Deb’s Cinnamon Rolls

These rolls are to die for.  They have literally ruined every other cinnamon roll for me.  I have never had another cinnamon roll as good as the ones my college roommate Deb makes.  She used to sell these, and I for one would pay top dollar.  For the longest time, I had no desire to…

Lily’s Kale Salad

I have to give credit to Lily Darais for introducing me to this salad too.  One night I invited her family to join us at our place for dinner.  She offered to bring a salad.  And I have to be honest, when she came over my house with all the ingredients to make her salad…

Czech Apricot Cake

The last time I was in Chicago, my step Dad, George, insisted that I learn how to make his favorite dessert from his sister, Despo.  I think he feels like when she’s gone, I’m more likely to make this for him then my Mom.  Plus, he said he can just imagine me making this with…

Grape Jelly Meatballs

It seems to wrong to serve meatballs pared with grape jelly and I questioned this combination at first, but this sauce is sweet, tangy, a little spicy, and these are always a hit at a party.   I can’t take too much credit for these, I stole this recipe from Allrecipes. GRAPE JELLY MEATBALLS 1…

Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette

I love a good balsamic vinaigrette.  I often top my salads with just balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  This one has the added bonus of thinly sliced shallots.  You could put this on any salad, but tonight it sounded like the perfect paring for a goat cheese, beet salad I threw  together. BALSAMIC SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE…

Spanish Rice

This is a recipe I found in my Betty Crocker Cookbook back in the early years of marriage.  It’s so simple and can honestly be made in the same amount of time that you were spend making one of those box of rices, so I often opt for this.  Tonight, I was making enchiladas and…

Aunt Julie’s Pie Crust

Every year that we lived in California when I was a kid, Thanksgiving was always spent at my Aunt Julie’s house.  Now Aunt Julie isn’t even actually my Aunt.  She’s my mother’s neighbor growing up who was basically a sister to her.  And now, she’s still considered family to me.  The summer after 3rd grade…