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Easy Cassoulet

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew

If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above.  Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages.  Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans.  Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make.  Yes, yes, yes, I know.  This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading

Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon Loaf Cake is a sweet and sour quick bread that can serve as dessert, breakfast or snack.

Lemon Loaf Cake can be dessert, snack or even breakfast

One day, a few years after I married my husband, he mentioned how much he’d like a slice of his sister’s lemon cake.  It was the first time I had heard that his sister even had a lemon cake.  What was this delectable sounding concoction of which my husband was dreaming?  I immediately wrote a letter to my sister-in-law asking for the recipe.  I am old enough and have been married long enough that snail mail was the “in” way to communicate back then.  Once I got my hot little hands on the recipe, this Lemon Loaf Cake quickly became a staple in our dessert line-up. Continue reading

Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Chocolate Cutout Cookies make a fun holiday treat any time of the year.

Chocolate Cutout Cookies: great for any season of the year!

So I am just going to keep it real here and tell you up front that I am NOT good with frosting.  I have worked many, many years just to be able to frost a two layer cake without crumbs appearing all over the outside of it.  Don’t be surprised, therefore, that these little chocolate cutout cookies look less than beautiful.  I. Just. Cannot. Do. Frosting.  My daughter and I had a great time making them, though.  The whole family didn’t have any trouble eating them, either. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Pie

Picture cookie dough sandwiched between two baked cookies; that’s how this chocolate chip pie tastes.

Chocolate Chip Pie: it's like cookie dough sandwiched between two baked cookies. Can you say yum?

No one in my family is complaining that I am on a chocolate baking spree.  We had a little break in the “monotony” while we celebrated Third Son’s 16th birthday.  He asked for a strawberry cheesecake.  Now we are back to one more week of chocolate before Valentine’s Day.    I am actually making recipes that I marked, copied or saved years ago.  It feels good to make my way through the list.  It almost validates my 6 X 4 foot bookshelf crammed with cookbooks.  Continue reading

Easy Fudge Pie

This Easy Fudge Pie is a perfect way to end a nice meal.

Easy Fudge pie made with sweetened condensed milk: a simple, but amazing way to end a nice meal.

I am all about easy desserts.  When I am bustling around the kitchen making dinner, dessert is often an after-thought.  I often get out my ingredients for dinner and while I am chopping vegetables I realize that I haven’t planned a sweet for the family.  That is the time that I go into panic mode and start opening cupboards to see what I can come up with in 20 minutes of less without dirtying a sink load of dishes.  Pies like this Easy Fudge Pie have saved my husband and children from moping around all evening bemoaning the lack of dessert. Continue reading

Burrito Dip

A warm, meatless dip that tastes like your favorite burrito

Warm Burrito Dip

Okay, this is the last dip of the season.  I have more up my sleeve for next year, but with the big game coming up this weekend, the time has passed for me to make any more right now.  I am ending my dip mania with a meatless bean affair.  I call it Burrito Dip because my imagination has flown the coop.  Continue reading

Sausage and Black Olive Pizza Dip

Sausage and Black Olive Pizza Dip because not everyone loves pepperoni pizza!

Sausage and Black Olive Pizza Dip because not everyone loves pepperoni pizza!

Have you seen “pizza dip” before?  Have you noticed that it almost always includes pepperoni?  Despite the fact that pepperoni is, in fact, one of the more popular varieties of pizza, I know for another fact (because I take very scientific surveys!) that not everyone orders pepperoni on their pizza.  I happen to have a few of those people living right under my roof.  This sausage and black olive pizza dip is for them, for you, for anyone who doesn’t want plain pepperoni anymore. Continue reading