Glazed Orange Pound Cake Recipe

Glazed Orange Pound Cake Photo
I suddenly had an obsession for a cake out of my past and realized it was perfect for this time of year. So, I baked it, loved it and then I could hardly wait to share it with you.

For some reason, citrus flavors like orange and lemon are great flavors when the weather cannot make up its mind if it is winter or summer. Orange tastes fresh and to me, just seems perfect for spring. This Glazed Orange Pound Cake is ideal for Mother’s Day (yes, it is coming), a spring pot luck event or an upcoming picnic. [Keep reading...]

Potato Salad

Potato Salad
Potato salad–do those words bring a smile and cause you to pause and fondly remember days gone by? Do you recall family reunions, picnics, BBQ’s, vacations on the beach or at the lake and a plethora of happy times? Or do you shutter, shake your head and think, oh no! Not potato salad. Who makes potato salad anyway?

Potato salad falls into the same category as meatloaf, chocolate chip cookies and spaghetti sauce. Every home has their own version and that family recipe is truly the only correct way to prepare that traditional food. [Keep reading...]

Balsamic Vinaigrette and Caramelized Pecans

Balsamic Dressing and Caramelized nuts photo
Hallelujah spring! I think you have finally broken through the barriers of winter and at least in my neighborhood, you are here to stay. Even people who say they don’t eat seasonally will probably agree it is time to step away from the stews and toss a fresh salad.

Do you make your own salad dressing? Now, don’t turn away from this blog—and I ask because when we teach cooking classes, it appears that making your own vinaigrette seems foreign. People seem to have the mistaken idea think that a basic salad dressing is tough to make. Nothing could be further from the truth. [Keep reading...]

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns
The special day is finally near! Easter is a week away and that means rituals and recipes that are rich with tradition in our home.

Each Easter morning begins with Hot Cross Buns. These are always served with dyed Easter eggs, fresh fruit and orange juice. This is always the way we begin our special day. It is indeed a glorious day. Yes, of course, the big Easter dinner will take place much later in the day but the day will be off to a grand start with this traditional breakfast. [Keep reading...]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Photo

It is funny how we are captured by tastes from our past. They seem to never leave us, even when we push them aside. Pineapple upside down cake is one of those ghosts from my past. Long past. … [Keep reading...]

Yogurt Fruit Parfait

Yogurt Parfait

The weather made a sharp turn this week and even broke temperature records for Kansas City. I do mean drastic changes--yesterday was 83 degrees and summer like. Today is a bit cooler, but yes, spring is around the corner. With the change in the … [Keep reading...]

Housewares Show, 2015


We have just returned from the International Home and Housewares Show. If you love food, cooking, dishes, appliances and anything to do with the kitchen, this is THE show! … [Keep reading...]

Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Wine Sauce

Pork Tenderloin

What’s for dinner at your house? Not every meal at my house is gourmet, or taste like it took hours to prepare. Let’s be real. Sometimes it has to be quick and easy. What a celebration when those two opposing ideas meet! Roxanne and I have … [Keep reading...]

Whiskey Sours

Whiskey Sour

Whiskey, hmmm or is it bourbon? Whiskey has become the new buzz word in many food circles. Heck, I don’t even drink cocktails that often but during the holidays, I purchased whiskey and planned to celebrate all the “at home” time with a whiskey … [Keep reading...]