From the Kitchen of heygoodcookin

Kitchen Chemistry Lessons From Hey Good Cookin’


Couple cooking using a recipe on tablet

Act I: A flashback The year was 1996. We were two single friends with a bold idea for how to help people and find love. And let’s be honest, when we first whipped up the idea of real men from Oregon sharing their favorite recipes in our very own cookbook, the kitchen got a little heated up. 

Good Cookin' Bachelors Cookbook author image

Yup..that’s us! Rockin’ that 90’s hair, too…

Back then, you didn’t write a blog, you wrote a book to share your passions with the world. And Good Cookin’ Bachelors was just that. A fresh idea for a cookbook showcasing not only recipes – but also tips on life, love and offering a real-life opportunity to stir up some kitchen chemistry with single men from around the state.

Cover of the Good Cookin' Bachelors Cookbook

Officially a “vintage” cookbook! Concept combined dating and cooking.

Waaaay back BFF (Before Facebook Friends), connecting people via a printed cookbook meant exchanging real letters (gasp) and phone calls (on a land line)! We had a lot of fun with the project, tested some great recipes and enjoyed our own outreach project to eligible men in the Pacific Northwest. Our cookbook didn’t make the New York Times’ Bestseller list, but it taught us a lot about being creative and connecting people. We have fond memories of Good Cookin’ Bachelors and are excited to introduce you to Act II of our literary kitchen adventure.  

Act II: We’re excited to be back in the kitchen A desire to reconnect after many years spent in different directions, rekindled our passion for food sharing and match making. The digital age has created endless possibilities for sparking recipe and romance connections online. We just couldn’t resist the chance to seize this opportunity to cook up something totally fresh.  Hey Good Cookin’ is our latest creation – A unique virtual kitchen where members can exchange recipes for one or two, share anything from cooking tips to food whims and even arrange to meet up virtually in a cooking class.  

A special Invitation to Join Us Most foodies will readily confess how much we savor the chance to share great food with awesome company. It’s the best. When you join Hey Good Cookin’ you’ll enjoy recipes , engaging posts and how-to-cook videos. But most importantly, you’ll savor the new connections you make with like-minded food lovers. It’s free to join the Hey Good Cookin’ Community today!  

The Virtual Kitchen Benefits: FIND a flavor you can’t resist?  Share it with us.  Anything goes in our kitchen. We welcome time saving cooking tips, delicious desserts and marinades, and favorite recipes served up for one or two.  COMMUNICATE your feedback on recipes or cooking tips.  DISCOVER & DISCUSS food trends, cooking techniques and ideas for the solo cook!  MEET new friends. Connect and live chat with other members over your favorite culinary creations.  We’re sooooo excited to be cooking up this new community. See you in the Kitchen!

Posted By: heygoodcookin

The Hey Good Cookin' Kitchen has become a place of food inspiration and savory discovery to share with our cookin' singles community. We search out new recipes or sometimes just adapt familiar ones to test, taste, photograph and share in the triumphs and mishaps of creating new dishes.

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From the Kitchen of barb0812

When Gardens Give You Squash…



A spoonful of quinoa squash oatmeal form a blue bowl

My garden went crazy with butternut squash this year–like 15 of them from two plants!  I am pretty amazed but also aware of the many bags of cubed squash sitting in my freezer.  Unfortunately, I don’t have many recipes in my arsenal to use up all this squash so I decided I would be sharing some with my dogs and then on to hunt the internet. I came up with some great ideas in addition to this fabulous recipe from  OMG–this is really filling and gives you plenty of energy all morning. Love that!  The recipe makes enough for 4 meals (3/4 cup servings), so I store it in my fridge and eat it during the work week.  Adding a bit of almond milk and nuking on high for a minute is my kind of a quick breakfast!

So, check out the recipe and if you try it, let me know what you think!  I personally think this one is a keeper!

First things first…

Adding a cup of quinoa to boiling cider with 1/2 tsp of grated ginger

1 cup of frozen butternut squash cubes and 1/3 cup of water mashing cooked squash with a forkAdding milk and squash to cooked quinoamixing all together

Adding dried cranberries and pecan pieces

Adding cinnamon and a bit of maple syrup

Quinoa Squash Oatmeal


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My dogs consider me the "greatest chef of all time"...I am lover of all foods vegetarian and advocate for growing your own veggies--no matter the size! I am one of the Co-founders of Hey Good Cookin' and a believer in cooking for yourself because everyone deserves it!

