Apple Pie Filling

I’ve had this recipe for a quarter of a century.  I got it from my mother-in-law, Mom Slabach.  I have no idea where she got the recipe.  Every time I make a batch of this, I think of Mom, because the recipe is in her handwriting.   And every time I make a batch of this, I miss her. She’s enjoying better apple pie than we can ever make here on earth.  You can read … Read more

Graham Cracker Pudding

Graham Cracker Pudding takes me back to my childhood when picnics and church potluck dinners had every imaginable dessert – including this dish – from which to choose. Dave and I had only one prenuptial agreement, and that was about graham crackers. You see, I grew up on Honey Maid graham crackers, and it’s the only brand I eat – if I can help it. A few months before we were married, we were in a … Read more

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Most kids like these sweet potato fries.  In the last four years, I’ve served these to over a dozen foster kids, and every single one of them begged for more.   If you have an excess of sweet potatoes, this recipe is a quick fix and goes with practically any meal. Peel those potatoes, then slice them into circles or wedges.  Add olive oil and sea salt to a bag and marinate the potatoes for … Read more

Italian Grilled Chicken

  This Italian grilled chicken is one of our favorite grilled dishes.  We’ve served it to a lot of folks on our deck during the summer – up to thirty folks at a time. Marinate the chicken all day, allowing it to thaw.  I use a Tupperware container that has a deep lid and a deep bottom.   I just flip the container, which makes to let the dressing seep through.  Turn it every couple … Read more

Italian Pasta Salad Delight

At a delightful birthday  luncheon hosted by a friend this past week, each guest was asked to bring a side dish to serve.  Marlene was one of the guests, and she brought this dish. When I asked her for the recipe, she said, “Oh, there really isn’t a recipe.  You just cook your pasta and add whatever ingredients you want.”   I assumed she had her own recipe for the dressing, but she informed me … Read more