Blueberry Boy Bait and Caramel Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

Yesterday I went to the grocery with a list. All resolve left me when I spied a display of fresh, huge, beautiful blueberries in the produce section. Not on my list, but on sale!  Impulse buying? Yes, and no regrets. Especially on a snowy day with thoughts of a warm fire, a piece of fresh baked blueberry coffee cake accompanied by a mug of steaming … Continue reading Blueberry Boy Bait and Caramel Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

Peppermint Bark Success, Bev’s Cinnamon Bread and Holiday Ham Tips for best Spiral Ham

I’ve often said the reason I continue to write this column every week is because of you, my readers. We have a real connection. Some examples: the other day at the recycling center, Dana, in customer service, mentioned how she enjoys this column. Truth be told, I was surprised she recognized me behind the mask! Ditto with Beverly G., an Eastgate reader, who rang my … Continue reading Peppermint Bark Success, Bev’s Cinnamon Bread and Holiday Ham Tips for best Spiral Ham

Victorian Manger Herbs, Gingerbread Cookies and Peppered Pecans: Holiday Gifts from Kitchen!

Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about the legend of Victorian manger herbs. On the starry night when Christ was born, according to the legends, Joseph gathered herbs and grasses t cradle his newborn son.  Among them were bedstraw and pennyroyal, horehound and thyme, rosemary and lavender: These are the herbs of the … Continue reading Victorian Manger Herbs, Gingerbread Cookies and Peppered Pecans: Holiday Gifts from Kitchen!

Story of Shepherds and Magi and Fun Edibles for Holidays

This morning Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted, as we do every Thursday, about Bible foods and herbs. Today it was about the shepherds and magi who came to honor Baby Jesus. This passage is in Luke: There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And look, an angel of … Continue reading Story of Shepherds and Magi and Fun Edibles for Holidays

A is for Apple: Dumplings, Butter & Sauce!

I was in the mood for apple dumplings so I made a batch. It was the perfect fall day for making apple butter and applesauce, too.  Judy M., a longtime reader, loves the apple butter from Nashville House in Nashville, Indiana. “My sisters and I want to get together and make apple butter and we’re looking for that recipe,” Judy said. She has great memories … Continue reading A is for Apple: Dumplings, Butter & Sauce!

Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

Today when. Annie Mitchell Egan and I chatted on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, the subject was Rosh Hashanah which will be celebrated tomorrow through Sunday. It’s traditional to eat the head of a fish during the Rosh Hashana holiday meal. The wish there is that  they hope everyone at the table will be at the head and not at the tail of whatever … Continue reading Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

Famous Restaurant Banana Bread and Vintage Banana Bread

It was a request from a reader that inspired this column. “You told us we could freeze really ripe bananas to save for banana bread. I have several in the freezer and need the space. How about a recipe?” This reader speaks for a lot of folks out there who wound up with extra fruit, especially bananas, when we were all quarantined. I understand that … Continue reading Famous Restaurant Banana Bread and Vintage Banana Bread

Flax – Ancient Biblical Seed and Gluten, Grain Free Granola Bars (No baking required!)

FLAX An important seed mentioned in the Bible in Proverbs. “She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands”. What are flaxseeds?   Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds. In fact, linseed or “flax seed” are different names for the same seed. Flaxseeds are a great source of dietary fiber, minerals, plant protein and one of the best … Continue reading Flax – Ancient Biblical Seed and Gluten, Grain Free Granola Bars (No baking required!)

Strawberry Pie like Famous Restaurants

As I was going through my notes from you, it dawned on me again that this site is a journal of sorts. Of your lives and mine. And it’s not just about food. In the process of cooking more and eating at home more during this pandemic, we’re realizing that eating together without having to rush out somewhere has its advantages.  We’re continuing to be … Continue reading Strawberry Pie like Famous Restaurants

Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

This week on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Matt Swaim about eggs and their significance in the Bible, especially during Easter. The 2 recipes, one for hot cross buns and the other for a quick cherry coffee cake are family favorites, and good baking projects while we’re all sheltering in place. I hope each of you celebrate these holy days and remember, it’s … Continue reading Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake