Red Wine Braised Beef Stew

Red Wine Braised Beef Stew

Last winter I was hosting something – maybe the Super Bowl? I can’t remember. Rich was on a new, super limited diet and my SIL has Celiac. I wanted make ahead, I wanted crowd pleasing, I wanted big-batch. My favorite menu for those specifications is usually Italian style pulled pork with broccoli rabe, long...

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My husband has always preferred the oatmeal raisin cookie. He is in the minority and I know this because I used to do a cookie bar graph with my little preschoolers at work. Chocolate chip is the overwhelming favorite, with snickerdoodle or “sugar” snagging second. Usually one kid likes oatmeal raisin – apparently this...

Chilly Day Chili

Chilly Day Chili

Pretty sure I’ve mentioned before my weather related anxiety? It basically goes like this – on beautiful days I feel that I must spend hours outdoors and if/when I’m prohibited, I feel as if I’ve “missed out” and will never experience those moments in exactly the same way again. On cold or rainy days,...

Honey Corn Muffins

Honey Corn Muffins

There are two styles of cornbread; southern cornbread isn’t sweet and pairs well with most barbecue southern dishes – chili, ribs, pulled pork, etc. Northern style cornbread is sweeter and lighter. Maybe it’s because I’m a PA girl or maybe just that I like things sweet, but these honey corn muffins, most definitely “northern”,...

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

I enjoy lemon desserts – not as much as chocolate but they have their place. When I was in my more experimental baking phase (which also happened to be my childless phase, how do you figure), I used to love making lemon curd. I’d spread some on a warm biscuit with freshly whipped cream...

Chicken and Herb White Pizza

Chicken and Herb White Pizza

In going through old recipes (about 650 of them), I occasionally have a taste memory that comes to mind upon reading the title or seeing the photos. That was 100% the case when I saw this gem. Question, why don’t we put Alfredo sauce on pizza? It’s pretty much the best thing ever.