Jim’s Texas Chili

The tradition of chili on Halloween started with my parents when my sister and I were growing up. It is the perfect meal before or after (or both!) trick-or-treating on a cold October night. Made in the afternoon, the chili stays on the stove and can be reheated...

Neopolitan Pizza Crust

This pizza crust is crunchy with just a little chew and wonderfully versatile! It is a family affair when we make extra crusts and freeze them for easy weeknight meals. Kids love the dough toss step and this has even been a popular birthday party activity! From a...

Coconut Macaroons

These melt-in-your-mouth meringues are a super easy to make and always a big hit for coconut lovers! (If you’re like Grandma Izzie, who wouldn’t touch the stuff, these are not for you. As the story goes, she and her brother, Great Uncle George, swiped a...

Madeline’s Quarantine Pot Pie

Quarantine met school work (and dinner) when Madeline received this Practical Living Class assignment to make a one pot meal. We are grocery shopping only once every two weeks while sheltering-in-place and, I will confess, we were nearing the end of the second week...

Cheese Puffs

A family favorite, these cheese puffs are on the appetizer table at every holiday gathering in our house. They are easy to make and even easier to eat! They can be made ahead and frozen in larger batches so you can keep them coming. From frozen, heat at 375° for 8 to...

Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce

This is a favorite weeknight meal at our house! If you already have Jim’s Italian Sausage and Sicilian Tomato Sauce on hand, it is quite easy to put together and goes a long way (two nights for us). You can certainly get a very tasty result with your favorite...