Molasses Crinkles: an Award Winning Cookie

Molasses Crinkles cookies are scrumptious: soft, and chewy on the inside, packed with sweet, spicy gingery flavor, with a bit of a crunch on the outside. Not to mention, they are absolutely addictive. And SUPER easy to make. When you've made a cookie several times a year since 2002, you know you … [Read More...]

Beef Carbonnade: Belgian Beef Stew

I learned to make Beef Carbonnade, as I learned how to make so many yummy things, from The Silver Palate Cookbook. Beef Carbonnade is a dark, rich, stick-to-your-ribs, deeply satisfying beef stew made with caramelized onions, dark beer and bacon. So delicious! I generally serve mine atop a bed of … [Read More...]

The Best Way to Smoke a Turkey

Finally, I’ve figured out the best way to smoke a turkey, and I’m going to share all my tips and secrets with you. It’s taken me a lot of years to be ready to confidently share this smoked turkey post with you. But that’s what the passing of time can do for you, if you’re […]

Homemade Sesame Seed Crescent Rolls

 Homemade Sesame Seed Crescent Rolls will steal the show on your Holiday Table, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Graduation, or any day you and your loved ones feel like celebrating. I should know, because they certainly stole the show in the house where I grew up! And I can truthfully say that the recipe I’m […]

Cool-jams for My Smokin’ Hot Bod

I’m in love with my new Cool-jams night gown. And I don’t care who knows it. And clearly, I’m kidding about the smokin’ hot bod. It’s more like steamy. As in, steam rising up from the hot flashes of my middle aged bod.  Menopause is not for the faint of heart, and night sweats and […]

The Best Meat Sauce for Spaghetti: Venison Bolognese

This recipe for Venison Bolognese is so rich and full of flavor! You’ll definitely be lining up for seconds. It’s different than my Mama’s meat spaghetti sauce, (my favorite meal growing up), but it’s every bit as good. What Does Bolognese Mean? It means, literally, pertaining or belonging to the people of the city of […]

Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles

Sometimes, you NEED a comforting, meltingly delicious cookie, and there’s just not much better, at such a time, as Good Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles. (Man, I love that word!) They’re tangy, chewy, and buttery! And honestly, when I made these, I just could not stop eating them. They’re that good! So, for your sake, since the […]

Savory Summer Squash Pie

Savory Summer Squash Pie is the delicious answer to the question of  “what to do with all those zucchini and summer squash” that are lying despondently on your kitchen counter.  I used to make this dish a lot when we first got married. My mother-in-law would give me zucchini and yellow squash from her garden, […]

Peach Ricotta and Prosciutto Pizza with Rosemary Balsamic Reduction

       I love a good summer pizza, but this pizza, my Peach Ricotta and Prosciutto Pizza with Rosemary Balsamic Reduction may be the best pizza I’ve ever made in my life! Or had. Wow, its just like I have ordered a pizza delivery from a famous pizza store.  I love my own homemade […]

How to Make the Perfect Pasta Alla Norma

This recipe for the perfect Pasta Alla Norma utilizes the process of roasting to bring glorious sweet caramelized  flavor to the eggplants and tomatoes you’ll use to make it. It’s kind of a genius way to bump up the flavor through the actual cooking process you’ve chosen.  Where Did the Name Pasta Alla Norma Come […]

How to Make Your Own Homemade Bacon with VIDEO

This post on how to make your own homemade bacon will explain to you the process of making bacon. I’ll teach you how to cure and smoke your own bacon. And you won’t believe how much better homemade bacon is than store bought bacon! You’ll learn the type of meat you’ll need, and I’ll share […]

Gingery Balsamic Grilled Chicken Thighs with Grilled Peaches

Gingery Balsamic Grilled Chicken Thighs with Grilled Peaches are luscious, beautiful, and easy to prepare. They’re impressive enough to feed any company coming over for dinner, as well. Best of all, in these difficult economic times, they’re affordable, too!  I found this recipe in the cooking section of the New York Times. The original recipe […]