Coffee Cake

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of cooking with one of our neighbors.  Emily joined me in the kitchen and we made a Sweet Family favorite recipe, one that's been served for years.  It's tried and true and brings back wonderful memories for Scott and his family of origin.  The recipe comes from Betty Crocker and... Continue Reading →

Roasted Salmon Nicoise Platter

Recently, I had the opportunity to work in the kitchen with my aunt.  It brought back wonderful memories of working in the kitchen with my mom, my aunt's sister.  She introduced me to another Ina Garten recipe, one that turned out well and was a lovely presentation for the lunch we served.  We spent the... Continue Reading →

A Bowl

Tonight I have a special edition, my own creation.  This year, Scott and I have been eating more of what's now referred to as "a bowl" in our home - a bowl loaded with veggies and some kind of protein.  The bowls are a healthy option and make a great dinner.  We try to eat... Continue Reading →

Apple Crisp

Apples are in season and it's the perfect time of year to make an apple crisp.  Scott enjoys a good crisp and I do too.  Ina Garten's Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp is one I've made in years past and it's worth repeating.  It's good!  I love the citrus in this crisp and the oatmeal is a... Continue Reading →

French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs are a Sweet Family tradition.  Scott has enjoyed these since he was younger and I was introduced to them shortly after I married Scott.  They are a treat!  Baked instead of fried, they taste a bit like a butter glazed donut with sugar and cinnamon.  Serve for brunch or have as an... Continue Reading →

Tomato & Avocado Salad

A greater part of my adult life has been spent with Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and recipes.  My mom used to cook with them and whenever the Barefoot Contessa came out with a new cookbook, the girls in our family would receive one for Christmas.  A treasured gift.  Well, readers, the Barefoot Contessa is coming out... Continue Reading →

Buy Organic or Not Organic?

We recently had a friend and her husband over for dinner and got to talking about buying organic produce, or not?  She followed up by providing me with a list.  I thought I'd post it on the blog as it seemed like it would make for a good conversation starter.  Some good food for thought.... Continue Reading →

Blueberry Muffins

Last month, I visited Mansfield, Ohio and had lunch - and delicious blueberry muffins - at The Blueberry Patch, a place with over 2,000 blueberry plants and many blueberry goodies to try.  I came home inspired and have a blueberry muffin recipe I wanted to share with you.  Made with fresh blueberries, this recipe is... Continue Reading →

Coconut Cream Pie

When a dear friend, Darlene, said she loved Coconut Cream Pie, I thought I'd love to try and make one.  She's trying to put on some weight and I was happy to help!  After researching Coconut Cream Pie, I found a recipe that used to be served in Bullock's Wilshire down in Los Angeles.  After... Continue Reading →

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