A Spring Soup and Salad Supper: Carrot Ginger Soup and Asian Chicken Salad

Carrot Ginger soup is a vegan dish that is full of flavor. Using fresh ginger gives it a little more. It’s light but great for your taste buds. Don’t worry about wasting any of it either; You can freeze it and pull it out whenever you’re in the mood for it. The perfect salad to…

Spring Brunch

Some families prefer a Holiday Brunch as their holiday get together.  Keeping the holiday dinner a more small private affair.  A family brunch is a much easy affair to arrange, because your not the one doing all the cooking.  Families will sometimes offer to pitch in and bring a dish or two. This brunch menu is…

Virginia Style Collards and Pork

Collards are one of the oldest cultivated plants in Virginia.  Ham and collards is a traditional favorite served at many of the Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast ran by Irish Americans.  Many of the Scot-Irish Americans that settle this country, the stable fare for growing in colonial gardens and cooking in the back kitchens was…

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

Very much the favorite of the Irish American families for St. Patrick’s Day. The sausages are roasted until mahogany brown and served with mashed potatoes and onion gravy are a favorite in British eateries. The British sausage became known as a banger around World War I, probably because it spluttered as it fried. Along with…

Irish Comfort Food: Irish Stew Pie

By Lisa Skinner There are Irish roots in my family and we sure celebrate them. Irish food is some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted. Being able to make the recipes my ancestors have made, gives me a connection to the past that I wasn’t a part of. Whether you are Irish…

Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta

By Lisa Skinner                 I am absolutely a pasta lover! Italian food is the way to my heart! What can I say? I love anything with cheese smothered in sauce. My mom and dad were always making the best meals. My mom’s specialty was lasagna. But this recipe is not the lasagna I grew up…

Hearty Country Winter Gatherings With Western Bison Stew

Winter is not a good time to go outside to gather for a family meal.  However, if you’re like me, by the end of February I have cabin fever. So those that have 3 season patios or even a screen in porch, are the lucky ones that can move outside for a grand winter picnic. …

Comfort Food for February: Mac and Cheese

by Lisa M. Skinner                 Who doesn’t like Mac and Cheese? No one that I know of. I used to have little cooking competitions with my dad. I always felt like he was cheating because I didn’t know to think outside the box on recipes. To get creative and make it an experience instead of…

January is Casserole Season!

If it’s January, then it’s time for warming casseroles that are both flavorful and easy-to-prepare; Cottage Pie is one of those dishes! In a land where sheep were traditionally a primary food supply, it’s not surprising that lamb is the foundation for many farmhouse dishes. However, this dish is equally good with ground beef or…

Winter Comfort Food: Venison Chili

Winter Comfort Food Mini-series           When the weather is cold and not so inviting, there is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a movie, a blanket, and some good old fashioned comfort food. There are so many different recipes to choose from that I couldn’t just write about one. This is just…