Skillet Strawberry Rhubarb Galette


A couple years ago, I received a cast-iron skillet as a gift. I had always wanted one but never went ahead and purchased one for myself. I should have done so sooner, because it has become one of my favorite pans in the kitchen. Here’s why: Non-stick surface Once a cast iron skillet is “seasoned”… Read More

State Fair Snacking: {Frozen} Chocolate Covered Banana Pretzel Bites


When I was a little girl growing up in Ohio, summertime always came with the promise of a trip to one of the state’s many country festivals and fairs. The crowning glory, of course, was The Ohio State Fair. The Ohio State Fair houses many memorable country traditions like the cake decorating contests, the Lumber… Read More

Cheese Pies {for sharing!}


I’m privileged to live a short drive away from Holmes County, Ohio, where tourist flock to visit genuine Amish farms and businesses. There are also many Amish families living near my community in Lancaster, Ohio – not to be confused with Pennsylvania Dutch country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ohio’s Amish country includes the charming towns of… Read More

Everyone’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies


In my family, there is one recipe book to end all recipe books. It is the last word on cookery. This wonderful book contains numerous recipes requiring bathtub-size mixing bowls and is the only place where I’ve ever found the instructions necessary to make both Butter Soup (what???), Head Cheese, and Pickled Pigs Feet. The… Read More

Seven Layers, One Delicious Salad


I was a picky eater as a child. I didn’t like cheese. I didn’t like pizza. I abhorred fat and religiously sliced it from my pork chop or roast beef. I didn’t like any vegetables except carrots (I’m sorry I shunned you, corn on the cob). I especially disliked salad, which in my eyes was… Read More

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins


The bananas on my kitchen island were just starting to show a few age spots when I left last weekend to help my mother-in-law paint, clean, and pack. After over 40 years in the same house, she is moving to be closer to her daughter and needed – still needs – help getting her house… Read More

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