How to Read a Recipe


Your Journey starts with How to Read a Recipe Learning how to read a recipe is the same as traveling to someplace new. Usually, the first thing we do is to look at a map.  This map can help us get to where we need to go, it can help plan activities along the way, and once we get to our destination, the map can help us get around our new surroundings.  Yes, we now have GPS to help us with all this stuff, but what fun is in that? The first step in your cooking journey is to learn how to read a recipe. Continue

There really is no specific recipe for my house seasoning.  I usually make up a batch, put it in a container and keep it next to my salt and pepper.  I use this for everything from seasoning meat to putting it on vegetables for grilling. Since one of the ingredients is “Seasoned Salt” I don’t add any additional salt to this.  I like to keep the salt separate so I have control over the sodium for individual dishes.   ****Corrected*** I use this seasoning on everything including my hamburgers!Continue

Sesame Chicken that is just as good as take out

I love Chinese take out as much as the next person.  But sometimes, I just can’t handle all the MSG and sodium. I have been making a chicken recipe from cooking light for many, many years.  I have even used the recipe in my Personal Chef menus for my clients and it was always a favorite.   I will link to it later to make sure I give credit where credit is due. Over time, the recipe evolved and changed as many of my recipes do.  The original recipe called for using raspberries preserves.  Not being a huge fan of raspberries in my food, IContinue

Inspirational Quotes about Cooking

JUST REMEMBER “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a What-The-Hell attitude.” –  Julia Child “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill ” Planning helps you be in control, rather than the food controlling you.   Especially when you just want to call it quits!” -Anne, Weight Watchers Consultant “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison “It’s always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.” -Garry MarshallContinue

Anyone can be a Supermom

  There has been so much debate between moms.  Stay at home moms feel by working they are missing out on the best years of their child’s life and they want to be involved in every aspect of their child’s development and growth.  Working moms feel they either need to work due to financial reasons or want to work for reasons of sanity because they don’t feel they could stay at home.  There are the moms that stay home, do the homeschooling and do ALL the cooking from scratch and only from organic ingredients.  Then last but by no means least, you have those moms who work and bring homeContinue

Feeling overwhelmed

Ok, so I started a blog because let’s face it, I have a lot to say and wanted to have a venue to say it. But, where should I start since I’m just a beginner?  The main idea is to pass along information on cooking as well as other information I find interesting along the way.  Since the blog is supposed to be about food, it would make sense to include food porn (great looking food pictures, get your mind out of gutter people!) and recipes to go along with those pictures. Again I ask where do I start? You see, In order for meContinue


Well hello there!.  Happy New Year to all.  Did everyone survive all the Holiday stress, mess, and excitement? I apologize for not posting, the past few months have been a little bit of a whirlwind in the Crocked Under Pressure territory. I’m sure you don’t want to spend the equivalent of binge-watching The Lord of the Rings Trilogy reading just one post. That is not very inspiring for you now is it?   I’ll catch you up as time goes by. As I sit here watching the Twilight Zone marathon (not my choice), I’m trying to figure out what to blog about first. It’s quite overwhelming.  Even thoughContinue