Quick and Easy Country Meals

Coq au Vin

4-5 pounds of chicken. Deskinned thighs and legs or a mixture of the two.
2 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 c pinot noir ( lots of people like burgundy but i don’t love it.)
1/2 c chicken broth
1/ pound fresh mushrooms probably like 1.5 cups
cup of carrots, either chopped or baby ones
half cup of chopped baby onion or pearl onions. ( i use the tops anda ll. your preference)
1/2 tsp fresh marjoram
1/2 tsp fresh thyme ( if you… Continue reading

Healthy Eating-Chicken Breast over Potatoes

Simple Cheap Meals and Healthy Eating-Chicken Breast over Potatoes

Does the phrase “Simple Cheap Meals and Healthy Eating” sound like a contradiction in terms? Sometimes, they are very difficult to bring together, there is no doubt about it. However, that does not mean it is impossible to come up with simple cheap meals that are also healthy. One way to address this issue is by avoiding several aisles at the grocery store, actually most of the middle aisles should be avoided like the plague! The key to healthy, yet cheap and easy, meals is to focus on “fresh”.… Continue reading

No Bake Stove Top Pizza

Luckily, making your own pizza doesn’t require you have an oven with the simple use of a skillet and a stove top, you’re on your way to making your pizza “Deliciozo!”

You can save yourself the trouble of operating your oven, by simply following this easy no bake, stove top pizza recipe.


  1. Dough:
    1. All-purpose flour – 4 ounces (good for a 10 inch pizza)
    2. Yeast – 1% the amount of your flour
    3. Salt – 2% of the amount of your flour
    4. Water – 75% the amount of your flour
    5. Sugar – optional (half a teaspoon)
  2. Tomato Sauce:
    1. Olive Oil… Continue reading

Flexible Skillet Dinner

Do you enjoy down home country recipes? Sure who doesn’t?

One all-time favorite is the skillet meal and no you do not have to purchase hamburger helper to create a great tasting skillet meal! Home fried families have been doing it for generations.

Here is one particular favorite in many homes around the country.

Potatoes And…

Potatoes and is just what you might imagine potatoes and anything you can find in the refrigerator or cabinets to go with them! Here is just one of many varieties you can create tonight.

  • 1-5 Lbs. potatoes (depending on family size)

Sausage and Pepper Potatoes

The closer it gets to dinnertime the more nervous the cook in charge of dinner gets. It has been a busy day and the family is getting hungry. Dinner is a dim reality still waiting in the wings. As the final meal of the day draws closer it forces a decision:

What are we going to have for dinner? Fortunately you know about easy skillet dinners that are quite simple to make and taste great. Everyone will enjoy the flavor and variety found in these recipes. Creating the perfect fast and easy meal like a skillet dinner allows… Continue reading

Scalloped Potatoes and Cheese

Scalloped potatoes can be a hearty stand alone dinner, a wonderful side dish, or a delicious country recipe all on its own, One dish and no much cleanup means that you’ve got an easy fix meal. Add hamburger, ham, bacon or another meat of your choice and you’ve got a full meal that is one dish ready.

The traditional accompaniment to scalloped potatoes is ham. Cube it up smaller and it will go a long way toward stretching your meal. Getting it right, adding a vegetable such as broccoli or a tossed salad and bread, and you’ve got a low… Continue reading

How to Cook Your Freshly Caught Fish

A freshly caught fish can be cooked in a thousand and one ways. Any fisherman worth his salt has his own unique way of cooking a freshly caught trout, salmon or whatever fish he caught. So fisherman all across the country has been handed down methods of cooking fish. Here are some tips to get the best out of your fish.


Breading and frying a freshly caught fish is as good as it gets. The smell of butter emanating from the frying pan and the flair a fisherman puts in flipping his catch is worth its weight in gold.… Continue reading

Down Home Chicken Fried Steak

When it comes to country recipes, you are going to find that chicken fried steak is one of those popular recipes that people can’t get enough. This is your typical comfort country food that is going to deliver a lot of warmth and is very filling.

If you pair it with things like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes, you are going to have a delicious southern meal that will certainly please your family. Of course, a salad also makes a nice compliment to this country recipe as well.

As with any country food, you will want to be sure… Continue reading

Country Recipes- Healthier Casseroles

Although down home country, recipes generally have a reputation for being full of grease and calories they are also known for being chock full of taste! What if you could have the best of both worlds? A country casserole that is a bit healthier but still as tasty as ever? A casserole by definition is really anything you want to throw together that can be cooked and served in the same dish! Even different types of meat loaf could classify as a casserole! Here is one of my favorites!


2-3 LBS of potatoes

1-2 LBs of boneless skinless chicken… Continue reading

Chicken and Dumpling Recipes

If there were a recipe out there more American country recipes in nature than chicken and dumplings, you would be hard pressed to name it. Perhaps apple pie would be a strong contender, but there are precious few others that say down home country cooking like chicken and dumplings. And isn’t that what America has always been about? The pace of life may quicken, technology expands and cities grow larger but this recipe will always bring to mind a simpler time filled with family, love and the American way.

There are many ways to make chicken and dumplings, as country… Continue reading