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Converting Recipes? This way is the best!

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 Have you found yourself in need of converting recipes?

Maybe you’ve got a recipe that makes a casserole big enough to feed an army… but you only need to feed yourself and a toddler. Or maybe it’s the other way around, and you need to scale up a simple recipe to feed a ton of people. In any case, having a simple way to get you converting recipes is an important part of your kitchen arsenal.

Converting recipes can also mean translating a recipe from imperial, the style of writing and measuring often used in British or Australian cooking, to metric, which is the standard in America. Nailing down a reliable conversion method can seem tricky, but it’s actually quite easy to conquer if you consider a few specific techniques.

Whenever I find myself in need of converting recipes, I turn to my personal cheat sheet!

My own cheat sheet is one I once scribbled down in the back of a well-loved cookbook. It’s got my own most-used conversion terms, and over the years I’ve referred to it again and again.

I’ve received a number of requests from readers lately to help with converting recipes they’ve found here on the site, or help with others. I’m in the process of converting most of my recipes to metric so I can share them with readers outside of the States, and I’d love to someday to offer scaled up or down versions of all recipe – hopefully this will eventually happen! Maybe once I’ve finally figured out how to be in two places at once 🙂  

So, using my cookbook scribbles as inspiration, I created a cheat sheet – just for you!

Thank goodness for the world of infographics, am I right? This cheat sheet is way cleaner and easier to use than my own!

Converting recipes can feel tricky since there’s (gulp) math involved, but it doesn’t have to be. Oftentimes, it’s just a simple matter of easy division.

Of course, converting recipes isn’t an exact science. 

But whenever the case allows, checking measurements (and dividing, or multiplying) against this cheat sheet will usually turn out to be exact or pretty dang similar.  

If you ever have a question about a certain ingredient, or how it can best be converted, drop me a line! I’m not a magical wizard of recipe conversion, but I’m damn close. And I love hearing from you guys!  


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Caring for Your Cast Iron Pan

“Don’t Throw That Out!” Repurposing Leftover Ingredients

How To Cook ‘Family Meal’ Like a Chef

“Don’t Throw That Out!” Reusing Leftover Food In Your Kitchen

Stop! Don't throw it out; follow this guide to reusing leftover food. Here's a huge list of ideas, with downloadable recipes & an easy infographic.

Stop! Don't throw it out; follow this guide to reusing leftover food. Here's a huge list of ideas, with downloadable recipes & an easy infographic.

Stop! Don't throw it out; follow this guide to reusing leftover food. Here's a huge list of ideas, with downloadable recipes & an easy infographic.

Stop! Don’t throw out those old leftovers before reading this first. Here’s a handy guide to repurposing and reusing leftover food.

It’s the hallmark of good meal planning; stretching one dinner into two. Of course, it’s a simple change to turn a roast chicken dinner one night into chicken salad the next; but what do you do with those really random ingredients, which might not be so obvious? Reusing leftover food can save you so much time and money!

You have to think outside the box and figure out just how you’re going to use up the rest of that buttermilk, but that’s not always so easy when you’re busy and dinner needs to get on the table, pronto.

One Meal, Two Dinners

I have totally been there! So I put on my designer hat and created a handy cheat sheet that helps you figure out just how go about reusing leftover food in your own kitchen.

You can pin the image to save for later! It’s got some great recipe ideas, each of which is listed below. If the recipe is available on this site, it’ll be a clickable link. If you want access to all the recipe, click the big yellow button below to download a full PDF.  Follow the ‘read more’ link for more!

Stop! Don't throw it out; follow this guide to reusing leftover food. Here's a huge list of ideas, with downloadable recipes & an easy infographic.

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How To Cook ‘Family Meal’ Just Like a Chef

Have you ever heard of the restaurant “family meal”? It’s a term used in the hospitality industry, and it usually means a big meal that the chef makes for the rest of the staff.

Before service, everyone on shift that night sits down and eats together. Family meal is the perfect way to connect with your fellow staff members before the insanity of a busy dinner shift hits. It’s also the perfect way for the kitchen to reuse leftover food and cook straight from the heart, instead of ‘by the book’.

