What’s Cookin’

Having a plan for the week’s menus helps me:** save money – I’m not tempted to run through McDonald’s.** eat better – I can vary the foods that we eat, balancing out red meat, poultry, and vegetarian meals over the course of the whole week.** get dinner done in a timely fashion – too often, […]

Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie – Recipe Swap: (Never) Too Many Pumpkins!

Years ago I found this great book at the library called Too Many Pumpkins. It tells the story of Rebecca Estelle, an elderly woman who, as a result of living in the Depression, hated pumpkins. It turned out that the only food her family had had for a season was pumpkins. Consequently, she avoids pumpkins […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Electric Griddle

Many moons ago FishPapa began a family tradition of making Saturday pancakes. He even let our oldest, a toddler at the time, assist in preparing the batter. You can bet that my eyes bugged out when he let our 18-month old crack the eggs. Since then, pancakes have been a regular part of the weekend […]

What’s Cookin’

Here’s what’ll be on the dinner table this week: Hamburgers and Fries, Fruit SaladShredded Beef Soft Tacos, Rice and BeansPasta with Red Sauce, Salad, and Garlic BreadHomemade Pizza and SaladPork Roast in the Crockpot, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Cauliflower and CarrotsBean Tostadas, FruitLondon Broil, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Salad We’re a little heavy on the meat dishes […]

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 […]

What We Got Cookin’

Getting back into the swing of things around here. It’s wierd to be cooking after a week or so of McDonalds, In-N-Out Burger, and Starbucks. “Vacation” is over. FishPapa asked, “What vacation?” Yeah. Anyway, since we have no condiments and few staples, meals will be pretty simple until I can ramp up a little on […]

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 […]