Apple & Cranberry Turkey Roulade

apple and cranberry turkey roulade

I’m so over the need to pull off a Norman Rockwell-worthy holiday dinner. Seriously, how many people really bring a whole, perfectly cooked turkey – beautifully garnished and presented on an heirloom platter, to the table for carving? Well, ok, my mom and dad pulled it off, but I’m convinced they were the exception to the rule. Continue Reading →

Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash & Pomegranate Seeds

roasted brussels sprouts

You’ve probably got a few of those boxes too. The ones that contain those refrigerator drawings from childhood or trophies from high school. That box of your “stuff” that mom sent home the last time you were there for a visit, because she needed to clean out her attic. You’ve been meaning to go through it and toss all but the most sentimental items. But you haven’t. Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Roulade with Ginger Buttercream

pumpkin roulade with ginger buttercream

Worst. Dinner. Party. Ever… The first problem was attempting to host an office holiday party for associates who really didn’t want to come. The second problem was that I didn’t know how to cook. However, as often happens, what was awkward, horrifying and embarrassing at the time, is hilarious in hindsight. And by “hindsight” I mean twenty plus years of it. Continue Reading →

Potato & Cheddar Waffles

potato and cheddar waffles

I’m not saying that Husband is a creature of habit when it comes to food, but let’s just say if I’m going to mess with his breakfast, I like to be pretty sure that I have a winner. When I ran across this recipe for Potato & Cheddar Waffles in Food & Wine recently, it bypassed my whole “try-this-someday” system {no really, I have a system!} and I announced we’d be trying something new the following morning. Continue Reading →

No-Knead Stealth Bread {and Cookbook Giveaway!}

no knead stealth bread

You’ve no doubt pondered the question: If there was one food that you could eat as much as you want, with no-down side, what would it be? Steak Diane? Linguine Alfredo? Boston Cream Pie? Continue Reading →

Baked Onion Rings


baked onion rings

I grew up in a “village.” Not a town, or a city, but a village. It sounds all European and quaint, but actually it was the village of Hopwood, in southwestern Pennsylvania. I never knew why it qualified as a village, so I turned to the internet {where, of course, everything is true}. Continue Reading →

Tomato Basil Phyllo Tart {Keeping it simple}

Tomato Basil Tart

I’m really an introvert. No one believes me when I say that, but it’s true. Large gatherings make me nervous, I’m terrible at small talk, and given the choice of going to a big party {especially a costume party} or putting on my elastic pants and watching a movie at home, I’ll choose the latter. Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Turkey Lasagna {It’s not about the meal…}

pumpkin lasagna

I started it. And for a short time, I was “religious” about it. I did it maybe two dozen times. But as time went on, I got “busy.” Or I “forgot.” The last time was 9 years ago.

NINE. YEARS. Continue Reading →

Huckleberry Zucchini Bread

huckleberry zucchini bread

When you bring home souvenirs from a trip, do you pick up a coffee mug? A refrigerator magnet? Maybe a t-shirt? To commemorate an incredible vacation in Idaho, I just carefully transported — in a cooler, for the 21-hour drive covering 4 states, a very precious memento. A small ziplock bag full of… huckleberries. Continue Reading →

Sweet & Spicy Pickled Onions {Beware of food-eating contests!}

sweet spicy pickled onions

I’ve worked in “Top 40” radio and I’ve worked in Christian music radio – and there are actually more similarities than differences. The hours can be bizarre, creative people can be a challenge to manage {understatement – and I’m including myself here!} … and it’s an absolute blast. Continue Reading →