Macaroons

One of my best visiting teachers ever moved to Georgia last year.  Catherine Bartlett is witty and can always be relied on for great literary advice.  She is considerate, down to earth, and the kind of person you could easily sit and talk to for hours.  In addition to all these qualities, she made the…

Baked French Toast

Sometimes I really miss the days when Derek and I lived in Oregon away from family.  In that situation we made some of the best friends we’ve ever had and they became like family for the time we lived there.  We were always having Sunday dinner with these people.  We would get together for holidays…

Gram’s Tortilla Soup

I’ve already raved about how my Gram’s has all the best recipes.  This is one of her staples.  I feel like she generally always made it for me every time I came to visit because she knew I loved it so much.  It really is good and quick and easy to make.  I’ve only adapted…

Lemon Curry Chicken

  Traditionally my college roommates and I get together for roommate breakfast, but on one occasion it worked better with our schedules to meet for lunch.  Debbie was hosting that day and she made Becky and I her Lemon Curry Chicken.  We both loved it and asked for her recipe.  It’s now a favorite in my…

Dad’s Cookies

  Diane loves to tell a story about how one morning she had the tube turned to Good Morning Utah or something like that and they were interviewing someone with an award winning cookie recipe.  She called them Dad’s cookies because they were her Dad’s favorite.  They shared the recipe and she jotted it down.  They…

Vietnamese Beef Pho

 Have you ever seen star anise?  It’s the prettiest and most intriguing spice, and I wanted to use it in something.  This was another exciting culinary challenge in the kitchen courtesy of Cooks Illustrated and calls for star anise.  The first time I made this I thought you pronounced it “Foe”, but have since learned…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

 The rumor in my ward growing up was that Marcie McKee made the best chocolate chip cookies.  So, when I was collecting recipes for my recipe collection as a young women this was one I had to snag.  The first time I made these for Derek he said, “Is there something special about these cookies?”…

Chile Rellenos

 Chile Rellenos are usually my favorite thing to order at a Mexican restaurant and these do not disappoint.  Plus, they are fairly simple to make.  This is another Grams dish.  A few years after I got married and was in a cooking rut she shared a few of her fav recipes with me.  I really…

Pot-au-Feu

 I love to cook, and while I appreciate yummy dishes that are also simple, I sometimes like a kitchen adventure.  I love conquering a dish that is a little more technical or uses ingredients that are new to me.  That’s why I love Cook’s Illustrated.  It’s a magazine put out by the makers of America’s…