Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

The Fourth of July means the summer is just about half over. Oh no! Where has it gone? I better set aside time to have fun and just enjoy the rest of this season. Do you want to join me? [Keep reading...]

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kisses
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Sound familiar? That is my relationship with peanut butter cookies. They don’t tumble from our cookie jar very many times a year, but when I crave peanut butter cookies, I must admit the appeal of chocolate and peanut butter seals the deal.

We have all enjoyed one version of these or another but this is my favorite, probably because they are made with butter. [Keep reading...]

Summer Grilled Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes

Grilled Chicken and Roasted Tomato photo

Summertime—and in my dreams it is supposed to be lazy and easy. Why isn’t that always the case? Last week I was in North Carolina to attend a special wedding, then we took a couple days to explore the beauty and foods of Charleston, SC. Now home and back to a busy work schedule as Roxanne and I finish up a book manuscript. Wonderful times, yes! Lazy—far from it. It is time for easy, summer recipes! [Keep reading...]

Ramen Noodle Salad

Ramen Noodle Salad
I’ve never understood folks who refuse to share their recipes with friends and family. This may sound funny coming from someone who writes recipes and receives $$ for those recipes, but let me explain.

Food, family, friends and the kitchen table—that makes for a life with a legacy. Connections, community, laughter and knowing all is well with the world. How much better does it get? Recipes are the link to those traditions, memories and good times. Long after we leave this earth those that love us dearly will make those recipes with fond memories. After the pain of loss, family and friends will cherish those meals that capture the presence of a loved one who has crossed over the rainbow.

My point?! Share your recipes with those you love. If someone requests a recipe, treat the request with the honor it brings. Start your legacy today! [Keep reading...]

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

caramelized onions

Stop! Do not push your slow cooker to the back of the cabinet just because summer is coming. Caramelized onions are one of my favorites, especially for summer cooking, and your trusty Crock Pot makes an easy-peasy big bunch. What do I do with … [Keep reading...]

Baked Potato Dip

baked potato dip

Recipes flood my internet feed daily and one or two usually catch my eye and I mentally file those away and plan to test, research and explore further. Then there are those recipes that fly by in a blip and I think “ewww ick”, bloggers are … [Keep reading...]

Strawberry Hand Tarts

Strawberry Hand Tarts

Is it time for strawberry shortcake? Or strawberry pie? Or just eating strawberries fresh, one after another? Yes to all of these, but one mark of the strawberry season for me is a batch of strawberry hand tarts. … [Keep reading...]

Summertime Sangria

Summertime Sangria

Warm breezes and sunshine are beginning to peek through the days of the week. Soon all we will be talking about will be the heat. Not to worry, help is on the way. Summertime and sangria go hand in hand like beach towels and ocean waves. While I … [Keep reading...]

Fire Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Almonds

Fire Roasted Brussels Sprouts photo

Do you love Brussels sprouts? It seems people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. This recipe is the reason I love them. … [Keep reading...]