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Dear Friends, Hooray for Spring!  Blooming flowers brings me so much joy, and we can all use some of that now.  I know the world is a mess, but we can’t give up on hope.  Pray, meditate, whatever brings you peace.  We have to...
Stuffed Shells  Ingredients 1 lb. of large macaroni shells 2 cups Ricotta cheese – please don’t ruin it with cottage cheese! 1 cup parmesan or Romano cheese – grated ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley – the dried st...
Hello Friends, March comes in like a Lion???  Been on the warm side, all over the country. Lots going on this month and into the first week of April.  First, we have The Ides of March, the day when Julius Caesar was assassinate...
Now on to something delicious. Easter Brunchy Food: FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE   INGREDIENTS loaf French bread (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes 5 large eggs 1 1/2 Cups unsweetened milk 2 tablespoons brow...
Dear Friends, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  I was looking over some of my previous letters.  Three years ago we were in the midst of a pandemic.  Seems like yesterday when you could walk into a bank we...
Here are a couple of recipes that will keep you warm and cozy until the tulips stick their head out. Slow Cooker Beef Stew Ingredients Serves 6 –  Serving Size 2 cups 1 pound bottom round beef roast, cut into 1-inch cube...
Dear Friends, Happy New Year!  I trust everyone survived the holidays without too much drama or travel delays.  It seems the pressure mounts year after year.  Maybe we should think about slowing down a bit.  You know, stop and s...
Did somebody say food? Here’s a favorite that will warm you up during the winter months. CHILI MACARONI BAKE Ingredients 1 cup (8 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni 1 pound ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 ga...
Dear Friends, I hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving.  Speaking of holidays, wasn’t it Christmas just a few days ago?  How did it get here so fast?  Santa must be giving the reindeer some serious caffeine. Here we are again,...
EGGPLANT STACKS Ingredients: (2) large eggplants, skinned and sliced ¼ inch thick (3) cups Italian flavored breadcrumbs (2) eggs beaten (1/4) cup milk (2) cups Parmesan cheese (4) tablespoons chopped parsley (2) teaspoons dr...
Dear Reader, Thank you for visiting my website.  I know I say this every month, but boy does the time fly!  It’s November already!  I hope Halloween brought you more treats than tricks as we head toward Thanksgiving.  We need...
Now on to another favorite topic, food.  For those of you who are baking—and from what I hear, it’s a lot of you—I am sharing the fantastic apple pie recipe courtesy of Patricia Dorph:  Apple Pie Pastry for two 9-inch pas...
Dear Reader, Thank you for visiting my website.  It’s October.  Wow.  Where does the time go?  I’m just getting used to seeing Halloween decorations, and if you blink a few times, you’ll start seeing holiday decorations! ...
P.S.  Halloween is in a few weeks and we surely need a few treats, food or otherwise.  October is also Oktoberfest and I want to share a pretzel recipe with you: Soft Pretzels Ingredients for 8 servings 1 ½ cups water, w...
Dear Reader, Hello again and thanks for visiting.  Even though it’s early September we still have some hot weather ahead, especially if you’re in the South.  I don’t know about you, but when the temperature is about to burst...
I still have a lot of tomatoes, so I’m going to be making a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches.  Here are a couple of my favorites.  BTW, did you know you can substitute mayonnaise (the real stuff) instead of butter?  I recently dis...
Dear Friends, Talk about a hot summer!  The heat, the smoke, the rain, tornados, and the red lantern flies in the Northeast. If you see four men riding on horses (Red, Black, Pale, White) hitch up your pants and run like the wind!...
I would include some recipes this month, but it’s just too hot to think about cooking so here are two refreshing summer drinks and a salad. Southern Sweet Tea 1 gallon pitcher for serving (12) bags of Black Tea 4 cups of water...
Hello Friends, I believe I can call you friends.  Friends are people you can count on and rarely disappoint.  You have been extremely kind and supportive over the years and I am truly grateful for it. This summer has started wi...
Here are a couple of my favorite summer recipes. Korean Bar-B-Que Ribs P.S. You can use this marinade on almost anything you grill 6 pounds beef short ribs, cut crosswise into twelve 2 1/2 inch squares (ask your butcher to c...