Corn Chowder

Come August I’ll be complaining about the heat, but right now I am a bit weary of the cold.  Oh, I love winter most of the time.  I love to watch it snow; just don’t like shoveling.  And I love … Continue reading

Sausage, Kale and Bean Soup

Soup is one of my favorite things to make.  It’s versatile, it’s forgiving, and it makes the whole house smell good.   Well, that and it makes everyone who walks in the door salivate.   A hearty winter soup is my idea … Continue reading


“JEWISH DRISTAN” TO THE RESCUE It’s cold and flu season, and here’s a most flavorful recipe. It may not cure the cold or flu, but it will make you feel better or we wouldn’t call it Jewish Dristan! My niece … Continue reading

Cranberry Chutney

I tried this at a friend’s Christmas open house.    She had served it spread over Mascarpone cheese, with little crostini to spread it on.    I was in heaven.    The tart cranberries, with just the right hint of spice and onion … Continue reading

New Years Pork and Sauerkraut

New Years 2015!! Can it really be? Where in the world did 2014 go? I, for one, am really excited about 2015. New opportunities, new places to visit, new people to meet and new food to discover. Sounds like a … Continue reading

Holiday Food Gifts: Seasoned Salt

Homemade gifts are the best! This is one works anytime of the year. A pinch or two of this seasoned salt is great in salads, soups, grilled meats and just about on anything. Ingredients: 2 cups kosher salt 25 cloves … Continue reading

Holiday Food Gifts: Festive Mini-Bread Loaves

There’s a long and great tradition of gifting food in most cultures. Giving homemade food gifts speaks of love, warmth and joy. I am a United Methodist clergywoman, and in the south there was a tradition of welcoming a new … Continue reading

Holiday Food Gifts – Scottish Shortbread

As I was growing up in Scotland, I learned to cook by watching my grandmother and her two neighbors.   One of these three ladies always won the prizes at the local fair for home-made fudge or shortbread.  They guarded their … Continue reading

Holiday Gifts #1! Sour Cream Cookies

The recipe that you’ll see is not a typical holiday cookie but I will admit that it is my all time favorite cookie. When I first started to bake, I treasured my Fanny Farmer Cookbook.  It was easy, it was … Continue reading

Sweet Potato Muffins

This is simply the perfect muffin to serve in fall, or winter, too, for that matter. The nutritional value of sweet potatoes is quite high for antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood-sugar regulating nutrients.  These tubers are versatile, too, and able … Continue reading