Potato Salad

When it’s sticky hot outside, I crave something easy, simple and cold for nearly every meal. Potato salad fits the bill beautifully. The only heat I create is for boiling the potatoes. The rest is a simple chop, measure, mix and stir while I allow the refrigerator to do the enhancement magic. Then I have…

Tuna Noodle Casserole

When I was growing up, every now and then we were given a delicious treat called Tuna Noodle Casserole. It was a marriage of all the things we loved: cheese, tuna and noodles all mixed together and baked to perfection. So when my husband came home with a large 12 ounce can of tuna from…

Simple Chocolate Pie

Simple Chocolate Pie In my continuing quest to use items from my pantry and freezer, I found a frozen graham cracker pie crust that begged to be used. So I pulled out some dark baking chocolate and a can of sweetened condensed milk to honor that request. This is an old recipe that I discovered…

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Yield: 4 servings The other day I decided to make a pie, but for some reason I made pie pastry for a double crust pie rather than the single I needed for the recipe. Never fear! It was put to excellent use with some cinnamon sugar. I simply rolled out the…

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…

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…

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…

Smoked Chili

As we inch toward spring, I find myself craving one last batch of chili. So yesterday I gave into that temptation and since it was a mild day, carried it to the smoker rather than keep it inside on the stove or in the slow cooker. WOW! What a terrific difference that made and now…

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…

Bacon-wrapped Pork

If you are like me, you grill all year. And with the dreary weather we’ve been having, I took advantage of a rare sunny Saturday to fire it up. I stocked up on pork tenderloins when they were on sale at the supermarket a few months ago. One of my resolutions for the New Year…