Dried Plum Oatmeal Cookies

Okay, Okay – so they are actually just plain old humble prunes. “Prune” is not a word that brings out a positive thought for a lot of people, I realize. I figure if the package can call them “Dried Plums”, then I can too, and maybe a few more people will be drawn to the idea ....more

Rutabaga Cheddar Mash

Poor rutabagas – so misunderstood! So ignored and under-appreciated! Not around here though ....more

Soft Cornmeal Muffins

It has been quite a winter around here, and I would be lying if I said it has been an easy one to get through. Not because of the weather – we live where we expect the winters to be fierce and getting a bad one is no reason for sniveling. I will tell you that as I am writing this on March 13th, there are still several feet of snow everywhere around us, and not a single bare patch anywhere in the yard ....more

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup with Dill

If there is a time better suited to big steaming cauldrons of hot soups, packed with tasty things, I don’t know when it would be. Here in the Northeast, we are still being battered by winter, and an unending succession of “events”, each of which dumps more snow on us, amid bone chilling cold and wind. There is nothing we can do about it, except dig out another sweater, and tuck into a big bowl of this soup ....more

Ten Favorite Comfort Recipes and …

… struggling to find normal. Oh my gosh – this is so hard. If you visit here very often, you may have seen my last post for Cranberry Eggnog Bread, which was also about my sister in law’s illness ....more

Cranberry Eggnog Bread

We are having some really difficult days in our family right now. I don’t talk a lot about day to day events here on the blog, but I have been so absent here lately, and events have kind of overwhelmed us, so I thought I would share a little bit. Late last year, Larry’s youngest sister, Janet began to experience some changes in how she was feeling ....more

My recipes on Avocados from Mexico!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Today, I have partnered with Avocados from Mexico as they showcase a couple of our favorite avocado recipes ....more

Asiago Herb Spread

How was your Christmas this year? I hope it was as happy as our own, with lots of family around, fun times, and wonderful food. All of the kids and grandkids made it home to our house this year, which packs our house pretty tight, but we managed ....more

Five-Cheese, Fifteen-Minute Stovetop Mac n Cheese

Plus, a review of Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook As we get into these shorter winter days, I think we are all looking for meals that will comfort and warm everyone up when they come to the table. I know that is how we feel about dinner time around here – cozy comfy meals that take the chill off the long evenings. So, when QVC asked me to review their own David Venable’s cookbook, Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook, I was happy to see that is contains a good number of the kind of food we most want to eat this time of year ....more

Sour Cherry Almond Bars

As I have mentioned a time or two [or 50!], my husband is rather fond of cookies. When our house is in a state of no cookies, it makes him a sad, sad man. So you can probably imagine that he is a huge fan of this time of year ....more