Over the holiday season our best friends made chili one evening while we were visiting them at their vacation home in Palm Springs. They just retired to Alabama and someone there taught them h… Read more

Over the holiday season our best friends made chili one evening while we were visiting them at their vacation home in Palm Springs. They just retired to Alabama and someone there taught them h… Read more

This is a simple and easy to make dessert and it is especially good in the summer. If you do not appreciate one or another of the fruits, you can always substitute to your tastes. If you use m… Read more

Having guests over the holidays and you want something a little bit different for dessert? Pies sometimes seem so common and many are hard to make or take too long to prepare. I have a simple … Read more

One Saturday morning while I was eating breakfast and wondering what I would make for dinner I turned on the television and, lo and behold, I found my answer. This is my version of a Cook’s Co… Read more

While reading the paper the other day I saw that the apple crop is starting to come in. It’s earlier than other years, but the quality of apples is much better. I present some apple desserts f… Read more

You may not think you can grow much besides cacti and trees in SaddleBrooke but I want to tell you that we have citrus (lemon, lime, orange, kumquat), and this year we have apples, corn, squas… Read more

So, it’s not too hot yet to use the oven and you are looking for an impressive coffeecake to serve your friends or winter visitors who will be leaving the area soon – as soon as all the snow m… Read more

As we close the holiday season, it always seems that I am looking for a new dessert. Many people are interested in finding something to take the place of cakes and pies. When I was growing up,… Read more

Last year I attended many Weight Watchers meetings and I not only lost weight, but also learned a lot about healthy eating and have prepared many new recipes that will be helpful to all of us … Read more

Before it gets too hot to heat the oven and warm the kitchen you will love this recipe. My best friend says it is even better the second day and is a great do-ahead for a gathering or company.… Read more

There are times when you want a sweet treat, or you may be craving something chocolate. You wouldn’t want to make an entire batch of brownies or a whole cake (unless you have company coming). … Read more

It’s that time of year for large gatherings of family, friends or both. We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations and Unit parties. I was first introduced to this special recipe when my … Read more

Here it is, almost time for bathing suits, shorts, capris. It can’t come too soon for me. I no longer like the cold weather and when it does get cool I enjoy cooking, baking and preparing good… Read more

Summer is a great time for grilling, but sometimes it a lot easier and hassle-free to cook indoors. That’s where a cast iron skillet comes into the picture. Every kitchen should have one – it’… Read more

It is not often that a son sends his mother a recipe. But mine did! I was shocked, but once I got over that feeling, I tried it and was equally shocked at how good it was. I think you will agr… Read more

This is a super easy dessert and, even though you may think it is too hot to use the oven, it is well worth it. Make it early in the morning or later in the evening and the house will not heat… Read more

My daughter came for a visit shortly after the New Year began and she had only one wish, “Please show me how to make Chicken Cacciatore.” Since I got the recipe from my mother, I was anxious t… Read more

Whenever we visited my sister in Pennsylvania, she would prepare the following dinner for us. Much of it can be prepared ahead of time and then placed in the oven prior to sitting down to eat.… Read more

The other day I walked into the grocery store and what did I see? The best-looking peppers – large, shiny, obviously fresh, and multiple colors – green, red, orange, yellow. I started to think… Read more

It will soon be that time of year when we crave some hot soup or soul food. The following recipe is easy to make and, if you have a slow cooker, you can make it in the morning and it will be r… Read more

This month you are in for a treat – I am sharing an “original” recipe. I try very hard to prepare nutritious, low-cal and low-carb meals whenever possible. They can be very delicious and quick… Read more

It’s almost time for Cinco de Mayo, a grand celebration day. I always try to have something special that day, not only for the holiday it celebrates, but it is also my husband’s birthday. This… Read more

This sure has been a hot summer! And there’s still more to come. At times like this I think of looking through my Lemon and Lime Cookbook, which I received from the author, Rick Donker who hai… Read more

“Summertime, and the living is easy” so the song goes. And, you’re having the girls over for cards – or, your daughter just called and wants to come for a visit. Or, better yet, you just want … Read more

