Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Spaghetti and meatballs, photo

Do you share recipes with your friends? We do and that makes the food taste even better. When I want spaghetti and meatballs, I turn to my friend Roxanne, for hers are the best. Even better, is the story she shares about her favorite recipe and the … [Keep reading...]

Maple Syrup Coffee Cake Loaf and Maple Glazed Squash or Carrots

Maple Syrup

I love maple syrup. Yes, I love it drizzled over pancakes and waffles—but I also love baking breads, muffins and cakes with it and glazing carrots, squash and ham with it. This time of year, when baking and roasting take over the kitchen, maple … [Keep reading...]

Every food has a story–and mine is Sauerbraten

sauerbraten photo

Every food has a story. It is a story of family and friends who gather in love, and the story etches a connection that transcends miles and generations. Remember the earliest family dinner you can—hidden way back in your memory and you will … [Keep reading...]

Apple Cider Cupcakes

Apple Cider Cupcakes

'Tis the season and one that I adore--apples, apples and more apples. They are everywhere and seem to be multiplying quickly. The crisp, sweet taste of a red jewel or the sensation of cider on the tip of your tongue produces life long memories. It … [Keep reading...]

Avocado Sandwich

avocado sandwich

Kathy and I continue to pinch ourselves when we think about our whirlwind trip to London. It was spur of the moment and as we already described, we had an incredible time. We were walking and exploring Notting Hill with our hosts and they … [Keep reading...]

Beef, Beer and Bean Chili Recipe

Beef, Beer, and Bean Chili Photo

It is chili season. No doubt about it. Just this last weekend, while in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, at my family—the Ensminger family –reunion, we enjoyed chili while the wind howled and snow accumulated on the slopes. … [Keep reading...]

Applesauce Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Glaze Recipe

Applesauce Gingerbread Cake Photo

My mother and grandmother made all things apple. Pans of applesauce simmered while apple pie, Dutch apple cake and applesauce cake baked. The fall just isn’t fall for me unless there are apples cooking and the kitchen is filled with the aromas of … [Keep reading...]

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Lunch! Just the mention conjures up all kinds of emotions. Always on the look out for new lunch solutions, I was thrilled when I found the Beauty of the Bistro food truck and discovered a solution to most of my Wednesday lunches. Its the perfect … [Keep reading...]

Custard Eggplant Gratin

Eggplant Gratin

It happens every year around this time. It seems I have just gotten my groove on when it comes to visiting local farmer’s markets and enjoying the bountiful produce. When I have finally gotten my routine down to an art, the calendar days slip away … [Keep reading...]