Apple Crowns (Recipe Swap: How ‘Bout Them Apples?)

The best source for apples on California’s Central Coast is Gopher Glen Apple Farm. (In case you didn’t know.) And one of the best varieties they grow is called a Spitzenberg. I had never heard of it ten years ago when I first visited what was then a tumble-down farm stand located in a wooded […]

Recipe Swap Revue

Over the last few months, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the recipes you all have shared in our Recipe Swaps. What a great resource to draw from! In the coming weeks, I thought we’d cover the following topics: Oct. 8 – Apples Oct 15 – PumpkinsOct 22 – Meat and PotatoesOct 29 – Halloween or Harvest […]

Lynn’s version of Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Recipe Swap: Soup’s On!)

How cool is it that when I asked Lynn to guestblog this week’s recipe swap, she chose my very favorite soup?! Jessica asked me to do a guest post for her while she is in the middle of moving to the West Coast. I love to cook and bake, so I was thrilled to be […]

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Apple Pie (Recipe Swap: Pie Oh My!)

Pie is probably one of my very favorite desserts. I have wonderful memories of watching my Gramma John or my mom magically transform fruit, flour, sugar and butter into something amazing. I was about ten when I first tried to do it on my own. Lemon Meringue with fresh lemons from our tree in the […]

Chicken and Bowties (Recipe Swap: Favorite Fall Food)

I love Autumn. It’s one of the best things about the Midwest. And one thing that I will miss once we move. When the trees turn colors, it’s just beautiful, and every year is different. Dependent on the weather, the leaves vary in their vibrancy. A couple years ago the foliage was full of vivid […]

Baby Greens with Nuts, Cranberries, Turkey, and Blue Cheese (Recipe Swap: What’s Your Favorite Post-Baby Indulgence?)

Do you know how much the food rules have changed since I had my first baby? In recent years I’ve been amazed at the growing lists of taboo foods: no alfalfa sprouts, no soft cheeses, no caffeine, no tuna fish, no hot dogs, no lunch meat, etc. etc. My goodness! Most of those were encouraged […]

Recipe Swap: What’s a Dish that You Deliver?

Having a baby is a wonderful occasion on many points. Sweet cheeks, soft skin and hair, no more Braxton-Hicks contractions. Another is that neighbors and friends love to cook for you. How nice is that?! Over the years I’ve been blessed to know a number of great cooks, and as a result, our recipe collection […]

Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your Crockpot?)

Sauerkraut and Pork in the Crockpot

One thing that’s true about the approach of fall is that the days get busy. And dinner is the last thing you want to think about in between carpools, homework, and soccer practice. That is where one of my best friends can save the day. Remember the handy dandy crockpot? Well, bust it out, ladies, […]