Pear and Cranberry Crisp

Pear & Cranberry Crisp from

Even though yesterday was Thanksgiving, many of us are already in full winter – WOW !  It’s cold weather like this that makes me want to stay inside, cook Chili, watch football and serve a fruit crisp for dessert.  This weekend I’ll be watching a lot of the rival college football games- especially the Miss […]

Thanksgiving 101 Recap

Thanksgiving Turkey from

Thanks so much for reading my Thanksgiving 101 Series.  I hope you’ve found some good ideas for making the big day easier. So,  we’ve discussed the Turkey, the Gravy,  the Mashed Potatoes and the Dressing – so the basics are set.  We’ve also discussed some logistics for making the day/week go smoothly.  Today I’ve got lots […]

Cheese Board 101

Cheese in Provence Market

I love offering a Cheese Board when I entertain – and the best part is how easy it is. No cooking – just shopping!  I usually serve a cheese board as an appetizer, the American way.  In Europe, you’re more likely to be served a cheese board after dinner.  It provides a nice relaxing end to the meal, […]

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars from

Arg ! it’s almost Labor Day!  Where did the summer go!!  Growing up in New York it always signaled the end of summer.  School was about to start.  Temperatures would soon start cooling off and fall foliage wasn’t far off. Now, living in the south, school’s been back in session for a couple of weeks – Goodbye to […]

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Rosemary Shortbread cookies from

A friend asked me to make some cookies for a get-together last weekend. So, I used it as an excuse to try a new recipe – Rosemary Shortbread Cookies. Delicate little cookies that are wonderful with a cup of tea.  Heck – they were pretty darn good all by themselves!               Now, I’ve […]

Buttermilk Pie

A Slice of Buttermilk Pie

This is, apparently, my “Buttermilk Summer”.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used buttermilk in a recipe lately.  So what to make with leftover buttermilk?  Why, Buttermilk Pie!  This classic southern dessert is a snap to make, especially with the help of a frozen pie crust. It’s a rich custardy pie that everyone will […]

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