Five sweet ideas for Mother’s Day treats

Five sweet ideas for Mother’s Day treats

So, you don’t know exactly what to get your mom for Mother’s Day? I can tell you. Unless she’s told you something specific that she would like to have (you’ve been paying attention, haven’t you?) I can tell you right now what she wants. First, she wants to be told that she is loved. Not … Continue reading

In a slump? Try these berry desserts!

In a slump? Try these berry desserts!

It’s the time of year that I begin looking forward to the reawakening of farmers markets in every town, with baskets full of greens, peas, berries, tomatoes and squash. What a pleasure to see the colorful sights, smell the scents of the fresh produce and the baked goods, and listen to the people chat with … Continue reading

Dinner in 10: One pan spicy tomato pasta

Dinner in 10: One pan spicy tomato pasta

How about an easy-to-make and easy-to-eat pasta for dinner? This is one that I’ve made three times over the past month. It’s simple: put some fresh tomatoes across the bottom of your skillet, top with dry pasta and some veggies and spices, pour water over the whole thing, and stir as it cooks for nine … Continue reading

Cooking basics: Making fresh butter

Cooking basics: Making fresh butter

      I think the reason I love butter is that I was denied it for so many years. Not maliciously, of course. You see, I grew up in the 1970s, and in those days, every housewife used margarine. They were told it was better for their families, and it was less expensive than … Continue reading