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Pantry, Vegetarian/Vegan

Marinara Sauce (Basic Red 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
Bread, Vegetarian/Vegan

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
Chicken, Sandwiches

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.

Cherry Pie
Dessert, pies, Vegetarian/Vegan

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
Dessert, pies, Vegetarian/Vegan

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
Soup, Vegetarian/Vegan

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 […]