#NaBloPoMo – Recipe Changes


When I first started cooking and baking food, I had to have a recipe. It’s the main reason I’ve always been better at baking than traditional cooking. My sister has always been good at “a pinch of this, and a … Continue reading

Steakhouse Mushrooms for Two

steakhouse mushrooms

One of my husband’s favorite things to have for dinner is a good steak. Unfortunately, I’m not as big of a meat eater as he is. But that’s ok. I’ve found a great solution to make those meals more my … Continue reading

Corn Casserole

corn casserole

This time of year, I’m constantly needing to come up with dishes to bring to potluck dinners and parties.  Thanks to my aunt Julie sharing this recipe with me, I have a super simple and delicious new dish to bring. I … Continue reading

Using Pectin

strawberry jam

It’s spring, which means it’s time to start thinking about your garden and what you want to put in it.  For me, that means thinking about what I want to make with my plants from the garden – and lately … Continue reading

Things I Learned from Alton Brown


I love making food, especially this time of year.  It’s a time when vacation gives me the opportunity to spend as much of the day as I want in the kitchen, and no one complains that I want to use … Continue reading

Easter Blossoms


These flowers are a fun and colorful way to celebrate the spring holiday. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (must be butter), softened 1 3-ounce package of cream cheese, softened 1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt … Continue reading

Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe


This recipe for Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is one of my favorites.  I absolutely love this soup.  It tastes exactly like the chicken and gnocchi soup at Olive Garden – all creamy and delicious, but I don’t make it very often … Continue reading

Poppy Seed Thumbprints

poppyseed thumbprint cookies

I love thumbprint cookies, and these Poppy Seed Thumbprints are just special enough to make a great treat for Valentine’s Day.  To make them extra special, roll your cookies in sugar before baking. Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup … Continue reading

Almond Toffee Bars

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1-1/2 cups quick rolled oats 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 6-oz package of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup almond toffee pieces 1 cup sliced or chopped almonds 1 140oz can sweetened condensed milk Instructions: Heat … Continue reading