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From the Kitchen of barb0812

Baking… While “Under the Influence” (Psst…it’s not what you think)


Banana Bread displayed with a slice cut and two over ripe frozen bananas

I was in a baking mood last weekend.  It was rainy, cool and somewhat dreary. We have sunshine and warm weather about 300 days out of the year, so comfort food baking is not always high on my list of “wants”.

On this particular day, I decided it was time to do something about the over ripened bananas that had been sitting in my freezer for a while.  I have a bad tendency to buy them when they are perfect and forget to eat them until it is too late.  I then remind myself they are now perfect for one of my favorite treats:  Banana Bread.  Unfortunately, I always end up with way more in the freezer than I will ever use.  So, with a cup of hot green tea in hand, I had decided it was time to clean out the freezer of my frozen fruit!

My banana bread recipe is a relatively easy one–a recipe passed down from my mom and a reminder of how excited we kids would get when the aroma of sweet bananas and walnuts filled our kitchen.  I had made this recipe so many times, I could probably do it in my sleep.

As I was prepping my ingredients, my cell phone chimed with a message….then another…and finally a third chime came through.   I decided I had better glance at what was growing into a novella.  It was a friend with some celebrity news.  Mind you, she lives 700 miles from me, but she knew what was going on 2 miles from my kitchen.

It was not the best news I could have read–tragic really– but, like many others, I was quickly absorbed in the details of the event.  I began texting her back as I turned on my mixer and set the oven temp.  We were like ping pong players going back and forth with messages.  Then, of course, I had to begin sharing this news with others. So, all the while I am glued to my phone, I am making my bread.  After all, I could make this bread while doing at least 3 or 4 other things.

Or, so I thought.

My two loaves of bread were now in the oven and I decided to give my friend a call and chat while waiting.  As the kitchen began to fill with the sweet fragrance of the bread, anticipation of that first bite began to grow quickly.

At last, time was up! I threw open the oven and what laid in front of me was a huge disappointment. Two flattened loaves–I had completely forgotten the leavening (baking powder).

Yup, I had done it…baked while distracted or more accurately, baked while under the influence of celebrity news.  I couldn’t believe it.  I decided, it couldn’t be that bad…I would enjoy it anyway.  I cut a slice of this now dense bread and took a bite.  Good flavor but just not the same.

So, what could I do with all this “deflated” bread?   Biscotti anyone?  Here is how I did it…


Cut your bread into 1/2″ slices.

Banana Bread for Biscotti, cut into 1/2" slices


The cut the slices in half so you have “sticks”

Cutting Banana Bread into "sticks" for biscotti


Place them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle sugar on top (optional).  Place them in a 325 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or so. It really depends on the moisture of your bread–the wetter, the longer it will take.  I would recommend flipping them over after about 20 minutes.

Banana Bread Biscotti getting a sprinkle of sugar and ready for baking



Once the biscotti feels nice and toasted, pull it out, let it cool and enjoy!  You can bag these babies up and enjoy them for days or share with the office!

Banana Bread Biscotti out of the oven

Banana Bread Biscotti plated with a cup of hot tea


Posted By: barb0812

My dogs consider me the "greatest chef of all time"...I am lover of all foods vegetarian and advocate for growing your own veggies--no matter the size! I am one of the Co-founders of Hey Good Cookin' and a believer in cooking for yourself because everyone deserves it!

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From the Kitchen of barb0812

Cooking for a Date?


Young beautiful couple in their kitchen
My eyes happened to catch the title of an online article the other day: ”10 Foods That Can Make You Stink”. The title of the story seemed a bit off-putting for me but I decided it couldn’t hurt to give the information some of my time. After all, a bit more knowledge couldn’t hurt before planning my next date night menu.

I already knew about the obvious offenders, my normal cooking staples, onion and garlic. But, I was curious to check out this top 10 list to see if there were foods that might have surprised me.
As I read more, it became clear: you are what you eat. Or, to be more specific, you smell how you eat.

