Month: April 2020

Homemade Cherry Pie with a Flaky Crust

Cherry Pie

This is a recipe my Mom found in a magazine during the first few months of my parents’ marriage when they were living in Moses Lake, Washington in 1956. I’ve never seen another recipe quite like it and of course, it is a family favorite. If you can find frozen […]

Pie Crust

Pie Crust (4 rounds)

I have two pie crust recipes. This one makes four rounds. Which is enough four two double-crust (top and bottom) pies or four single-crust pies (bottom only; such as a custard). Both pie crust recipes come from my Grandma Edna, my Dad’s mother. I’m pretty sure that my Grandma Ruth, […]

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Tomato Soup

This soup is so much better than canned soup and it really doesn’t take much more to make! This is inspired by my days at The Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. Such wonderful memories! This can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable stock for the chicken stock. Vegan […]

Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce with Vodka

This is a wonderful recipe that I found some time in 2019. It has a wonderful depth of flavor and it got two thumbs up from Rob! This sauce can also be made in a slow cooker if you aren’t going to be around to stir the sauce every once […]

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce

This Homemade Tomato Sauce is one of the very best ways to preserve the wonderful fresh flavor of summer tomatoes for use in the off months. You can use it in soups, sauces, casseroles, stews, etc. I wouldn’t use most typical grocery store fresh tomatoes to make this recipe. I […]

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken, Bacon, and Cheddar Spaghetti Casserole

Here is a great (if fattening) chicken casserole. You can use almost any chicken in this. It’s great with the Easy Shredded Chicken that I’ve already posted. You could also use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken from the grocery. Or just use boneless chicken breasts and start this process by cooking […]

Shredded Chicken

Easy Shredded Chicken

A super easy slow cooker recipe for all-purpose shredded chicken!  This chicken is seasoned and slowly cooked all day. When it’s ready, use in any of your favorite tacos, sandwiches, or casseroles.  Or, you can freeze it to use for later! Some ideas are Chicken, Bacon, and Cheddar Spaghetti Casserole […]

Carrot and Onion Risotto

Carrot & Onion Risotto

This is an easy way to have a side dish with both starch and some vegetables. Honestly, this one is a Quarantine 2020 creation. The only vegetables I had in the pantry were carrots and onions. This was a great way to eat them. Thoroughly delicious! Enjoy! This can easily […]



I never used to like hummus and it is such a huge trend these days. While I was at Ballymaloe, I was introduced to dried chickpeas. I honestly didn’t realize there was such a thing. Typically in America, we only have canned chickpeas and the texture of canned chickpeas is […]



Gremolata is an Italian condiment that can be sprinkled on almost anything including hummus, pizza, pasta, and soup. It can be made by hand; just be sure everything is finely chopped. You can also make it in a food processor, especially if you need a lot.