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Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Chips

How To Make Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Chips

I love apple pie, but sometimes I don’t want a huge piece. Don’t tell me to just cut a small piece, have you ever tried to do that? All the filling falls out and you end up with a sad looking piece of crust sitting next to a pile of cooked apples. Sure, it tastes the same, but it looks bad.

But … what if you could get that same taste without starting with a whole pie? Now we’re talkin’.

Malt Shop Cinnamon Whipped Cream

How To Make Malt Shop Cinnamon Whipped Cream

I’m going to have to take my in-laws’ word for it that this was what was served at malt shops in the 50s. I’m old, I’m not that old. What I can say is that it’s freakin’ delicious.


How To Make Waffles

Real waffles aren’t cooked in a toaster. I know, crazy right? There’s this thing called a “waffle iron” that is made just for waffles.

And you might have all the ingredients already. No, you don’t need to buy a special mix. You’ll pay three times as much for just what you see here.

Chicken Rice Soup

How To Make Chicken Rice Soup

I don’t remember when I first tried one of the ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens at Costco, but now I probably get one about once every two weeks. (The fact that I drive past Costco on the way home doesn’t hurt.) During the summer I love that we can have dinner without heating up the kitchen. In the fall, I can do chicken soup without having to deal with butchering a raw chicken – which I hate.

Usually I use leftovers for the soup, but even starting from the whole chicken it only takes about 15 minutes to prep the chicken and another 15 minutes hands-on to put the soup together.

Spaghetti Sauce

How To Make Spaghetti Sauce

I won’t lie, there are some pretty good pre-made sauces you can get for about what it will cost you to make this. But if you’ve ever come home to the smell of sauce that’s been simmering all day, you know that a jar just can’t capture that.

Lately I’ve been doing my sauce the same way every time: saute some onion, add pesto, add tomatoes, etc. For this version, I wanted to go really simple. Everything in it can come out of your pantry, and it takes about 5 minutes total hands-on time. (Not counting making the meatballs.)

All-time Favorites


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.