Since everyone is sitting together, the family meal also gives the manager a chance inform the staff about important things going on that night. They’ll run through specials, what’s 86’d (ie what the kitchen or bar has run out of), big parties or special guests that have reserved tables, or give a heads up on items that need to get “pushed” (ie, encourage your customers to buy)

Isn’t that just like how you imagine a good family meal in your own home to be? The best meals use up whatever is currently in the kitchen to make a big, satisfying meal, then everyone sits down together and hashes out their days and plans.

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Caring For Your Cast Iron Pan

I’ll just come right out and say it: while I adore cooking with my cast iron pans, caring for your cast iron pan is kinda the worst. At least, I’d always thought of it as the worst, because up until recently I followed a lot of bad information about how to care for my cast iron pans and skillets. So much so that I had all this weird kitchen anxiety about maintaining their upkeep, and had all but banned my husband from attempting to clean them because God forbid he do it wrong and make the pans lose their precious seasoning. 

The thing was, they kept losing their seasoning anyway because I was doing it wrong all along. I couldn’t figure out why my pans kept getting rust spots, and were hardly ever non-stick anymore, and how in the heck are you supposed to clean these guys if you can’t wash them with soap? 

So I started reading up on caring for my cast iron and hey, guess what? Cast iron pans and skillets are actually pretty easy to maintain if you don’t buy into all the bad advice. After all, there’s a reason the same cast irons our grandmothers cooked with are still banging around cupboards today.

Cast iron pans are fabulous for cooking and are made to last. And by following just a few simple tips (and ignoring the rest of the bad advice), you can make sure your cast iron pans and skillets stay in tip top condition, too. I even put together a little guide for you: it’s all right there, after the jump!


This is the Ultimate Pantry Essentials Checklist (includes my go-to items!)

What's in YOUR pantry? Here's a handful of some of my go-to items, products, and ingredients that help me cook simple, quick dinners and meals.

Check out this handy Pantry Essentials Checklist to make sure you never run out of your most-used items!

Click the image to be taken to the pantry essentials download, and then read on to see some of my favorite quick recipes and meal ideas using these essentials. I like to slip this printable into a plastic sleeve and then use a dry-erase marker to check things off as needed.

Go to to download the full pdf!

Life is easier when we’re not rushing around to get food on the table! One of the simplest ways to stay on top of meal prep is to always keep a well-stocked pantry. Having a trove of your most-used non-perishable goods on hand will make quick and simple recipes easier to pull off, leaving you less stressed, with less waste, and on top of your game. a pantry essentials checklist keeps your on your game!

Below you’ll find a handful of items I always keep in my cupboards, fridge, and freezer, with a short explanation of how I use these items. It’s right there after the jump!


My Top Three Meal Planning Basics

My top three meal planning basics are juuuuuust a little different from what you might normally see online when people recommend you start a meal plan! 

I’ve spent a lot of time and effort in trying to figure out how to create the best meal plan for my family. Not every piece of advice I had read or heard would work for our family! After some trial and error, I eventually honed my meal planning efforts well enough that we could see a marked difference in not only our grocery bills, but my overall stress level as well! I’d love to share with you today my top three meal planning basics, which I turn to every week as I sit down to plan out what we’ll be cooking and eating. 

The standard meal plan recommendations you typically find online are usually this: 

  1. Go through your recipes and decide what you want to eat this week
  2. Keep a recipe box or binder of your favorite recipes as go-to’s
  3. Buy groceries (in bulk if you can) 
  4. Above all else: stick to the plan

The biggest problem for me was that “the plan” so often wound up resorting to overly processed food in order to be made quickly enough to get on the dinner table. I wanted to make fresh, homemade food for my family that didn’t rely on canned soups, seasoning packets, or other flavor boosters that take the place of longer cooking times. 

We’re a meat-eating, dairy-loving, no-allergy family with zero special diets to consider. If I had a hard time figuring out what the heck to make for us, I can’t even imagine what it would be like for people and their families who are on special diets or living with allergies.

Something had to give! So I created this handy list of my top three meal planning basics; it’s there, after the jump!

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