Tomato Palooza

My husband LOVES tomatoes! Every year he plants and nurtures heirloom tomato plants from seed. He starts the incubation in the middle of winter, in his greenhouse, and when his toddlers are ready for tomato kindergarten, he gives them protection from squirrels in their custom-built screened enclosures.  All of his care and attention is worth…

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…

Homemade Sushi Party

Here’s a fun idea for a hands-on dinner party. Homemade sushi rolls. Sushi rolls are actually easy to make, once you get the hang of it. The most challenging part is finding the ingredients and the supplies needed to make the rolls. My town just happens to have a Japanese market so that was easy…

Award Winning Turkey Chili

My husband and I make this chili when we are hosting big gatherings. It serves a crowd but it also freezes well so don’t be intimidated by the quantity it makes. We’ve entered this chili in several chili cook-offs and not to brag, but it has won its share of ribbons. That says a lot…

Pita Bread Pudding with Pumpkin and Toasted Walnuts

I thought is would be fun to enter a few recipe contests and for this one, I received free samples of Toufayan Pita bread mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated…