For all the years I've been married my husband, John, has talked (raved) about his mother's chocolate and butterscotch pies. They were favorites of his and his siblings and my mother-in-law made them often to feed her hungry family and the farm hands who lived and worked on their Idaho potato farm. Unfortunately, I failed… Continue reading Betty’s Butterscotch Pie
I had this a recipe for a long time before I tried it. I tried lots of others. Most of them were good. (After all, who has ever had a bad slice of banana bread?). But they were all just 'ordinary good' and I am always on the lookout for that one special recipe. Then,… Continue reading Recipe: Best Ever Banana Nut Bread
Carrot cake was not a popular thing when I was a kid. In fact, I never heard of it until I was in my 20's. I remember that it didn't sound very appealing. A cake made with a vegetable? Come on. Really? But my mother-in-law at the time swore that it was delicious and she… Continue reading Barb’s Favorite Carrot Cake
In the early 90s, I completed part of my college coursework locally, at one of Kent State University's branch campuses. I worked at a local bakery in the morning. In the afternoon I hurried off to classes. Those were fun days filled with friends and a heavy schedule of student activities (I was student body president… Continue reading Peanut Butter Pie
When I was a kid, my mom made a lot of fudge. It was simple to make. It didn't use a lot of ingredients and therefore it was cheap. My mom made it in a big, heavy saucepan. Sometimes chocolate. Once in a while peanut butter. It was better than good. A pan of fudge… Continue reading Real Old Fashioned Fudge
Pumpkin pie isn't just my husband's favorite pie. It's his favorite food. My dad's too. Both men live for Thanksgiving when they get the first pumpkin pies of the season. The first time I made pumpkin pie for my husband he declared it to be the best pie he'd ever eaten. When I started… Continue reading Baking Pumpkin Pie: the Best Ever Recipe Trick
I love Ambrosia salads but find many of them to be too wimpy. This one is rich and creamy and has enough body to hold up in the fridge for several days so there's no problem making it the day ahead of a big, busy holiday meal. For a summer treat try using Strawberry Jello… Continue reading A New Year Treat: The Best “Ambrosia Salad” Recipe Ever!
Recipe #12 is not a cookie at all. It's a simple and easy retro candy recipe that my mother first made back in the 70's. At the time, the recipe could be found in every "woman's" magazine. It soon became an annual favorite in our family. The special flavor created with a few simple ingredients is hard to… Continue reading Recipe #12: Fudgie Scotch Ring
My three blueberry bushes are loaded with big, fat berries. Three bushes are plenty to keep an average sized family in pie all season long. Last year, we lost our entire harvest to birds in a single day. This year, Doc has built a cage of sorts around the plants and netted it to keep out… Continue reading It’s blueberry pie time! Tips for baking your best pie ever.