Easy Bacon Pea Salad

Salad and I are like *THIS*. That probably comes at no surprise at this point. What you may not know, though, is that I have an especially soft spot for marinated salads. You know which ones I mean… The ones that fill bowl after bowl at late spring and summer parties. The ones in oil [Read On]

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix

When I shared my Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos recipe two weeks ago, I suggested using homemade dry ranch dressing mix in the seasoning. I then received several kind but confused emails from readers asking just where on  FWF they could find this recipe. Um, oops? I hadn’t published it yet. Today, I make it right [Read On]

Roasted Banana and Caramel Milkshake

What you are looking at is the current resident of the top of the list of things my sixteen year old wants for me to make for him when Lent is over. That boy has so much willpower it puts his daddy and I to shame. He gave up sweets for Easter. While I’ve been [Read On]

Maple Garlic Pepper Rub

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of judging a Cooking with Maple Syrup contest at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, NY. The winning entry was a maple glazed chicken recipe that I’ll share at a future date. Today, though is all about one of the ingredients in the recipe. [Read On]

Greek Salad Gyro Plate {restaurant diy}

Earlier last week I talked about my deep and abiding love for the gyro plate I had when I went out to lunch with my mom and sisters. You HAD to know that this was coming, right? That meal was pure perfection to my brain. It was a salad, and we ALL know how I [Read On]

Honey Cardamom Poached Pears

This is a reprint of my March 6th column that ran in the Traverse City Record-Eagle because this recipe was too good not to share here. I’m a little romantic about food. I’m sure that comes as a not-surprise-at-all to many of you who have been reading me for years. Food is how I show [Read On]

Greek Salad Dressing

You should know that I am incapable of resisting a salad.  This is almost entirely due to my dear, sweet mother’s BIG GREEN SALAD habit. I know a lot of women blanch at the thought of becoming their mother, but this is not a concern for me. My mom is a saint. She’s a nurse [Read On]

Homemade Gyro Meat and Gyros

You know when you get stuck thinking about a certain food and that’s all you can think about eating? For example, take gyros. I drove to the city and went out for lunch at a Mediterranean eatery with my mom, one of my sisters, and my sister-in-law a couple weeks ago. I ordered a lamb [Read On]