Recipe 003 – Ham

Is there ham in the place where you live? Is there ham in the place where you work?


Hammity-ham! Wonderful ham!

Yep, it’s time for that old Easter classic, ham! It’s so incredibly easy to make. How easy? Well, it’s easy enough that I’m going out of my way to make it slightly more difficult than it has to be!

You will need:

1 ham

Some aluminum foil

Cooking spray

A baking dish

The ability to resist rolling your eyes at how easy it is to bake a ham

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General Shopping Advice

And now let us discuss how to buy groceries.

City Investors, INC- Vulcan- 2200 Westlake

And let’s not shop here, shall we?

Shopping intelligently for groceries is like any other skill: you have to learn it and maintain it. My friend Jasmine knew almost literally nothing about how to properly buy groceries until I walked her through the process. Now she’s a champ! So let’s go over some suggestions.

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Lessons with Jasmine – 003 – Spaghetti and Meatballs

Yep, that old Italian classic! It’s pretty easy and simple to make, but I won’t lie; it’s time-consuming. However, if you really want to impress someone with your cooking skills, this is the way to go!


You will need:


3 pounds of ground beef

1 pound of ground turkey

2 Tbs parsley

1/3 cup of grated Romano cheese

3/4 cup of breadcrumbs

3 eggs

2 cloves of garlic

1 onion

Some extra virgin olive oil

2 one pound cans of crushed tomatoes

8 fifteen ounce cans of tomato sauce

2 small cans of tomato paste

1 pound of sweet Italian sausage

1 clove of garlic

2 Tbs of sugar

2 Tbs of oregano

2 Tbs of basil

Spaghetti noodles

A large stock pot

A spoon (wooden, ideally)

A skillet

A baking dish

A food chopper

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Lessons with Jasmine – 002 – Breakfast

Who wants a delicious breakfast? You want a delicious breakfast. So does Jasmine, and so today, I taught her how to make one!


You will need:

1 dozen eggs

1 load of bread (in our case we used sourdough)

1 package of bacon

1 package of sausages (we used two because we wanted different kinds)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extra (real please, not that imitation crap)

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Butter (optional)

Syrup (optional)


Cooking tongs

Pancake flipper


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Experiment 001 – Chicken and Rice Soup with Peppers

Now you get to join me on a little adventure. Yes, I’m about to try cooking something I’ve never cooked before! I figure some of you will be cooking things for the first time, so I’m going to do the same. Better yet, I’m going to cook something without a recipe! Yep, I’m making it up as I go along! Say hello to my chicken and rice soup with peppers!


You will need:

1 package of chicken breasts (about four breasts total)

3 bell peppers (I used one each of green, red, and yellow)

1 jalapeno pepper (I can’t make the ~ over the n)

16 ounces of drained, diced tomatoes

2 cups of rice

2 boxes of chicken broth

3 tablespoons of crushed red peppers

3 tablespoons of salt

3 tablespoons of dried onions

Total prep time: about 45 minutes

Total cook time: about one hour

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Recipe 002 – Taco Meat

So it’s Tuesday. You know what that means. Tacos!


Taco meat is very easy to make, surprisingly cheap, and can feed lots of people. it also freezes and refrigerates well. Plus it’s very tasty!

You will need:

3 pounds of ground beef (80/20 for preference)

2 cups of water

1 tablespoon of cumin

1 tablespoon of paprika

1 tablespoon of chopped, dried onions

1 tablespoon of chili powder

1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon of garlic

1 skillet

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Rob’s Recipes – 001 – Smoked Pork

What is Rob, you might ask? This is Rob.


Sewing machine not included.

Rob is my very best friend, and he loves to cook! He’s got a great recipe for making smoked pork butt (butt…tee-hee!), and here’s how you make it!


You will need:

5 – 7 pounds of pork roast, ideally shoulder or Boston butt (giggle!)

3 tablespoons of paprika

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of dry mustard

3 tablespoons of coarse sea salt

1 mixing bowl

1 smoker

1 bag of wood chips

1 temperature probe

1 quart of apple cider

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