My daughter loves to cook and bake. She sends me a lot of recipes and I am able to sample a lot of dishes when we visit. This is a new recipe I had never heard of and she makes it for all spec… Read more

I love chocolate – it has always been my downfall. Even though the weather is heating up now, you can bake early in the morning before it gets too overly hot. The tube pan (the one you use to … Read more

I am always looking for the best recipes for this column. Sometimes friends and neighbors suggest a favorite recipe of theirs. I try them and, if I think my readers will appreciate the minglin… Read more

This winter is really cold and when this weather hits I think of soup or stews as comfort food. This recipe can be like a soup if you do not use too much seafood but it can be like a stew as y… Read more

I remember the first time I tasted Lentil Soup. It was about 35-years ago, and I was on my first visit to the little mining town of Jerome. It was lunchtime and we went downstairs into a littl… Read more

Recently my daughter introduced me to the Housewives of Frederick County, Maryland. She lives in West Virginia, and she has become friends with some of these housewives. They have given author… Read more

I have been cooking for over 50-years and I’m still searching for new recipes and trying different ideas based on old and new ones. Recently, while reading an old issue of Sunset Magazine, I s… Read more

A friend of my daughters gave us this recipe. Thank you, Tina Borman. This is one you will make repeatedly and enjoy with friends and family or your bridge buddies or at unit parties. Hopefull… Read more

When I was working (a long time ago) we exchanged recipes around the office and one of my co-workers shared the following with us. Of course, none of us had much time to bake, but now that we’… Read more

The holiday season is coming to a close but we in SaddleBrooke are always celebrating something. It might be the girls coming over after a game of golf, or the card players are coming on an af… Read more

Are you always looking for something new to feed more than a couple of people whether it is your own company or a group getting together? I have a friend, Lori, who writes a daily blog, “More … Read more

A few days ago I was in the mood for a special dish that my Mother made on special occasions, especially Eastertime. My yen continued and so one Sunday afternoon I made Galumpkis. This is a Po… Read more

This month I have scoured some summertime menus from The Lemon & Lime Cookbook and have chosen a delicious fish and salsa accompaniment. If you are not familiar with The Lemon & Lime C… Read more

When my daughter visited for Thanksgiving she asked if she could make breakfast on Sunday. She told me ahead of time what I should have on hand and this is a wonderful recipe for brunch guests… Read more

Here we are, getting ready for another winter season. Some days we need our comfort food and my friend Lori at More with Less Today has given me a fitting example of just such a meal. She know… Read more

This recipe is called “cupcakes” but they can be “muffins” also. I have made them with raisins and nuts and they make great breakfast cakes. Before scooping into the muffin tins, add 1/4 cup o… Read more

This recipe is called “cupcakes” but they can be “muffins” also. I have made them with raisins and nuts and they make great breakfast cakes. Before scooping into the muffin tins, add 1/4 cup o… Read more

Not only does this recipe take less than 30 minutes to prepare, but it can be served for a quick dinner or also as an “after party” breakfast. Leftovers heat in the microwave and sometimes tas… Read more

Over the years I spent hours making homemade gifts for relatives and friends and felt real pride in giving holiday gifts that really meant something. One year I bought a loom and made potholde… Read more

It’s Holiday time again. Do you have the same problem I do – what vegetables should I serve for dinner? Not everyone likes the same thing and I like to please everyone. I have chosen two of ou… Read more

Recently, while on a trip to California to see some family members, my husband had dinner at a special restaurant we used to frequent. He chose an item on the menu that was unknown to him and … Read more

Once again it’s that time of year when we have large get-togethers: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, summer visitors, Unit parties or “just because.” My niece sent me this recipe and it… Read more

My daughter loves to cook and, of course she learned a lot from watching and helping me as she grew up. Now we often exchange recipes and most recently she sent me this one that she got from a… Read more

Holiday time usually means tables full of great food and lively conversation. At the end of the meal, even though you may be feeling very full, a nice light dessert always hits the spot. Today… Read more

Before we know it, winter will be here – I promise. Most of the winter visitors will have returned and we will resume our friendships with some lovely people. It will be time to have coffee an… Read more

