• Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce in a pretty container
    Dessert,  Fruit,  Holidays

    Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

    There is something about the smell of apples and cinnamon cooking. The house just smells cozy and on a dreary fall day, that is just the smell I was looking for! Homemade cinnamon applesauce is easy to make and your house will smell wonderful all day long! I used Honeycrisp apples for this batch. They are naturally sweet so you don’t need to add any sugar but there are so many varieties of apples to choose from. If you can’t find Honeycrisp, Macintosh or Ambrosia will work nicely. The US Apple Organization and Washington Apple Commission both have good resources about the different varieties of apples that are commercially available…

  • Cranberry Orange Breakfast Muffins
    Breads,  Breakfast,  Featured Recipes,  Holidays

    Cranberry Orange Muffins

    One of my favorite things about fall is cranberries. The slightly bitter flavor works nicely in both sweet and savory dishes so I tend to use them a lot this time of year. But, my favorite way to use them is in baked goods, like these Cranberry Orange Muffins. I think they are just perfect on a cool, crisp fall morning! I remember my Mom making a cranberry orange nut bread that we would have Thanksgiving morning. She could make it ahead and then have an easy but delicious breakfast that was perfect for Thanksgiving. I still make that bread, but since there are just 2 of us, muffins work…

  • A picture of the Dexter Grist Mill in Sandwich Massachusetts
    Travel

    A New England Grist Mill

    Mark and I love to travel and one of the things I like to do when we visit somewhere new (and he is a good sport about it) is to go on some type of food tour. It often is a full-blown walking tour. We walk all over town sampling food from a variety of shops and learn the history of the area. Other times we go to one place and learn about a specific food and its significance to the area. On our most recent vacation, we toured one of the oldest New England Grist Mills in the area. A few weeks ago we took a vacation to Cape…

  • Fish Recipes for Cod
    Seafood

    Cod Veracruz

    I love finding and creating fish recipes. Trying interesting ingredient combinations, new varieties of fish and even preparing traditional dishes with a little twist to make them my own is fun. Maybe it is because I’ve worked in the seafood industry, for StarKist, for 10 + years, but honestly, I’ve always liked fish. And, since October is National Seafood Month, I decided this was a great time to tell you about one of my new favorite fish recipes! Cod is a perfect type of fish to experiment with, especially if you are just learning to cook fish. It’s probably best known as the fish you find at Friday night fish…

  • Zucchini and Carrot Quick Bread
    Breads,  Breakfast

    Zucchini Carrot Bread

    Is your garden bursting with Zucchini? Is a well-meaning neighbor sharing their bounty? This zucchini carrot bread is the perfect way to use extra zucchini from your garden and not let any of it go to waste! Zucchini bread is a delicious, hearty bread, but I often feel like its missing something. I experimented with a few things to give it a bit more flavor and body and my favorite variation is when I add shredded carrots to the mix. Carrots have a sweetness that helps cut down on sugar and for me, hides the baking soda flavor I would get with other zucchini bread recipes. They always had a…

  • A quick and simple pasta dinner
    15 minute meals,  Nutrition,  Pasta

    Pesto Chicken Pasta

    So long lazy, hazy days of summer! On to one of my favorite times of the year – Fall! I love the colors, smells and slight chill in the air. One thing I’ll admit that I don’t like is our hectic schedules and rushed dinners. So, I’m working on having more quick and simple weeknight dinners this year. Evenings just seem more rushed in the fall. Maybe it’s because it gets dark earlier, but it just seems we are always rushing around and a leisurely dinner just isn’t in the plans…at least during the week. That is where quick and simple weeknight dinners come into play. I’m trying to have…

  • Local peaches - Perfect for a Rustic Peach Pie
    Dessert,  Pennsylvania

    Local Peaches – Perfect for a Rustic Peach Pie

    There is nothing better than biting into a ripe, juicy, sweet peach on a hot summer day!  While Georgia is “The Peach State” there are delicious peaches grown right here in Pennsylvania. Local peaches are delicious to eat by themselves or are perfect for a rustic peach pie. Most are grown in the middle and South-Eastern part of the state, but there are many orchards in Western Pennsylvania as well.  A trip to the Farmer’s Market, local market, or grocery store, and you will find a good selection this time of year. As a matter of fact, peaches have quite a significant history in this great state.  There was a…

  • Large dish of colorful Ratatouille
    Vegetable

    Ratatouille – the perfect freezer meal

    When I think of Ratatouille the first thing I think about is that cute animated movie from a few years ago. The adorable rat, Remy, who dreamed of being a chef and had so much gumption that he worked until he made it happen. I never knew how much you could learn from a rat! Seriously, animated movies sometimes have great life lessons! That’s for another day though. I love that movie and the dish with its name is one of my favorites. Other than chopping a lot of vegetables, it’s pretty easy to make. This recipe makes a lot and it freezes well. One recipe makes enough for a…