It’s that time of the year when flu bugs and colds are in the air. And, unfortunately, everyone in our family had symptoms of one kind or another the last couple of weeks. A bowl of hot soup is a perfect soothing meal when you’re under the weather. One day I made a pot of cream of potato and ham soup. It was a simple, one-pot meal that was nourishing, served piping hot to ward off the raw winds and dipping temperatures. ■ Cream of Potato and Ham Serving size: 8 ● 5 Tbsp. butter
Some people seem to have a natural aptitude for baking and my sister Judy is one. Even though she is diabetic, that doesn’t stop her from making mouth watering treats for her family. Some of my best bar and cookie recipes came from Judy, like this week’s recipe for toffee bars. They’re nothing short of marvelous!!!! ■ Rich Toffee Bars ● 2 cups flour ● 1 cup packed brown sugar ● 1/2 cup butter
Baked Ziti is one of my favorite Italian dishes and is a tasty alternative to lasagna. Ziti is layered with sausage, Ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce, then baked until bubbly. This recipe makes an enormous amount of food, however, you can easily cut the recipe in half or freeze part of the recipe in a pan to enjoy later. Definitely restaurant quality and the aroma while it bakes is absolutely divine!!! I served it with a crunchy coleslaw on the side and slices of French bread. ■ Favorite Baked Ziti Serving size: 10
January is National Soup Month, a time of the year when Americans consume more than 57 million gallons of soup. While the word “soup” stirs visions of a steamy, liquid concoction, I was recently reading a report where one company said that more than 440 million cans of its soup are used each year to make different recipes — an average of more than one million cans a day! This week I would like to share a recipe for Broccoli Chicken Roll-ups that I recently made that was a little different – in that the recipe calls for flour tortillas.
After a busy holiday season, my idea of a perfect New Year’s Eve is to spend the evening with an informal get-together by a warm fire and a good assortment of finger foods. So many appetizers can be made in advance and are so easy to serve as you can sit back and relax as you wait for the new year to arrive. Let’s all enjoy the blessing that we have and pray that they continue throughout the new year. Happy New Year! ■ Crab in a Dip ● 6 ounce can crab meat, drained and flaked
Many families who celebrate the Christmas holiday tend to do so with at least one big, home-cooked meal. For some, the main meal may be on Christmas Eve, for others on Christmas Day, or both. Our tradition is we enjoy a Swedish Meatball dinner after attending the Christmas Eve service at church and appetizers and a lighter meal is enjoyed on Christmas Day. This year I am trying a new recipe for a stuffed bread that came highly recommended from a dear friend that would be wonderful served any time of the year. Merry Christmas to each one of you!
I had a ham in the freezer that needed to be used, so I prepared a tasty ham dinner one day, and we enjoyed ham sandwiches the next day. I had enough ham left over to prepare a pot of split pea soup. Split peas don’t require overnight soaking and are a good nutritional source. This week I also would like to share a wonderful recipe for Honey Barbecued Ribs that are tender and covered in a rich, tangy barbecue sauce. Absolutely wonderful! I haven’t tried the sauce on chicken wings yet, but I think they would be the bomb! ■ Split Pea Soup
The first weekend in December each year is always reserved for girls’ holiday weekend at my sister Judy’s house in Hawley. A group of us so enjoyed sitting around in our cozy pajamas with soft Christmas music playing in the background, good conversations and much good food. Judy started the evening with delicious marinated and baked chicken wings, then she served a wonderful holiday salad, next course was Tortellini Soup and topped the evening off with Crème de’ Menthe Cake. Here are just a few of the wonderful flavors we enjoyed.
Thanksgiving is a day full of traditions that I cherish. From the traditional turkey menu, the gathering of family and friends joining together and giving thanks for all of life’s many blessings, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I love it all. This week I am sharing a wonderful make ahead recipe for mashed potatoes, tasty gravy and Pumpkin Cheesecake. May your Thanksgiving celebration be a day full of joy, love and happiness!!! ■ Turkey Gravy ● 2 (1.2-ounce) packages turkey gravy mix
Plain old buttered corn is a favorite side vegetable during mealtime at our house and especially for holidays and special occasions I prepare scalloped corn. This week‘s recipe for Crock Pot Corn is a delicious dish that is cooked in the Crock Pot freeing up oven space for turkey and other holiday dishes. It can easily be made the night before and cooked in the Crock Pot while you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner. It has a flavor likened to fresh garden corn-on-the cob. It’s easy, delicious and sure to be enjoyed by everyone. ■ Crock Pot Corn