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Appetizer, Snack, Vegetarian/Vegan



 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 […]

Pantry, Vegetarian/Vegan



 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.

Chicken Picatta, Lemon Pasta, and Green Beans

Chicken Piccata


 This is one of Rob’s favorites! The original recipe comes from the original “Frugal Gourmet” cookbook that was published in 1984. The Frugal Gourmet was a man by the name of Jeff Smith. He wrote several cookbooks and had a PBS television show. I would have to say that at […]

Tomato Corn Soup
Soup, Vegetarian/Vegan

Tomato Corn Soup


 This is another recipe from the Marcia Adams Cookbooks so it’s Amish in origin. Of course, I’ve adapted it to my own way of things. It’s almost as easy as opening a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup so I don’t think we’ve done that in years. If you prefer to […]

chicken noodle soup

Chicken Noodle Soup


 This is one I have made for years. And if you use a rotisserie chicken (whole or breast only) from the grocery store instead of cooking your own chicken, it can be made pretty quickly. This is a versatile recipe. You can add whatever vegetables you want. You can add more or less […]

Orecchiette with Sausage, Leeks, and Mushrooms

Pasta with Sausage, Leeks, and Mushrooms


 Ryn challenged me earlier this year to make some recipes from my collection of cookbooks that I have never made before. This is my adaptation of a recipe from the “Share” cookbook from Chris Santos, chef/founder of Beauty & Essex restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This is […]

Chicken Picatta, Lemon Pasta, and Green Beans
Pasta, Side Dishes

Lemon Pasta


 Ryn, this one is especially for you. This recipe starts from Nigella Lawson. So if my directions don’t sound quite like me, I was typing from her directions, and she is ever so colorful. Believe or not, I only wrote about half as many directions as she did. This is […]

Dessert, pies

Custard Pie


 My Dad loved custard pie. He loved cherry as well, but I think custard was his favorite. I don’t think I will ever make a custard pie without thinking of him. Custard pie was something his mother always made. I think it’s the only pie I remember her making. I […]




 Meatloaf is one of the first recipes I remember making that wasn’t cookies or dessert of some kind. Meatloaf is also one of the things that I really didn’t like until I started making it myself. Even though the first time I made it, I was using Mom’s recipe. This […]