Sheet Pan Dinners 2.0

Oct. 25, 2022, noon

This is always a popular lesson because everyone likes an easy dinner. Something delicious, but easy to put together and easy to clean up. Put these together during nap time and stick them in the oven before dinner. Easy! Enjoy!

Amanda Cooks & Styles
Serves 4

1 12 oz. Kielbasa sausage, cut into 1" chunks
1 lb. chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1" chunks
3 Russet potatoes, cut into 1" chunks
3 carrots, cut into 1" chunks
1 onion, cut into 1" chunks
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add all of the ingredients to a very large mixing bowl and toss to combine.
Pour onto sheet pan and...


Holiday Espresso Coffee Drinks

Oct. 18, 2022, noon

Y'all probably know a lot more about coffee drinks than I do, but I bet you go to Starbucks or other coffee shop to get them and pay as much as you would for a dozen pasture-raised eggs.
Today, we are going to make some copycat recipes that you can learn to make at home and save time and money (and you can spend the money on those eggs!).
First, a definition of terms of some of the most popular drinks:

Made in an espresso machine using high pressure, espresso is a concentrated coffee drink. It’s the base of popular coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. Espresso can be made using any kind of coffee bean from light to dark roast.
Espresso: 1-2 shots
Milk: none

Americano is a simple drink made from espresso and hot water so it’s like brewed black coffee but with richer flavor.
Espresso: 1-2 shots



Oct. 11, 2022, noon

Much of this information was taken from
Salt is the most essential and versatile product to have in your pantry.
No matter where the variety of salt is sourced from, it is made of sodium chloride and shaped like a cube in crystal form.
Among the different types of salt, measuring the same amount of volume does not always give the same salt content. For example, you would need twice the amount of kosher salt to have the same sodium level as table salt. Also, the salt content can vary between brands. The best thing to do is start off with less when you’re seasoning, then build up until you reach the desired level.


This is the “if it rains, it pours” salt which means it includes anti-caking agents to make it easy to pour. Iodized means iodine has been added, a catch-all to prevent iodine deficiency, however, it imparts a slightly chemical flavor.
Taste: A clean salt taste th...


Pumpkin-Pistachio Cannoli

Oct. 4, 2022, noon

A freshly-filled cannolo is one of the best desserts ever! However, they must be freshly-filled! When they sit around with the filling they get soggy. My husband and I went to Sicily in 2015 and I typed into my translating app, “Do you fill your cannoli as you sell them?” and went from place to place asking this question in Italian until I found a shop that said yes. Well, actually they said, “Si.” They were fabulous!

Here is a recipe which includes pumpkin which is perfect for fall. You can make the filling and buy the cannoli shells so it is an easy dessert.

From Better Homes and Gardens Best Pumpkin Recipes
Serves 12

1/2 of an 8-oz. container mascarpone cheese

3/4 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup chopped roasted pistachio nuts
1/2 cup heavy cream
12 cannoli shells