Is it HOT in Here, Or Is It Just Me?

I don’t know about the weather where you are, but here in the Midwest it’s HOT. I mean it is air conditioner-is-running-24/7-HOT. In fact, I think it’s the-devil-called-and-wants-his-weather- back-HOT. I suppose it also doesn’t help that we were the western edge of the derecho winds that blasted through the upper Atlantic region a few days…

Presto Pesto…sort of….

Busy? Aren’t we all! Summer has kicked into high gear and our family is running in different directions nearly every night.  Softball games and sporting clays are on the calendar this week.  Quickly getting dinner on the table—or at least on the counter top is a continual challenge.  One of my go-to favorites is Rustic…

A Delicious Tradition

Surely you can hear summer, tapping her foot, not-so-patiently waiting for the calendar page to turn so that she can be officially declared, “Here!” in all her glory.   Softball games, waterskiing on the lake, picnics and family reunions beckon.  I sometimes wonder if family reunions are becoming obsolete in today’s uber-connected world where we broadcast…

Crab Cake Research….um, yeah, research!

You may already know that I am a Midwest gal born and raised. Truth be told, I love all things from the Heartland—the heady blend of milky, sweet corn juice and melting butter dripping down my wrist from summer sweet corn. And, an August kitchen, already hot, heated a few degrees more so that 96…

My Inheritance

Some of my most prized possessions are the recipes that have been handed down to me from strong, talented, creative women in my life. My favorite of these treasures is my mother’s pecan pie recipe. It’s my favorite for a few reasons. First, it was my mother’s signature dessert. I can’t bake or eat pecan…

Marry Me Meatloaf

The way to a man’s heart is through meatloaf?

Long before Glamour magazine suggested that they had the recipe for an engagement (Engagement Chicken), I had the recipe that caused my then-boyfriend to drop on bended knee and ask me to marry him.  What is this miracle dish?  Wait for it….don’t laugh….  It’s meatloaf.  Not just any meatloaf, but personal-sized meatloaves, filled with a…

Losing and Finding My Voice

You know in movies, when someone has to write they will often begin, only to scrap the page by scrunching it into a ball, toss it in the waste bin and start over, only to repeat the cycle?  I have done something similar for months now in deciding whether or not to blog about my recipes and…