Oregano

Dear Oregano, You have been such a wonderful addition to my herb garden this year. All summer long, I have snipped and clipped on you to add your magic to all kinds of culinary delights. And those trims only seemed to make you stronger and more vigorous. But now, your day in the sun is…

Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie I have been making tomato pie for over 3 decades. It is a wonderful marriage of everything we all like with tomatoes: cheese, basil, salt and pepper but made a bit fancier with it all baked together in a pie shell. My recipe is a bit different that the hundreds that seem to…

Rice Krispie Treats

Sometimes the simplest things are the most satisfying. My husband’s birthday is this week and as always, I offer to make him anything his heart desires. And as always, he asks for Rice Krispie Treats. He won’t even let me get creative with them and brown the butter, add a hint of nutmeg or throw…

Lemon Chicken

Let’s be honest … boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be quite boring. But it doesn’t have to be. I found a super sale at the supermarket on this type of chicken and have the recipe that transforms them. I start by cutting the breasts in half lengthwise because they were huge. Then after an overnight…

Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble If you ever run across a pear variety named Royal Riviera, grab all you can! I used to think all pears were basically the same … somewhat sweet, juicy and a tiny bit of grit to the teeth. In other words, they were OK, but not exceptional. That is until I had my…

Homemade Hummus

As I socially isolate at home, I am taking the opportunity to utilize items in my pantry that have been there a while. I always keep a good supply of dry beans of numerous types on hand and decided to put some dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to use. In using up items from my freezer…

Peach Cake

Make it anything you want cake! As I continue to utilize all the items I had stocked up in my pantry, I needed to focus on something for dessert. To the rescue came a box of white cake mix. I found a box of peach jello and a can of peach nectar. All of it…

Brine

I love brine! It is the perfect soaking solution for poultry and pork. Without getting into the chemistry of it all, you can sum up the purpose of a brining solution in three words: It adds moisture. The recipe below is fantastic by adding flavor as well. You’ll find many uses for it from pork…

Shelling Beans

This is the key to world peace… … shelling beans! There may be other things more soothing to the soul, but the universal appeal of just sitting and shelling beans is nothing short of miraculous. As kids, we sat on the back patio with my grandmother in aluminum framed chairs with webbing that more often…

Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray

Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray I have seen the commercials advertising a new product called Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray that seemingly takes care of baked on food issues like magic. Since I am already a Dawn dishwashing liquid fan, I decided to give it a try. I made a cherry cobbler for dessert and purposefully reheated…