Old-Fashioned Roast Beef Hash

When I think of good, old-fashioned comfort foods, this recipe for Roast Beef Hash would definitely be near the top of my list. When I was growing up, my mom often made a variation of this hash. It’s the perfect way to use up some leftover potatoes and stretch out the remainder of your Sunday roast beef dinner. (I grew up in a working-class family of seven, so being creative with leftovers was a must!) Music Man grew up eating roast beef hash too. So, after we married, we weren’t long … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake Loaf

For some reason, pound cake reminds me of my childhood. I’m not certain why, but I think it’s because my mom often had pound cake on hand for “company” and my grandmothers seemed to often serve some variation of a pound cake whenever we visited. Although my maternal grandmother occasionally made hers from scratch, the pound cake from my childhood was most often the iconic, store-bought, five inch square cake, topped with a thick layer of vanilla icing and wrapped in red corrugated paper … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins ~ I’m pretty sure most of you are now aware of my “small” obsession with muffins! However, in my defense, I don’t make them as often as I once did.  When our kids were little and still lived at home I made muffins way more often than I do now! I do admit to still loving to make them though!  Muffins are so easy to whip up and are such a tasty treat with a cup of hot coffee, that sometimes I just can’t stop myself. If like me you already have … [Read more...]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there anything more comforting on a cold, snowy night or a chilly, rainy day than coming home to a big bowl of steaming chicken noodle soup? To me, chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food and the only way it could possibly be improved on...is to make it homemade! If we buy a little chicken for dinner, I always make chicken stock from the carcass and more often than not, a batch of some type of chicken soup. Sometimes it’s chicken and rice soup but often it’s this recipe … [Read more...]

Homemade Pan Rolls

Homemade Pan Rolls ~  Let’s be honest, I think just most of us would agree, there is absolutely nothing that smells as delicious as homemade bread baking! It makes me drool just thinking a lot it. Having said that, I haven’t been experiencing that delicious aroma very much lately. When my kids were younger and I was working full-time and life was super busy, I made bread way more than I do now. Go figure? You would think it would be the complete opposite, wouldn't you? I guess that old … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Loaf

  Hands up, who loves coffee cake? Maybe an easier question would be, who doesn’t love coffee cake!  For me, there is nothing quite as homey and cozy as curling up with a steaming cup of coffee and a small...okay, okay...a big slice of homemade coffee cake. What I really like about this coffee cake loaf, besides the amazing taste, is the manageable size. It’s not a huge cake that will be constantly tempting me for days on end. The loaf size is a bit smaller than a cake and once … [Read more...]

How to Make Seafood Chowder

This Seafood Chowder is a once or twice a year delicious indulgence and has been a Christmas Eve tradition in our home for years! It may seem a little fussy to prepare, but it really isn’t. I find it easiest to chop and prepare everything earlier in the day, then cover and refrigerate any perishables. When the time comes to make the chowder, it’s basically a little assembly process. (Note - if you prepare the potatoes ahead of time, cover them with water to prevent discolouration and then … [Read more...]

APPETIZER ~ Loaded Baked Potato Skins

If you are looking for a high impact appetizer, that is delicious, easy to prepare and doesn't cost a fortune, then you need to make these Loaded Baked Potato Skins.  They really couldn't be simpler to make and cost very little. They are very easily customizable too! I often will add some cooked, crumbled bacon, but you could easily add finely diced and seeded tomatoes, peppers or whatever you like to have with your regular baked potatoes. These are the perfect appetizer alone or even … [Read more...]

No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons {aka Frogs}

I have made the basic recipe for what I know as “Frogs” for as long as I can remember. Many people refer to these cookies as Chocolate Macaroons, but to me, they will always be “Frogs”.  How or why they came to have that name escapes me; they are not green, greenish or frog shaped. What these cookies are, is delicious mounds of chocolate that can be made in a flash using ingredients most of us always have in our kitchen. Nothing exotic or unusual in this cookie, just oatmeal, coconut, … [Read more...]

How to Cook Brussels Sprouts (w/Recipe}

Our family has long been a fan of the often maligned, little brussels sprout!  I remember how my kids when they were just little, would beg me to make brussels sprouts for all of those special meals. Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Easter and Christmas;  really??...what kids want brussels sprouts for their birthday dinner...lol. When I began cooking brussels sprouts I knew very little about them, in fact, I am certain the first time we had them, they were frozen and from a bag.  I guess I must … [Read more...]

Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ I have had this recipe for what seems like forever!  I think I got it from my mom, but I am not sure where she discovered it or its initial origin.  I do remember when we were kids we often had pudding for dessert.  Because of the somewhat unusual addition of a pudding mix to these cookies,  I suspect the recipe may have come from a pudding company. Perhaps, at one time it was written on the package itself or found in a magazine or product insert. I have … [Read more...]