Food Life

Welcome to my kitchen. I love to cook and entertain so there are lots of articles about Cooking, Baking, Food and Nutrition, Equipment and Things in the Kitchen and of course we have Recipes!

What is Shepherds Pie?

What is Shepherds Pie? This delightful main dish comes to us mainly from England, Scotland and Ireland and in its simplest form is a meat pie topped with mashed potatoes. But that barely scratches the surface when describing this delicious comfort food. It is amazing how people spell or misspell the name of this hearty [Read On]

Beef Shepherds Pie Recipe

My son recently asked for my Beef Shepherds Pie Recipe so I thought that I would share it with you, my dear readers. This meal is one of my children’s favorites because it is warm, tasty and typical of the foods they list as “comfort food.” Meat, vegetables, mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese are the [Read On]

Health Boosting Citrus Trees to Grow In Containers

Citrus fruits are loaded with antioxidants and health boosting properties. Have you wondered which varieties grow best in containers and provide healthful benefits too? Well look no farther, we have listed some of the health benefits you can receive and which varieties to grow year round in containers. Read on to learn more about the [Read On]

Ground Beef Seasoning Mix Recipe

When you cook, do you like to use commercially prepared seasoning salt or ground beef or hamburger seasoning mix? What about national brands such as Lawry’s seasoned salt? Are you worried about MSG and other unnamed ingredients that are typically found in commercial seasoning preparations? I was too. So I stopped buying them but our [Read On]

Tips for Eating Healthier When You’re In A Hurry

Everyone seems busier than ever before, so how can we eat healthier when we are in a hurry? Here are some Tips for Eating Healthier When You’re In A Hurry Most experts say the #1 Tip is Pre-Planning I hear you groaning and saying, “Oh no, we have enough to do already. I can’t possibly [Read On]

Instant Food vs Real Food

Instant Food vs Real Food – a look at processed food and real, nutritious food. We are all busy with work, raising children or grandchildren, farm or garden chores, spiritual life activities, home businesses, etc. We seem to rush from one place to the next and some people feel like they are always rushing – [Read On]

Unhealthy Food Additives and Ingredients

  Here is a good beginning list of unhealthy food additives and ingredients that you might want to eliminate or limit from your diet. There are likely more extensive lists on the information superhighway, so if you know of other sources, please share the links with us in the comment box below.   Specific Unhealthy Food [Read On]

Broth, Stock and Bouillon: What’s the Difference?

Have you ever wondered “Broth, Stock and Bouillon: What’s the Difference?” Even the experts seem to disagree. So, me the amateur, will try to explain the subtle differences between each and share a few stock making tips I’ve learned over the past 30+ years of making my own broth, stock and soups. Did you know [Read On]

Natural Flavors and MSG are they Harmful?

The frustration I feel when I go to the grocery store is mounting! Each year it becomes harder and harder to find products that don’t contain unhealthy ingredients or even “real food”. More and more products on the grocer’s shelves are highly processed and contain harmful chemicals, additives, artificial ingredients, preservatives and unclean ingredients. I [Read On]

Irish Seeded Brown Bread Recipe

This Irish Seeded Brown Bread is a rustic peasant bread made with whole grains and seeds; pumpkin, poppy, flax, sunflower and  sesame. A variation of it is served all over Ireland at any time of day. It is especially good slathered with Kerry Gold Irish Butter and served with hearty cream soups, like our Creamy [Read On]

Creamy Winter Root Vegetable Soup Recipe

I was first introduced to this creamy winter root vegetable soup recipe while visiting Ireland. I was there during the last week of April and first week of May. It was a chilly 40 to 50 degrees during the day and cooler at night. During those two weeks nearly every place we stopped for lunch [Read On]

Top 12 Healthiest Foods on Earth

Nutritional experts consistently list these foods as some of the Top 12 Healthiest Foods on Earth. These foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and they are natural whole foods that help us to sustain good health. Eating plenty of fresh whole foods, like fruits, grains, vegetables, eggs, nuts and sprouts provides our bodies [Read On]

Onion Broccoli Quiche Recipe

Quiches are a delicious and elegant way to serve eggs, cheese and vegetables together in a flaky crust. We love quiche and make it several different ways. This Onion Broccoli Quiche Recipe uses farm fresh eggs from our backyard flock of chickens. Sweet cream from a Jersey cow, fresh locally grown broccoli, sweet onion, and [Read On]

Kale Lemon Salad Recipe

This crunchy kale lemon salad recipe is delicious and very healthy. You can prepare it quickly and vary the taste by using different fruits or by adding seeds or nuts. Suggestions are give in the recipe notes below. I think this salad is addictive . It pairs nicely with so many foods you should try [Read On]

Organizing and Cleaning the Refrigerator

Ahhhhh, I just LOVE a clean refrigerator, don’t you? This post is all about Organizing and Cleaning the Refrigerator. It’s mid November and time for my semi-annual refrigerator clean up! Notice I said “clean up” not clean out. I know someone who shall remain nameless, who NEVER cleans their refrigerator! And it isn’t because they [Read On]