Category Archives: Cooking

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Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sundried Tomatoes

First , let me apologize for the image to your left. I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist. Second, meatloaf just doesn’t photograph well (As you can see from my traditional meatloaf recipe.) It’s meat, shaped like a loaf. Delicious, yes. Photogenic, no … Continue reading

Pasta with shrimp and vegetables © 2011 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Pasta Premavera Carbonara

This recipe came to me in a dream. Well, in a daze to be more exact. When I got off work yesterday I was tired, and hungry, and my brain felt mushy. I went home, stripped down to my skivvies … Continue reading

Sunday Sauce © 2011 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Sunday Sauce

This is probably my all-time favourite meal. I started making Sunday Sauce about 4 years ago as  a New Year’s Eve tradition. The original recipe is from my number one guitar hero, Dean Ween (or Mickey Melchiando as his mama calls … Continue reading

Homemade eggnog © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Homemade Eggnog

Mmmmm, eggnog. My Daddy loves this stuff. He drinks at least a carton on Christmas Eve alone.  I’ve never been a big fan, until I made the real thing. This past summer, I hosted a Christmas in July party. On … Continue reading

Mushroom and Herb Soup © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Mushroom and Herb Soup

Let me state the obvious… it’s cold. I mean cold. The high for today is 29°, and it currently “feels like” 16°. This is North Carolina for Pete’s sake! I ain’t use to this! Given the current trend in temperature, what … Continue reading

Sweet Potato Cheesecake © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

As the daughter of a sweet potato farmer, I have always found sweet potato treats (pie, muffins, bread) far superior to their more common counterpart, pumpkin. This cheesecake is no different. In my opinion, sweet potatoes have a earthier, richer flavour… and that … Continue reading

Chicken Marsala © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Chicken Marsala

Ack! Many things have conspired and transpired since I first planned to publish this post. But now, I’m back (sing with me: “to let you know, I can really shake ’em down… DO YOU LOVE ME?” ) Okok– you might … Continue reading

homemade bbq sauce © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  – 1/2 cup ketchup -1/4 cup apple cider vinegar -1  1/2 tablespoon molasses -1  1/2 tablespoons brown sugar -1  1/2 teaspoon  ground mustard -1  1/2 teaspoon soy sauce – 1 teaspoon garlic powder -1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce -1/2 cup … Continue reading

Matryoshka doll measuring cups © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Matryoshka Doll Measuring Cups

T recently bought me a set of these darling (and useful!) measuring cups. Considering his family’s adopted Russian heritage, how could he not buy these? (I’m hoping that the Matryoshka spoons will be “nesting” in my Christmas stocking.) From the … Continue reading

Black Bean Chocolate Cake © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Black Bean Chocolate Cake

Yep, that’s right. Chocolate cake made with black beans… from a can! And not a grain of flour to be seen! I first discovered this recipe about 5 years ago and made it for for my then boyfriend (now husband’s) birthday. It was … Continue reading

meat loaf, macaroni & cheese, and green beans © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Meat Loaf and Macaroni & Cheese

Growing up in a “culturally appreciative” home, T’s parents often prepared ethnically diverse meals. Not all of which were kid-friendly (borscht anyone?) So, one year for his birthday T asked for good ol’ American boy food: meat loaf and macaroni & … Continue reading

vension tenderloin, roasted potatoes, and green beans © 2010 theCrackerBoxKitchen. All rights reserved.

Venison Tenderloin

If you know someone who hunts deer (or other wild game for that matter), make friends with him. I annually get the “hook-up” from my friend C, who is a skilled, yet conservative bow hunter. Most bow hunters feel that … Continue reading