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Split Pea Soup With Ham

Split Pea Soup With Ham

This soup is incredibly tasty, starting with a stock made with ham hocks, or a meaty ham bone purchased from the Honeybaked Ham store or leftover from a spiral sliced ham. I usually increase the quantities and freeze some in containers, to have plenty of […]

Mary Ellen’s Beef Bourguignon

Mary Ellen’s Beef Bourguignon

My first taste of this mouth-watering version of the classic French stew was during a trip to Vermont for my goddaughter’s christening.  It was made by her grandmother, Mary Ellen, for both sides of the family, and I have been a devotee of it ever […]

Marinated Asian Flank Steak

Marinated Asian Flank Steak

This flank steak has been a favorite of mine and my guests for many years – the flavors of the marinade are unexpected and wonderful! It can be doubled or tripled depending on the number of guests – the quantities used in this recipe will […]

German Sauerbraten

German Sauerbraten

Sauerbraten brings back many memories for me, from the wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen of my Czech Oma, a New Year’s spent with relatives in the Black Forest region of Germany, to the dinners made for my extended family by my German Aunt Isolde. […]

Penn Dutch New Year’s Day Pork and Sauerkraut

Penn Dutch New Year’s Day Pork and Sauerkraut

The area of Western Maryland where I grew up is home to many families of Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish and Mennonite descent, and this dish is one of my favorite memories from child – and adult – hood.  It’s a recipe for Penn Dutch New Years […]

Louisiana Crunchy Oven Fried Chicken

Louisiana Crunchy Oven Fried Chicken

Recently I was thumbing through one of my Mom’s “River Road Recipes” cookbooks. The ‘River Road’ runs beside the Mississippi River in Louisiana, along which are many of the South’s most famous plantation homes, such as Oak Alley and Nottoway. The cookbooks are published by […]

Shepherd’s Pie, American Style

Shepherd’s Pie, American Style

Shepherd’s Pie is an English dish, traditionally made with ground or diced lamb, hence the name. Americans usually make it with ground beef, which is actually called “cottage pie” by the English. However it’s known, Shepherd’s Pie is basically a layered casserole of cooked meat […]

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage

Like turkey on Thanksgiving, it’s the one day of the year when everyone gets to enjoy corned beef and cabbage. Some people refuse to eat it, claiming a dislike for the taste of boiled cabbage, but I found the solution to the REAL reason: I […]

Tex Mex Turkey Chili With Beans

Tex Mex Turkey Chili With Beans

Years ago, I discovered this recipe by chance on the inside of the ground turkey cardboard wrapper.  I’ve made it many times as a winter comfort food, and it can be ready in as little as 30 minutes. It’s great reheated, and leftovers can be […]

Hearty Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Hearty Slow Cooker Pot Roast

There are many slow cooker pot roast recipes out there. Based on what I’ve tried, I’ve come up with this one – I love the thick, tasty gravy that develops, along with just the right combination of vegetables. You can adjust the quantities according to […]

Embarrassingly Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Embarrassingly Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Perhaps a better title would be “Semi-Homemade Chicken Pot Pie,” but it really is embarrassing how easy it is to make this hearty dish that will make your kitchen smell wonderful and generate enthusiastic requests for seconds! This is the basic recipe, and you can […]

Meatloaf {sorta} Just Like Mom Used To Make

Meatloaf {sorta} Just Like Mom Used To Make

I say SORTA because I took my Mom’s original recipe and made several changes – so many, in fact, that my version is but a distant cousin to hers. Maybe the title should be “Definitely NOT Mom’s Meatloaf!” The most significant change is that I […]


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