Author: While It's Cooking

I love cooking. Always have. As a busy mother of two young kids, oftentimes the best time I have to pick up a cookbook or explore a new idea is while food is cooking. Sometimes I use that time to explore more about the meal I am preparing - the food, the traditions, the culture. Sometimes I use that time to figure out what I'm going to cook next and delve deeper into ingredients and techniques to experiment with. Usually while I'm cooking my family leaves me alone in the kitchen and I can enjoy a rare moment to myself. One of my favorite times of the day is "While It's Cooking."

Roasted Turkey

The center of any Thanksgiving table has to be a beautifully roasted turkey. The goal is a beautifully crisp golden brown skin with moist and flavorful meat cooked perfectly throughout. I’ve experimented with dozens of methods: brining and not brining, basting, cooking in a bag, cooking covered, cooking upside down, even frying.

This one, which involves brining and then injecting the meat periodically throughout the cook time, is perfection. As my hubby said when he first tasted it: “Winner, winner, turkey dinner!”

Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle is everything I want on a cold fall day. It’s warm. It’s hearty. It’s delicious. The smells fill my home and before long the whole family is gathered around the table telling stories and laughing together. I love this meal.

Carnitas

When I think about Mexican food, the first thing I think of is carnitas. Good carnitas. This is always the first thing I try at any Mexican restaurant and, if it isn’t good, I don’t go back. Done right, carnitas ….

How to Freeze Food Like a Pro

If you’re like me, you have nights that there is no way that you’re going to get a home-cooked dinner on the table.  Kid’s have sports or you’ve been sick or the day has just gotten away from you.  You ….

Taco Soup

Taco Soup I love this recipe. It is a quick meal in the instant pot or an easy one to throw in the slow cooker in the morning and let cook all day (making the house smell DELICIOUS!) Everyone always ….

Homemade Ketchup

  Homemade Ketchup When my children were growing up we took teens into our home who were homeless. Mostly their parents had kicked them out. Money was always tight as they usually came with only the clothes on their backs. ….