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Mardi Gras
2018-01-20 13:35
I love that we have a two-fer in February as far as holidays go, and they are two of my favorite. These recipes will help you celebrate a most delicious Mardi Gras (fat Tuesday) on February… Read More
Pork With White Beans And Cherry Tomatoes
2018-01-08 12:00
Pantry staples are a must in a large family. Weekly shopping is tedious enough for us without having to resort to trips throughout the week to stock up. This is especially true in the winter… Read More
2017-11-06 12:00
Everyone has a food that takes them instantly back to their childhood with a single bite. For me it's these rolls. Served at every large family gathering, they were gone before they cooled a… Read More
Nutty Pumpkin Drinks
2017-10-23 11:00
When it comes to autumn and winter holidays one of my favorite parts is what we’re drinking. I don’t necessarily mean alcoholic beverages, but everything we drink. As a rule my f… Read More
2017-10-16 11:00
When it comes to comfort food the most comforting of all is homemade bread. There is something warm and wonderful about the aroma as it bakes that makes you want to slow down and take the ti… Read More
Maple Glazed
2017-10-09 13:17
I've heard tell of those who find the football game secondary to the tailgate party. I'm one of those people. Don't get me wrong; I love a good football game, but the fun had with others on… Read More
Pumpkin Spice Kentucky Butter Cake
2017-10-02 11:00
I am winding down here on my abilities to blog and ramping up on my school and children duties. This means I will have to cap myself at one recipe a week for at least the rest of this year… Read More
Veggie Wednesday: Last Of The Harvest Salad
2017-09-27 11:00
We are very much at the end of tomato season, and yet, with 90 degree days this week you'd think it was still mid-summer. Hot days don't match with apples and pumpkins and all things fall, s… Read More
Beef And Cheese Crostata
2017-09-25 11:00
Crostata is usually a sweet dessert, but this savory preparation is a delicious and different dinner that disappears each time I make it. I make two of these as my kids are very hearty eater… Read More
2017-09-22 11:00
Pumpkin time usually means warm and comforting baked goods, but I am of the mind that milkshakes are a year-round treat. This one combines vitamin-A rich pumpkin puree, creamy vanilla ice cr… Read More
Barbunya Pilaki
2017-09-20 11:00
The first time I had Pilaki was several months ago when I stopped in to a local Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant, Anatolian Kitchen. My daughter Katie is a vegetarian and I knew there would… Read More
Baked Pennoni
2017-09-18 11:00
Here is another easy meal for busy school nights. One of my favorite uses for ShopRite Certified organic Imported Specialty Pasta is this recipe. It goes together quickly, bakes in one pan a… Read More
Cheddar Walnut Bread
2017-09-15 11:00
I love a good sweet bread. Mostly I make things like zucchini, or pumpkin, or banana, but I found myself craving the dense, moist texture of those breads without the sweetness. I wanted a de… Read More
Pasta With Sausage And Peppers
2017-09-11 11:00
This lighter take on sausage and peppers is a great weeknight meal that takes very little time to prepare. I use leftover sausage links that have already been cooked to make prep time faster… Read More
Veggie Wednesday: Seven Layer Taco Dip
2017-09-06 11:00
FOOTBALL! Yes, that's right, on Thursday, September 7, 2017 it's football season again. I'm excited, can you tell? Aside from some minor issues and wondering about players and who will stay… Read More
Chili And Chips
2017-09-04 11:00
This simple Chili and Chips is one of my kids' favorite one-bowl meals, and mine, too! It goes together in one pot and prep-time is super fast. Choose whatever type of tortilla chips you lik… Read More
Orange And Chocolate Brownie Bites
2017-09-01 11:00
Two classic flavors combine in one decadent little bite. These are so delicious and easy to prepare that nobody will know you didn't slave away in the kitchen for hours. These are like the o… Read More
Veggie Wednesday: Fiddlehead Ferns
2017-08-30 12:13
Raw Fiddlehead FernsFiddlehead ferns, so named for the shape they grow into, are a delicious addition to your spring vegetable repertoire. Similar in flavor to asparagus, with a slightly bit… Read More
