Author Archives: Lois

About Lois

My husband, Don Crawford, and I love to cook. For me, it's more about eating delicious food than the actual cooking. I like to cook mostly because I like to eat, and I like the proud sense of accomplishment when the food I make is appreciated by others. For Don, it's all about presentation. So we make a good team. I'm too impatient to create beautiful presentations (usually), but he sweeps in and takes over so it all turns out great. All our recipes are tried and true!

Jalapeño Cornbread

Crispy, yet moist. A delicious accompaniment to soup or Sunday supper. Continue reading

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Ratatouille (Vegan)

Recipe Idea: Surprisingly, until I met Don, I had never even heard of Ratatouille. I love vegetables, but it has taken me a long time to move away from a “meat, potatoes and vegetable” supper. A lot of people in … Continue reading

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New Social Network for Home Cooks

We have officially started our social network for home cooks. Visit Recipe Idea Shop to become a member, add and find recipes, and converse with other people who like to cook! ~Lois Recipe Idea Shop, a community of cooks where delicious … Continue reading

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Get fit in 10 minutes a day

10 minutes! I can do that. Can you? Check out this interesting blog post: ~Lois

Posted in Health, My life

Easy Way to Plan Your Eating

Here’s a short video that can help you decide how much of which foods to eat to maintain a healthy weight (or lose if you are eating too much!): ~Lois

Posted in Diabetic, General Info, Health, My life, Nutrition & Diet

Good Post on The World’s Healthiest Foods (Foods to Lower Cholesterol)

Something You Should Know to Improve Your Health It’s good to know what foods can help you lower your bad cholesterol. Many of them also work on cancer prevention. This is a really good article called “Elevated Cholesterol 3: What … Continue reading

Posted in Health, My life, Nutrition & Diet

Italian Chicken

This is one of the simplest, but tastiest, chicken recipes I make. You can grill the chicken indoors on a George Foreman Grill or outdoors on a gas or charcoal grill. We enjoyed this Saturday night with Risotto and Indian … Continue reading

Posted in Entrees or Main Course, Poultry


Risotto is a creamy rice side dish or you can eat is as a main dish. It is made from Arborio rice. I made some on Saturday night to accompany Italian Chicken and Indian Ratatouille. Risotto Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 … Continue reading

Posted in My life, Side Dishes, Supper, Uncategorized | Tagged

Lois’ Mixed Berries Romanoff

Recipe Idea: We had this dessert for supper tonight. Don made the shortcake and I made the berries. I changed Don’s Strawberries Romanoff from simply strawberries to a mixed berry combination of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Also, the original recipe … Continue reading

Posted in Cakes, Desserts, Fruits and Jellies

Vinegar Dressing for Bitter Lettuce, Cucumbers & Onions or Tomatoes

We had more of our bitter leaf lettuce tonight. As Don was looking for another recipe, he came across this one, which is exactly what I was looking for when I made the Wilted Lettuce Salad over the weekend. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Accompaniments, Gluten free, Lunch, My life, Salad, Supper, Vegetables, Vegetarian