Happy 2014!


Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie

Since I last posted on this blog, I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner, a welcome home dinner our daughter Rachel and new son-in-law, Jake;  cookies and sweet breads for Christmas gifts;


Loaded with Good Stuff Loaf

 our traditional Christmas Eve buffet, Christmas brunch and dinner;



lots of royal icing for our gingerbread house competition;



New Year’s Eve buffet, our New Year’s Day pasta, not to mention most of the favorite foods of our visiting children for the holidays;


 Marcella Hazan’s Focaccia 


(Tiramisu using Orzo instead of coffee)

an Italian birthday dinner for our youngest daughter on her 18th (!)



and party food for the birthday celebration;

not to mention all the dinners in between!!


Hot Cocoa Cookies

Elizabeth  has been a great help to me during this time as well as cooked her share of recipes including– a Secret Santa Cookie Exchange with her friends at State High and a dynamite Red Velvet Cake for a friend’s birthday.

Wow, I’ve just realized how much food has gone through my kitchen in the last 2 and 1/2 months, now that I have written it down!   I’m sure that I’ve forgotten something, but now, I really need to stop cooking and deep clean my kitchen.

There are lots of recipes to share from these months.  Here are a few:

Broccoli-Wild Rice Casserole–from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, so you know it will be hearty.  It is packed full of broccoli, carrots mushrooms, celery and onions with wild rice in a cream sauce.  You could eat it as a main course.

Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey–these take a bit of time but a fun, different appetizer.

Sugar Cookies–I have many recipes for sugar cookies.  This is one of the best and it really holds up cut out, iced and decorated.

Michael Symon’s Basic Stuffing–Basic but very yummy.

Beef and Black Bean Chili–2 Tablespoons of cocoa, 2 Tablespoons of hot chili powder, some cumin and smoked paprika makes this chili great for a cold day.

Now, after deep cleaning my kitchen,


 I’m off to cook  in another kitchen,

but most of the time I will be holding a sweet little baby girl.

Just call me grandma!

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