Marinated Flank Steak (Recipe Swap: The Meat and Potatoes Edition)


These recipe swaps can really make a girl hungry, ya know? Last week’s pumpkin carnival had me rushing out for canned pumpkin only to come back and read more recipes with ingredients I didn’t have. So this week’s shopping list includes cream cheese for Janel’s Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes and a vat of oil for those […]

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’

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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?)

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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 […]

What We Got Cookin’

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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 […]

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 […]