Orange Pork Cutlets And Baby Bok Choy
2017-08-28 11:00
Baby bok choy is the smaller and more tender version of regular bok choy. It cooks quickly and does not need to be separated or chopped to cook.Orange, soy and garlic combine in a delicious… Read More
After School Snacks
2017-08-25 11:00
By the time my kids walk through the door after school, they are nearly zombies owing to the fact that they're famished. I think they would eat just about anything at that point, and they te… Read More
Cucumber Melon Agua Fresca
2017-08-21 11:00
Agua fresca is served at food stands throughout Mexico and is the perfect foil to spicy dishes. It's also one of the most refreshing drinks and excellent for cooling off on a hot summer day… Read More
Blueberry Bruschetta
2017-08-18 11:00
While bruschetta is most often served as a savory preparation, it also makes a lovely and lighter dessert. The smooth cream cheese is a perfect contrast to the sweet-tart berries. Grilling i… Read More
Lemon Dill Shrimp Soup
2017-08-14 11:00
I don't usually serve warm soups in the summer, but once in a while a day will present itself cooler than usual and then I feel comfortable serving this one. The bright flavors of dill and l… Read More
Fruit And Grain Bars
2017-08-11 11:00
My kids love fruit and grain bars for after school snacks, but they can be quite pricey. This homemade version is a substantial savings over the store-bought kind, and because they're made a… Read More
Shrimp Rolls
2017-08-07 12:29
There's nothing quite like a fresh lobster roll on the shores of Maine, but when you can't get there and you can't afford lobster to make them at home, shrimp makes a delicious second-best… Read More
Lunchbox Apple Pies
2017-08-04 11:53
It's closing in on school time and thoughts of packing lunches are upon us yet again. Before you purchase store bought hand pies for your child's lunch, give these a try. Not only can you ch… Read More
Red, White, And Blue Recipes
2017-08-02 11:00
Labor Day in the United States marks the last of the "Red, White, and Blue" summer holidays, and these recipes are perfect when entertaining even the most patriotic of people.Sweet blueberri… Read More
Antipasto Pasta Salad
2017-07-31 11:00
My family just loves pasta salad, especially in the summer. This one is excellent for potluck picnics or dinner at home. This has all the best elements of a great antipasto plate tossed toge… Read More
Strawberries & Cream Icebox Cake
2017-07-28 11:00
Just four ingredients make this cake a real treat, in more ways than one. Fresh strawberries combine with rich sweetened condensed milk and cake for a delicious dessert. The necessary make-a… Read More
Chocolate Ice Cream And Nut Pie
2017-07-21 11:00
Chocolate Ice Cream and Nut PieHave I mentioned it's hot around here lately? Well, it is. This is another warm-weather recipe to help you cool off. Chocolate and peanuts and pie ... what's n… Read More
Veggie Wednesday: Maque Choux
2017-07-19 11:00
This traditional Native American dish is very popular in Cajun country (and pronounced 'mock SHOE'). It's so simple that it's easy enough for every day meals. Fresh corn is the usual for the… Read More
Bacon And Egg Stuffed Tomatoes
2017-07-17 11:00
Bacon and Egg Stuffed TomatoesEveryone who really knows me knows tomatoes are my absolute favorite food. I mean, when I'm asked the deserted island question about which foods I would want fo… Read More
Strawberry Milkshake Popsicles
2017-07-14 11:00
Strawberry Milkshake PopsiclesAs of the last few weeks it has become glaringly apparent that it's summer. The kids are showing it, too. The higher the mercury goes, the more often they ask f… Read More
Lime Angel Food Cake With Raspberry Sauce
2017-07-10 13:13
Lime Angel Food Cake with Raspberry SauceFluffy Angel Food Cake takes on a new twist with the addition of lime juice and zest. Paired with a simple raspberry sauce, this cake is at once deli… Read More
Veggie Wednesday - Grilled Fruit Kabobs
2017-06-28 14:24
I'm seriously overdue for a Veggie Wednesday post! This time, though, it's all fruit. Check out this link for more Veggie Wednesday posts! Oh, and take a look at my very first Veggie Wednesd… Read More
French Potato Salad
2017-06-19 16:04
