Crab Sliders with Spicy Mayo

    It’s hard to find a good crab cake. Costly crab but too much filler? These cakes strike the perfect balance. Sliders are so popular today and I’m sure a tray of these slider crab cakes would be the […]

Strawberry Cream Cheese Jam Muffins

Strawberry and cream cheese just seem to go together. I’ve seen it as a spread for a morning bagel or toast and with this recipe, we can incorporate those flavors into a moist muffin.  This is one of those recipes […]

Zucchini and Lemon Spaghetti

We can’t get enough zucchini recipes this time of year. Instead of the usual squash casserole, change things up a bit by turning this summer veggie into pasta!  Using a simple vegetable peeler turns any veggie into pasta-like strands. If […]

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Looking for a simple appetizer to highlight your meal? This mouth-watering cheesy garlic bread will please any family member.  It reminds me of French Bread Pizza – without the sauce! Fresh or day old bread works well here.  Fresh garlic […]

How to Preserve Hydrangeas

Saving the color of summer is easy.  Hydrangea flowers have such striking foliage and stunning blooms that most gardeners want to extend the life of these beauties as long as possible.  You can dry Hydrangeas several ways and “Denise in […]

Melon Salad with Ginger-Mint Dressing

Fresh, easy and pretty enough for a party, this will be your go-to recipe for summer meals. A perfect way to enjoy all the fruits that are in season now. Farmer’s markets are overflowing with peak-season produce bursting with flavor. […]

Grilled Corn on the Cob

When you get a great batch of summer corn, it is so sweet you barely have to cook it. When buying corn, look for ears with bright green, tight fitting husks and golden brown silk. Grilled corn is a popular […]

Loaded Baked Potatoes with Broccoli & Cheese

Baked potatoes often get shortchanged. They are the expected side dish to a steak, but you can make them so much more than that. With a crisp skin and fluffy interior, they can be topped with whatever your heart desires. […]

Raspberry Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Making your own oatmeal bars is a great way to have a healthier, yummy treat. These are great to take hiking, camping, add to lunchboxes, or as a quick breakfast. Snacking doesn’t have to be a no-no.  It’s a great […]

Parmesan Garlic Knots

Not everything has to be made from scratch to be good!  These Parmesan Garlic Knots are quick and tasty and go well with soups and pasta dishes or even just for snacking with some warm marinara sauce. “Whole Lotta Oven” […]

No-Bake S’mores Pie

As much as we love fruit pies in the middle of summer, we hesitate to turn on the oven. No-bake pies are just the ticket in these scorching lazy days of summer. Summer would not be complete without S’mores for […]

Taco Stuffed Shells

Pasta shells get a South-of-the Border makeover when filled with taco-seasoned meat.  Everyone loves “Taco Night” and this is a different spin on a weeknight dinner.  These were a huge hit with the kids!  “Spend with Pennies” was even able […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract

We don’t often think about Christmas in July, but if you love giving home-made gifts from your kitchen you may want to consider this.  I think any baker would love to get a bottle of home-made vanilla extract.  Those little […]

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Combine two morning favorites – pancakes and cinnamon rolls – for the ultimate breakfast.  Cinnamon rolls have long been loved for their cinnamon-sugar swirl and sweet icing, but when made from scratch they require more time than you may have […]