So, here was the setup. Someone is sitting on a bus and notices an offensive odor. The person aware of the invading odor (like rotten eggs) moves away but the scent follows. The person then realizes he/she must be the source. My first thought was “YIKES” that would be some kind of revelation!

Admittedly, I felt a bit hesitant about sharing what I learned, but knowing that we are all vulnerable to the gastric linger of certain foods, I felt an obligation to “air” out this topic.

Undoubtedly, you’d like to walk away from a meal with your date with only the residual of some fullness. Odor aside, the only foods that caused me concern were those that left a visible trail, like kale or spinach As sure as Murphy’s Law is real, I was guaranteed some green between the teeth. I have had the pleasure of this embarrassment on more than one occasion. Believe me, it’s even worse when no one tells you!

So, without further wait…

Among some of the more aromatic producing offenders to be aware of include:

• red meats,
• dairy,
• broccoli,
• cabbage,
• asparagus
• cumin and curry.
• onion and garlic

Since these are pretty commonly used foods, what are your options?
Because onion and garlic are long time dispellers in your body, cook them down and use them modestly.

Some pungent spices tend to be the gifts that keep on giving, so try any of the sweeter spices such as cardamom, ginger and cinnamon.

Other good food choices include spinach which is a great refresher instead of your cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, etc) and roasted bell pepper instead of asparagus. Fruits, poultry, and pastas are also excellent choices to include.  I personally love cooking with eggplant!  Check out my recipe for my eggplant parmesan…perfect with a glass of Chianti.

So, next time you prepare a meal for that special someone, you’ll know how keep the “whiff’n” only in your cookin’!

Posted By: barb0812

My dogs consider me the "greatest chef of all time"...I am lover of all foods vegetarian and advocate for growing your own veggies--no matter the size! I am one of the Co-founders of Hey Good Cookin' and a believer in cooking for yourself because everyone deserves it!

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From the Kitchen of oregonwingnut

Cupcake Wars

Cupcake Wars Connect Co--Workers

Cupcake Wars
Connect Co–Workers

It is with great pride, and little humility, that I announce that I am the reigning Cupcake Wars Queen of Presentation at work! I even have a cupcake tiara as proof, although I only wore it for a quick photo op so as not to rub it in with my co-workers. I may lack humility, but I do have empathy.

Let me set the stage and give you a bit of history of Cupcake Wars at my workplace.  A year ago, my co-workers and I were walking the picket line. After 18 months of negotiations, mediators, and a cooling-off period we were at an impasse. With heavy hearts and great emotion, the employees went on strike.  It was a heartbreaking decision, as many important decisions are, and I was deeply saddened that the workplace I once dearly loved had reached this level of conflict with no apparent middle ground or resolution. My colleagues and I walked that picket line with signs perched on our shoulders for eight days, but the aftermath of lost trust and betrayal still lingers a year later.

Knowing there was much healing to be done, the administration made attempts at bringing us back together with team-building exercises. I know, I know, just the mention of team-building exercises makes you sigh and shutter. Me too! I’ve experienced many over the years, but one that sticks out in my mind is when everyone chooses a coin and is invited to look at the date, and tell something significant that happened in their life that year.  That’s usually the point when the youngest member of the team righteously pipes up and shouts, “I wasn’t even born in 1990!”  So much for team building.

And, of course, I’ll never forget trying to emulate Pike’s Place Fish Market by wearing trash bags and throwing slippery dead fish to one another. My big aha and realization from that experience is that you can’t mandate what matters. You can’t force trust and connection. It is organic. The Fish Philosophy was successful for that workplace because it was spontaneously started by employees and was a creative way to have fun together and enjoy work. It wasn’t a top-down contrived team-building exercise created by middle management in an attempt to bring people together.

Post strike, my colleagues and I decided to heal from the inside out. We started our own grassroots campaign and formed a Fun Committee. Inspired by Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, we decided to have a cupcake competition. Participants were given the theme “Summer is Coming” and entries were judged by the entire staff on taste and presentation. Not everyone made cupcakes, but everyone participated by tasting and judging.

My first entry, Limoncello Cupcakes, was a big hit! I purchased a bottle of Crema di Limon in Sorrento, Italy and it had been in my freezer waiting for just such an occasion. If you are a lemon lover you must try this yummy recipe that I found on the Brown Eyed Baker blog. You won’t be disappointed!


