Fresh Guacamole: It’s a Fine Thing!


Lately, we’ve scored major big time in the avocado department. Not only have they been a great deal ($0.49 each), but they’ve also been beautiful, creamy, and delicious. It was almost a shame to turn some into guacamole. But, we like our avo dip. So, I did. Years ago, FishPapa had a run in with […]

Easiest Mac and Cheese (Recipe Swap: Comfort Food)


Food is a great comforter. There is just something about the connection between our taste buds and our brain that can do wonders. I don’t pretend to understand it, but the right foods can make us feel better when the rain has spoiled our parade, when the dog has eaten our homework, when no one […]

Mustard Grilled Chicken (Recipe Swap: The Healthy New Year Edition)


Not only is New Year’s a time for goal setting and getting a fresh start, it’s also a time to purge that Christmas candy from the pantry. Oh my! We had a little too much fun around here the last month or so. My jeans feel a lot tighter than they did back in early […]

Garlic Brie Bread

Garlic Brie Bread

This appetizer is just fantastic! It is very “make-ahead” and only contains a few ingredients. One great aspect of it is that you get to eat the bowl!

Chocolate Crescents


The francophile in me just can’t call these croissants. They’re just Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls gussied up a bit. But, they do resemble, in an Americanized way, the pains au chocolats (or chocolate croissants) I ate in France. These are an easier cheat than the traditional way. The recipe is only problematic in that the […]

California Chicken Gumbo for a Mob

Chicken Gumbo

Now, I didn’t really name this recipe, though I certainly could have. I know all about cooking for a mob in California. This recipe is actually adapted from A Feast of Soups, one of my very favorite cookbooks. If your family enjoys soups, then it is worth it to hunt down a copy of this […]

Gramma Ruthie’s Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Topping and Rich Lemon Sauce

This cake-like dessert is one that my mother-in-law often made for us at the holiday time. It is simple and delicious. You will want to eat it all. It’s on my menu for next week. Gingerbread1 cup sugar1/4 t. salt1 t. ginger1/2 t. cinnamon1/2 t. cloves1 c. oil1 c. molasses2 t. baking soda1 c. boiling […]

Home Ec 101: Soup from Leftovers


Soup is a wonderfully frugal, potentially delicious meal to serve your family. And it can successfully be made from leftovers. What a great way to exercise the “waste-not-want-not” mentality that will keep us all in the black these days. Now, don’t go thinking you’re gonna throw everything in a pot, Pippi Longstocking-style. There’s a method […]