There are not enough recipes in the world of the internet, so this is my contribution to make it even easier for visitors to find what they are looking for. My philosophy regarding recipes is easy – that is, recipes should be easy for home cooks.  For me, it is unrealistic to make all of my meals completely from scratch, using only fresh ingredients.  Most of the people I know fall into the same category.  We work long hours, have longer commutes, kids with more commitments, added to our own interests.  While my kids were at home, and for the stretch that I was a single parent, cooking, my daily respite, turned into a daily struggle.  Gone were the days of meals that took three hours to prepare, and now, it was down to an hour at the best, and most of the time thirty minutes or less.  Add to it, a lack of storage when we moved from 2000 square feet down to 1000 for 3 people, no pantry and a smaller refrigerator, meaning I had to shop more often, which ate into even more time!  The food budget dwindled as well.  We adapted.  More ground beef, more whole chickens cooked on the weekends, in general, a reduction in time and money spent on food.  Many evening dinners were soup and sandwiches, or large salads.  On nights when there were commitments for soccer or music, chicken nuggets were the choice.  Nobody’s perfect, we did the best that we could with what we had.

My inspiration is always family and the ingredients

Now, I can hand off the knowledge to others.  My inspiration is always family and the ingredients.  I always tell others to buy the best they can afford.  I learned that, although it can be challenging, having good food on a budget is not impossible.  It’s not impossible to have a decent meal on the table in thirty minutes or less, and it doesn’t have to be all pasta and frozen foods.  My classic Midwestern upbringing is a major factor in what I cook, the recipes I create, and I am dragging that history into the 21st century.  It’s classic mid-century modern food.  That’s really cool in architecture and furniture, but the food got a deserved bad reputation.  The intention is to update it into a fresher healthier version.  And to keep the preparation simple, the ingredients easy to find, and the flavors to be spectacular.  It’s the evolutionary eats we all need.


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The List of Recipes:

Main Dishes


Quick Green Chili Macaroni and Cheese

Pasta Salad

Hatch Pepper Tomatillo Macaroni and Cheese

King Ranch Chicken Gluten Free

Ginger Pork Chops

Gluten Free Chicken Fried Chicken

Gluten Free Chicken Fried Steak

Yucatan Style Fish Tacos

Salmon Patties

Crispy Skin Chicken Thighs With Roasted Red Potatoes

Easy Grilled Chicken

Hot and Dirty Margarita Chicken

Sunday Marinara

Meatballs for Everyday

Gluten Free Turkey Burgers

Classic Beef Stroganoff

Shredded Beef Tacos

Chicken Piccata

Carbonara Frittata

Tarragon Meatloaf

Soups, Stew and Sauces

Lu’s Pizza Sauce

Pea Soup with Ham

Citrus Pickled Salsa

Lemon Caper Dill Sauce

Thai Style Peanut Dipping Sauce

Tex-Mex Lamb Stew


Tomato Spinach and Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Banana Pecan Muffins

The Pancake Page

Evolving Frittata

Vegetables and Side Dishes

Corn Oysters

Wilted Spinach

Lulu’s Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Green Beans with Almonds, Pimentos and Lemon

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Easy Mashed Potatoes

Dilly Red Potato Salad

Traditional Potato Latkes

Oven Roasted Potatoes with Butter

Squash Noodles

Easy Grilled Zucchini

Grilled Sweet Onions

Hot and Dirty Rice and Beans

Radishes Pickled in Lime Juice


Pimento Cheese Spread

Classic Guacamole

Hot and Dirty Guacamole

Tequila Queso

Raw Fruit Salad With Mandarin Balsamic Vinegar

Desserts, Cakes and Cookies

Chocolate Drop Cookies

Chocolate Espresso Frosting


Tequila on the Green

Classic Margarita

Mango Margarita

Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Austin Reserve Ramos Gin Fizz

Hot and Dirty Margarita

Useful Recipes

Simple Syrup

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Basic Brine

Garlic Confit

Homemade Pork Sausage – Devolved

Hummingbird Food