Porcini Mushroom Pasta Sauce

Porcini mushrooms have a wonderful, rich and earthy flavor that turns this simple creamy sauce into something really special. Above it is pictured with cheese ravioli that came in the refrigerator case at the grocery store. This combination offers a quick and easy,...

Salzbrezeln

These “Salzbrezeln” (salted pretzels) are fun to make-together any time of the year, but are particularly necessary at our house around Oktoberfest. They can be tricky to roll out, but even the youngest pretzel-makers say they’re worth it in the end....

As You Wish Crustless Quiche

We’re calling this “As You Wish” because you really can get creative with this crustless quiche. I have offered several variations at the bottom of this post, but just about any ingredients that you think sound good are worth a try added to this...

Homemade Salsa

One of our favorite summer indulgences, when we have lots of fresh, ripe tomatoes in our garden, is to make homemade salsa. We find it is tastiest straight from the bowl we mix it in. Even after refrigeration, it is far superior to any store-bought, jarred version....

Chop, Mash, In-A-Flash Guacamole

Talk about “super foods” and avocados are way up there on the list. They’re delicious, they are available all year-round and they pack a nutritional wallop! And this isn’t news to anyone. While these days we tend to associate guacamole with...

Basic Bread from Starter (Yum!)

We make this bread at least once a month. It makes four medium size loaves. We usually eat one on the day we make it and freeze the other three. It is a perfect bread sliced in a basket for a side at the dinner table, but we also use it instead of pastry puffs and in...