Kale and Napa Salad

Kale and Napa Salad

This is a great salad to make early in the week or at the beginning of the weekend. It holds really well in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. It usually doesn’t last that long in our house though.  

Frittata with Ham and Potatoes


A frittata is an Italian baked omelet. This basic recipe is flavored with chopped onion, grated cheese, and a generous sprinkling of herbs. Like the omelet, though, you may add almost anything you like. We almost always add ham, bacon, or sausage. The meat should be cooked before you add […]

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 […]

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 […]