No Fail Pie Crust

Lately, I haven't been making as many pies as I once did.  Probably related to two things, first, I'm certainly more health conscious than I was 20 years ago.  And,  lets face it, with a cup of shortening/butter/lard in one double crust pie, it doesn't matter if the filling is all carrots, quinoa and celery, it could never be considered a health food.  However, sometimes healthy just isn't the priority...comfy and homey is, and a pie certainly fits that criteria.  Secondly, now that I'm a … [Read more...]

Banana Chip Muffins….these are so delicious! {Recipe}

Today I had some bananas that were getting over ripe.  Usually I make banana bread or peel the bananas and freeze them for future banana breads.  I love banana bread...but, quite frankly, today the thought of another one just held no appeal.. So, I headed off to look through my trusty cookbooks.   Several hours later I emerged from a pile of cookbooks, recipe cards and magazines and asked myself...what was I looking for??  Oh yes, something to do with the dreaded, rotting bananas.  So, … [Read more...]

~ A – Z Challenge 2011 ~ the letter “A”

I LOVE to cook and bake so I thought I would do recipes for the A - Z  Challenge 2011.  They're all tried, tested and true and I hope you enjoy them!! "A "  Artichoke Dip 1 bottle artichoke hearts 2 large cloves garlic 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise Drain and squeeze out artichokes.  Finely mince garlic.  Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Put in small ovenproof dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.  Serve with crackers or sliced … [Read more...]