Chicken and Rice Soup with Homemade Stock

I had work off on Wednesday due to the funeral proceedings for George H.W. Bush.   The law firm I work for follows the government schedule, so when the federal government is closed, so are we.  Let’s say I took full advantage of the free day off.  I slept in, did some cleaning, watched a lot…

Apple Cider Roasted Chicken

On Sunday, I had this brilliant idea to roast a whole chicken.  I had never cooked a whole chicken before, but it sounded like a good idea to try during one of our Sunday family dinners with the Hungry Trio. When I thought about a flavor profile for this meal, I had apples on my…

MetroCooking DC 2018

Over the weekend, I got out of the house and went to a cooking convention at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  I fortunately stumbled upon the event page on Facebook for MetroCooking DC earlier in the week or I would have missed it. I was intrigued by the general premise of it.  There were…

Supporting Small Business in the Strip District – Pittsburgh, PA

This year on Black Friday, we decided to go down to Pittsburgh’s Strip District and support small business.  Now, I will admit that we did stop at Kohl’s on the way home, but our focus on was supporting these small businesses.  There are so many different local businesses in the Strip, but I am highlighting…

For the Love of Cranberry Sauce

I need a post just to talk about my favorite Thanksgiving food: cranberry sauce.  Yes, I know what you are thinking.  Cranberry sauce is your favorite?  It’s not even a real side dish.  It is like the side dish to the side dish.  I’m telling you it is the best though. Cranberry sauce is so versatile.  Not…

Gluten Free Ravioli

Although it may be a bit tedious and exhausting, making homemade pasta is becoming my new favorite hobby.  When my dear friend, Ashley, had said she hadn’t had ravioli in years because she can’t ever find them gluten free, I knew I just had to fix that for her.  I said to give me a…

Gourmet Cooking (Home Chef Style)

At this point, this post is now going live a week behind the actual occurrence.  I haven’t had this much to post about all at once.  Maybe I should take time off more often. This is my first vacation since 2016.  I haven’t had this much down time at home since I came home from…