Risotto with Butternut Squash

I was sorting through a basket of gourds when I spied a butternut squash in the bottom. How it got there is a mystery. It was a bit soft in places so I needed to use it quick. Butternut is a good swap for pumpkin, so I made the switch in the risotto recipe I’m sharing. Easy risotto with butternut squash Ingredients 4 cups vegetable … Continue reading Risotto with Butternut Squash

Food to take to new Parents or Someone Ill

Today Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted about hospitality. “Romans 12:13  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”   Hospitality doesn’t mean just entertaining. It also means bringing some food over to someone who needs it – new parents or somebody under the weather. Here are some tips on just how to do that, along with some of my favorite … Continue reading Food to take to new Parents or Someone Ill

Spicy Fruit Salad and Pineapple Infusion

    During the holidays, I had my girl friends over for lunch. Each of them brought a salad and I made the main entre, a grilled flat iron steak, served room temperature. Even though I didn’t specify what kind of salad to bring, they were all different! My friend Lainie brought a very unusual, winter fruit salad. Spicy and sweet and so refreshing. Since … Continue reading Spicy Fruit Salad and Pineapple Infusion

Tips on getting everything on the table ready together

Hah, an age old dilemma! I learned from Teri Gelter, daughter-in-law Courtney’s mom, to cook items that keep the heat in first, like pasta, potatoes, etc. Wrap them in a couple layers of foil (spray the inside of the foil if the food is in a pan so it doesn’t stick to the food), then wrap the whole thing in a couple bath towels. It … Continue reading Tips on getting everything on the table ready together

Cranberry Celebration Salad

My readers are the best! Recently, when I asked readers for help finding and developing cranberry celebration salad recipe for a reader similar to one sold at Kroger Super Market. Many grocery stores sell a similar cranberry salad in their prepared food sections. I was amazed that so many of you responded. But I wasn’t surprised at all by how good the cranberry celebration salad recipes … Continue reading Cranberry Celebration Salad

Do Ahead Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

OK it’s time to get serious about the approaching holidays and the kind of food we’re going to fix for family and friends. That’s why I’m sharing 2 favorites: Do ahead gravy and do ahead mashed potatoes. No kidding, these turn out great and a boon to the busy cook who has to pull the whole dinner together. One  more thing – I saw this … Continue reading Do Ahead Gravy and Mashed Potatoes