Cranberry Sweet-Sour Sauce

cranberry sweet sour sauce

Looking for a quick and easy appetizer? This sauce is VERY versatile. We made the sauce, then stirred in some sliced sausages and heated it thoroughly for a recent party. You can also add mini meatballs. For dinner, you could saute a variety of root vegetables – sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, etc. then add a […]

Mini Turkey Quiches


My family has a long history of making Turkey Quiche, using stuffing for the crust. This year, I decided to make them in muffin cups. The result was little mini quiches. They’re amazingly easy and take items commonly on hand after a traditional turkey dinner. Mini Turkey Quiches Ingredients 1-1/2 cup stuffing 3/4 cup chopped, […]

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble with Custard

Fruit Crumbles came to America from Britain during colonization of the new world. They’re also known as a Brown Betty. (Nobody really knows how they got the Betty name.) These desserts are basically a layer of fruit topped with a mixture of butter, cinnamon, sugar and flour. The last time we made this dish, we […]

Recipe – Peach Salsa


I’m starting to see peaches, nectarines and apricot at the farmers markets. Have you bought peaches at your farmer’s market? Do you have a peach tree with a great crop this year? This salsa is really easy to prepare and always gets rave reviews. Just writing this makes my mouth water, thinking of it on […]

Berries Jubilee


Cherries Jubilee is one of the most famous flaming desserts. But, why not go beyond the cherries – to a variety of berries.  Berries are full of fiber and protective phytochemicals. This dessert is wonderful made with strawberries, blueberries, or a mixture. In fact, I usually keep a bag of frozen berry mix on hand […]

Recipe: Vanilla Extract


Did you know that vanilla beans are a member of the orchid family. They grow in tropical climates and must be harvested by hand. This hand-harvesting is a major reason why vanilla beans are so expensive. Did you know the purest vanilla extracts are basically vanilla beans aged in alcohol? Of course, you can find […]

Recipe – Vegetarian Italian Pasta Casserole


We probably make this once a month or so during cold-weather months. It’s very easy and tasty. We make it with gluten-free spaghetti, but it can be made with regular spaghetti, of course. One of the things we really like about the casserole is that everything’s mixed in the cooking pot, then put into a […]


“What’s Chimichurri?”, you might ask. When I hear the word, I always think of the song from Mary Poppins, “Chim, Chim, Cheree”. But, no. That song has nothing to do with this dish. Chimichurri is a seasoning/condiment that’s commonly used in Argentina. Key ingredients are green herbs like parsley and oregano, some garlic, oil and […]

Recipe – Traditional Irish Colcannon

For St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef & cabbage is NOT usually served in Ireland. The traditional meal is bacon and cabbage. I have to point out that bacon there is more like ham or Canadian bacon – a little more substance to it than U.S. bacon. The cabbage would usually be boiled, sauteed, or in […]