Best Cookware and Cooktops – A Primer

  When each of us 9 kids left home, Mom gave us a sprig of her heirloom mint and a cast iron skillet.  Between that skillet, a stainless “waterless” saucepan and my Club aluminum pots, I had all the cookware I needed. But that was then. Today there’s a dizzying array of cookware. Bob Hess, culinary educator and cookware expert, was a guest on my … Continue reading Best Cookware and Cooktops – A Primer

Gift Givers Chai Tea

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about holiday spices of the Christmas season that have Biblical roots. Like cinnamon, cloves, ginger and coriander. I thought it would be fun to share my chai tea recipes using these spices. One is a classic recipe and the other a fun, more trendy one.  So I hope you make one of these to share, and … Continue reading Gift Givers Chai Tea

Blue Cheese Fig Tarts w Homemade Fig Jam

I so enjoy chatting with Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Today we revisited a popular Bible fruit: figs. Did you know figs were cultivated thousands of years before Christ was born? Sometimes it’s hard to find fresh figs, so I wanted to share a couple recipes using dried figs. The first is a lovely little tart and the second is an … Continue reading Blue Cheese Fig Tarts w Homemade Fig Jam

Double Crust Turkey Pot Pie

After Thanksgiving, the turkey carcass serves 2 purposes: turkey pot pie and turkey vegetable soup or stock.  The first thing I do is pull off enough leftover meat to make a good 3 cups. That’s for the pot pie.  If there’s enough meat left on the carcass, I make soup; if not, I’ll use the carcass for a flavorful and healthful stock. For the pot … Continue reading Double Crust Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Carcass Pot Pie

After Thanksgiving the turkey carcass serves 2 purposes: turkey pot pie and turkey vegetable soup or stock. The first thing I do is pull off enough leftover meat to make a good 3 cups. That’s for the pot pie.  If there’s enough meat left on the carcass, I make soup; if not, I’ll use the carcass for a flavorful and healthful stock. For the pot … Continue reading Turkey Carcass Pot Pie

My Latest & Greatest Do-Ahead Turkey Gravy

  OK, now for those of you who have my previous do ahead turkey gravy recipes, rest assured they are all very good. But this year I went full tilt and adjusted a couple of ingredients. Like the carrot amount – I had usually put in 2 carrots but the last time I made it they seemed to make the gravy too vegetal tasting – … Continue reading My Latest & Greatest Do-Ahead Turkey Gravy

I’m on a Roll with Pumpkin Roll

We’re segueing nicely into the holiday season, and that means lots of food, family and friends gathering around the table.  How about a seasonal, yummy, easy to serve dessert that’s do ahead, keeps refrigerated  more than a few days or freezes up to several months? I’m talking about pumpkin roll, that vintage dessert that can stand alone or included in your dessert buffet. My first … Continue reading I’m on a Roll with Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about Jesus’ first miracle for the wedding of Cana. That’s where He turned water into wine for lots of folks. With Halloween right around the corner I wanted to share yet another caramel corn recipe, this time a big batch recipe with pumpkin pie spice. Now if you don’t have/want the spice, check out the tips … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn