Frico or Cheese Crisps

This is what you bring to a party when you think you have nothing to fix and don’t want to go to the store.  You can gussy them up with herbs or pepper, use different cheeses, shape them into little bowls or just serve them flat. It’s not much of a recipe per se but […]


There are lots of ways to make bruschetta. I know it doesn’t always have to have tomatoes on top but in my house, if you say bruschetta people are expecting tomatoes and basil, both from the garden.  You can rub the toasted bread with garlic or just add some garlic to the topping, as I […]

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

I like to keep a small jar of cinnamon and sugar mixed up together.  You can use this for cinnamon and sugar toast, yogurt topping, coffee cakes, muffin topping and so forth.  It really comes in quite handy. Vary the ratio to suit your individual tastes. 1 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons cinnamon Mix together and […]

Pickles: Refrigerator, Fermented, Freezer and Canned

Last year I played around with lots of different pickles, from the traditional fermented pickles (which start with salt and water and flavorings but no vinegar) to the vinegar-based canned (water bathed). Growing up, my mom made dill pickles every year and I totally took them for granted. I just assumed everyone could wander out […]

My Mom’s Dill & Garlic Pickles

Last year I made several different kinds of dill pickles and these were our favorites! It’s my mom’s old recipe. She sent me the yellowed newspaper clipping, bordered with Scotch tape. Last year, I didn’t add the alum but this year I did, just wanting to taste it the old original way.  I begged some […]