About 2 years, I blogged about a lasagna recipe that I discovered in Cooking Light magazine.  Not being a huge lasagna fan, this was one I truly loved and I have spent the past 2 years improving on an already great recipe!  The typical lasagna has 600+ calories and this version only has 378 per …

The kitchen is my playground and I love creating new recipes!  One of my most popular creations is my “Smokey” Jalapeno Poppers.  They are so good that I never can seem to make enough of them.  Last week, at our “Baby Q” we had for my future granddaughter, Hadley Grace Pitt, I made 260 of …

When I was growing up in the South, potato salad was at every church potluck or family gathering but I was never a fan.  In a child’s mind, something crunchy like raw onions and celery mixed in with your favorite smooth ingredients just didn’t mesh with me.  The only version of potato salad I would …

One of my favorite cooking vessels in the kitchen is my Bamboo Steamer. It is a healthier way to cook and I use it most often in the spring and summer when vegetables are at their freshest and the taste buds want more lighter fare.  This past weekend, I used it for a delicate little …

Dill Pickles and I go way back.  I don’t just have a love for them…I am self-confessed ADDICT!  It definitely runs in my mother’s side of the family because I don’t know anyone in the English clan that doesn’t love them as much as I do!  I passed this fascination onto my own daughter, Ashleigh, who …

I love Corned Beef!  My favorite way to have it is on couple of pieces of Rye Bread, smothered in sour kraut and mustard, topped with gooey swiss cheese…grill it and I’m good to go!  You can always get excellent Corned Beef at your local market, too but every year around St. Patrick’s Day, you …

If you have been following my blog over the last year, you have figured out that my favorite foods are usually served in a bowl…the perfect vessel for delicious brothy bites!  One of my favorite recipes is actually probably one of the simplest…Beef Stew.  Although I have tried many other recipes with wonderfully exotic ingredients, …

Thanksgiving has come and gone and your tummies are probably still stuffed with all the yummy turkey and the sinful side dishes and desserts that you enjoyed with your family yesterday.  You may have even over-indulged a bit….I could definitely say that by looking at my father-in-law’s plate. He might fall into that category! Today, however, …

The holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, is my favorite time of the year!  Something about the opportunity to gather with family and friends surrounded by twinkling lighted trees and crackling warm fires always comforts me….and, OH THE FOOD!  It seems that people not only put more time in their food preparation during this time …

Last night, I whipped up the simplest and easiest stir fry and it was so beautiful and tasty, I knew I had to share it with you.  It is kind of a different take on stir fry in that I use a homemade Szechwan sauce.  Szechwan cuisine is typically considered one with fresh but bold …