Chicken Divan out of oven

Feb 17, 2015

Chicken Divan Goes Local

Life is a balancing act. Sometime you cook a super healthy dinner from scratch using all local ingredients. Other times you open a couple cans of Cream of Chicken soup. Today I did the latter, but still made a dish that was tasty and healthy–and mostly local!  We ate Chicken Divan–chicken and broccoli (or green beans) covered in a creamy … Continue reading

Christmas Cowboy Cookies in a Jar

Dec 23, 2012

Christmas Cowboy Cookies in a Jar

Even a cookie can get its 15 minutes of fame. Cowboy Cookies entered the spotlight in 2000, when Laura Bush’s version beat Tipper Gore’s ginger snaps in the legendary candidates’ wives cookie bake-off.  This particular “Cookie in a Jar” twist was inspired by the blog Bakerella, but, as usual,  I have tweaked it just a bit.  Three grueling tests right … Continue reading

Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Dec 16, 2012

(Easy and Economical) Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Do you have some last minute holiday decorating to do?  If the answer is “yes,” how about a homemade winter pine branch arrangement?  It’s can be an easy and inexpensive way to bring some “fresh” indoors for the season. I got the idea many years ago when my stepfather had a knee replacement right before Christmas.  One of his “get … Continue reading

Dec 9, 2012

Original Betty Crocker French Apple Pie (with an efficiency trick!)

Do you have any great childhood food memories?  Some dishes so special you could never tamper with them?  One of my favorites is the original Betty Crocker French Apple Pie, which my mother made every fall, straight from the cookbook.  The tartness of the apples, contrasted with the sweetness of the streusel topping always seemed to make the perfect cool … Continue reading

Dec 3, 2011

Stalking the Wild Christmas Tree

It might never have become a tradition. When my husband and I were first married, we decided to cut our own tree.  What better way to start our new life together! With nothing available near town, we took the afternoon off and drove about an hour outside the city to the most enormous tree farm I could imagine.  Cold and … Continue reading

Rolled Egg Noodle Dough

Jan 9, 2011

Channeling Grandma: Egg Noodles in Chicken Broth

Perhaps it was rationalization.  Grandma had shown me how to make her homemade egg noodles many times.  And we (myself, siblings &  cousins) were all experienced in her rolling technique after years of unfurling noodle pinwheels into long streamers and spreading them to dry over linen towels (see recipe below). But I didn’t remember the ingredient ratios.  And the internet … Continue reading