Big Batch Crisp Topping and Any Fruit Crisps | Make Ahead Mondays

Desserts are the big to-do. The thing over which you slave for hours or -in some cases- even days and present with a flourish to ooooohs and aaaahs. I’m as guilty of that as the next food-obsessed gal, from time to time. But really? Desserts are supposed to be a relaxing thing. Grab a spoon [Read On]

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Why did the chicken cross the road? I’ll get to that in a moment. One thing I absolutely, positively adore about living in Western New York is that I can honestly say I live in the birthplace of the hot wing. If you order ‘wings’ in a nearby restaurant or bar, you’re going to receive [Read On]

Thai Red Curry Shrimp with Coconut Rice (How to Freeze Rice) | Make Ahead Mondays

    My husband doesn’t like curry. …Or at least he SAYS he doesn’t  like curry. He claims it makes him belchy. (Since when did that deter him, I ask…) This is one of my eternal frustrations because I do like it. A lot. It goes both ways.  My husband adores angel hair pasta cooked [Read On]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing like a warm cookie on a cold day. While my husband and I play our annual game of “just how long can we wait to fire up the wood stove”, the days are getting cooler and the nights are colder yet. We try to eek as many days wood stove-free as we [Read On]

Chunky Monkey Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

  Happy Friday, everyone! I have such a treat for you today! We are a granola family. I’ve been making homemade granola for years upon years. My second born son has a real thing for it; he doesn’t like breakfast cereal, but he adores granola. I try to keep it on hand for him at [Read On]

Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting and Apple Cider Caramel

Fall. Autumn. It’s just around the corner. As in, it’s four days away. Could you pardon me for a moment? (FALLFALLFALLFALLFALLFALLFALL YAY! WAHOO! WHOOPWHOOPWHOOP! Zippity hippity hoppity doo dah! YEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!AU-TUMN! Uh huh, uh huh, uh huhuhhuhuhhuh. Happy DANCE! ) Um, thank you. I kind of needed to get that out of my system. I wait [Read On]

Grape Pie Filling and Grape Pie | Make Ahead Mondays

  I’ve been blessed to have the chance to move around a little bit in this great country of ours and see a bit of the world. Although I’ve lived in rural Western New York longer than I have anywhere else, I was born a Michigan girl and I believe I’ll always identify myself as [Read On]

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

  I think it’s been so long since I’ve been sick that my body forgot how to go about being sick. It’s not a complaint mind you, just an observation. I spent a day with a weird headache and sore throat of the move-slowly-through-the-day variety, went to bed with an ibuprofen cocktail and woke up [Read On]