Make once, eat twice Chicken Pot Pie recipe

Chicken pot pie photo

My daughters will tell you I am not wired to sit on the couch and watch TV. One show, maybe, but after that, no. I laugh when people comment that my empty nest might be calm and that now I have free time. Not so much. I am busy. Constantly busy and this means that [...]

Bacon Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Bacon Rach Chicken Sandwich Photo

Tailgating. Eating outside before the game on a picturesque fall day is packed with fun. The air snaps with a cool breeze, but laughter and cheers chase the chill away. Grills fire up and smoke encircles everyone, friends and fans of the opposing team alike. Joyous expectations for great food and a winning score fill [...]

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Sticky Toffee Pudding photo

It is fall baking season. Cooler days draw me into the kitchen. The oven is on, warming the kitchen and filling the kitchen with wonderful aromas. My new current baking passion is Sticky Toffee Pudding. I kept stumbling across it on menus in restaurants, some close by and some as I traveled. Each was little [...]

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

chicken cacciatore photo

Who doesn’t need a quick, easy dinnertime recipe? You know, something the whole family will enjoy but is just a bit different from the same ole thing. Slow cooker to the rescue and this wonderful Easy Chicken Cacciatore. All of us turn to boneless, skinless chicken breasts for everyday family meals. Quick cooking and lean, [...]

Bourbon Glazed Salmon for a super quick dinner

Bourbon Glazed Salmon photo

Weeknights mean rushing. You know the drill–after work, after school and then it is time to get to a meeting or pick the kids up. So much to do and so little time. How are you supposed to get dinner on the table?

Tomato Herb Cobbler

Tomato Cobbler Photo

I start each Saturday morning at the local farmers’ market. I love the fresh produce, but I also love looking to see what is there and talking to the farmers about what they just harvested. Each week, from spring to fall, the seasons are revealed. The arugula and asparagus give way to peppers and peaches, [...]

Whipped Honey Goat Cheese Spread Recipe

Whipped Honey Goat Cheese Spread photo

Dinnertime seems to be on a constant racetrack. What’s for dinner? When? How long before dinner—or do we need to rush out after dinner? No time to sit and savor and no time to really talk to your family. It is time to slow down and serve an appetizer and one of my favorites is [...]

Slow Cooker Beef Heros and Fun at the Great Midwest Balloon Fest

Slow cooker beef sandwich photo

About this time in the summer, I grow weary of grilled chicken and plain ole burgers. Don’t get me wrong, I love grilling out, but sometimes you need to change it up a bit. There are also those weekends that are so packed with fun or work you need a quick meal. Like this weekend, [...]

Slightly Sweet Dill Refrigerator Pickles

Slicing cucumbers for pickles photo

I am a Farmer’s Market addict. I have to go each Saturday. I need to see what has ripened since my last visit. The colors, smells and ultimately the tastes of the market captivate me. I just bought tomatoes, blackberries, corn, zucchini, peppers, peaches and cucumbers. I love it all, but I was especially thrilled [...]

Raspberry Shortbread Bars

Raspberry shortbread bars photo

I love to bake cookies. Some cookies, I feel, are just for Christmas, like my gingerbread cookies, but there are a special few that I bake all year long. They are beautiful on a holiday tray and yet taste equally wonderful on a hot summer day with a big glass of iced tea. The red [...]