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 […]

Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins


I made a big batch of these this afternoon. Popped them in the oven and then headed across the street to the park with the kiddos. What a nice snack to come home to! My big boy (almost 12) loved the independence of coming home by himself to check them and pull them out of […]

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 […]

Bean and Meat Crockpot Enchilada

I made this for lunch last week, and FishBoy11 and Papa were just so pleased. Super easy and very good, especially with the yummy toppings!

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

May 1998 --- Red Carnations in the Kitchen --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

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 […]

Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your 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, […]

FishFave: Pretzel Berry Dessert

Pretzel Berry Dessert

This is FishPapa’s all-time Fave come holiday time. The man who “doesn’t like sweets” claims he could eat the whole pan. I guess we do have a dessert to arm wrestle over. You can make this with strawberries and strawberry jello, but we prefer it with raspberries and cranberry or raspberry jello. What’s your favorite […]