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

Squash Casserole

squash casserole

Squash casserole. That’s what you make when squash season is here! You can add squash to garden salad, serve it raw on a vegetable tray, or saute it with onions or snow peas. Then you can make a squash casserole. What I like about this recipe is that you can do it up to a day ahead and then pop it in the oven. Certainly it can be mixed in the morning and not served … Read more

Jacket Potatoes

jacket potatoes

I remember the day my ninth grade English teacher told us that when company came to their house, her mom served jacket potatoes. Their guests had never heard of jacket potatoes, and thought it must be a gourmet dish.  This potato dish is about as un-gourmet as you can get, but it’s simple, easy, practical, and tasty. I couldn’t imagine not knowing about jacket potatoes. I assume they are given this name because you serve … Read more

(Dutch) Fried Potatoes

dutch fries

There are fried potatoes and home fries, and then there are dutch fried potatoes.  I grew up with the real dutch fried potatoes, but we just called them fried potatoes. I don’t know of any community where these potatoes are made on a regular basis – unless an individual or two took the recipe with them when they moved away from “home” – which is western Maryland/Somerset County, Pennsylvania. If somebody you  know has ancestors … Read more

Spinach Salad with Homemade Dressing

spinach salad

I fixed salad with strawberries for the first time last summer. This spring I was helping a niece and she served this salad with a homemade dressing. Of course I had to get the recipe, which came from my sister Alice. While this dressing does has sugar in it, you will only need a tablespoon or two for a large bowl, so you’re not consuming an excessive amount of sugar. What I like about this … Read more