Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook · Recipes · Sauces

One basic white sauce for a variety of recipes and creamy sauces.

This key recipe I learned before the arrival of my precious Betty Crocker cookbook.  White sauce, roux, whatever you call it can be the basis for so many recipes.  My mom taught me how to make macaroni and cheese using this white sauce, which surprisingly takes about the same amount of time as opening a… Continue reading One basic white sauce for a variety of recipes and creamy sauces.

Dinners · Recipes

A new casserole idea- asparagus, turkey, bacon & hollandaise sauce

We are well into our asparagus season here as you may know, if you read my "Not your mothers asparagus" post.  I love finding new ways to cook  seasonal vegetables other than serving them as a steamed or sautéed side dish, not that there is anything wrong with those. I do have to give my… Continue reading A new casserole idea- asparagus, turkey, bacon & hollandaise sauce

Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook · cooking-through challenge · Recipes · salads

My first recipe in the Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge! (Fancy Chicken Salad)

I am thrilled to share my first recipe in Mary's Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge!  If you aren't quite sure what I am talking about, you can read all about it here.  Basically, she choose's a category each month and we have to cook or bake recipes from that category for the entire month.  The amount we… Continue reading My first recipe in the Chaotic Cooking-Through Challenge! (Fancy Chicken Salad)

Baking · cookies · Recipes

A Quick Dessert – Chocolate Chip Honey Squares

I really do bake every week.  First of all, I find it quite relaxing, the  measuring of ingredients, mixing and creating something that smells and tastes delicious.  (If all goes as planned.)  I have learned discipline and can actually just eat one of something.  This is a newly learned trait though.  My husband likes to… Continue reading A Quick Dessert – Chocolate Chip Honey Squares

Pasta · Recipes

Asparagus, Basil & Parmesan Pasta (not your mothers asparagus)

Before I get to the pasta dish at hand I must share a very short story.  I hate asparagus.  Plain and simple.  The end. I have memories of that side dish served up at dinner which looked like sad little wilted trees and  tasted like them too.  Not that I ever have eaten wilted trees. … Continue reading Asparagus, Basil & Parmesan Pasta (not your mothers asparagus)

cooking-through challenge · Recipes

Joining the Chaotic Cooking Challenge – Cookbook Pick

I am guessing many have seen the movie Julie & Julia?  Yes, it is one of my favorite movies of all time.  Possibly because I adore Julia Childs.  If you have not seen it, basically it as about a woman named Julie who blogs her way through Julia's cookbook, Mastering the art of french cooking,… Continue reading Joining the Chaotic Cooking Challenge – Cookbook Pick

cookies · Recipes

White chocolate pecan cookies; truly decadent

I have discovered a most decadent cookie.  Luxuriously, self-indulgent truly describes it.  I am happy to say that the discovery of adding pecans to this recipe was purely by accident.  This original german recipe called for pine nuts and I have made it true to that before and it is good.  Pine nuts have just… Continue reading White chocolate pecan cookies; truly decadent