Grandpa’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

oatmeal raisin

Grandpa’s cookies. Grandpa kept a tidy house and lived by himself for thirty-some years after Grandma died.  I only knew his place as Grandpa’s place, because my grandmother died years before I was born. He kept his place neat, tidy, and in order. There were not a lot of toys at his house, but we had fun playing with the spools and the colored blocks he kept on the bottom shelf of the library table. … Read more

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

glazed carrots

The Carrots These balsamic glazed carrots will become a regular at my house. I tried them for the first time this past week, and they are a keeper. Let me tell you one thing about the recipe: when it says to simmer until syrupy and then drizzle over the carrots, then serve immediately, that’s what you want to do. The Glaze Don’t let the glaze sit in a kettle all by its lonesome, even if … Read more

Tilapia (Broiled)


Tender, Healthy, and Tasty Tilapia. I’m always interested in healthy cooking, but sometimes it’s hard to find recipes that are tasty and healthy, especially when it comes to fish. This recipe for Tilapia is a keeper. A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a new dish in the home of friends. Merle Eby is the chef on this one, and it’s his recipe. Merle loves trains, his grandkids, and Jane, his bride of 52 years. He also … Read more

Homemade Chicken Noodle Corn Soup

Pennsylvania Style Chicken Noodle Soup I confess that I keep several store-bought cans of chicken noodle soup in my cupboard, specifically for the nights someone is getting over the flu and I don’t have time to make this from scratch.  However, you and I both know that there’s no comfort soup like homemade chicken noodle soup. My friend Renie (Irene) makes a “mean” chicken noodle corn soup. I watched her – and she tutored me … Read more

Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna Born of Friendship More than twenty years ago, my friend Shirley shared this skillet lasagna recipe with me. When I make this dish, I remember her and all the fun times we shared. At the time I met Shirley, both of our families lived in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.  Shirley and I met in a K-Mart store one evening when both our families were Christmas shopping.  We kept running into each other and I decided … Read more