Pie No. 22 – Crème Brulee Pie

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I cut a piece of pie for my husband and took it out on the deck.  He took a bite and said "Mmmmmm."  I asked if I could have a bite of his because I had not yet had a piece.  He told me to get my own and continued to moan with each bite.  He was kidding of course, and let me have a taste.  I knew he would be the right person to critique this pie because he loves Crème Brulee and has . . . Continue Reading

Fresh corn-rice salad

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Summer's almost here and along with the heat, we have wonderful, sweet, crisp corn on the cob.  The temperature is already above 90 degrees here in Fredericksburg Virginia.  We broke the record high on Thursday and I believe Friday will bring more of the same. Is your weather going to be lovely this long Memorial Day weekend?  Perhaps you're having a cookout and just maybe you're . . . Continue Reading

Traditional Creamy Potato Salad

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I try to shy away from generalizations but think this may apply.  If you've been alive long enough to learn to read this you've probably been to a BBQ or hosted one, and I'm willing to bet that someone, somewhere brought creamy potato salad.  Since I'm generalizing (and it's my blog) I'll also bet you have a definite opinion as to what kind of potato salad is best.  And finally, I'll bet . . . Continue Reading

Pie No. 21 – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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What is rhubarb anyway?  I never really thought about it much because I'd never even tasted it before. That is before this weekend.  I've heard a lot of people say they love rhubarb pie.  I can't remember my mother ever making it or mentioning it.  Pies can be made out of anything but I must admit I never knew rhubarb is a vegetable.  It looks like celery and tastes a bit like celery, . . . Continue Reading

Chicken Chopped Salad

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I do love a good salad so it's very convenient that my husband planted a ton of lettuce in our garden in early spring.  The lettuce is still growing and since we've had plenty of rain and it hasn't gotten hot, I think we'll have lettuce for a little while longer.  There is something so wonderful about going outside and picking dinner fresh from the garden.  We don't . . . Continue Reading

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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I made another batch of backpacking snacks for my son to try.  These turned out pretty good but before we look at the recipe I want to share another quick snack that I found on Sarah's blog - The Smart Kitchen.  This was so smart if you ask me.  I guess that's why she calls it The Smart Kitchen!  I've had this banana creation for breakfast a few days . . . Continue Reading

Fudge Babies

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We've always been an outdoor family, hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, camping, and hunting.  We've tried to do it all.  Since moving to Virginia we've also added backpacking to the list of family adventures.  Our son Patrick took us backpacking on the Appalachian Trail (AT) for my 50th birthday.  I think it was one of those in your face - I don't want to . . . Continue Reading

Pie No. 20 – Summer Berry Pie

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"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients."  Julia Child. That's what this pie is all about.  Fresh summer fruits introduced to each other in a big pastry bowl.  It may not be the prettiest pie I've ever made, but it is just plain-old-tasty!  There is nothing like fresh fruit.  I tried to make a berry pie a few weeks ago and . . . Continue Reading

Orange-Cranberry Coffee Cake

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Yeah!  Brew the coffee and bring out the plates, we have success!  Seriously I was going to cry if I had one more recipe go bad.  Notice I don't take complete ownership of the failures - must be the recipes fault!  Ha-ha.  I don't want to shake my kitchen confidence you see :)  I have two bosses and they both have a birthday this week.  We're . . . Continue Reading

Artisan Bread

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You might want to skip down to the next paragraph so you don't have to listen to (read) my whining.  Sometimes cooking is just ... well it's just a pain.  Don't get me wrong, I love to bake.  And this bread turned out great, and easy.  Bonus!  But I seem to get in a rut sometimes and hit several not-so-great recipes in a row.  For instance, I made shrimp scampi for the first time.  It . . . Continue Reading