Got Dates? Try Banana or Apple Date Nut Muffins

Date nut bread is delicious and pretty easy to bake, but there are other fun alternatives worth trying. I made this Banana Date Nut Muffin recipe from Taste of Home, which was not too sweet and great for breakfast. I could have done with a little less oats than what the recipe called for—1/2 cup—but the outcomeContinue reading “Got Dates? Try Banana or Apple Date Nut Muffins”

Meal? Snack? Sweet Potato, Plantain, and Sausage

My husband came home with a plantain from Wegman’s. Every once in a while I like to cook them at home. Here’s the problem with that… I bake them in the oven, which means they never taste as good as they do at a Caribbean or Mexican restaurant. Healthier, yes. Tastier, no. Lesson learned, IContinue reading “Meal? Snack? Sweet Potato, Plantain, and Sausage”

Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder

I was inspired by a can of Campbell’s Well Yes! Sweet Potato Corn Chowder to find a comparable soup that I can fresh make at home. The answer was this Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder recipe by Pinch and Swirl. It’s pretty easy to make, with good whole ingredients, like sweet potato, onion, red bell pepper, corn… …And,Continue reading “Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder”

Fish Stew? Really? Yes!

I have two go-to soup recipes that I like to make, this Chicken Noodle Soup and this Cheddar Broccoli Soup. Variety is nice, though. So when I stumbled on this Fish Stew recipe, I thought: Fish stew? Really? I was doubtful. But the ingredients intrigued me—things like white fish, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and parsley… Honestly, anythingContinue reading “Fish Stew? Really? Yes!”

Cranberry Apple Nut Bread and Cold-Weather Blues

I don’t like cold weather, which means I’m less than amused when late-Fall rolls around. To combat that feeling, I try to concentrate on the wonderful things that only happen during this time of year. Football. Holidays. Family Gatherings. And Autumn-inspired foods. That includes cranberries. Boy, do I love cranberries. I’ll take them dried andContinue reading “Cranberry Apple Nut Bread and Cold-Weather Blues”

Apple Picking and CrockPot Cider

Last weekend, hubby and I went apple-picking in Maryland. It was a sunshine-filled day, the air had a crisp, fall bite to it, and we were welcomed to the farm by a friendly little goat. The farm we visited grows Pink Lady apples. I’ve always thought that was a funny name, and have wondered whyContinue reading “Apple Picking and CrockPot Cider”

Crispy Oven Fries That Are Actually Crispy

I don’t know about you, but I like a French fry or two. But when it comes to cooking them at home, I prefer to bake them rather than fry. I have tried several recipes for oven French fries, but they’ve always created limp, mushy potato sticks. Edible, certainly, but not crispy. And the main reasonContinue reading “Crispy Oven Fries That Are Actually Crispy”