Mar 16, 2017

My Mexican Casserole is Easy (and Vegetarian).

I love this simple vegetarian casserole. It’s a healthier, lighter way to enjoy Mexican food because it uses fresh tomatoes, whole wheat tortillas, and reduced fat cheese. I use my own homemade tortillas, the whole wheat version, and they turn nice and soft in this dish. I wanted to try it with store-bought tortillas but could not bring myself to buy them after reading the ingredients. If you make the tortillas ahead of time this meal can be made in about 45 minutes.

If you like things spicy, you can switch from jalapeño pepper to a spicier one like serrano or the super hot habanero. For me, the jalapeño version is perfect – not too spicy at all. And I always say it: don’t use pre-shredded cheese. It will never melt like fresh cheese because they add some type of stabilizer to the pre-shredded kind. It takes less than a minute to shred six ounces of cheese. I always serve this dish with a little sour cream on the side. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Mar 8, 2017

Bran Muffins for Breakfast

Homemade Bran Muffins

I made bran muffins today and was going to have one for breakfast. I had two. I’ve never been able to eat just one even thought they have a lot of fiber. There’s something so tasty about the combination of molasses, cinnamon, and vanilla, especially with a glass of cold milk. There are a lot of reasons to eat fiber. It can reduce blood pressure and inflammation, as well as the risk of type 2 diabetes. Fiber protects your heart, prevents constipation, and it keeps you feeling full so it helps with weight loss too.

But the best reason to eat these muffins is they are really delicious and easy to make. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Mar 7, 2017

No More Wine

Mar 3, 2017

Make Whole Wheat / No Knead Bread FASTER!

Faster Whole Wheat No Knead BreadIt pays to experiment. Today I decided to try making whole wheat no knead bread faster to avoid the overnight wait. I increased the amount of yeast and it worked! Most no knead breads use 1/4 teaspoon of yeast so I tried 1 teaspoon and let the dough rest for just three hours instead of overnight. I was so happy with the result. It’s a nice hearty loaf with a soft interior. This is not 100% whole wheat because that is a heavier, dense loaf. This is 2/3 whole wheat to 1/3 bread flour but it’s still a good source of fiber.

So now I have NINE different variations of no knead bread from Fruit & Nut to Multi-Grain to No Dutch Oven at all. And I’m working on number ten! Keep in mind that any whole wheat bread will never be as soft and crispy as the white version but this is still a delicious, hearty, healthier whole wheat bread and it takes almost no work at all. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Mar 1, 2017

Potato Pancakes and Eggs

Potato Pancakes and EggsMy mother used to slice up leftover potato pancakes and scramble them with eggs for breakfast. It’s still one of my favorite things to eat so I made it today. I had made the potato pancakes (placki in Polish) on Monday and had plenty left over so I treated myself to this delicious breakfast. I have actually made the pancakes just to use for this breakfast – that’s how much I love this dish.

So here’s my recipe:

1. Make potato pancakes.

2. Slice them into strips and place in a non-stick pan.

3. Start heating up the pan and while it heats up, beat the eggs with a little milk, salt & pepper.

4. When the pancake strips are not, add the egg mixture and cook until set.

Have a happy day. 🙂 – Jenny Jones

Mar 1, 2017

Check Out Your Photos (March)

Thank you for sending in your photos. I love seeing what my recipes look like in someone else’s kitchen. Feel free to say where you are from and send your photo to:

“Hi Jenny, I made your Bran Muffins, boy, are they good!! For a healthy breakfast these really hit the spot. And you are right, it’s hard to eat just one. I added some golden raisins to my mix before I baked them. Also, some blackberries to nibble on with the bran muffins was a nice combination for me. Happy baking!”

~  Thanks for another great photo. Fiber is so important to good health. ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny, I have made this easy/wonderful recipe three times. Thank you, for making it so easy. Before, your video I had not tried to make bread on my own from scratch. But, this one I can do in my sleep. It is so delicious! Yummmmmy! Thanks, Jenny.”

~  It’s good to hear how easy it is. It will put more people at ease to try baking bread. Thank you. ~ jenny

“Buns done. Bread just before going back in without parchment and lid. Perfect, as usual. Thank-you Jenny, for the terrific recipes and tutorials.”

