September 23, 2015

Egg Noodles from Scratch

I believe that homemade noodles are one of the ultimate frugal comfort foods. A bowl full of steamy chicken soup, piled high with noodles and carrots is my idea of hearth and home in a bowl. Make no mistake, however, these from-scratch egg noodles are heartier than the more delicate store-bought variety, and very, very filling. Growing up, we sometimes referred to these noodles as kluski, and they are honest to goodness, stick-to-your ribs comfort food.

September 5, 2015

Easy Jerk Chicken

Easy Jerk-Style Seasoning for chicken, fish, shrimp and pork

It's almost hard to believe it when Labor Day rolls around every year - the summer always seems to be over just a little too soon. I’ve been thinking all week about recipes to celebrate the end of this summer season. Grilling outdoors is always a good option for celebrating Labor Day - we may be having nice weather now, but we never know just how many chances we’ll have for grilling before the weather turns cold and wintry. For those hardy souls living in the cold climates, this could be the last hurrah for the year, and it could be quite a few months before heading outdoors for a cookout again.

August 24, 2015

Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Slaw

Labor Day is approaching, the kids are starting a new school year, and the end of summer is here. Over the next two weeks, I thought I would share a few recipes to celebrate the Labor Day holiday, and the unofficial end of summer. This is always a bittersweet time for me. While I will miss the hot, lazy days of summer, truth be told, autumn is truly my favorite season, and I am always eager to usher it in. I love the cooler temperatures, the brilliant red and orange hues of falling leaves, the bounty of the harvest, and, of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving. For now, though, I am in no rush, and will simply savor these last couple of balmy weeks.

August 20, 2015

Summer Peach and Sausage Pizza

Summer Peach and Sausage Pizza with Basil and Caramelized Onions

Peaches are so ripe and juicy this time of the summer, I just can’t resist them. They are one of those fruits that I enthusiastically eat my fill of when they are in-season, and when the season is over, I leave the fresh ones alone until next year. None of those rock-hard peaches found in supermarkets in the dead of winter for me!  I also like to freeze and can a bunch of peaches in the summer, so that I can use them in cobblers and other recipes, as a reminder of warm, sunny days during those cold months of winter. 
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