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…

A Fresh New Year Calls for Fresh New Flavor Combinations!

The holidays are a festive, joyous time and I thoroughly enjoy them each year; although once the decorations have been taken down and neatly packed away, my focus turns to the new year and all the possibilities that it may bring. I instinctively begin paring down, getting rid of things that I don’t need and…

Fudge-filled Sunflower Butter Blossoms! A new addition to my Christmas cookie lineup that’s not only gluten, dairy and soy-free, but peanut and tree nut free too!

I’ve begun making my annual Christmas cookies, filling the freezer so when the holidays are here I’ll be ahead of the curve. It seems that each year some new food allergies have surfaced among those in our family. There are allergies or sensitivities to gluten, wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts and soy. There are also…

Patty Pan Shepherd’s Pie

I had gotten a very large patty pan squash in our CSA share over the summer. It was the largest one I had ever seen and I thought “what am I going to do with this?!” Luckily there happened to also be some Yukon gold potatoes in the share as well. I’ve always loved using…