Ingredient Spotlight: Soy Sauce

Once again, Tiffany over at Eat at Home is featuring the Ingredient Spotlight blog hop. (Okay – I know – I’m a day late. But I was offline for a while, and so I’m playing catch up!)

When she said soy sauce, I thought, “Um… do I have any recipes with soy sauce in them?!”

And then I realized I did. And some that we like a lot!

Asian Pasta and Veggie Salad

Chinese Pepper Steak

Dina’s No Fail Stir Fry

LeeAnn’s Killer Teriyaki Wings

Mom’s Fabulous BBQ Beef

By the way – Cook’s Illustrated did a comparison on soy sauce, and the results were interesting! Enough so that I decided to shop around a bit – and found a new favorite!


Ingredient Spotlight: Canned Tomatoes

Tiffany, over at Eat at Home, is once again doing her Ingredient Spotlight blog hop. This week? It’s canned tomatoes.

Ideally, I wish every year were like this:

Years when my pantry has row upon row of home canned tomatoes.

Yeah, that was 2008 – decidedly NOT the garden of 2010!

And – because there are years with garden’s like this year’s, store-bought canned tomatoes are a life saver!

As I was going over my posted recipes I realized how few of my recipes that have this wonderful ingredient featured are even posted! (Bad me!) Honestly – I use canned tomatoes a ton! I’m going to have to get my act together and get them typed up and posted!

In lieu of that, here are recipes that use canned tomatoes that I hope you’ll enjoy!

Dina’s World Famous Lasagna
John & Dina’s Chili con Carne
Skillet Lasagna
Dina’s Italian Wedding Soup
Taco Soup – okay, this one doesn’t SAY canned tomatoes, but the truth of the matter is that I always throw them in!

Honestly – if there aren’t at least a dozen cans of diced tomatoes on the shelf in the pantry, I get a little worried! They’re indispensible! They are one of the best ways possible to deglaze a pan, leaving an amazing melding of flavors in their wake!



Tiffany at Eat at Home is hosting her Ingredient Spotlight once again. She’s so smart! What a great idea.

Today’s ingredient (as if you couldn’t guess): Eggs!

If you know me at all, you know I love eggs.

I mean – hello! – I’m the girl with a yard full of backyard little egg-laying wonders!

I am so all about how completely incredible and superb fresh eggs are awesome for you! (Did you know that they are the perfect protein delivery when fully cooked? Really! It’s true!)

Well – not only that – they taste amazing, too.

So – I’ll follow Tiffany’s example and give you a few of my favorite egg-centric recipes to peruse:

Aioli – a post about this recipe here.
The Best Egg Salad Ever – a post regarding this recipe here.
Lemon Bar Cookies
The Perfect Omelette Every Time
Tortilla de Patata – a post featuring this recipe here.
Yellow Angel Food Cake – and a post about the recipe here.