This healthy and hearty soup is a hit with everyone who tries it!  Even my kids who said “Kale?!!!”loved it.  Then, went Yummm. Sometimes you just have to fib a little to get them to try stuff, you know? Sausage Kale Red Lentil Soup Recipe 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 onion diced 1 lb Italian Sausage 1 C diced carrot – 2 large or 20 baby 2 stalks celery 2 clove garlic finely chopped 1 white potato 1 jalepeno pepper finely seeded and chopped 2 springs of fresh rosemary – off stocks and finely chopped 1/2 tsp pepper ground 1 tsp cumin 1/2 C redRead More →

  This is my twist on Ratatouille.  But, I don’t like eggplant, so I can’t really call this Ratatouille.  My kids call this dish, my ratarata thing they love.  It doesn’t matter what you call it, it tastes great and goes with everything! Zucchini tomato cheese saute 1 whole zucchini sliced in 1/4″ pieces 1/2 onion diced 1 green pepper diced large 1 whole tomato diced large 1 clove garlic minced 1 C grated fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese 1 Tbsp Olive oil 1 tsp worchestshire sauce 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1 tsp beef bouillon 1/2 C water   Begin by sauteing in a fairly largeRead More →

  Count Down to Thanksgiving – Getting Organized Time Line 2 weeks before: Make Cranberry Sauce – put in freezer – see post to come Make Grandma’s Apple cinnamon Pie crust – Put in freezer Make Meat Dressing – Put in Freezer – see post to come Buy Turkey – Store in Freezer Send your table cloth to the dry cleaners.  Why spend time ironing when you can just take it out of a bag for a couple of dollars and save yourself so much time.  Or you could use plastic, but this is a special day… 1 Week Before: Sunday – Take Turkey outRead More →

Thanksgiving is a special meal that many people look forward to all year.  It brings family and traditions together in one wonderful day of football and snacking and a great dinner.  You imagine the perfect dinner table for Thanksgiving, but you are nervous and maybe have never cooked a turkey before or a large meal with all of the side dishes and extra people.  Thanksgiving Dinner can be a little overwhelming especially if you make dinner too complicated or leave everything to the last minute.  With some careful planning, and the realization that not everyone will eat all of that food anyway; and you willRead More →

  Good Gravy Recipe Pan drippings from turkey 1/4-1/2 C Flour 2-3 C vegetable water and tap water combination 3 C Chicken broth – good quality – low sodium salt and pepper to taste 1/2 tsp garlic powder left over herb butter Gravy….  So, I think this is one of the easiest things to make but many people are totally intimidated by the concept of the lumps.  The secret to smooth gravy is to never add water to the pan BEFORE the flour.   Now you know.  When your Turkey is done, remove it to your platter or carving tray and you should have left aRead More →

  Herb Butter Recipe 1/2 C Butter softened -no substitutions 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper – freshly ground 2 cloves garlic mashed 2-3 tbsp freshly chopped herbs – any combination of oregano,  rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley,   I am going to use a combination of oregano, rosemary, sage and parsley as that is what I have growing in my garden right now.  Also, I think these reflect the smells of Thanksgiving best, especially the sage and rosemary. Chop your herbs and add to your butter with the salt, pepper, and garlic.  Stir together well.  Set in the fridge until you are ready to use. Read More →

I am sure you have read all the articles about how “unhealthy” store bought granola bars are.  Making your own Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars  is one way to control the ingredients, including the sugar and fat.  The beauty of this recipe is you can add any combination of wonderful “good for you” ingredients and a little extra treat for the kids like M&M’s, (to get them to eat the “good for you” ingredients). Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars Recipe 2 C Old-fashioned Oats “1 C chopped or sliced Almonds 1 C shredded coconut 1/2 C Wheat Germ 3 Tbsp butter 2/3 C honey or syrup 1/4Read More →

I often wondered what was in this magical and delightful blend of spices.  It is the spice that I always forget to buy when I am shopping for my holiday baking.  I will admit it.  I usually just wing it.  But for the blog, I decided to do a little investigation to stop my “wing it” habit and give you the information you deserve.  Besides,  I can probably make it with the spices I have in my cupboard right now.  I will guess that it is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.  Let me “google it” and see if I am rightRead More →

You will love this moist and delicious cake with a light spice and pumpkin flavor.  The cream cheese frosting is a great compliment to the pumpkin, but can easily be served without it.  This cake is so easy, you won’t believe it’s from scratch! Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe 4 eggs 2 C sugar 1 C oil 1 16oz can pumpkin 2 C flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg In a large mixing bowl with your mixer, beat your eggs until foaming and light colored.  Add the sugar and cream until light.  Check on theRead More →

  This recipe is super easy but presents like you have spent HOURS in the kitchen making something fantastic.  You have, it will just not take you very long!  It is a really nice company  or pot luck dish.  Just make one potato for each person and add an extra potato. Accordion Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe 5 potatoes pealed 4 tbsp melted butter 1/2 C finely diced onion 1 clove garlic- mashed 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 – 1/2 C freshly ground Parmesan cheese   Begin by peeling all of your potatoes.  To make the cuts easy, trip off a small slice alongRead More →