Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Asian Pork

So I’m going to come clean that there are times that I just don’t cook. I reheat, but don’t actually cook anything from scratch. But when I’m not having one of those moments, I do like to try out recipes like this slow cooker sweet & spicy Asian pork. What’s funny is I actually wrote…

Easy Orzo & Chicken Salad

Being a busy mom makes me want to hit the easy button – a lot. True confession, but really – a lot. So when I came up with this recipe for this easy orzo & chicken salad I just had to share. I know you want easy, kid approved, family friendly recipes just like I…

Favorite Kitchen Tool

Do you have a favorite kitchen tool? What is it? And why do you like it? My all time favorites – the ones I cannot live without, are blue painters tape & sharpie markers. Really? You’ve never heard me mention this before? I can see the gears turning. Blue painters tape & sharpie markers? In…

Pineapple-Coconut Muffins

When we had our café I purchased a book 1 Mix 100 Muffins – you know the series. They have 1 Mix books for everything – pizzas, muffins, cupcakes, etc. Well I decided to play around with one from that book and came up with these Pineapple-Coconut Muffins. These muffins are yummy and so easy…

Easy Homemade Slice & Bake Cookies

I got a wild hair the other day and decided to try my hand at homemade slice & bake cookies. Brilliant, right? Totally – and a HUGE mom win. Not to mention this is EASY! So, to do this, I took the basic Toll House Cookie recipe (on the back of the chip package) and…

Summer Corn & Bell Pepper Salad

Summertime. Summertime is time for casual eating, dining alfresco, and making salads. To me nothing says summer more than a good salad like this summer corn & bell pepper salad with fresh summer corn & bell peppers. This was a creation because I had some  gorgeous summer corn and some equally lovely bell peppers and…

Tomato Mozzarella Polenta Bake

I just recently started reading Vegetarian Times. And it is inspiring me to eat more “meatless” meals. I recently made a tomato mozzarella polenta bake. My poor husband is going along with this, though not quite happily. While he said he did enjoy this meal – he was of course going to have to eat…

Brown Rice Risotto

Yep – I’m really on a meatless kick this week. Brown rice risotto with dairy free “parmesan” for dinner. Poor husband – but he really liked this one too, maybe I have a chance of getting the professional chef to eat a bit healthier after all! Plus kind of fun to be making this with…

QuickBites Now Available in the Kindle Store

QuickBites Now Available in the Kindle Store. Available for the first time, QuickBites by Heather B. Thomas. Quick recipes for busy moms. Modern moms need a break. At sloCooking I write about ways to achieve balance. Balance at home in the kitchen, by providing tools for the modern mom to wing it while she cooks….

Great Pasta Salad

This great pasta salad is my favorite and a “must make” for summertime – picnics, bbq, beach, lake, camping – I’ve taken it everywhere. My favorite thing about it is it’s an easy one to alter depending on your personal tastes & depending on what you happen to have in your kitchen at that moment….

Easy Holiday Cupcakes

Happy 4th of July. What says summer holiday better than these easy holiday cupcakes? As I’ve said before you don’t have to go overboard to have fun holiday food. These easy holiday cupcakes were my go-to for years when my daughter, now 11, was little. Don’t be afraid of using a short cut way, and…

Peppermint Lemonade

Happy July! How is it possible that the summer is almost half way over? I just got an email from the kiddo’s school with the link to go and complete her registration paperwork for next school year. And while I’m at it, gulp – school starts back on August 21st! But despite this – there…

Watermelon Gazpacho

A few years ago we participated in a local food & wine event. Always one for pushing the buttons of traditional cuisine, I found a recipe for summer watermelon gazpacho. I was desperately not wanting to make yet another paella or crudités or canape on a bread base, or anything remotely typical. Sometimes you go…

Marinated Mushroom Caps

Oh my pretties. How I can’t wait to eat these marinated mushroom caps for dinner. Since I don’t feel like starting coals tonight just for myself I’m probably going to either broil or use the George Forman. MARINATED MUSHROOM CAPS 3 portobello mushrooms ¼ cup canola oil 1/2 large red onion chopped 3-4 cloves garlic,…

Easy Trick to Remove Spots on Stainless

Do you have spots on stainless pots? Use this easy trick to remove those pesky spots from every stainless pot & pan in your kitchen. You’ll kick yourself for not doing this sooner it’s that easy.