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

Best Barbecued Baked Beans for Labor Day

LABOR DAY BARBECUED BAKED BEANS 2 cans pork and beans, 16 oz ea. 1 can regular beans, your choice, drained 1 cup favorite barbeque sauce or more to taste 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 medium onion, chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped but not peeled 4 strips bacon, sauteed and cut up   Mix everything together. Pour into two quart sprayed casserole. Bake … Continue reading Best Barbecued Baked Beans for Labor Day

Angelica, Savory, Lemon Balm and Lovage: Little known Bible herbs

Have you ever used angelica, savory, lemon balm or lovage? If so, you’re following an age old tradition of using herbs that were used thousands of years ago. Here are some of those herbs:  LOVAGE In days gone by, some larger monasteries had a garden for the person in charge of ale/beer making.  Lovage was one of the herbs for liqueurs. Lovage was a common herb used … Continue reading Angelica, Savory, Lemon Balm and Lovage: Little known Bible herbs

Champ or colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day – what’s the diff?

CHAMP WITH SCALLIONS The story goes that in the 5th century AD, St. Patrick went to Ireland, killed all the snakes and converted the people. What were they eating? For starters, leeks, cress, and cabbage, all of which are….you guessed it…green! Think abut it, though. The food pyramid stresses green leafy veggies and good root vegetables like potatoes, so the Irish were way ahead of their … Continue reading Champ or colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day – what’s the diff?