Homemade Claussen Knock-Off Pickles

It’s common knowledge that I have a salty tooth rather than a sweet tooth. When the weather does what it has been doing lately (making us all do our best Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego impersonations) I can’t think of a single thing I find more refreshing than an icy-cold, salty, crunchy pickle. Oh yes. You [Read On]

Dolores’s Egg and Olive Sandwiches

Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, I discovered I liked two things; egg salad and green olives.* Furthermore, I learned that I liked them combined. This epiphany -after twenty something years of thinking that I despised both things- came at the table of my mother-in-law, Dolores. * I found egg salad gloppy and rich [Read On]

Grandma Val’s Hot Fudge Sauce

First of all, you know this is going to be good; it’s hot fudge sauce. What you may not know, though, is just how good this particular hot fudge sauce is. It is, in fact, the best hot fudge sauce ever of all time Amen pass the beer nuts. This hot fudge sauce is not [Read On]

Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Freezer Jam

When I was small, my mom made strawberry freezer jam every year during Michigan’s brief and glorious strawberry season. It was my mom’s thing: her annual food preservation pièce de résistance. She scattered packets and boxes of pectin thither and yon, she mashed berries with the bottoms of drinking glasses, her potato masher, and anything [Read On]

Strawberry Limeade

Happy First Day of Summer, everyone! It’s sweaty, sticky, humid, sunburn season. It’s time for spreading a blanket under a tree and reclining with a great book. Prepare for baseball and swimming and frisbee and creek stomping. Make moments for hamburgers and hot dogs and steaks and shrimp on the grill, potato chips, popsicles, and [Read On]

Tex Mex Rice Bowls | Frugal Dinners

There is nothing like the satisfaction that comes from a meal that hits all the right  notes taste-wise, pleases the pickiest eaters in  your house, satisfies your hunger for hours, takes five minutes to throw together, is nutritionally sound and is truly, veritably, and unbelievably inexpensive; And when I say unbelievably inexpensive I mean dirt [Read On]

Spicy Sweet and Sour Tofu

From a smarty-pants, web-savvy point of view, I ‘m doing this strangely. I should be posting this later this week so you can think of it for Friday (say for instance, if you’re observing Lent) and I should not mention that I know that… But I was lucky enough to see some pretty spectacular thunderstorms [Read On]

Roesti (Swiss Crispy Potato Pancake)

This post is, in part, a reprint of my column that ran in the Record-Eagle on Thursday. What is it about sledding hills that brings out the Evel Knievel in children? My boys -who have a rather nicely developed sense of self-preservation- become more than just a little reckless when you stand them at the [Read On]