Simplified Homemade Tapioca Pudding

Creamy, rich vanilla flavor, along with with chewy tapioca pearls, makes tapioca pudding an old classic–that is just as good today.  

Creamy, rich and full of vanilla flavor, and studded with small [chewy] pearls, tapioca pudding is an old classic that is just as good today.

Tapioca pudding

I love it when I discover a delicious new-for-me classic recipe.  Like Tapioca pudding!  Nothing gets to be a classic without a reason!   Read more



Any Count Apricot Tarts (Even Singles)

This simple apricot tart recipe is perfect for making single tarts—or serving a crowd. Also great with peaches or pears.  

This simple apricot tart recipe is perfect for making single tarts—or serving a crowd. It also works great with peaches or pears.

Apricot Tart

It was quite by accident that I stumbled across the idea of making individual apricot tarts. In the bountiful late summer, my buying club box arrived, overflowing, with an enormous quantity of beautiful fresh apricots. How good is that!   Read more


Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew (Bourguignon)

Loaded with carrots, turnips, green beans & mushrooms, in a rich beef stock, Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew makes a complete meal. Just add whole grain bread.

Loaded with carrots, turnips, green beans & mushrooms, in a rich beef stock, Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew makes a complete meal. Just add a whole grain bread.

Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew

It was years ago when I found the original recipe for Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew. I was in the beginnings of a lifelong love of soups, and it seemed inherently sane to make huge pots of soup on Saturdays, freeze it in small portions and thaw midweek for dinner.  As my career ramped up and free time ramped down, this became a lifeline.  

Yes, I was not going to give up healthy, local eating just because career and kids took up, hmmm… 110% of my time.   Read more


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