You may be intimidated by the thought of making pie crust, but it is not as difficult as you think.  I use my grandmother’s recipe and it is literally indestructible!  You will not fail with this recipe, I promise.  It might seam a little unorthodox, with vinegar and brown sugar, but trust me, it is delicious.  There are a few tricks, so just follow my suggestions and you will be a pie crust making expert in one try! P.S.  I know that the recipe uses lard- and you might be thinking …NO Lard!  But, it really is the difference between flaky and delightful pie crustRead More →

Tomato Basil Bruschetta is one of my favorite things and to combine it with Grilled Chicken; yum, the perfect combination of flavors and textures. Tomato Basil  Bruschetta Topping 1 C Roma Tomatoes – seeded and chopped. 1/2 C fresh basil rough cut 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp garlic finely chopped 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper 1/2 C freshly grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese Combine these ingredients in a small bowl to meld the flavors. Grilled Chicken Marinade for Grilled Chicken Tomato Basil Bruschetta 4 chicken breasts skinless and boned Marinate chicken breast for 1 hour in: 1 tbsp olive oil 1Read More →

These healthy muffins taste like carrot cake in a muffin cup!  You won’t believe you are eating something so good for you that is so yummy.  If you have a food processor, these become so simple to make.  Just throw the ingredients in your Cuisinart and presto!  I don’t even peel the apple :).  If not, it just takes a minute to grate a couple of carrots and an apple.  I use the already peeled mini carrots in the bag to cut out the prep time.  Leave the skin on both to add the extra vitamins. Carrot Apple Raisin Muffins 2 C flour 1 1/4Read More →

It’s raining outside today and a little chilly.  This is the kind of weather that screams “comfort food”.  On these kinds of days, I make soup.  Potato Corn Chowder is my “go to” soup and my families’ favorite.  It is pretty easy, especially when you understand one basic cooking concept– how to make a roux – a fat and flour mixture used to thicken gravies or cream soup bases.  In french cooking, butter is used.  The method is the same, no matter the end result: melt the fat, add the flour, cook the flour for a minute so it doesn’t taste raw before adding theRead More →

This basis of this recipe is from the sourdough potato starter post that explains how to create and feed  the starter for preparing biscuits or pancakes or any other baked good that calls for sourdough starter dough.  Use the starter from the Sourdough Potato starter post or one of your own. Sourdough Potato Starter Biscuits 1 C of sourdough potato starter dough 1/4 C vegetable oil 1 1/3 C flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt Mix together all of the ingredients for your Sourdough Potato Starter Biscuits and turn out onto a flour surface.  Knead 10 -15 times untilRead More →

You can just smell summer in the air when you hear words like “mixed berry” and “cobbler”.  The bonus for this recipe, is that frozen berries work so well that you don’t have to wait for the expensive summer berries to come out in the tiny containers and can make this all year long.  The same bag of mixed berries you use for your smoothies work great for this recipe! (Look for my post for a great mixed berry smoothy to start your day!) I love it when one ingredient will do double duty 🙂 Mixed Berry Cobbler 1/4 C butter, softened 1/2 C SugarRead More →

A new twist on old fashioned meatloaf!  This Cheese stuff Meatloaf has a yummy sharp cheesy layer in the middle and some extra healthy goodness throughout.  You won’t find ketchup and bacon in this meatloaf recipe! (No offense if you like the ketchup and bacon version) Cheesy Stuffed Meatloaf 1 1/2 lbs of lean ground beef (85-15) 2 C fresh whole wheat bread crumbs 1 small Can (5.5 oz)  V8 juice 1/2 C diced onion 2 eggs 2 tsp beef bouillon – I use the “Better than Bouillon” – Organic reduced sodium 1/4 tsp pepper 6-8 slices of sharp cheddar  or whatever cheese you likeRead More →

These Honey Wheat Rolls are a healthy and versatile roll that go with any meal or just as a snack or sandwich roll.  Try them with ham or roast beef, lovely!  You can adjust the honey or sugar content to your taste, but every bread recipe does need a little sugar to feed the yeast. Honey Wheat Rolls Recipe 3/4 C Water 1 egg 2 C bread flour 1 C whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp honey 4 tsp active dry yeast Method: Place all ingredients together in order of the recipe in the bread pan with your bread machine. Read More →

When ever I go to one of those trendy coffee shops that I frankly LOVE and visit quite often, I always check out the pastries in the display case.  Maybe you do the same thing.  I notice that they always have scones.  Sometimes they are just plain scones.  Sometimes they are more seasonal, like pumpkin or cranberry, but there is always a scone selection.  I have one once in a while and indulge in the calories.  I am a little older now, and frankly I have to stick to black coffee with no calories to spare- kind of drinks 🙁 .  As my sister says,Read More →

    Brownies are one the the great delights of life.  The thing that diets are broken over.  There are as many varieties of brownies as there are cookies, but everyone has their favorite.  Thin and chewy or thick and cakey; frosting or not, layers and add ins.   But, this one-bowl recipe is cake like and yummy.  A great all around classic one bowl brownie scratch recipe. One-Bowl Scratch Brownies 2 squares unsweetened chocolate squares* 6 tbsp butter 1 C butter 2 eggs 1/4 C milk 1/2 tsp vanilla 3/4 C flour 1/2 C chopped nuts (optional) The first step to make these delicious one-bowlRead More →