Food.

Preparing and enjoying food is the perfect way to bring together friends and family – good food takes time, which makes for brilliant, memorable “together-time”. My daughters and husband are my daily inspiration – we all love to eat, we’re all adventurous in and out of the kitchen and we can all certainly get excited over a great meal.

Family.

My husband is a terrific cook; both of my daughters are eager to be in the kitchen and I like to think of myself as a collector of great recipes (and every bite should be worth it!). This blog is dedicated to my mother, Deanna, who was always the greatest cook, most organized person and most gracious hostess that I’ve ever known. September 9th, 2009 was her 70th birthday (and the month that I began posting) – Deanna turned 80 in September 2019!

The Latest Additions

Beans

Nancy’s Chopped Salad

9x13

Easy Folded Dinner Rolls

Beverage

Lemon Smack

Cauliflower
Spiced Cauliflower Soup
Cakes
Puddle Cakes
9x13
Lamb Rigatoni
Kale
Millet and Kale Fritters
Cookies
Chocolate Toffee Cookies
Broccoli
Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
9x13
Cabbage and Sausage Casserole
9x13
Parry Rolls
Beef
French Onion Beef Noodle Soup
9x13
Croque Monsieur Casserole
Beverage
The Parasol
Appetizers
Smoked Bacon
Cookies
Quick Tahini Oatmeal Cookies
Rice
Shrimp Creole
Carrot
Carrot-Ginger Dressing (on Avocado Salad)
Appetizers
Cheese Bourekas
Beef
Sweet Potato Beef Stew
Bread
Sweet Tahini Rolls
Beverage
Pomegranate Tequila-Thyme Spritz
Chicken
Baked Asian Chicken Thighs
9x13
St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake
Beans
Tuscan White Bean Soup
BBQ
Marinated Flank (for Korean-style lettuce tacos)
Cranberry
Cranberry-Lime Pie
9x9
Stuffed Milk Buns
Almonds
Granola (Eleven Madison Park)
Cookies
Confetti Cookies
BBQ
Buttermilk-Brined (Lightly) Smoked Turkey
Beverage
Grenadine Syrup (and Ginger Poms)
Beverage
Rusty Nail
Appetizers
Jessie’s Bits & Pieces
Beef
Bison (or Beef) and Ricotta Meatballs
Breakfast
Cottage Cheese Blender Muffins
Chicken
Thai Green Chicken Curry (Earl’s)
Cakes
Angel Food Cake
BBQ
Honey Marinade (for Chops or Chicken)
Make-Ahead
All-Purpose Stirfry Sauce
Cookies
Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie
Chicken
Greek Chicken Gyro (Slow Cooker)
Beverage
Negroni (with variations)
9x13
Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake
BBQ
Brock’s Smoked Pork Side Ribs
Christmas
Double Ginger, Double Chocolate Molasses (Brownie) Cookies
Appetizers
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
8x8
Janette’s Key Lime Bars
Cherry
Sour Cream Bran Muffins
Chicken
Balsamic Tomato Baked Chicken (with Mozzarella)
Coconut
Anytime Cookies
Bread
Anadama Bread
Cabbage
Napa Cabbage Salad (with Buttermilk Dressing)
Appetizers
Marija’s Mussels
Cakes
Coconut Chiffon
Beverage
Harvest Moon
Apple
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Chicken
Baked Korean Popcorn Chicken
Blueberries
Blueberry Yogurt Multigrain Pancakes
Cookies
Oatmeal, White Chocolate and Golden Raisin Cookies
Beef
Cowboy Chili (Pressure Cooker)
Tomatoes
Roasted Tomatoes
9x13
Summer (Peach!) Cobbler
Broccoli
Broccoli Slaw
Freezes Well
Pumpkin (Blender) Muffins
Smoker
Smoked Cheese
Cakes
Plum Torte
Appetizers
Sausage-Cheddar Balls
Pasta
Fresh Pasta
Coconut
Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Cheddar
Mathilde’s Tomato Tart
Beverage
Crop Top
Bundt
Pumpkin Chocolate Bundt Cake
Feta
Kiwi and Feta Salad
Almonds
Granola (Buckwheat and SunButter)
Freezes Well
Strawberry, Lime and Black Pepper Popsicles
Breakfast
Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins
Cherry
Sour Cherry Sauce
Mexican
Zucchini Quesadillas
BBQ
Brock’s Smoked Beef Ribs
8x8
Plush Coconut Cake (9″ round)
BBQ
Pork Satay (Ricardo)
Almonds
Spinach and Cottage Cheese Waffles
Bread
Brock’s Focaccia
Kale
Grilled Kale and Plum Salad (on Ricotta)
Cakes
Cinnamon Sugar Peach Upside Down Skillet Cake
Beverage
Strawberry Thyme Rum Fizz
BBQ
Brock’s Smoked Lamb (with Black Dip)
Almonds
Blueberry-Almond Galettes
Appetizers
Oven Fried Cajun Popcorn Chicken (with Creamy Honey Mustard)
BBQ
Cilantro-Mint (and Yogurt) Chutney
Beans
Bean (with Bacon) Soup
BBQ
Peach BBQ Sauce (with Grilled Chicken)
Beverage
Dark ‘n’ Stormy
Bread
Oat and Wheat Sandwich Bread
BBQ
Franklin’s Regular Barbecue Sauce
Almonds
Sour Cherry Pie
Breakfast
Cheddar Cheese Waffles
BBQ
Vietnamese-Style Pork Chops
Salad
Spinach and Grape Salad (with Roquefort Dressing)
Beverage
The Long Hello
8x8
Strawberry Spoon Cake
Carrot
Carrot Salad (with Harissa, Feta and Mint)
9x13
Broccoli, Cheddar, Chicken and Rice Casserole
Beverage
Bourbon Peach Smash
Breakfast
Oatmeal Date Cookies
Beef
Panang Curry Beef
Broccoli
Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts Slaw
Beverage
Our Ideal Daiquiri
Breakfast
Fluffy Pancakes
BBQ
Brock’s Smoked Pork Back Ribs
Appetizers
Nadiya’s Egg Rolls
Bread and Buns
Cottage Cheese Buns
Beverage
Caipirinha
Beef
Lamb and Olive Ragout (Pressure Cooker)
9x13
Citrusy (Grapefruit!) Cheesecake
Carrot
Carrot Tahini Muffins
Beverage
Our Ideal Sidecar
Beet
Tomato and Beet Salad
Bread
Blue Cheese Swirl Bread
Coconut
Salted Pretzel Cowboy Cookies
Broccoli
Broccoli Parmesan Fritters
Chicken
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Bundt
Double Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
Broccoli
Vegetable Coconut Curry
Cream Cheese
Bourbon Pecan Tassies