Traditions come in many forms and are associated with many specific times and places. Cherry Rhubarb Jam is a recipe that touches on each of those. My mother-in-law had rhubarb plants in her yard and each spring she would make her delectable Cherry Rhubarb Jam. I don’t know where she got her original recipe – …

Here’s another great recipe that is a standard, courtesy of my little sister who is our family cookie baker. She said this one was a favorite of our Dad. He liked oatmeal cookies, but was never a fan of raisins. This one became a favorite because it had all the great taste of an oatmeal …

This recipe came to me by way of an old friend who worked with me many years ago. Her name was Gisela and she was born and raised in Berlin. She grew up during WWII and shared many stories about her experiences during that difficult time. She eventually married a U.S. soldier and moved to …

I have been told that, technically, a Shepherd’s Pie uses ground lamb and Cottage Pie uses ground beef. However, in our family we’ve always referred to this dish as Shepherd’s Pie and it would be confusing to a great many people to change it now. So, here is one of my ultimate comfort food recipes. …

Let me begin by saying that Grammy’s little sister Sue also cooks. She is known as the family cookie and cupcake baker. Everyone in the family has their favorite Aunt Sue specialty and they’re not shy about making their requests. This cookie is one of my favorites, but it’s also the favorite of others in …

They say that scent memories are very strong memories. As a child growing up, the scent I most associated with my Granny Hamilton was the smell of apples. Blindfold me and cover my ears and drop me onto her back porch and I would immediately know where I was just by the smell of honeysuckle …

The first recipe post of 2021 has to include the traditional black-eyed pea. According to the internet (and I did have to go look it up to be certain), although eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s is a southern tradition to ensure prosperity for the coming year, this has been considered good luck by various …

You don’t have to smoke your prime rib. In fact, I followed pretty much this same process for years when roasting my Christmas Eve prime rib in the oven. However, there’s just something extra tasty about having a high quality prime rib roasted on your smoker. This is more of a process than a recipe. …

My daughter introduced me to these heavenly treats. They’re definitely an indulgence and take a number of ingredients, but, oh my! They’re certainly worth the effort! I found this version on Belle of the Kitchen’s site. INGREDIENTS: For the bars: 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted1 1/2 cups cups brown sugar, packed2 eggs1 teaspoon orange …

I’m not one of those cooks who produces decorated sugar cookies that are tiny works of art. I am a regular Mom and Grammy who makes cookies that taste good and become a fun experience to share with my children and grandchildren. My favorite holiday sugar cookie recipe is from King Arthur Baking Company and …