• Chicken Noodle Soup
    Soup

    Chicken Soup

    It’s that time of year. I don’t know about you but everyone in our office is sniffling, sneezing and coughing and there is some nasty stomach bug going around. There is nothing better if you are feeling under the weather than a steaming bowl of your favorite chicken soup. What really got me thinking about chicken soup this past week was that one of my college roommates asked me last weekend for a good chicken soup recipe. My answer was that I didn’t really have one – I usually just make it up as I go! But, I hopped on the phone with her and gave her some ideas and…

  • Homemade Vanilla Extract
    DIY,  Pittsburgh

    Vanilla Extract

    I love Ina Garten. You can just tell she has fun and loves what she does. I love her approach to cooking and entertaining and wish I could be more like her! Plus, anytime I make one of her recipes, it always turns out and is delicious! She has come to Pittsburgh on both of her last book tours and I’ve been able to hear her both times. So, what does this have to do with vanilla extract? Well, the last time she was here, someone from the audience asked what brand of vanilla extract was her favorite and she mentioned making her own. She said she always has a…

  • Sour Milk Doughnuts
    Breads,  Breakfast

    Sour Milk Doughnuts

    I’m a bit of a history buff. I love reading about history, historical fiction novels and traveling to places to see and learn about the history of the area. I also love food history and learning about food traditions. That history is even more interesting to me when there is some sort of a family link. So imagine my delight when a few weeks before Christmas I received a letter from my Father’s cousin and enclosed was this copy of a very old recipe from his Great Aunts, for Sour Milk Doughnuts. I’m guessing the recipe is from the late 1800s to early 1900’s – it’s a guess but based…

  • Instant Pot Beef and Barley Stew
    Entree,  Soup

    Instant Pot Beef and Barley Stew

    On a cold winter night, there is nothing better than a good hearty stew. Over our holiday vacation, we had a couple of really chilly nights when this was just what we needed. One of our favorite stews is my Beef and Barley Stew and making it in the Instant Pot delivers a stew that tastes like it has been “stewing” all day long! I love kitchen gadgets! I typically ask for one for Christmas every year and usually, it’s just something small. But last year, to my surprise, my wonderful husband gave me an Instant Pot. I didn’t ask for it, but he knew it was the “new” thing…

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