– BY ALYSSA RIVERS @ the recipe critic

• 2 pounds salmon 
• 2 Tablespoons olive oil
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 3 garlic cloves minced
• juice of one lemon
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• garnish with sliced lemons and chopped parsley if desired


• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the salmon on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon.

• In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the glaze over the salmon. Top the salmon with aluminum foil and seal.

• Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked throughout. Take the foil off of the top and baste the salmon with the sauce in the foil. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.


Budget Meals

I know! Me?! 😆 I do, I do…sometimes. Now, with more reading of The Minimalist (along with current administration/nut house causing inflation…out of control…within 6 months‼️), I decided to do more, so not only did I make the usual good meals from Thanksgiving leftovers, but I’ve been shopping at the dollar store (weigh quality, quantity, price) before I head over to grocery store; no extra gas because they’re across the street from each other. One thing new was with chili hot dogs 🌭 I didn’t go with Boar’s Head or Dietz & Watson, not even Hebrew National or Nathan’s; no I went with Oscar Mayer bun length for $2.99. AND Wonder Bread buns! 🤭 generic french fries, homemade brown gravy, and it was all good! 👍 😋

Another day I used the rest of candied sweet potatoes with skinless chicken thighs (that I can get a very delicious crispy outside on 😉) & twice baked potatoes.

Yet another I made Dirty Rice as our entrée; it’s enough for us.

Others…like homemade pizzas 🍕 😉 with flatbread 🫓 😋

Spaghetti… I usually use Hunts, if not Cento, BUT I tried dollar store Spaghetti & cheapest tomato paste, etc.. It was good, with some doctoring 😉 GARLIC 🧄 seasonings.

Shepherd’s Pie is always good 😋

Don’t forget sloppy joes 😋

Chicken Soup! 🐔

I do love linen 😆 yet not ironing 🧺

BBQ Ribs

#bbqribs #countrystyleribs seasoned w/#thespicehouse #smokepowder #goyaporkseasoning #omahasteaksseasoning in #ninjafoodipc , then #ninjafoodioven broiler w/#sweetbabyrays , mac & cheese 燎 white bread  & butter 杻  yumm

Harvey House Candied Sweet Potatoes

Harvey House Candied Sweet Potatoes

I ran across this NYT site that I had to save and share!

Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States – The New York Times

I’m trying…

I grew up with southern candied yams and continued making them the way my mother did, which took some care and babysitting; with basically, sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, Karo syrup and turning so carefully, on low & slow burner. Which, btw, I haven’t done in years now. But…they’re back on my menu! An easier way. BAKED southern style candied yams…errr sweet potatoes

Now THIS I can work with. EASY ⤵️



  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • ½ cup/1 stick butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a large pot, boil sweet potatoes in their jackets in water to cover until fork-tender, 20 to 45 minutes depending upon their size. Drain and cool.
  2. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Peel potatoes and slice into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Place in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or 2-quart gratin dish, overlapping slices to fit in one layer.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in sugar and salt until smooth. Pour evenly over the potatoes. Bake until potatoes look shiny and glazed, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot or warm

Classic Beef Stew

Classic Beef Stew Recipe –

¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 – 2 pounds beef, trimmed and cut into cubes
3 TBS vegetable oil
3 – 4 cups beef broth, preferably homemade & of course Better than Bouillon is GOOD stuff
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled, cut 1 – 2 inches
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 teaspoons salt

Combine the flour and pepper in a bowl, add the beef and toss to coat well. Heat 3 teaspoons of the oil in a large pot. Add the beef, cook until beef is browned on all sides; add more oil if needed.
Cook over medium-high heat, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add the onions and carrots, stir, continue cooking to get added flavor and color on vegetables (optional). Add potatoes, beef and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer. I add both Better than Bouillon Beef Base. Some dashes of Worcestershire sauce is good in this also.
Cover and cook until the beef and vegetables are tender; about an hour. Add broth or water if the stew is dry.
If stew is too thin, then in jar or container with tight fitting lid, mix 1/4 cup of seasoned flour with 1/4 cup of broth, shake WELL, stir into stew and continue cooking long enough to cook flour.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle and serve. Goes good with bread and butter or dinner rolls.

Chicken Fajitas

I slow cooked chicken breasts yesterday with mojo. Today I chopped it up, put it in skillet with fajita seasonings (S/P, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, adobo seasoning…to taste), browning a little bit. I added some of the mojo to keep chicken juicy. I sautéed onion & multicolored peppers in a separate pan this time, with same seasonings. Heated tortillas & waa laa 😋 🌮 topped with diced tomatoes, red onion, sour cream, peach salsa & cheese…with a squeeze of lime.

good stuff.

#chickenfajitas I did the #chicken & #vegetables separate this time, but with same seasonings 😋 it worked out good. Everyone can choose the amount of whatever they prefer. I topped my #fajita with sour cream, tomatoes, onion,#peachsalsa & cheese 🧀 squeeze of lime 🍈 yumm! #mrsrenfrossalsa is our favorite!

Easy Shepherd’s Pie

I usually make a lot more mashed potatoes, but I was trying to downsize for 3 people; I’m used to 5. It was enough for us 😋


  • 3-4 servings mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1-2 cups vegetables (diced) e.g., carrots, corn, peas, green beans, any or all combos
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice

Sauté vegetables:

While the potatoes are cooking, sauté onions in butter for 5 minutes. Brown ground beef with seasonings, then set aside in bowl/plate. Add vegetables to same sauté pan for their cooking time, with a little broth, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings; taste as you go. “I” do my vegetables and ground beef separately in same pan 🤷‍♀️ it doesn’t really matter, just your preference. Finish mashed potatoes; layer vegetables, beef, then mashed potatoes in baking dish; optional you can run fork over potatoes to give it peaks to brown. Top with parmesan cheese. Bake (ninja foodi oven) at 425° until desired browning on top. Approximately 20 minutes 🤔 Delicious 😋

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Delicious – recipe is a winner! 😋

As soon as I can find website/author I will add it. I just saved screenshots of recipe…because I wanted to try it, not thinking of sharing it at the time 🤔 …until then…recipe below ⤵️

Simple sloppy joes dinner.
I added liquid smoke, more garlic, smoke powder, crushed red pepper 🌶 & I made the brown sugar heavy with molasses 😋
OH! almost forgot! I also used 2 lbs of ground beef. I didn’t know if that would mess up the ratio of other ingredients, but strangely enough…it turned out delicious. 🤷‍♀️⤵️

Good with so many easy sides; quick & easy mac & cheese 🧀 😉, simply potato chips, potato or macaroni salad, fresh green salad or slaw, pickles go good with sloppy joes too. I guess that bright snappy bite goes good with rich sandwiches (thinking BLT’s 🥓) French fries 🍟, etc. .