because this is the dessert traditionally served at a Pig Picking here in Eastern North Carolina. A Pig Picking is a huge outdoor party where the main attraction is a whole pit-cooked pig (or one cooked in a…
Avoiding the Mid-Morning Munchies
One thing that is pretty common across guys of all ages is that they love to eat! Moms tell us their boys eat breakfast, but are starving just a couple of hours later. I think they're finding out just what we have: Carbs do not a good breakfast make for a growing boy! When a boy's…
Snow Joes: Chocolate Snow Cream!
Growing up, my mom always made snow cream (but never from the first snow of the season, though we’ve abandoned that rule as lacking scientific basis :-) , but what we really loved were her Snow Joes. I’ve never heard of anyone else making such a thing, but it was like snow cream, but chocolate.…
MAN FOOD: Green Chili Casserole
Here you go, folks! Here's the recipe I converted for bulk cooking at the Exploring Homeschooling conference this weekend during my Cooking as Easy as Pie workshop.  This delicious recipe was given to me many years ago by Robin Graff-Spies when we lived across the street from one another and our children were young. Happy…
Making Winter Cooking Easier
Mmmmmm… how nice to think of just waltzing over to the freezer and back to the oven to produce a lovely dinner in the midst of the holiday rush. We were forced to learn freezer cooking. Melanie has always had train wreck pregnancies with  lots of bedrest time. We quickly figured out that we’d have…
Sliced Okra (c)2011 Hal & Melanie Young
Man Food: Teaching Boys to Like Veggies
When we were growing up, my brother (love you, hon!) was the pickiest eater ever. He didn't like cheese. He didn't like eggs. He didn't like most vegetables, just green beans, English peas and corn. .” (more…)