Learning Opportunity

The end of the week (and the month!) seems like a great time to share some fascinating and fun foodie items I've wandered across this week. You'll be seeking the hottest peppers you can find and heads of garlic for peeling this weekend! Enjoy and see you next week.

Jewish Bacon

If crispy chicken skin is your secret craving, its time to consider its place on your table and at more and more restaurants around the country. What was once considered crazy is now making its way onto the menus of casual eating venues as well as fine dining establishments. Find out more about this growing trend.

Crunchy Comfort

Oven-fried chicken is easy to make and puts a crunchy bit of comfort food on your table. With autumn in full swing, pair it with a simple salad of greens and baked apples or applesauce and welcome the season. An extra benefit? The warmth of the oven and aroma of cooking chicken fill your home!

Dueling Pickles

As gardens and farmers' markets everywhere offer fresh produce and the last of the harvest before winter arrives, pickle-making offers a blend of art and science in a jar. Get the details on two jars of refrigerator pickles that involved the same solid ingredients and two different approaches to brines … and the differences between the results. And, of course, a suggestion for a quick and easy jar of your own!

Falling Salads

September is a great time to take advantage of the last of summer and the beginning of autumn, in terms of produce. That means it's also a great time to enjoy salads, especially ones that combine interesting ingredients and contrasting flavors. To that end, here's Bacon-Apple-Arugula Salad.

Sunday Brunch Heaven

A trip up north to celebrate birthdays introduces others to the joys of Bacon Belgian Waffles. If this is something you've yet to experience, I highly recommend choosing a lazy weekend morning and get ready for a treat. Make them mid-to-late in the morning and enjoy alongside cups of hot coffee and fresh sliced melon. Before you know it, you'll be planning weekend brunches featuring these waffles monthly or more often still!

Baby Back Ribs: You Won't Order Them Out Again!

Making baby back ribs isn't hard, but it is time-consuming. But don't let that stop you. Most of the time doesn't require your attention and it is oh-so worth it. And as summer gives way to fall, there's no better time to slow-roast them in the oven and then follow up with grilling. They are the perfect seasonal transition food!

When Life Hands You Apples ...

The gift of a half a bushel of sweet, wonderful cooking apples is not to be ignored. Applesauce and more are just around the corner! Get my "recipe" for perfect, simple applesauce that will find its way into oatmeal, over pancakes, sprinkled with raisins and enjoyed by the bowlful.

Beyond Comforting Food

Celebrating Labor Day involved cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. And bacon. This is not a recipe for the faint of heart. This is also not a recipe for those suffering from heart disease. This is, however, my favorite baked pasta dish ever. Let's just say it was beyond comforting food!


On the shores of Waneta Lake, four generations of family gathered with old friends and shared food, drink and laughter. Stories were shared. Chicken was grilled. Memories were made. This is what summer is all about. Enjoy it before we have a new season to greet!