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How A Teen Makes BBQ Chicken Hash

The teen likes to eat just as much as I like to cook. I figured it’s time for her to learn her way around the kitchen.

She loves when I make hash on the weekend. Whatever meat is left over from the last few nights’ dinners, and some potatoes or beans and we’re good to go.

How To Make Coconut French Toast

Jenn went to a local diner recently and saw something on the menu that took her back: Coconut French toast. She worked at a pancake house in college that had them on the menu. But she never tried them, because there were about 500 other things on the menu.

So now, a mere [mumble] years after college, she finally tried it. She must have liked it, because she ran out and got the ingredients to make it herself.

How To Make Pulled Pork Chili

Writers are taught that there are only seven basic plots, and every story is just a variation on one of those. Recipes work the same way. You’ve got savory, sweet, salty, sour, bitter, crunchy, creamy, chewy … umm … oh, colorful … and … that’s about all I’ve got. And with food you have to combine several of the basic components to make a good dish. No one wants to eat a bowl of salt, after all.

So if you’ve ever got too much of something and you’re looking for a way to use it, just ask yourself, “What else is similar to this, and what do I make with that?” Match savory for savory, salty for salty, and you can swap out ingredients all kinds of ways

This week I was making pulled pork, and as much as we like it my family can’t go through seven pounds of it without getting burned out. I’ve done pulled pork nachos before, and that’s where inspiration struck: Instead of just replacing the chili with pulled pork, I’ll make the chili with the pork!

How To Make A Deviled Egg Bar

On holidays, my wife cooks like an Italian grandmother. You could show up unannounced with a family of five and we’d have enough for everyone … with leftovers. So of course for Easter she cooked and colored 4½ dozen eggs.

I needed a way to start using them up. Enter … The Deviled Egg Bar.

How To Make Pea Soup

Some people do a very light-bodied pea soup that’s good for hot summer nights. This recipe is rich and hearty and makes a great lunch on a cold, rainy day. (Have I mentioned lately that I live in Cleveland?)

All-time Favorites

How To Make Banana Cake
How To Make Perfect Brownies
How To Make Emily’s Creamy Cheesecake
How To Make French Onion Soup
How To Make A Cheesesteak
Bruschetta Pizza
How To Make Egg Salad
How To Make Peach Cobbler
Frozen Chocolate Truffle Pie
How To Make Onion Rings From Scratch

Cooking used to be all about making food that tasted good. But somewhere along the way, we seem to have decided the diet-of-the-week was more important.

How to Cook Like Your Grandmother is a return to recipes and techniques that are based on what tastes good, not on junk science and fad diets. You won't find the words lite, low, lean, free or skim anywhere.

This is all real food, cooked the way Grandma would have done it.