Buttermilk Biscuits & The Chief’s Legendary Gravy

My step-son Bryan was coming for a visit and he sent me a picture of a mile-high biscuit from a restaurant in California, commenting about the “best biscuit” he ever ate.  To a slightly competitive cook that was basically throwing down the gauntlet! Whenever the kids come home the Chief’s biscuits and gravy are always on the … Read more

Fantastic Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Spread

My good friend Sue recently moved from Nebraska to Washington State.  I was wondering how her move was going when I got this email and picture: “You’ve got to make this pumpkin bread.  I always use Libbey’s pumpkin. You gunna love it cuz it tastes great and makes such nice gifts too.” She had me … Read more

July 4th Menu Planning

With the 4th of July celebration sneaking up on us this week I have seen all kinds of yummy and sometimes really cute menu items. From the website Real Women of Philadelphia comes these cute little marshmallow pops that feature a Tub of SNACK DELIGHTS Dark Chocolate.  Occasionally I post recipes on this site and … Read more

Crunchy Pecan-Banana Coffee Cake Muffins

When my birthday rolled around in February my neighbor, Gaye, brought me this beautiful plate of Crunchy Pecan-Banana Coffee Cake Muffins! She is not only a really good cook and baker she is also very thoughtful.  So along with this lovely plate of muffins she brought the recipe!  (Knowing I would probably ask for it!) … Read more

TWD: Finnish Pulla Braid & A Cookbook Giveaway!

It’s Tuesdays With Dorie and this week we baked Finnish Pulla from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Baking With Julia.  From Wikipedia:  Pulla (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈpulːɑ]) is a mildly-sweet Finnish sweet roll or dessert bread flavored with crushed cardamom seeds and occasionally raisins or sliced almonds.  Prior to last week if you asked me what I knew about … Read more

TWD: Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaves

NOTE to self:  Read the entire recipe before making promises to family and friends there will be homemade bread for dinner. This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is an absolutely perfect bread to make in the fall.  Pumpkin, not only flavors this yeast bread, but adds a beautiful orange-y fall color too! The raisins and … Read more

Pepperoni and Tomato Galette

PSSSSST…Please don’t tell my sous-chef dish-washing mom, but the Chief gardener just brought in MORE tomatoes. Yikes! I’m pretty sure I told her last week that we are done with tomatoes for this year …. Lucky for us we have fallen in love with tomato galette. Galette is a term used in the French cuisine … Read more

TWD: Baking With Julia, Popovers!

It’s Tuesdays With Dorie and today’s recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking With Julia, is (drum roll, please) … POPOVERS!  I don’t know why but I cannot write or say POPOVERS! without putting an exclamation point at the end.  I think it is just how the word sounds.  I’ve never made a POPOVER! before.  I … Read more

Weekend RoundUP July 21 and My Ball Blue Book


Last summer my friend Sue convinced me that I shouldn’t go through another canning season without a Victorio Food Strainer. At first I didn’t even understand what she was talking about. I don’t have a technical mind and in no way could even fathom how this works,  let alone design something like this. But my hands, that is another story — they love this Victorio!  I don’t have a food allergy to tomatoes but my hands really break out when I cut them up and process them.  With the Victorio my handling of fruits and vegetables is much less. 

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