This is one of my most requested meals. Beef stew is one of the ultimate fall and winter comfort foods, a great make-ahead one-dish meal for working moms and dads, and it freezes well. My beef stew recipe is a combination of my Mom’s, my Mother-in-Law’s and my own additions. My memories of this dish …

When I married into my husband’s family, one of the first food traditions I was introduced to was Grandma Croy’s Cinnamon Applesauce. All my life I had eaten cooked apples the way my Granny had made them, which were chunky and stewed. This applesauce is a bright red and has a wonderful spicy cinnamon flavor. …

Finally, it’s that time of year again when I can start making all of my chili, soup and stew recipes. These are some of our family’s favorite meals. This White Chicken Chili recipe is one I got from AllRecipes.com years ago and was one inspired by the dish served at Cha Cha’s Restaurant. I’ve never …

This is a recipe from my mother-in-law and it is a very well “traveled” cake. When she had zucchini in abundance, she would make these, wrap them well and freeze them. She nearly always brought one with her when she and my father-in-law came to visit us in Missouri. It’s a very easy recipe, uses …

There’s nothing like a pan of slow cooked baked beans. Every family has its very personal take on what makes the perfect baked beans, not unlike the family meatloaf recipe or the spaghetti sauce recipe. Other than a few basics, there’s really no wrong way to do this. In fact, this dish is a very …

This dessert will always remind me of my Mom. She always made the best cream pies when we were kids and chocolate was my personal favorite. She worked at a local grocery store called Renner’s Market and Tuesday was her day off. That was the day she cleaned house, did laundry and meal prepped for …

It’s the most requested meal for birthdays. It’s the most requested dish when I ask people what I can bring for an event. It’s comfort food to the max. I’ve made this for every occasion you can imagine and it’s one of my signature dishes. I hope you enjoy it! Choose a deep 9 x …

I often look for gluten-free recipes to serve for family events. It’s important to me that those with special diet requirements feel just as satisfied as those who have no restrictions. And, when I can find recipes that everyone can eat and that don’t taste “gluten-free” that’s even better! This recipe comes from Yammie’s Gluten …

If ever there was a meal that defined my childhood, my Mom’s spaghetti would be at the top of the list, followed closely by my Granny Hamilton’s fried chicken (the topic of a future blog post). This was not the Italian Mama cook all day spaghetti sauce. It was the working Mom raising 5 kids …

My mother-in-law, Dorothy Croy, introduced me to her special concoction when I married her son. The ingredients are simple and, as everyone in our family and circle of friends agrees, you either love it or you hate it. To make 1 gallon of Grandma Croy tea: Steep 3 large family size teabags of your favorite …