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…

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…

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)…

Sour Apple and Graham Cracker Crisp

Cooking should be fun, and there is little more rewarding and fulfilling than sharing the kitchen with a grandchild who likes to learn. We have a young grandson who loves to be in the kitchen when we are preparing anything from soups and salads to desserts. He is one of those children who snacks continuously,…

Most Requested Recipes of 2016

Google recently released their “Google’s Year in Search 2016.” One category included was a listing of the top-searched food recipes for the year. We took a look in our own collection to gather our recipes for these delicious, and sometimes, just fun, items to create our own list of favorites in 2016. 1. Green Bean…

Traditional Pies for Pitch-in Desserts

American Apple Pie We always chuckle when we hear, “As American as apple pie.” The first recipe for apple pie was written in 1381 England, and used figs, raisins, and pears as sweeteners. Early apple pie recipes rarely called for sugar, an expensive and hard-to-get item at the time. (Never fear . . . our…

Homemade Cookies for the Pitch-in

There is always room on the dessert table for easy snacks on the go, and nothing fits the bill better than homemade cookies. Here are some of our favorite recipes that are always a hit at every pitch-in. Snowballs These cookies are known by many names, but they are snowballs to us, and they have…

Christmas Morning Meal

Christmas morning is a time that you shouldn’t have to spend any more time in the kitchen than you want too. Here is a small collection of some of the dishes we would have at our house when our children, and then the grandchildren, would come to spend Christmas eve with us. After the children…

Dishes That Kick Cold Weather’s Bootie

Comfort food is what we like to call it, and we all love it. Food that warms the soul and creates a warm and comfortable feeling to combat the cold weather doldrums. Here are some of our dishes that fill the bill and are great additions to the wintertime dinner table. Roasted Pumpkin with Maple…

Raising the Bar for Pitch-Ins

Pitch-in dinners are a fun way to share togetherness and fellowship with friends and family, and you can kick up the fun factor by making it a themed pitch-in. Make it an “Appetizers Only” party, Munchies Only, with dips and things to dip into them, “Some like it HOT,” featuring spicy dishes, Hot Casseroles Only,…