Creamy Broccoli Bake

This creamy broccoli bake is one of my family’s favorites. I’ve never yet met a child who did not like this vegetable in this casserole. Oh, that’s right; I have one kid who never cared for it (the picky one, but that’s because he doesn’t like mushrooms and not because he doesn’t like the green stuff.) [Sorry, kid.  I’ve tried for a quarter of a century to get you to like mushrooms.] This recipe is … Read more

Creamed Lima Beans

  This is one of those I-can-stretch-this-meal-a-little-further recipes.  I’ll concur that serving creamed vegetables adds more calories and carbohydrates.  I’ll also admit that it sure adds a comfort-food measure to the meal. This is also one of those there really isn’t a measurement recipe for this.   You just eye-ball your amounts and go for it – and test it along the way. Cook your lima beans (or peas, if you’d rather) until they are tender.  Be sure … Read more

Baked Spaghetti

  This is an easy go-to recipe for a large crowd or for something you need to fix ahead of time.  Served with a side salad and green beans, the meal is an easy one for your family or for guests. You can fix this ahead of time and put it in the freezer for a week or two down the road.  It’s easy to fix two pans with this recipe: one for the day … Read more

Corn Chip Salad

Easter Sunday is always special.  It’s especially special when it’s spent with family and friends. This Easter we were invited to Irene’s house for Sunday lunch. As always, she had quite the spread. “I’m not having ham,” she told me when I got the invitation. Who cares, I thought, it’ll be good no matter what she serves.   I was right. It was good. So, so good. The only thing I had to bring was rolls. … Read more

Colored Easter Eggs

Coloring eggs for Easter was a yearly tradition.  I don’t know how many days the colored eggs sat in a basket on the kitchen table, but I am certain it was not just a day or two.  We ate them, and no one got sick. A week or two before Easter, our mother hard-boiled several dozen eggs. The oilcloth on the kitchen table was covered with newspapers as we filled mug after mug with different … Read more