Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Friends asked us to bring an appetizer to a dinner last weekend. Scott and I had tried Ina Garten's Roasted Shrimp Cocktail once before and we thought it was delicious. Last weekend, we tried it with friends. Friends loved it, we loved it - it was a win all around and we loved that. ;)... Continue Reading →

Cheese Snackers

Savory shortbread crackers are wonderful with drinks and substantial enough they can be served alone. That said, we added some charcuterie food items with them when we served them last weekend. Either way, I think your guests will be pleased. Similar to Ina Garten's savory shortbread crackers, these are made with a sharp cheddar cheese... Continue Reading →

Fruitcake

Since I can remember fruitcake has been part of the holidays. It wasn't until recently I learned my grandmother (Nanny) used to make it year around. So, here we are, starting a new year and just in case you'd like to do as Nanny did, I thought I'd provide you with the recipe. 🙂 Of... Continue Reading →

Parker's Split Pea Soup

Scott and I hosted a Friendsgiving a week ago and have been enjoying some leftovers ever since then. We served turkey and ham - Scott smoked a turkey breast and we bought a Honey Baked Ham. The leftover Honey Baked Ham was a nice garnish to Parker's Split Pea Soup. This soup is easy to... Continue Reading →

Cream Cheese Mousse

Scott and I had a family friend over for dinner last night and I wanted to make something fairly easy and light. Joan Dalburg's Cream Cheese Mousse came to mind. Served with raspberries this makes a lovely dessert. The recipe suggests serving the mousse in stemmed glasses. For our more casual dinner, juice glasses worked... Continue Reading →

Super Nachos

Thanks to Anne Noller for reminding me of this recipe my mom used to make and share with others. Super Nachos an easy dish to make, tastes great and is wonderful for leftovers. The recipe calls for beef, but I've also made it with chicken and it's very good as well. This dish can be... Continue Reading →

Lime Ice Cubes

A dear friend, Nancy Taylor, introduced me to the Peak ice cube tray and cookbook to accompany it and I'm glad she did. The cookbook, Ice Tray Treats, is loaded with some fresh ideas on creating edibles using a Peak ice cube tray, made of silicon. Inspired by the Lemon Ice Cube recipe in the... Continue Reading →

Chez Panisse’s Blueberry Cobbler

Thanks to the New York Times for publishing this recipe. I had been eyeing it for some time and was happy to have an occasion to make it. We had our homestay student, Qianying, over for dinner and I made this blueberry cobbler for dessert. It is easy to make and it doesn't use much... Continue Reading →

Banana Bread

This was my first time making something from Joanne Gaines' Magnolia Table cookbook and it turned out very well. Scott and I love a good banana bread. We were on the search for a more cake-like banana bread and thought we'd give this one a try. It has less flour than some of the other... Continue Reading →

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