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These EASY comfort food recipes will have you whipping up a delicious meal in no time at all!

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It  can be hard to find easy food to make for dinner when you just want something good to eat!

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Who Are These Recipes For?

These easy comfort food recipes are for anyone learning to cook or anyone looking for a simple delicious recipe.

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This Easy Cooking Collection of Food Recipes for Dinner have

  • Simple Ingredients
  • Step by Step Instructions
  • Why the Recipe Works
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  • The most frequently asked questions.
  • Tips and Tricks for making the recipe even better.


The Recipe.

That’s all.

Tips and Tricks for How To Cook Food

For most recipes there are simple tricks you can use to make it taste great! 

These include some of the following..

  • Substitute chicken broth for the water
  • Add garlic or onion powder (not salt)
  • Put a little heat in there! Add some cayenne or hot sauce. (just a tiny amount).
  • Add some smokey flavor! (bacon, liquid smoke). 
  • What about a tiny bit of sweet? (sugar, honey, maple syrup). 
  • Fat. A dirty word? Never! Add a little oil or butter. You won’t be sorry!

PRO TIP:  Nearly every dish can benefit from a little acid. Just a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar will brighten a dish up in no time! 

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Ya’ll Be Sweet, OK? 

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How To Cook Food

This recipe is a basic recipe that will help almost any kind of food taste better.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook food, easy comfort food recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 52kcal


  • 1 can any type of canned vegetable this works for any unsweet vegetable
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar


  • Add all ingredients to a sauce pan on the stove top at medium heat.
  • Stir frequently until heated through.


  • Any vegetable will benefit from the addition of sugar (sweet), hot sauce (heat), lemon juice (acid) and butter (fat). 
  • You can substitute any type of fat for the butter:  oil, bacon grease, etc. 
  • It's acceptable to substitute any sweet for the sugar such as maple syrup, honey, raw sugar, etc.  Just be aware that maple syrup and honey also lend their own flavors. 
  • Feel free to substitute other kinds of heat such as cayenne instead of hot sauce. 
PRO TIP:  Always taste before serving.  If for any reason the flavor is off, add salt and pepper, stir, taste again.  Only add small amounts and retaste with each addition.


Nutrition Facts
How To Cook Food
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 328mg14%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 540IU11%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Monday 24th of June 2024

Hi Wendy!

I gotta say ...I am HIGHLY.. impressed with what you have to say and show! I have only gotten through a few of your pages and you are truly AMAZING! To the point, you know what you're doing and you give the best advice for cooking.. cookware and well, everything I see and read! WOW!

I happened to find myself on your page as I was trying to find out the name for the Thing-a-ma-jig.. that mashes your beans for Bean Burritos. One thing took me somewhere else, and then....sigh. I was just about to give up on my search for a kitchen device that turns and has a handle and mashes beans....sigh..

And happened! You were talking about a Food Mill!! TAA DAA! My Mom had one and I used to mash the beans for Burittos. She would use kidney beans great for Burittos. She would add Bacon to the mix, a few spices and then fry the shells in oil. Add what ever we wished for. I miss her and that bean masher.

But thanks to you I can have what I am looking for and a few memories of my Mom too..:) (it looks like the one I used 60 years ago). Thanks Wendy!

I did, of course, immediately sign up for your Newsletter. As we all are, I am a busy old lady, but I look forward to your advice and recipes and your charming personality! What a find you are!πŸ‘πŸŒ»πŸŒžπŸ₯£πŸ°πŸœπŸ’š

Just Lovely, you are Wendy! Adrienne😚

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 25th of June 2024

That's really sweet. Thank you! I hope you will sign up for the newsletter. I share cooking tips that aren't covered on the website or youtube channel in the newsletter. Take care!

Supriya Kutty

Saturday 12th of October 2019

This post surely for my daughter who will be traveling abroad for her future studies and she has not learned any cooking over here and when now it's her time to cook alone and have her own meal she will face lot of difficulties, but this post will help her cook her own food in the course years.

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 12th of October 2019

I'm so glad it will help!!!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

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