This web site exists because my husband tells me I am a remarkable cook who, he says: “Conjure up flavors from ingredients that I would never suspect could taste that good!” To tell you the truth I do not seek the spot light and having a business with my name on it was not on my bucket list. He convinced me the stuff I considered to be pretty normal is in fact, innovative, practical, helpful, cost-conscious and worth sharing. These realistic recipes and tips were learned over the years and helped me serve my family the great tasting meals I always wanted to. I hope it helps you too.

I grew up in the kitchens of my parent’s Italian, Mexican, Continental and American-style restaurants. These early experiences with different cuisines helped me develop an appreciation for tastes and textures that has served me well over the years. I’ve learned to develop the flavors I enjoy using ingredients I can readily find at my local grocery and warehouse stores. I call it …

Practical cooking for practically everyone!™

Thank you for visiting my web site, reading the recipes and downloading a helpful chart or two. I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am that you’ve stopped by. I want to hear from you with questions and even, gulp – your suggestions on how I can improve something in a recipe or this web site. ~ ML