Category: Cooking Methods

Spanish Paella

I first had paella when I was visiting my in-laws. My mother-in-law Josefa, orginally from Madrid Spain, had made the traditional Spanish dish for me to try. She loves cooking as much as I do. From Wikipedia: Paella is a typical Valencian rice dish,…

Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Mama Lane’s

When it comes to gift-giving during the holidays I always try and include something unique, handmade and meaningful for the recipient. That could be a batch of my family’s fudge, bath salts, an artisan find made by a local, handmade ornament, favorite bottle of…

Chicken Corn Chowder

A new soup I’ve been working on is my Chicken Corn Chowder. This soup really does the trick on a cold wintry day (like today, as it’s cold and icy) paired along some toasty french bread. This is an easy soup to prepare and…

Cheesy Seafood Dip

Need a quick and easy recipe to impress your holiday guests or a dish to take to an upcoming holiday party?  Look no further than my Cheesy Crab Dip. This is a hot dip I serve with toasted French bread and the best part…you…

Crawfish Pasta

Quick and easy Crawfish Cajun Pasta is a family staple around our house.  Simple ingredients let the crawfish take center stage, so I suggest getting the freshest crawfish tails you can.  The Farmers Market of the Ozarks has a great vendor that provides fresh…

Scrumptious Chocolate Banana Bread

Two things that pair perfectly…chocolate and bananas!  This Chocolate Banana Bread is one of my family’s favorite sweet treats for breakfast, snack time or an after dinner dessert. A trick from my kitchen: I peel and freeze overly ripe banana and store in the…

Honey Apple Salad

It’s apple season in the Ozarks! Orchards all over are offering the tastiest apples on the farm and at the farmers’ market. Here is a simple recipe for a Honey Apple Salad that makes a perfect compliment to a weeknight meal from the grill….

Classic Fettuccine Bolognese

I always say that every delicious soup, sauce, stew or braise starts with the “Holy Trinity.” The holy trinity in cooking is simply a combination of three aromatic ingredients (carrots, onions and celery), sautéed together to provide a stable flavor base for other ingredients…

Flag Football Season Here We GO!

As baseball season winds down for Caston, we enter the fall football season.  Caston LOVES football and the kid has some fancy feet and can catch the ball like a rockstar.  It’s hard to believe he’s only a six-year-old!  We can’t wait to see…

Ham, Bean and Cornbread Meal

If there is one meal that I remember as a child on the farm it was ham and beans! It was a meal my mother would cook-up on cold wintry days that would keep us fed for days. It seemed as though this meal…

Beef Tenderloin for Christmas Dinner

Why is it during the holidays we always cook up the traditional turkey and stuffing? Why not try something new? I don’t know about you, but after having turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving dinners and then again at Christmas dinners – I’m turkey’ed out!…

Cooking Tips Ever Home-cook Should Know

I don’t know how many times I have had to call my mother when I’m in the middle of cooking something to ask, “Mom what is that special thing you do to make (whatever I’m cooking) so perfect.” She usually laughs, then proceeds to…

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