Apple Crisp

Recently after a photo shoot, I had leftover apple pie filling. Since I hate wasting any food, I decided to utilize it in a crustless apple crisp. It was so easy, smelled incredible baking and was the perfect dessert as the temperatures drop. I say “was” because it was gobbled up quickly. Yours will too…

Creme Fraiche

Creme Fraiche If you have 2 minutes to spare, you can make Creme Fraiche, which is the absolute best sour cream ever. You will never purchase it again in the grocery store after one taste. The kitchen counter takes care of all the work so there are no excuses for putting off making it. Plus,…

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Let the temperature drop even slightly and I’m ready to make soup. Yesterday, I let my slow cooker tantalize us all day long as the makings for Chicken Noodle Soup bubbled away. And the reason I say “the makings” is because too many people do this wrong. In this recipe, you’ll see…

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble As the summer growing season winds down, I find myself grabbing those fruits that I know will be not only less plentiful but higher in price very soon. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are going to quickly transition to fall apples, pears and cranberries. So when a friend of mine supplied me with some…

Spaghetti Squash

Like all members of the squash family, it’s feast or famine … you have a few precious pickings at first then an absolute flood of it. My friend Cindy brings me several spaghetti squash at a time for that exact reason. So yesterday, it was time to make “macaroni” and cheese with one. Why haven’t…

Pure Pasta

Pure Pasta  Simple recipes are best for me when I have loads of things to do in the yard and garden. And somewhere along the line, Italian must be in our roots, because my husband and I love pasta. But let’s face spring facts: There are some times of the year when I don’t want…

Spring Leaf Lettuce

Spring Leaf Lettuce Make yourself a note: If you don’t grow spring leaf lettuce, do so starting next year. It is super easy to grow and the results are beyond delicious. I sowed seeds in my garden in late March. I had several cold nights where they had to be covered, but it actually seemed…

Chicken Pot Pie

There are few things more comforting than a dinner of chicken pot pie. It is economical, easy and other than the topping, it can be made ahead of time. I decided to try cooking this one on the grill and it turned out beautifully. You can just as easily bake it in the oven. Either…

Fried Chicken

My husband had a craving for fried chicken. Perhaps it’s because we rarely have this Southern delicacy, but as soon as he asked for it, I craved it too! So to the freezer I go to thaw some chicken breasts, then to the refrigerator to make sure I had the vitally important buttermilk. Soaking the…

Better Cherry Pie Filling

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and ruby red cherries are great for adding a splash of red to desserts. The problem is that fresh cherries aren’t readily available right now, so that leaves frozen (which become quite watery) and canned (which tend to be on the tart side even if labeled sweet). What to do?…