When I walked into the produce department of the market the other day, I could not help noticing the assortment of apples and pears. What a harvest this season! You may want to look up my arti… Read more

Until recently, I had never had a mango. While dining at a restaurant it was served with my salmon and I fell in love with the taste and texture. After doing some research I found that they or… Read more

There are a lot of recipes for New England Clam Chowder (the creamy one) but I have found only a handful for the eastern red-style Manhattan Clam Chowder. When my best friend from high school … Read more

This month’s column consists of two recipes and make up, what I call, my Mediterranean Dinner. The first is an Italian Meat Loaf, and accompanying it is the recipe for a Greek Vegetable Medley… Read more

This month I am presenting a special breakfast or brunch item. When I am dining out and I see Eggs Benedict on the menu I usually will order it because I have a hard time making the Hollandais… Read more

I was so out of ideas the other day; I did not know what to make for dinner. I looked through the pantry and the refrigerator to see what I could come up with. Several cans, spices and herbs b… Read more

Once upon a time, Fridays were the day of the week to have fish and chips. Now, whatever restaurant you go to, you may see that option on the menu. It usually consists of fried fish and potato… Read more

If you have made plans to travel at a particular time, either by auto or by plane, you may want to be prepared by baking ahead of time and taking these cookies along with you. This is an easy … Read more

Well, here we are again; it’s almost Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. Our friends and neighbors have returned to spend the winter with us and we may wish to have something to serve as a desser… Read more

It’s getting a little cooler already – it’s time to start up the ovens. Winter visitors and part-time residents are arriving in SaddleBrooke and you may want to make a little surprise as a wel… Read more

We have a lot of relatives in Southern California and one day, while visiting my sister-in-law, she introduced us to the following recipe. Delicious! Read more

At this time of year during Halloween and Thanksgiving we notice fresh pumpkins in the stores and stands everywhere we go. The pumpkins are really nice for decorations, but then what do you do… Read more

There may be a lot of special occasions coming up soon – Father’s Day, Graduations, friends and neighbors visiting – and you will find the following recipe easy to make and sure to please any … Read more

Looking for something different, but with pizzazz and a little spiciness? We all crave this at some time or another. This recipe is good enough for company or that special couple joining you f… Read more

Seafood makes the rounds in our household on a regular basis. Recently, in a new Weight Watchers recipe book, I came across a recipe for steaming mussels in a very flavorful broth. One really … Read more

This is a stovetop/skillet version of a recipe found in Phoenix Home & Garden that involved oven baking. Since I rarely use the oven, especially in the summer, I created this version and m… Read more

It’s strawberry time! Have you noticed the abundance in the stores this year? They are extra-large, super red, naturally sweet and juicy. Strawberries are a member of the rose family and are t… Read more

Fall is just around the corner and our friends from colder climates will be returning to visit with us again. Getting together to talk about all that happened in our lives this past summer is … Read more

When it’s summer and it’s so very hot outside, we tend not to want to bake anything so this month I am giving you some ideas for new salads. Not only are they cool to eat, but they are also go… Read more

One of the “comfort” foods I enjoy the most is chili. I have tried many different recipes and some are okay, some are not my preference, but now I have found a Super Chili that I think will be… Read more

The Lemon Lime Cookbook by Richard B. Donker has been an ongoing source for some of my recipes because the use of citrus juice and zest adds a certain lightness to chicken and fish recipes. It… Read more

Before it gets too hot to turn our ovens on, I would like to share a recipe that I received from a friend of Dorothy Moore. I could hardly stay away from the cookie tin after eating my first o… Read more

Are you ready for comfort food? Why not whip up a bowl of chili – not the red kind, but white. This was new to me but I tried it, liked it, and got permission to reprint it here. It appeared i… Read more

It’s holiday time again; can you believe it? This month I am introducing you to two new recipes that can be used at home or as a take-with dish to your friends or neighbors. And they are prett… Read more

Is your organization having a “potluck”or have you been invited to someone’s house and you don’t know what to bring? I have the answer with this month’s recipe. You can prepare the ingredients… Read more