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Chocolate oatmeal cookies
Desserts

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

 

 When I was a kid, one of my favorite treats was chocolate oatmeal cookies. My dad was usually the cook when it came to desserts, but this recipe was easy enough for my mom to make.  Recently I looked through their 3-ring binder filled with delicious recipes. I made these […]

Chutney Pepper Steak
Entrees

Chutney Pepper Steak

 

 Over the years, Jim and I have celebrated many special occasions in Colorado Springs at one of the Broadmoor Hotel’s restaurants or the Peppertree Restaurant. Often one or both of us would order the chutney pepper steak, which was flambeed at our table.  An advantage of tableside preparation is that […]

pear cranberry crisp
Desserts

Pear Cranberry Crisp

 

 When friends sent us a dozen Harry & David Bosc Pears for Christmas, I used several of them right away in two of my favorite salads: Pear Date Salad and Pear Blueberry Salad. That still left enough to make pear crisp for dessert three times over the next two weeks. […]

warm mushroom salad
Salads

Warm Mushroom Salad

 

 I like salads all year round, and this warm mushroom salad is especially nice in the winter. When it’s cold outside, warm mushrooms atop a green salad seem like a perfect complement to most meals. I’ve been making warm mushroom salads for decades, and I’ve seldom made it the same […]

pecan cranberry brussels sprouts
Appetizers, Sides

Pecan Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

 

 Pecan Cranberry Brussels Sprouts is my attempt to recreate an appetizer I had at Wild Blue Yonder Brew Pub in Castle Rock, Colorado. Last summer I met six friends at Wild Blue Yonder for a socially distanced lunch on the patio. Three of us ordered the Fried Brussels Sprouts appetizer […]

Banana pecan oatmeal
Breakfast

Banana Pecan Oatmeal

 

 Have you ever had Bananas Foster? It’s a dessert often flambéed at your tableside in fancy restaurants. Banana pecan oatmeal is kind of like Bananas Foster, without the ice cream, dark rum, or the dramatic presentation with fire. Instead of ending your day with caramelized bananas over ice cream, you can start your […]

Spaghetti sauce
Entrees

Spaghetti Sauce

 

 My dear friend, Louise (Eckrich) Ostrow, has treated us to her mom’s delicious spaghetti sauce many times over the past several decades. I finally asked for the recipe to share with you. When a recipe gets handed down for generations, you know it’s a good one. All of Mrs. Eckrich’s […]

Pecan pie
Desserts

Pecan Pie

 

 For as long as I can remember, we’ve had pecan pie for dessert on Thanksgiving. When we were kids, we’d get it for Christmas, too, if we behaved ourselves. Our 2020 Thanksgiving had little in common with years past. Instead of 20 or 25 people at the gathering, we had […]

Roasted winter vegetables
Sides

Roasted Winter Vegetables

 

 If you want to minimize trips to the grocery store during the pandemic, roasted winter vegetables contain longer-lasting veggies that can be stored for a week or two before they must be used. This tasty combination is my idea of comfort food on cold winter days. Active time: 20 minutes […]

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
Entrees

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

 

 When a friend served Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, I immediately asked for her recipe. It was delicious. When I saw it took an hour and a half to make, I started thinking of short cuts to make it doable in my one-butt kitchen. I found two that cut the […]