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…

More Pork Entrees for the Holidays

Cranberry-Mustard Pork Tenderloin An outstanding recipe that Lea adapted for the slow cooker to present big flavors. She hadn’t had a slow cooker for years, but bought one just before starting work on publishing our favorite recipes and trying out some new ones. This was her first slow cooker recipe, and she added an extra…

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…

Appetizers for Holiday Gatherings

It seems like we keep really busy late in the year attending events and activities that involve food. Whether it’s a company party or a family get together, a welcome addition to any gathering is an appetizer. The term “appetizer” usually refers to a small plate or single bite of food served before the meal…

It’s Soup Season!

With cold and flu season rapidly approaching, this is a good time to discover delicious recipes to help serve up the age-old cure to winter sniffles. We’re talking about soup. And, now with abundant winter vegetables that deliver or contribute to tasty soups, there are no excuses for winter doldrums. Squash is not only abundant…

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…

Versatile Golden Corn

Corn, is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. Over time is became one of the most versatile food staples throughout history. Originally maize, it became known as corn which could be consumed in any number of ways; roasted, baked, fried, boiled, ground into meal for any…

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,…

Pitch-in Dinner Super Stars

No one wants to take “just-another-same-same” dish to the pitch in dinner with friends or family. What we want is a dish with lots of visual appeal. Whether it comes from color or texture, we want everyone who passes by our dish to notice it. Here are a few of our favorites. Sauteed Green Beans…