My holidays just got a little more delicious!

This……is……life changing! For me anyway! I have always loved butter, so it’s no surprise that I’d love Spritz cookies, those delicious, traditional Swedish butter cookies. I’m half Swedish on my dad’s side, and my mother always made Swedish Spritz Cookies using her old, aluminum hand-operated Mirror cookie press. When I took over Christmas cookie making,…

Chicken Parmesan-ish

I’ve been happily married for over 30 years. For most of our marriage, I’ve made one of my husband’s favorite dishes to celebrate his birthday, Chicken Parmesan. Yum! It’s an easy meal to prepare in advance, which made it nice when the kids were small and I had to do things incrementally when I had…

Unexpected Inspiration

A friend of mine recently asked me how I come up with ideas for recipes; I told her that I often get inspiration when I see something delicious on a menu or at a bakery or other food shop that has ingredients that those in my family or I can’t eat, or would prefer not…

An Easy and Tasty Meal Fit for a Crowd

I am fortunate have a large, extended family that is continuing to grow and expand! We enjoy getting together every summer at a beach house that we’ve all grown up going to. This recipe serves 20-25 people depending on size of appetites and what else is served. This beach house is the perfect place for…

Summer Chicken & Vegetable Mixed Grille, with Hearts of Palm Linguine

I get lots of health & wellness newsletters emailed to me. As I was perusing them one day, I came across an article about the latest gluten-free “pasta” options. I stay pretty current with food related things and was surprised to read about an option I hadn’t heard of……..Linguine made from hearts of palm! I’m…

Out of Necessity a Tasty Treat is Born

We love fresh pineapple at our house! It’s tropical, refreshing and reminds us of our son & his wife who live on Oahu. I buy a fresh pineapple every week when I do my weekly grocery shopping. Years ago the owner of my favorite produce market taught me what to look for when choosing a…

An Old Favorite Gets a Makeover & Plays a Key Role!

My grandmother used to make a coffee flavored gelatin, top it with whipped cream and serve it for dessert. She’d make red gelatin as well, so her grandkids could have an option in case the coffee wasn’t sweet enough for young tastebuds. It was always a fun and refreshing dessert after one of her delicious…

Dill Dip a.k.a. “Bread Dip” is Back!

There are certain foods that are just reminiscent of annual events. Dill Dip is one of them in our family. Fourth of July weekend we’d have a large party with our extended family; aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins would come to a cookout to celebrate all three of our childrens’ birthdays. Dill dip was always…

Piggies in a Blanket

I always plan my meals for the week, working them around what I have scheduled each week, what produce is in season & what may be on sale. I find it makes the week go smoothly & it takes the task out of figuring out what to eat for dinner each night. It’s also fun…

The Cooking Way to Say I Love You

I love Valentine’s Day! Although we should always let people know how  loved they are, it’s nice to have a special day to really focus on it, and I love seeing hearts and flowers everywhere! The kids used to love watching Mr Roger’s Neighborhood when they were little. I remember he used to sing a…