It's stupid hot lately. Not by the numbers, really - high 80s, low 90s is hot, but not stupid hot. It's the humidity. With readings like 83% at times, it makes going outside a scary proposit… Read More
Chicken Lettuce Wraps And Sesame Slaw
2017-05-24 11:26
Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Sesame SlawHere's another great way to use one of those rotisserie chickens sold at the deli in your favorite grocery. I love lettuce wraps - they're like egg rolls… Read More
Amish Community Cookbook
2017-05-23 18:00
Here in the Lehigh Valley, we don't live too far from Amish communities. It's no surprise, then, that I have several Amish cookbooks. Most are the same - recipes written with no fluff or ext… Read More
Any Sharp Pro
2017-03-20 10:00
One of the best things about all the gadgets, gizmos, and gear one can obtain in a kitchen is the fact that you can choose just about any color your heart desires. This means that no matter… Read More
Modern Pressure Cooking
2017-02-07 17:06
Modern Pressure Cooking by Bren Herrera, Page Street Publishing Co. 2016.I recall, when I was a child, Sunday's in my grandmother's kitchen. After morning church services we would come home… Read More
Bake It Better With Miss Jones Challenge
2016-11-21 13:00
What inspires you to bake during the holidays? Bake up a treat of your choice using Miss Jones baking mix and/or frosting, and they will donate $1 to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Just use the has… Read More
Pecan Pies In Pumpkin Shells
2016-11-14 15:37
Many moons ago I had the privilege of working for Disney on several of their websites. This is a recipe that was on in 2008. This fun recipe is perfect for this time of year… Read More
No-Knead Cheesy Bread
2016-10-13 16:10
I adore bread. I don't eat a lot of it because of health issues, but boy do I love the stuff. Cheesy bread? Yeah, even that much more. This recipe is from King Arthur Flour along with Cabot… Read More
Pepperidge Farm Swirl Breads
2016-09-26 13:00
Who doesn't love Pepperidge Farm Swirl Breads? Here's the thing, if you loved it before, you'll love it even more now with a new wider slice and more cinnamon! For now it's Cinnamon Swirl an… Read More
Taste Of Home Simple & Delicious Cookbook
2016-09-19 12:29
This past week I had the chance to review the newest Taste of Home Cookbook. I honestly can't recall the first time I read a Taste of Home magazine, but I know it was at least 20 years ago… Read More
Chocolate Cream And Strawberry Pie
2016-07-28 13:13
Chocolate Cream and Strawberry PieFasten your seat belts, this chocolate cream is dark and rich and whoa. Slice this beauty of a pie into 16 pieces unless you're truly a chocoholic and can d… Read More
Healthy With Anne
2016-06-01 14:27
Here it is! My newest endeavor, Healthy with Anne. I recently got burned out caring for others at my jobs (because the caring at home never ends!) and decided to go in a different direction… Read More
Money Saving Ingredient Substitutions
2016-05-26 13:37
Quick blurb from me - I haven't done one of those in a while - about one of my favorite topics; Saving Money! Not only are these subs cost friendly, several of them are flat-out healthier! K… Read More
2016-05-23 11:20
Peach CobblerIt's just about peach time! Peak time for fresh peaches is usually July in most states, but they're out there as early as May. Choose fruit that yield to slight pressure but are… Read More
Turkey Waldorf Salad
2016-05-13 18:41
Turkey Waldorf SaladI remember this stuff as a kid - it was a big deal in the 1970's it seems. I don't recall it with any type of protein, however. I added leftover turkey to mine, but you c… Read More
2016-05-05 14:07
Herbed Cheese CrackersThis cheese and herb business isn't over yet. I first made these a really long time ago - like, 20 or so years - and loved them each time. I can't keep them longer than… Read More
2016-04-29 12:01
I've been a gardener for quite some time now (check out my gardening posts!) and that includes growing my own herbs each year, as well.Herbs are one of the easiest things to grow, outside, i… Read More
2016-04-27 16:52
Chicken Panko RomanoPanko is a Japanese bread crumb that provides a crunchy coating like no other. Combined with Romano cheese, the result is divine. A thick and hearty tomato sauce offsets… Read More
Earl's New American At Peddler's Village
2016-04-12 20:56
