Pepperoni Puff

  I try to make everything from scratch, however, that is really not too practical.  There are times when I search out the most convenient items that allow me to assemble a quick dish.  Puff pastry is one of those items.  You will never find me making puff pastry from scratch!  That is one ingredient […]

Roast Chicken with Tuscan Style Beans

 Looking for that perfect chicken dish to serve for dinner?  This is a quick to prepare and make ahead meal.  Everything is combined in the baking dish so the clean up is as easy as the preparation; key to entertaining when I plan a meal.  There is nothing worse that spending so much time in […]

Hot Fudge Sauce

I have a habit of writing in all of my cookbooks, journals, and on my recipe cards – important information to note when making any recipe.  I also have a book and assorted note cards listing each party we have had, what we served, photos of the table, amounts of all of the food served, number […]

Quick and Easy Taco Salads

I am a fan of a great taco salad.  Years ago, you would have found me using a dried package of taco seasoning and adding it to ground beef to make the salad.  Over the years, I have tried to cook everything organic and with the least amount of additives (farm to table),  just like […]

Luscious Lime Pie

I have a fondness for key lime pie and my husband prefers cheesecake.  So, the solution – luscious lime pie.  I started with a graham cracker crust and revamped a cheesecake recipe for a pie.  I added the rind and juice of one lime and I think I  have a winning combination that everyone loves.  The […]

Blueberry Chutney

Looking for that perfect accompaniment to pork, chicken or ham?  Blueberry chutney is perfect to serve.  It is also wonderful with soft cheeses on a cheese board with crackers.  This will also take a turkey or ham sandwich over the top with flavor.  Add a dollop on your favorite sandwich.  I had an abundance of […]

Vegetable Rice Salad with Garlic Herb Dressing

I am always trying new salads.  What inspired this salad was my trip to the grocery and finding gourney cheese with garlic and herbs  (Boursin)  on sale.  I took that as a challenge to come up with a salad that would incorporate this cheese.  Since it is a creamy cheese, I thought about a salad […]

Chocolate Toffee Brownies

I always like checking out the origin of certain foods.  I think everyone has grown up eating brownies.  With a bit of research I find that the original brownie was a request from a Chicago socialite, Bertha Palmer, whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel.  She asked the pastry chef for a dessert suitable for […]

Angry Mussels

We just love mussels.  I have cooked them many different ways, my favorite recipe is my Angry Mussel recipe.  We typically have mussels every Friday night for dinner during the summer months.  I just serve a steaming pot of mussels with bread to dip in the sauce.  Very casual, fun and delicious way to entertain and finish […]