~  What beautiful bread and buns! This photo will surely inspire people to try sesame seeds on their breads.  ~ jenny

“I made your recipe for faster no-knead bread. I am a good cook & always believed some people were bakers & some were cooks but not both. Your recipe proved I could do both, on the first try! I made bread and used it in a grilled cheese sandwich on a snowy day. ~ Susan Hartigan from Long Island NY.”

~  This bread does make the best grilled cheese ever. Thanks for sharing your photos. ~ jenny

“Hey Jenny, thanks for your recipes,I made Hash Browns, it was really tasty. And  I made your devil eggs, they are so cool . Two without mayonnaise , because my bf dont like it, the other once with.  Your recipes are the best.Thanks a lot. ~ Aldina Atic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.​”

~  Oh, they look so golden and crispy – making me hungry! ~ jenny

“Hello Jenny, Today I made your Lemon brownies once again. This is my go to recipe and everyone in my family has complimented me for it. Here’s a picture from before I cut them into pieces. I named them “Lemon Delights” because, well… they are delicious!! This has now become my father’s favourite treat and will often request me to make it. I hope you like how it turned out… With love from your biggest fan in Argentina, Sofía (18 years old).”

~  It turned out beautifully – what a presentation! I’m so glad your dad likes them. ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny! It’s Lent season so I decided to make your Salmon Patty recipe for dinner. They were quick and easy to make, just like you showed on your video. They were very tasty and moist, I added red and yellow peppers to mine. Happy Cooking! 😊”

~  Your lemon slices are a really nice way to serve these. ~ jenny

“hy Jenny, czesc, once again, I made one of your recipes. The French toast and the Polish Kluski, were easy to make and it was fun for me. Lots of love,  Aldina (from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegeovina).​”

~  Thank you for sending more photos. Cooking is fun for me too. ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny, I made your Chicken Meatballs with your Red Sauce recipes. I serve it over some cheesy, creamy polenta for dinner, talk about wickedly delicious!! I found both recipes easy to follow, no hassles or mess-ups at all. I cooked the chicken meatballs in the sauce on a low simmer and they came out tasty, moist and tender. The seasonings were spot-on, no too heavy, not too light, just right. The savory aroma coming from our kitchen as dinner was cooking was wonderful! We couldn’t wait to dig in….LOL!! Thank you for another delightful meal Jenny! Happy cooking!”

~  This is one of my favorite meals too. Thank you for the photo. ~ jenny

“Hy Jenny and czeszc,i tried out youre recipe for Chrusciki and they are so delicious. I cant get enough !! 😀 Love them and you, for showing us how to make them. ~ Aldina Atic from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegeovina.​”

~  It’s so nice to see my recipe made so far away. Thank you for taking time to share. ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny. Love your no knead bread and make it a lot. I throw in all different flower mixes, even rice flour – I make it with the dutch oven, without and now as rolls -It always works! Busy working my way through your other recipes too – the meatloaf was awesome, Doughnuts next… Unfortunately your website does not like me as if I try to leave a comment it says “Sorry, your request cannot be accepted.”  I have tried to sign up for a newsletter, done the captcha and clicked the link in the email, still never had a newsletter or confirmation email (yes I checked my spam box!) So just to say  a huge thanks for the work you do bringing these fantastic recipes to my family. Best, Paul  – in the UK.”

~  It looks like you can always make a comment using this link and I can post it for you. Meantime, I will add your name to the subscriber list and you will get notified whenever I post a new recipe. Great photo! Mine are in the oven right now. ~ jenny

“Whole wheat bread. Yaayyyy”

~  Looks yummy – thank you for sharing. ~ jenny


~  Thank you for the photo. That crust looks really good. ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny, I made your Lemon-Blueberry Muffins and they are wonderful!! The lemon zest really sets them off, they’re so tasty. I topped my muffins with a bit of turbinado cane sugar before baking them. They’re great with my hot coffee in the morning or for an afternoon ‘grab & go’ snack. Happy baking!”

~  Muffin tops are the best when you sprinkle sugar on top before baking – they look great. ~ jennyLemon Blueberry Muffins

Feb 23, 2017

No Dutch Oven? This No Knead Bread is for You.