I had the immense privilege of attending the media event for the re-opening of Earl's New American at Peddler's Village this weekend. As we rarely get away from the kids, we decided to make… Read More
2016-03-30 15:40
So, it's not that warm out yet, but some of us like to fire up the grill as soon as temps reach 55. This chicken is a beautiful reason to get your grill heated up! Huli Huli Chicken is authe… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Asparagus cloaked with velvety rich Hollandaise sauce.Easter is on the way and, like all things that need our time an attention, it will be here all too soon. One thing served at many Easter… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Anne's MeatballsWhen I first began making meatballs many years ago I made them as my mom did - meat, bread, milk, egg, salt and pepper and possibly nutmeg for flavoring. So-so at best but go… Read More
2016-02-12 15:06
Veggie Lasagna RollsOh my goodness, it's COLD out there! I mean, really chilly for us in Eastern PA. Temps look to drop to negative teens in wind chill, so we're battening down the hatches a… Read More
2016-02-07 02:06
Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without a King Cake. Not to be prepared or eatenbefore January 6th, also known as Epiphany, Twelfth Night or Three Kings' Day, it's arich yeast dough most com… Read More
Super Bowl 50
2016-02-04 00:25
This is, hands-down, one of my favorite times of year. Whether or not my team (The Pittsburgh Steelers) made it into the Bowl, I love to watch. Along with that watching comes eating and thes… Read More
2016-01-20 00:23
Classic Patty MeltPatty melts are classic diner fare and my very favorite, to boot. The best I've had is at the Royal Diner in Washington, N.J. In fact, here's my review:Straight out of 1940… Read More
2016-01-16 22:45
It's game day! Playoffs for Superbowl 50 are ON and I needed dinner and football munchies. Here's a kid-pleasing favorite that's also a game day winner and not too hard on the budget. U… Read More
2015-01-26 14:01
Slow Cooker Orange ChickenIs there any better tool in a busy person's cooking arsenal than a slow cooker?  The best part about them is the fact that they can be used year-round, as well… Read More
2014-12-30 15:00
Who remembers these? Way back in the 80's we were all making ranch flavored pretzel snacks and oyster cracker snacks for the holidays. Nothing new at all, but for this version I've changed u… Read More
2014-12-10 15:22
In my family we have mashed potato lovers and butternut squash lovers, and those who love both. This dual mash with sharp cheddar is so good you'll want to make it for more than just holiday… Read More
2014-12-06 11:47
Mini Cheese BallsIf cheese balls are the hit of the party, mini cheese balls are an even bigger hit. Do you know why they're better? Coatings. Yep, when it comes to cheese balls, I like equa… Read More
Candy Acorns
2014-11-26 11:57
Candy AcornsTwo favorite flavors, peanut butter and chocolate, combine in these adorable little acorn-shaped candies. They are a perfect complement to any autumn holiday table and fun for ev… Read More
2014-11-24 16:03
Check out this awesome infographic from Cabot Cheese with all sorts of tips about cooking with kids. This is something I do often, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner you can garner… Read More
2014-11-17 12:04
Sweet Potato Pie with Praline SauceSweet potato pie is a staple in the deep South, differing from pumpkin pie by mere spices. Quick to make and paired with a sweet Praline Sauce, it's just t… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
I've been making quiche for over 20 years (yes, I'm really that old) and it never gets boring. In fact, the combinations of fillings are limitless and I don't think I've ever had a quiche I… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Bento is, very simply put, a Japanese lunchbox that's making waves across the U.S.. Traditionally made with rice, meat, poultry or fish and pickled or other cooked vegetables and often lefto… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Green Chile Mac and CheeseNot for the faint of heart or calorie conscious, this pasta is spicy and rich. The poblanos add heat and flavor while the Mexican crema cools things down at the sam… Read More

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