Month: May 2020

Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread

I have been making homemade bread for years. It was always one of my kids favorite things. When they came home from college, homemade bread was often one of the few things they requested. (Usually, they just said, “Anything you cook, Mom.”) With a stand mixer, homemade bread is actually […]

Jar of strawberry jam with berries on wooden background

Strawberry Freezer Jam

This is an absolutely amazing recipe adapted from the cookbook “Cooking from Quilt Country” by Marcia Adams that was originally published in the late 1980’s. There are many great “old-fashioned” recipes in the book and this is one of my favorites. The best time of year to make this is […]

baked delicious lasagna


This is a great lasagna recipe and it is vegetarian and could easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free lasagna noodles. My family absolutely loves this dish. It was a fan-favorite when our kids were growing up. You will notice that there is an extra cup of red sauce left […]

Marinara Sauce Edited

Marinara Sauce

In August of 2017 our oldest, Ian, became engaged to his wife, Amanda. As part of Amanda’s family tradition, the two families prepared and shared a meal together to celebrate their engagement. As part of the meal, Amanda’s stepfather prepared marinara. I asked for his recipe, and he said he […]

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

This is my take on a classic banana bread. I love the addition of the yogurt because it keeps the loaf very moist. I often take bananas that have gotten too ripe in the freezer. I just peel them and break the into two or three pieces and put them […]

Shredded Chicken Sandwich

Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

These sandwiches are a huge part of my childhood. Most festivals and fairs served them. And my Mom often took them to family picnics and church potlucks. I think they are an Ohio thing. Growing up, they were made with a canned whole chicken. After we moved to Illinois, I […]

Strawberry Sangria 3

Strawberry Sangria

We finally have something for the sip portion of the website. This is one of Rob’s wonderful contributions. We used La Fantasia Rose Wine from Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California when we made this last week. A wonderful wine on its own or in this lovely sangria.