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Roasted Root Vegetables with Kielbasa

How To Make Roasted Root Vegetables with Kielbasa

Eating seasonally is a great way to get the healthiest vegetables at the best prices. But even if you don’t care about either of those, it’s still a good way to get a little variety.

I don’t think I could ever get bored with garden-fresh tomatoes. But after a couple of months of salads and crisp garden veggie sides, some savory roasted root vegetables make for a great change of pace. Besides, they work much better than salad with kielbasa and other smoked sausage.

Loaded Sweet Potato Chips

How To Make Loaded Sweet Potato Chips

Loaded potato skins are great, but bigger ones can be a little much for an appetizer. These are bite-sized, easy to share, and oh by the way they’re crazy delicious.

Sorghum Molasses Cookies

How To Make Sorghum Molasses Cookies

I don’t generally go out of my way looking for unusual ingredients. But when I come across something that I don’t often see, I like to grab some just to see what it might be good in.

Like the sorghum I picked up last time I was at the Bergman Orchards market near Sandusky. I bought several jars, and the one I used here was lost in the back of the cupboard for over two years.

Beef Pot Pie

How To Make Beef Pot Pie

When we did the chicken pot pie recipe, Kelly told me she has a relative who can’t eat poultry, and could we do a beef version. It’s definitely soup season in Cleveland, so I thought that was a fine idea.

Just to change it up, though, I decided to go with a yeast bread crust instead of a pie-style crust. Based on a survey of the family it’s unanimous: They’re both great.

Mummy Stew (AKA Chicken Pot Pie)

How To Make Mummy Stew (AKA Chicken Pot Pie)

Want your picky-eater kid to try something new? Wait until Halloween, dress it up a little and give it a gross name. Like turning a classic comfort food recipe – chicken pot pie – into Mummy Stew.

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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.