It’s Marti Gras with New Orleans Jambalaya

                Valentine’s Day isn’t the only big festive holiday we have in February. Mardi Gras, this year, is just two days after the day of love. A Carnival Celebration of Fun for all. Every year, our family travels to to New Orleans for a few days of Mardi Gras fun. There are so many flavors…

Simple Family Style Valentines Day Dinner

     Valentines Day is just not just for romantic couples, but full loving homes. Eating together as a family is a way for them to engage and connect with one another.  Having theses dinners with the entire family was a great treat in our house.  When we came home to California from Europe, big family dinners were a…

A Robert Burns Dinner Celebration

                Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, was the Bard of Ayshire. He is a national poet and lyricist from Scotland. To this day he is celebrated worldwide. The Burns Supper, traditional celebrated on January 25 (the Bards Birthday) is an institution of Scottish life for immigrants and expats all over the world.  It…

How to Plan a Party for the 2021 Holidays

          The 2021 holidays are around the corner! And with them comes the opportunity to entertain those nearest and dearest to you.  Hosting any kind of party can be incredibly stressful but with these easy, quick steps, your get together is going to be exactly as you envisioned it would be. So, let’s get started….

A Christmas Dinner Tradition: Prime Rib

It is that time of year again! Who doesn’t love Christmas? The lights, the music, and the food! Some families make turkeys; some make hams. But at my house growing up we had prime rib. So delicious. What I love about it though is that the tradition carried over to my children. My oldest daughter…

Community Oktoberfest Menu

 Oktoberfest was canceled this year due to the pandemic.  So this fall our small community down at the river decided to hold our own Oktoberfest following all the rules for social distancing.  Best way to plan an event like this is to have each neighbor bring a dish or two.  Add German music to get…

Aunt Cookie’s Taco Sandwich Rolls

I love passing down family recipes to the younger members of the family.  Many of grandkids didn’t have the chance to know there grandparents or learn cooking from great grandparents. There is a great deal of history that could be lost; old recipes, stories, and cooking tips.  Not mention manners and how to sit a…

Simple Easter Dinner Menu for Two

Planning a special family holiday dinner is in order during this “stay at home” pandemic. I have found reading through my cookbooks as well as my mom’s, I can come up with something really special, maybe even old fashion or traditional. Growing up we always had special family holiday dinners. Roast Turkey with all the…

The Family’s Favorite Easter Press Cookie: Lemon Cream Cheese

Mom fell in love with these yummy little cookies. She would ask for them at Christmas as well as at Easter.  Easy to make, but you do need a cookie press to make them.  Also, I would add a little food coloring to match the holiday to make them a little more festive.  For Easter…

Holiday Gingerbread

Gingerbread is a Holiday favorite. Made with ginger and treacle is a fabulous dessert served warm with a dap of whipped cream. Treacle is the uncrystallized syrup that is left during sugar refining. It is also known as unsulphured or light molasses in the United States. This cake yields about 12 servings.   2 cups of treacle or unsulphured molasses…