Blue Moon Braised Beef and Onion Stew

Blue Moon Braised Beef and Onion Stew

Braising is a cooking technique that CookingShorts has traditionally avoided. As we like to keep our recipes simple and easy, we didn’t think that a braised recipe would fit with our mission. Recently, I’ve been experimenting more and more with beef and pork products. I was looking for a few different cooking methods rather than just [...]

Autumn Apple Recipes

Autumn Apple Recipes

Every fall, we head out to several apple orchards in the Shenandoah Valley. We spend an afternoon filling our baskets full of nature’s fruit and taking in the breathtaking mountain views. Could there be a more perfect autumn ritual? Here are our favorite autumn apple recipes – give them a try!

Apple and Goat Cheese Crostinis

Apple and Goat Cheese Crostinis

Yep, summer is almost over and fall is on the way. Before you know it, the holiday season will be knocking on our door. For us, this means squeezing into last year’s holiday party apparel. Is there ever a time when we aren’t trying to diet? This recipe is the ideal mix-up to your salad [...]

Apple Cinnamon Chicken

Apple Cinnamon Chicken

The title of this recipe might throw you off, but don’t be fooled. This Apple Cinnamon Chicken dish is fantastic and a must-try. In fact, we bet that if Guy Fieri tried this, he’d promptly say, “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner” after just one bite. Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts 2 tbsp butter, divided 2 tbsp apple [...]

Peach Cobbler Crumble

Peach Cobbler Crumble

Nothing says summer comfort like Peach Cobbler. And nothing says peach cobbler like Grandma’s classic recipe. This peach clobber was, is and will always be a family favorite. Handed down from Tinsley’s grandma, this dessert has become a summertime cookout staple. Everyone loves it and begs for us to make it. We have even received [...]


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DomiCile Magazine Fall 2014 Issue

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CookingShorts’ BIG Announcement

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