Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Crust

Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Crust

I love pumpkin pie! It’s one of my very favorite desserts – ever. I wanted to make homemade pie crust this year so I decided to use Ina Garten’s pie crust recipe. She makes the best pastries and desserts...

Roasted Turkey with Thyme and Sage

Roasted Turkey with Thyme and Sage

I usually follow my Dad’s recipe for roasted turkey but this year I decided to wing it (no pun intended). Since it was only going to be the four of us, I bought a small 9 lb turkey. I...

Stuffing with Mushrooms, Sausage and Bacon

Stuffing with Mushrooms, Sausage and Bacon

My Dad makes an amazing stuffing every year that’s filled with all sorts of goodies, including oysters, wild rice, mushrooms, bacon and sausage to name a few. I love my Dad’s stuffing but decided to make it a little...

Cranberry Jelly with Orange Zest

Cranberry Jelly with Orange Zest

I grew up eating cranberry sauce from the can and gobbled it up every Thanksgiving. When I first married my husband, his father and step mother came for Thanksgiving dinner. I made my first batch of homemade cranberry sauce...

Oyster Stew

Oyster Stew

My father makes an amazing oyster stew that is rich, creamy and unbelievably delicious. We always serve it at family functions and holidays. We had a small Thanksgiving this year with just my husband, my children and me. It...

Baked Penne Pasta with Mushroom Marinara and Chicken

Baked Penne Pasta with Mushroom Marinara and Chicken

I saw a recipe on Smoky Mountain Cafe that reminded me of a dish my dear friend Joy made for me a few summers ago. It’s really easy to make and tastes fantastic. It’s a great way to use...

Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes with a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes with a Balsamic Vinaigrette

I had some asparagus to use up but I wanted to do something different with it. I usually roast it with Parmesan cheese but thought a balsamic vinaigrette with roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes would be light and delicious...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Our friends were going to watch our kids so my husband and I could go on a date. I like to make them treats as a thank you so I decided to make them some fudge. My 3 year...

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

I wanted a simple side dish for a roasted chicken. I had some baby Dutch yellow potatoes and Parmesan cheese so I decided to roast them together. Not only was this extremely easy to make it tasted great. The...

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

I wanted to serve a hearty meal for friends who were coming for dinner. I decided to make Chicken Parmesan and fresh steamed broccoli. My girlfriend brought a salad and fresh garlic bread to complete the meal. The chicken...