Author: Debra

CHICKEN POT PIE

Anyone out there grow up eating frozen pot pies?  Anyone ever have a good frozen pot pie experience?  Thought so.  Frozen pies in tiny aluminum tins – Banquet, Swanson’s, store brand, didn’t matter – they all ended up with soggy bottoms (I’m not talking about those funny guys from the […]

BUTTERSCOTCH PEAR PIE

I married a man who would eat sweets morning, noon and night if he had his way; in fact, the whole fam-damily loves sweets, including the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins – every single one of them inherited a sweet tooth.  And if pie is on the menu, well then, it’s […]

SCARPETTA'S SPAGHETTI

Sometimes you just crave a plate of spaghetti (well at least I do) and now that Christmas is over, the house is empty of guests, our studio is closed for the rest of the week (WHOOPEE!  sorry, I digress . . .) AND Jaden over at Steamy Kitchen posted this […]

BROCCOLI-CHEDDAR SOUP

We recently had to replace our furnace – heading into the holidays, no less – OUCH!  And since the professor was on campus, I was in charge of wrangling 4 Maine Coons (have you ever tried wrangling cats, let alone big cats who weigh more than 15 lbs each??) as […]

LORRAINE'S CLAM DIP

There’s a picture of my family that was taken at my sister’s home in Arizona, December 2000; it was the last Christmas we would have with my dad who died from cancer September 7th, 2001, just four days before 9/11.  It sits on my grandmother’s silverware chest – fitting because […]

CHOCOLATE-CARAMEL COOKIE BARS ALA MARTHA STEWART

We spent this past weekend with our ‘Nati’ family (translate: Cincinnati family) which is always filled with lots of laughs and great conversation; in fact, there was a story about cupcakes that put all of us into fits of laughter but that story will have to wait until another post.  […]

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CUPCAKES

This past summer, we vacationed in Michigan with our Cincinnati family – all artists in their own right:  Randy, an architectural engineer who designs museums all over the world, Elaine, owner of a graphics design company and sketches beautifully, Avery, a senior this year (OK – I need a moment […]

JUDITH’S CHEESE SOUFFLE

All those who have avoided making a souffle because you thought it was too difficult, raise your hand . . . (raises hand) I can’t tell you how many years, times I wanted to make a souffle and talked myself out of it because it involved whipping huge bowls of […]