No Knead No Dutch Oven BreadIn response to the many people who either do not have a Dutch oven or find it difficult to lift such a heavy pot, I decided to try making my no knead bread on a baking pan. Well guess what? It works. It makes a great loaf that’s soft inside with a beautiful golden crust. It’s not quite as crispy of a crust as the Dutch oven method but it’s close. It’s important to find a way to create steam in the oven because steam is what makes a crispy crust. But even without steam, it still bakes up nicely but with a softer crust.

For my ciabatta bread, which needs steam, I used a disposable foil 6-cup muffin pan, which you can place beside or just below the bread.

But I also found a small 9 by 5-inch baking pan for $3.50 and a restaurant supply store and it works well too. It’s what I used for this loaf.

It’s important to add the hot water right when you put in the bread and close the oven door right away. The steam is most effective right at the beginning. I use a metal measuring cup with a handle to pour the hot water. I hope my photos are helpful and that now, anyone without a Dutch oven can make this super easy, delicious, artisan bread. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Feb 18, 2017

Easy Angel Hair Casserole

Easy Angel Hair CasseroleThis easy casserole just might become your new family favorite. I’ve been making it for years and everyone loves it. And I love it for two reasons. One: it’s delicious. Two: it’s easy to make. It takes just a few simple ingredients and less than an hour for some good homemade comfort food. By using lean ground beef and reduced fat cheese, I never feel stuffed after my second and third helping.

Much of the flavor comes from the sauce and you can use a homemade marinara but I use store-bought sauce. Two that I like, but can’t always find, are Silver Palate Low Sodium Marinara but this time I couldn’t find it so I used Terlato Kitchen Pomodoro, also lower in sodium and it was fantastic. Not all jarred sauces are the same so I encourage everyone to read the label for the least number of ingredients as well as sodium. Even with a low sodium sauce, this recipe doesn’t even need salt or pepper.

And don’t be tempted to use more pasta. It will seem like it’s not enough when you put it together but it’s just the right amount for this easy family casserole. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Feb 6, 2017

Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread

Easy Ciabatta Bread

Look what I made! It was just an experiment but it turned out to be amazing! Anyone can make no knead bread without a Dutch oven. The secret is to create steam inside the oven just like it’s created inside a Dutch oven. And it’s easy. Steam is what makes a crispy crust and it’s really easy. What you do is put a small pan in the oven before you preheat it and then when it’s hot, you put in the bread to bake and pour some hot water into the small pan and it bursts into steam right away and fills up the oven. Then you quickly close the oven door to keep the steam inside and after 30 minutes, you will have an amazing loaf of ciabatta bread with a soft interior full of lovely holes and a beautiful golden crispy crust.

You can use a variety of pans to create the steam (do a google search for ideas if you like) but I find that process is not easy on the pan. I prefer this disposable foil pan because it’s small and fits right next to the baking pan in my oven. But if it does not fit on the same rack as your baking pan, just place it on a rack below. You may have to remove a rack to make room but whether beside the bread or on a rack below, keep it off to the side and don’t put it directly under the bread. Either way, place the muffin pan close to the front for easy access. Here is how I place mine and how you can place it below if your oven is smaller.

I pour about 3/4 cup of hot tap water into 3 or 4 of the muffin cups. It’s good to use an oven glove when you pour the hot water because it creates steam right away and be sure to close the oven door immediately so the steam can’t escape. You can re-use the muffin pan, although it will turn dark. So there it is. I hope my photos help and now everyone who does not have a Dutch oven will be able to make this fabulous no knead, easy, homemade crusty ciabatta bread. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Feb 1, 2017

Your Photos Here (February)

My thanks to everyone for sending in your photos. It’s not only fun for me but it helps other cooks see how easy it is to make good things to eat at home. Feel free to say where you are from and send your photo to:

“I tried out your recipe for baked paczki’s and they were a huge hit! So delicious–thank you. I filled mine with vanilla cream. – Sarah Layman, Brampton, Ontario.”

~ Vanilla cream… yum. I love that pink gift box. Happy Fat Tuesday! ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny, It’s time for PACZKI’S!! I made your recipe for these scrumptious treats and they came out AWESOME!! Your easy to follow step-by-step recipe you posted is great. I followed it to the letter and I had no problems making them.   I filled my Paczki’s with cherry jam, apricot jam and bavarian cream… tasty!! Thank you for making super yummy and “healthier” baking fun!!  Have a wonderful day Jenny!!”

