Chicken Bites

chicken bites

Chicken Bites is a fun dish to make, and one that children and adults will be sure to like. You can make this recipe ahead and then refrigerate the dish. The next day you can put it in the oven and just heat it through slowly. I did this the other weekend – made the mess and cleaned it all up on Saturday. On Sunday morning, all I had to do was pop it into … Read more

Chicken Alfredo with Homemade Sauce

chicken alfredo

This recipe is an easy do-ahead. You can cook your noodles and make the sauce a day ahead, then combine and heat to serve. It’s also an easy one to do for a quick dinner – in thirty minutes or less. For the chicken, I’ve used my home-canned chicken. [Clicking on this link takes you to canned beef, but it works as well for chicken. Follow the directions exactly but substitute chicken for beef.] I’ve also used … Read more

Porcupine Balls

porcupine balls

Porcupine balls are one of my husband’s favorite dishes. I got the recipe from his mom, who probably got it from The Mennonite Community Cookbook  or from someone else. When it came to me, it was hand-written, so who really knows where she found the recipe? This recipe can be mixed ahead of time and shaped into the balls, then frozen and put into a freezer container. Then when you want to serve them, put them … Read more

Oven Roast Beef


The thing about doing a roast is that you can do it in an oven or in a slow cooker.  I have done both, but this post is about doing your roast in a slow oven. If you synchronize your baking to go along with making bread, a casserole or vegetable, or a dessert, you can enjoy the aroma of homemade in your kitchen all day long. You can partially bake, then let it rest … Read more

Oven Baked Cube Steak

There is a tried and true method of having meat come out tender in your oven. Slow-bake it for a long time instead of doing the “hurry up” method (which is merely a hotter oven for a shorter amount of time.) For cube steak, I like to dredge the steaks in flour and then brown them in real butter. You can add some onions and other seasonings such as salt and pepper if you’d like. … Read more