Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

I love a good pumpkin pie.  By good I don’t mean a commercially baked pie sold by the thousands.  I mean a good pie baked from scratch in your kitchen.   Using a fresh pumpkin right out of the garden or from the local farmers 

Breads and Spreads

Breads and Spreads

When I grew up we were really poor.   Not welfare poor but my parents struggled and we lived out of town.  Not close to a store and stores were all closed on Sunday’s.  Times have changed.    My mom made homemade bread every week. 

Tex Mex   Taste of Summer

Tex Mex Taste of Summer

I love Salsa.   I am from Arizona and love salsa’s.   Many of my friends are from Mexico or South America and over the years they have taught me many things about how different salsas can be and how creative one can be in 

Rediscover Sauerkraut

Rediscover Sauerkraut

Some foods bring back so many memories.  When I was growing up we ate things like canned spinach, liver and onions, and sauerkraut.   And we all loved it.  It was part of life.  So many of the food we used to eat are making 

Another Look at Sourdough

Another Look at Sourdough

I love sourdough bread.  Actually I love bread.  All bread, but I have found that when it comes to breads my body loves sourdough and I don’t get the side effects that most breads give me.  Things like inflammation, rashes, congestion, and fatigue.   I 

How to Fix your Food

How to Fix your Food

What do I mean when I say fix your food.  Often times we taste our food and it can be off.  Not enough flavor, too sweet, too spicy, too rich, or no flavor at all.   My number one rule of cooking is to always 

Healthy Treats~Date Bars

Healthy Treats~Date Bars

I love treats.  I like to have things that I can munch on late at night.  The problem is that my go to is ice cream.  I love ice cream in milk.  Chocolate ice cream with whole milk is my comfort food.     I 

How to Have a Successful Cookie Dough Party

How to Have a Successful Cookie Dough Party

We all love cookie dough.  Children adore it and every one I know at one time or another has had thier finger in the cookie dough bowl.  There is just something magical about cookie dough.  It is a make you feel good food that brings 

WholeGrian31 Energy Bars

WholeGrian31 Energy Bars

Chocolate Date Bars  In my quest for health and wellness the biggest challenge is finding something to appease the sweet tooth.    That is a huge challenge and most protein bars are filled with junk or they are expensive and not really that great.   

Sprouted Whole Grain Pancakes

Sprouted Whole Grain Pancakes

I am a pancake eater.  I love them.  But I have to say that I cannot eat white flour pancakes after having enjoyed whole grain cakes for so long.  They have so much flavor and you don’t feel like you ate bricks when you are 

The Perfect Reuben Dressing

The Perfect Reuben Dressing

I love a good sandwich. With a great rye bread, nothing compares to a fresh made Rueben. I remember like it was yesterday the very first time I had a Rueben Sandwich. I was a busboy at a local coffee shop in Show Low Arizona. 

Cooling Summer Soups     Part 2

Cooling Summer Soups Part 2

It’s cherry season for a while.  We get them now in the stores and by summers end they will be ripening on our fruit trees in many parts of the country.    I love cherries.  I love just eating them.  Having a cherry pitter is 

Cool Summer Soups Part 1

Cool Summer Soups Part 1

I love making soups.  Especially in the summer.  Cooling summer soups are amazing and just the perfect thing to cool off with when we don’t really want something heavy and we want to prepare it quickly In my younger days I work in Private Clubs. 

Savory Onion Rings

Savory Onion Rings

I love a great onion ring. But all to often they are greasy and flavorless. I am talking about the batter. And most often the batter is made with poor quality flour. Onion rings are the perfect companion food to a great burger. They are 

Real Tortillas

Real Tortillas

Fresh sourdough buttermilk tortillas I love a wonderful tortilla. Nothing like a great flour tortilla, baked on a cast iron griddle, served warm. I have made many tortillas and consumed my fair share. Moving to Utah has been difficult in the fast that good tortillas 

The Perfect Hot Cereal

The Perfect Hot Cereal

As a young boy we lived on hot cereals. Pretty much cracked wheat or germaide is unheard of in todays cold cereal kingdom, but when I was a boy cracked cereal was a staple. The funny part is that now it is easier then ever 

Pressure Cooking/Instant Pot Quick Meals Cooking Formula

Pressure Cooking/Instant Pot Quick Meals Cooking Formula

(Pasta Meals are fast and wonderful in Electric Pressure Cookers) Pressure Cooking is one of my favorite ways to cook. Today’s pressure cookers/instant pots are fast and easy, making creating wonderful meal a cinch. Foods come out tasting better then ever and with minimal results. 

Winter Souping

Winter Souping

Creamed Butternut Squash Soup Years ago when my children were younger and at home we went through some pretty rough times.   I remember feeling more depressed and discouraged about life that it was hard to even move.  One day I decided that I had 

Twice Baked Whole Grain Biscotti

Twice Baked Whole Grain Biscotti

Winter time is the perfect time for Biscotti. I love Biscotti. It is one of the best cookies ever. I have to say that nothing compares to a nice chocolate dipped Biscotti with a cup of hot chocolate or Crio Brew. Years ago in Arizona 

Gluten Free Focaccia Bread

Gluten Free Focaccia Bread

Gluten free just gets easier and easier.  For years I struggled with how hard it was to do gluten free.  It was scary and when I looked at the ingredients list on the back of packages or in recipes I was discouraged.  Some of you