Holiday Cheer on the Table

One of the most cheerful times of the year is based around The Reason for The Season, and extends from Thanksgiving, through Christmas and New Year family gatherings. When we gather as families, we tend to joyfully share our favorite foods around the family table. Lea and I have enjoyed sharing our favorite dishes over…

12 Baked Desserts for the Year End Pitch-in

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Yummy buttered brown sugar creates a pallet pleasing sticky sauce on top of pineapple slices dotted with maraschino cherries, all of which top a moist yellow cake mix, creating an old time favorite that still sings deliciousness. Click here for the recipe and directions. Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake Grandmas across time…

Festive Salads for the Holiday Table

18 salad recipes to help you bring some festive cheer to your table with a delicious winter salad or two. From a vibrant Sunshine fruit-cabbage slaw to a fennel-endive salad, these salads will complement any main dish and enliven your holiday dinner. Chicken and Fruit Salad An award winning “no-cook” combination of juicy chicken breast…

Traditional Holiday Dishes

Fads come and go, but the favorite dishes of our ancestors have long become traditional foods for the holidays. From meats to veggies and seasonal desserts, these dishes have stood the test of time, and new variations can deliver even more flavor and eye appeal. Roasted or mashed potatoes, stuffing, pies and cakes, and roasted…

Eye-Catching Desserts for the Family Pitch-in

The dessert tables at family pitch-in dinners always look so appealing some party-goers start their meal right there. Pies, cakes, cookies, candies, puddings and other taste bud delights are always favorites. Poached Stuffed Pears These beauties are always a hit at the dinner table! Elegant and classic, they promise great flavor served up by the…

Time Saving Main Course Casseroles

Spring is a very busy time in most households, with gardening season starting in Southern states, spring cleaning beckoning, and outdoor activities gearing up for children, many households are searching for ways to maximize their leisure time while still taking care of business. Enter the casserole, those wonderful time savers! Nothing says “home” as well as the…

Spring Into Summer Recipes

When we start getting those occasional warm sunny days that break the monotony of ole’ man winter, we begin looking forward to spring’s arrival. Along with blooms and blossoms our thoughts turn to our favorite, lighter, warm season dishes including succulent fruits and vegetables, luscious summer salads, and comforting entrees. Here’s a look at some…

Most Requested Recipes of 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by some of the 10 most requested recipes of 2017 according to Google, because there’s a resurgence of interest in some of the classic homemade recipes. We are delighted to see some long time classics appearing on the list, including the most sought after recipe, Beef Stroganoff! A French chef, who…

Miscellaneous Cooking Goodies

Every cook has a catch-all drawer or container where we keep the tools that don’t deserve counter space since we only use them occasionally. The same is true of those treasured occasional recipes and “how-to” notes that get stuck away until “next time.” We keep ours here in the Vaughn household on our Misc (Miscellaneous)…

5 Tips for Cooking Great Steaks

We love a tender, juicy, well-cooked beef steak. Because preparing it perfectly involves proper technique, temperature control, timing, and seasoning, cooking a steak is a great test of your culinary skills. Cooking the perfect steak might not be as easy as you wish, but with practice, and some insight, you can quickly master it. Here…