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."


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. ….

Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger

When my family is sick, chicken soup is my go-to meal for them. The addition of ginger bumps up the soothing nature of this soup by helping to sooth upset tummies and the flavor is subtle enough to not overpower the rest of the dish.

Pork Ramen Soup

  Pork Ramen Soup Ramen has always been my guilty pleasure. There were days I lived on the small packages of inexpensive, sodium filled broth. After trying this more authentic (and delicious) version, I will never go back. Prep Time ….

Diced Tomatoes (to freeze or can)

  Diced Tomatoes (to freeze or can) It's August and my garden is overflowing. As always, I have more tomatoes and zucchini than we can eat fresh. Luckily, diced tomatoes freeze well and are a staple in many of our ….