A sweet taste of Italy

A sweet taste of Italy
Limoncello Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling


My second entry, and winner for presentation, was S’more Cupcakes. When thinking of presentation, I consider each element, from the appeal of the cupcake, to the props, to the baking cups.  I was actually pulling out of my driveway when I was inspired to jump out of the car and grab a log and some pinecones.  It’s a good thing I did, and what a great reminder to follow sudden inspiration.

Need I say S'more?

Need I say S’more?


For elegant, fun or whimsical baking cups, I turn to Simply Baked.  They can also be used for dips, nuts, ice cream or other party snacks.

The recipe comes from Jennifer Shea of Seattle’s Trophy Cupcakes & Party. Watch Jennifer make these decadent chocolate cupcakes with Martha Stewart and you’ll be running to the store to buy the ingredients.

What great ideas do you have for creating connection in the workplace? Share them with us!


From the Kitchen of heygoodcookin

Valentine’s Day a.k.a Single Awareness Day


Assortment of different Valentine Day gifts

Happy Valentine’s Day…or is it?

A dear friend of mine hates Valentine’s Day. She refers to it as Single Awareness Day a.k.a SAD. It’s a day about love, connection and romance, yet for some single people it shines a spotlight on something they deeply desire, but don’t currently have. It’s a day to be ignored or endured.

I used to feel this way. I cringed when the card and candy aisle transitioned from Christmas decorations to candy hearts and cupids. All the jewelry commercials brought up insecurities about the possibility of being alone forever. Every February 15th I would breathe a big sigh of relief knowing that SAD was over.

Then one year, during a particularly soul-searching time in my life, I decided that I was no longer willing to give in to fear and waste one more moment of my precious life feeling alone and lonely. I decided to shift my experience and use Valentine’s Day as evidence that love and connection do exist and to deepen my resolve to create a mutually treasured and abiding love in the future. I committed to preparing myself to be the woman I would need to be in order to have the kind of love I wanted to have. Instead of sadness, I felt exhilarated and motivated!

Here are five commitments I made to shift my experience:

1. Love myself the way I want to be loved. I know you’re probably thinking if one more person talks about self-love and says you have to love yourself first, you’re going to be physically ill. This is different. This was an exploration into the possibility that perhaps I was expecting someone else to give me what I was not willing to give myself. I started asking myself hard questions such as, “Where in my life have I been respectful and disrespectful to myself? Do I keep commitments to myself? Am I faithful to myself? How honest have I been to myself?” It was a huge aha for me. I decided to start giving myself what I wanted others to give to me.

2. Be comfortable with uncertainty. This was a hard one…I’m a control freak! I want a plan and a road map. I’m sure if I work hard enough I can change the outcome of anything. I frequently take on too much and do everything myself because I know other people will screw it up. Sound familiar? If so, this one is for you! My mantra became, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I trust that life is unfolding in the most blessed way for me.” It took me awhile, but I went from thinking, “Yeah, right” every time I said it to one day believing it.

3. Look for evidence of great love. I realized I have been walking through my life collecting evidence of my beliefs about life, love and men. It was easy to see evidence of men being dishonest or leaving, because I was looking for it to support my beliefs. I decided to collect evidence that men are loving, generous and faithful. Miracle of miracles, as soon as I started looking for new evidence, I saw it and started thinking that life and love were on my side.

4. Push back on the bully. For years I had my own internal bully and it whispered scary lies to me. It sounded like, “You’ll never find someone; all the good men are taken; you’re too old to find love.” I’m sure you can fill in the blank with your own lie. I decided to stand up to my bully and tell the truth…The world is a big place, and there are good men. You don’t know what will happen. People find love at all ages.

5. Above all, hold the high watch. Stand strong in the belief that you can create the extraordinary life and love that you so desire. And, on the days where your belief wavers, ask yourself, “If I were a person that believed life and love are on my side, how would I be walking through the world and relating to others?” Then do it!

Posted By: heygoodcookin

The Hey Good Cookin' Kitchen has become a place of food inspiration and savory discovery to share with our cookin' singles community. We search out new recipes or sometimes just adapt familiar ones to test, taste, photograph and share in the triumphs and mishaps of creating new dishes.

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