Easy, NO-Knead 100% Whole Wheat Bread

I’m on a mission to learn how to make 100% whole grain bread. My favorite breakfast is Ezekial toast with almond butter and a low sugar jam but I’d like to learn how to make my own whole grain bread. The thing is, making 100% whole grain bread is not as easy as making refined…

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

One of my baking goals is to master homemade whole grain bread. This was a goal of mine even before the bread baking obsession that came along with the stay at home order of the pandemic. Now that flour and yeast is available again, I thought I would start baking. Finding freshly baked bread, made…

Sweet Potato, Peanut and Chicken Stew

Stews are the ultimate one-pot meal. They are hearty, packed with flavor and can serve an army of hungry friends and family. My husband grew sweet potatoes in his garden this summer and he is harvesting them right now (mid-October). This is the perfect recipe to showcase these “freshly pull from the ground” tubers. It…

Recipe Roundup: Tomato Palooza 2020

Summer = Greg’s (my husband) garden-fresh tomatoes! In honor of my husband’s dedication to growing and nurturing these little and not so little gems, I’m rounding up our favorite tomato recipes that I’ve been making this summer. This year is our 2nd annual  “Tomato Palooza” and we’re not letting Covid-19 stop this festive outdoor family…

Nana’s Chicken Pot Pie

If you google chicken pot pie, you’ll get recipes for an actual chicken pie, with a top and bottom crust. But the Pennsylvania Dutch version of chicken pot pie is more of a chicken stew with square pieces of dough added to the broth (a chicken pie in a pot). This recipe is from my…

Morning Glory Oat Bran Muffins

If you’re eating muffins for breakfast, they should be hearty enough to sustain you throughout your morning,  Most muffins are nothing more than a glorified cupcake but not these muffins.  Packed with fiber-rich whole grains, golden raisins, shredded carrots and chopped apples, these are deliciously healthy “start your morning off right” kind of muffins. This…

Sweet and Moist Bran Muffins (with no added sugar)

It’s really hard to believe these muffins contain no added sugar. They’re  sweetness comes from chewy dates and mashed ripe bananas. Granted, this recipes requires a few extra steps but once you have all of the ingredients out, make an extra batch to freeze for later. If you need more encouragement to bake them, these…

Sausage, Mushroom and Butternut Squash with Ribbon Noodles

This is a hearty but healthy dish for those cold winter nights. The richness of flavor allows for some lighter ingredient substitutions. You can use less sausage because the mushrooms are an excellent stand in for meat and the herbs add a pop of fresh flavor. Butternut squash is a nutrient powerhouse providing a good…

Football Tailgate Beef Stew

Fall + football = hearty beef stew. This recipe feeds 8-10 people so it’s perfect for a tailgate or for serving those fans that gather in your family room. I love it because although it’s hearty, it’s made with lean beef, lots of veggies and simple seasonings. Plan to start this early because it will…

Elevated Marinara

I’ve made many tomato-based sauces over the years but this is hands down the best marinara I’ve ever made. This recipe, which I adapted from Cookinglight.com, makes a rich, intense killer sauce. The difference is that it’s baked in the oven rather than simmered over the stove. Full disclosure, I did use my husband’s award…