~ They look fantastic and I love your choice of fillings. ~ jenny

“Hi jenny, just wanted to say that this bread is the best. I will make this our go to rustic country bread. Thank you, for all your easy recipes.  Marie booze from Windsor Ontario Canada.”

~ I’m with you. I made another one for myself this morning. ~ jenny

“Quick loaf  was easy and beautiful to see come out this great. Still waiting for it to cool…!!  So glad I happened upon your site. Nothing could have been simpler.  Thank you Jenny!”

~ Wow, that crust is beautiful – great photo! ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny, hello from Venezuela. I made the tortillas. Easy, fast and delicious. I used 1 1/2 cups a.p.f and 1/4 whole wheat. I just added 1 extra Tbs of water. Thanks for sharing.”

~ My tortillas are in Venezuela! Thank you for sharing your photo. ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny! I made your Deviled Egg recipe, how easy & tasty! It’s a nice fast lunch/snack on a busy day.  Luckily I always have mayonnaise, mustard and eggs in my refrigerator. I did add paprika on mine, I like that little extra kick. Happy Cooking!”

~ I love deviled eggs and have some in the fridge right now. ~ jenny

“Dear Jenny, it’s time for doughnuts. Thank You for your recipes. Marija from Zagreb, Croatia.”

~ How exciting that my recipe made it all the way to Croatia. They look good! ~ jenny

“Dear Jenny, I’ve cooked so many of your recipes and they always seem to just work. I’m no kitchen wiz but can now easily make breads, healthy biscuits and now…cupcakes 🙂 I recently signed-up to make and sell cupcakes for a wonderfully worthy cause – Cupcake the infant orangutan! Rather than have red velvet cupcakes I decided to have orange velvet cupcakes and also put a drop of colour in the icing. These cupcakes were so delicious everyone loved tthem! Hugs and thanks! Troy.”

~ It’s an honor to have one of my recipes benefiting a good cause. ~ jenny

“Made your bread recipe today, FANTASTIC!!! This is the first one I made and I actually used a whole package of yeast (not completely reading the recipe right) and it still came out perfect and absolutely the best thing I’ve ever had!!! Thank you.”

~ Yours looks great – Mine is in the oven right now. ~ jenny

“Dear Jenny, Last night I came across your kitchen and baked your delicious “cinnamon túneles raisin” bread. It was so good and easy to make, I woke up today thinking about trying another of recipes.  Here’s the picture of the egg bread I baked this morning.  Perfecto!!!!! Thank you.  You made me very happy this weekend!! 😄”

~ My kitchen always smells wonderful when I bake this bread. Thanks for sharing. ~ jenny

“Hi Jenny! I made your Blueberry Coffee Cake and it was FANTASTIC!!! I added the streusel topping and glaze to really make it standout. I baked it in my 8″ spring-form pan for easy removal, it worked like a charm. Thank you for another A++ recipe! Happy cooking!”

~ That glaze makes a beautiful presentation. ~ jenny

“Sweet Dinner Rolls! Wow,so easy and taste wonderful!  Ordered 4 of your cookbooks, 3 to give away. Gonna have to order more, your recipes are too good to keep. Thank you so much for all you do to help others. – Phyllis Wagoner, Blue Ridge Mountains.”

~ Thank you but there’s no need to buy my books since most of the recipes are posted here, and they have been simplified and updated. ~ jenny

“My mother found it and made it and raved so much I had to as well.  Thank you so much!  I can’t wait to go through the other recipes!  Keep up the great work!”

~ This is our first mother/daughter photos. Have fun with my other recipes! ~ jenny

Aj (my mother’s photo)

my bread

“Jenny, I made your Buttermilk Biscuits using one of my cookie cutters. I opted for a smaller version, more biscuits for everyone. They were deeelish!” 🙂

~ They look beautifully flaky. Thank you for sharing. ~ jenny

“The very First try and was I amazed? I intend to make Every one of your recipes! Thank you so very much for all you do to help others. – Phyllis Wagoner, Blue Ridge Mountains.”

~ Congratulations on your first bread and have fun trying out more recipes. ~ jenny

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