Seasonal

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

A “christmas tradition” means snow, right? And cut out sugar cookies, right? And turkey? No wait—ham. And . . .well, it’s really kind of impossible to define a traditional christmas for everyone. It’s more fun to discover what a wide variety of christmas traditions there […]

Thanksgiving Tasty Tips

Thanksgiving Tasty Tips

Enjoy more vegetables more than starchy foods Enjoy more water than wine or pop Enjoy time with family and friends Help out and appreciate your host(s)  Happy Thanksgiving from my kitchen to yours

Eating Seasonally

Eating Seasonally

A friend tells a story of an especially long and troubled winter several years ago. It seemed like the snow and cold would never end. One day she saw fresh asparagus at the grocery store and she burst into tears. She said, “I’m sure other […]

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

A friend had guests visiting from Europe. It was late July, so she was excited to offer them locally grown sweet corn. Due to the Europeans limited access to sweet corn, the locally grown treat was poorly received. She cried as she told me how […]

Sparkle, Sizzle, Pop! Celebrating the USA

Sparkle, Sizzle, Pop! Celebrating the USA

Celebrating the July 4th holiday vary from an impromptu BBQ with family or friends, attending a festival, watching or participating in a parade, fireworks, taking a road trip or just relaxing at home. No matter how you celebrate the USA, remember 3 letters and enjoy […]

Dressing or Stuffing?

Dressing or Stuffing?

Oh my! What did I get myself into when I decided to write a blog discussing that holiday dinner favorite—stuffing. Or is it dressing? For a really fun time, pose this question to a group of adults from different backgrounds. If the group is gathered […]

Crockpot Christmas

Crockpot Christmas

I’ve hosted several Crockpot Cooking Classes these past few months and I started thinking that it might be fun to have a Crockpot Christmas Dinner.  This is a term I created. Crockpot Christmas Dinner simply means that all the dishes for christmas dinner are made […]

Cookie Exchange

Cookie Exchange

My teenaged daughter hosted a cookie exchange party the other day. The younger generation has picked up some of our fun ideas! It was neat to hear the girls laughing and talking as they swapped cookies and shared recipes. They were also experiencing some important […]

Don’t Blame Turkeys!

Don’t Blame Turkeys!

Don’t blame turkeys for the calories you pack on this holiday season! Diet programs and garment sellers are depending on us to gain weight, you know. Holiday dinners have so many calories that any diet plan can be shot to pieces at just one sitting […]

Winter Squash

Winter Squash

If you Google “winter squash” you will either be delighted or dismayed by the kaleidoscope of photos, articles and recipes presenting the many varieties of winter squashes available. One writer even says that since there are just too many different types to learn about, you […]