Baked Yellow Squash "Not So French" Fries

Have you noticed that yellow squash is a very inexpensive vegetable that absorbs any flavor you throw at it? What could be better? That is quite the powerful combination!...more

Dude, My Pillsbury Biscuits Taste like Raspberry Air Freshener

Did you know that Pillsbury reduced fat biscuits will absorb the taste AND aroma of Bath and Body Works raspberry oil air freshener?Well, now you do. Because I accidentally proved this thesis. And ruined my lunch.(Take that, Einstein!)...more

Cooking Through Your Family History

While perusing Facebook after the holidays I saw this great post from my favorite local cupcakery (yeah, I made up a word, what?), Sweet!, about handwritten recipes. ...more
I have kept a journal pretty regularly for 37 years. I crack up when I read old entries because ...more

A Weekend out East

  Sorry I have not posted anything in a while but I had been sick for a few days then went out to Long Island to visit family.It was so nice to get away from our rental in the “wood” and head out to Eastern Long Island.I have been going out to Sag Harbor/Southampton since I was 12 years old.I have so many fond memories of this place and consider it to be my second home. ...more

Burger Stir-Fry

what gives me strength

What gives me strength during this time?  That is hard to explain. I moved to Ocean County to be near my "person".  Then all of the sudden I lost everything, personal items, furniture, memories, and my cat.  She refused to come out of hiding and bolted during the evacuations - guessing it was the cat carrier in the living room.  A few days after the storm I felt lost, answerless, and numb.  Those who are close to me always boast that I am SO STRONG.  Not this time, I was defeated physically and mentally.  I decided to yell at myself to "Sna...more

Extra Helpings: Pasta Primer

Susan asks: I can't seem to make pasta that comes out edible? Mine is always too hard, or it’s mushy or it clumps up.Susan, you made me remember a joke I heard on Ellen the other day: What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta....more

The Ultimate Golden, Crispy, Crunchy, Juicy Roast Turkey

Here's our recipe for roast turkey, that has the yummiest, crispiest skin that holds in the juices of the turkey. The secret is to massage the turkey skin with a simple flour and butter mixture....more

Plated + Served: Oven Roasted Butternut Squash with Fresh Cranberries

So… still not sure about another side dish for Thanksgiving dinner?Here you go: Oven Roasted Butternut Squash with Fresh Cranberries that cooks in less than 20 minutes. This dish is a delightful balance of sweet and tart... a great alternative to some of the heavier items on the table.You can buy the whole butternut squash (and cut it up yourself)… or purchase prepackaged sliced/cubed butternut squash. If you decide to cut it up yourself, you can do that today... or  (or have some else do it)....more
This is one of my favorite holiday treats and it is so easy to make ;)more

Food Is Love in Our Family

I share photos of my kids' lunches, which means I get a lot of good-natured "Why do you spend so much time making lunches?" questions. Besides the obvious benefits of feeding them good and healthy food, the answer is simple. Of the many lessons my mom taught me, there is one I practice every day. Food is love....more
@Genie Gratto  @emilyguybirken I love that story, too!more