Learning to Cook from the Heart

Learning to Cook from the Heart, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

I’ve been watching cooking shows since I was knee high to my mother and grandmother. Of course back then it was Julia Child. The Frugal Gourmet was right up there for me too. But after Julia it was Graham Kerr and Martin Yan. Soon after that, celebrity chefs hit the scene and the Food Network came {… Continue Reading …}

Holiday Cocktail 2: Hot Spiked Apple Cider

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I love this hot spiked apple cider recipe. It’s simple, easy to make ahead and keep warm in the crock pot, and it’s PERFECT for cold Winter days! Make this without the alcohol and add that on a per-drink basis so it is kid friendly! The Ingredients 1 gallon of cider 1 package of mulling {… Continue Reading …}

Good Eats with Kids: A New Food Blog (Plus a Meal Plan)

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Ben and I have been cooking together since he was just a wee babe. It is something we have always enjoyed doing together, and while he is not always open to trying healthy foods, he has a terrific sense of flavors and how they should work together to taste delicious! We have been working on {… Continue Reading …}

Homemade Irish Creme, a Delicious Holiday Treat

Homemade Irish Cream over ice

A Facebook post from my friend Melissa, reminded me of a couple of drink recipes in y grandmother’s recipe box. This recipe, for Irish Cream, is like chocolate milk with a kick. It’s comforting and homey, and a most delicious treat to drink on a cold evening while you are wrapping your holiday gifts! This {… Continue Reading …}

Easy Blackened Chicken Recipe

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I have been cooking all my life, but for some reason I was afraid of making blackened anything. I really thought it would turn out awful, plus I’m really not a huge fan of chili powder or cumin. But one night when I didn’t know WHAT to have for dinner, I thought, ‘why not?’ Thinking {… Continue Reading …}

Sandy’s Apple Crisp

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When I was in second grade, my class put together an apple cookbook. Or, more accurately, our parents sent in recipes, the students colored an apple for the front, and the teachers did all the hard work! Regardless, here it is, 15 years later. A little battered, but still loved and used. The recipe I {… Continue Reading …}

Make This Soup! Healthy Lasagna Soup: Laine style

lasagna soup base by Elaine Griffin Designs

Out of all the meals I’ve made this week, lasagna soup has been the fan favorite! And between our regular meal plan and the kids being sick, I’ve made a lot of soup this week. Until last week I had never heard of lasagna soup, and there seem to be a lot of recipes floating {… Continue Reading …}

Monday meals: week of January 9, 2012

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Here we go ya’ll. Time to figure out what we’re eatin’ this week. I’m only semi-inspired by my menu. Monday: Lasagna soup – tomato soup with tortellini and a drop of part-skim ricotta on top. Also, some sort of mixed chopped veggie salad, and homemade bread if I can find the time to finally get {… Continue Reading …}

Light Asian-style chicken and pineapple salad with crispy wontons


I know I’ve said it before, like in this post about the best salad EVAHHHHH!  But immagonna say it again. I LOVE salad, ya’ll! I love it so much that I even had it for breakfast this morning. It was delicious. Get your favorite lettuce or salad mix. I generally get the bulk organic baby {… Continue Reading …}

Soup for me, soup for you

Heirloom tomato soup by Elaine Griffin Designs!

Soul satisfying. Warmifying. Stupifiying. Soup. I love soup. Can you tell? I could eat soup and a sandwich five nights out of the week. Unfortunately, the only other person in my little family that would do the same is my son, Ben. What’s great about soup is you can make it anything you want! I {… Continue Reading …}