Caramel Custard Pie


I fretted over what to bring for family dinner at my friend Donna’s house tonight, other than the requested apple pie I’d promised for dessert. I figured with 14 pie-eating mouths to feed one pie wouldn’t be enough, though I majorly underestimated how far my apple pie would stretch. Donna’s extended family hails from the Virginia…

Mary Ellen’s Roasted Chicken and Veggies


Tonight I had family dinner at Donna’s house. I have been having family dinner with her since I met her back in high school (a lifetime ago) and I still try to get over to her parents’ house at least once each trip I take home to Wisconsin. This time my trip home was for…

Bud’s Mile-High Apple Pie


True story: In high school I met and played doubles tennis with a girl who became one of my best friends of all time. I distinctly remember the first time she invited me over to her house for a family dinner. (We didn’t often have family dinner at my house by the time I had…

Basic Pie Dough for a Flakey Pie Crust


This recipe was adapted from one found in a Williams Sonoma cookbook (I substituted margarine for half the butter called for in the recipe.) Follow this recipe and your crust will turn out flakey every time. Taste testers of this crust have labeled this crust better than a professional pie crust. After taste testers have…

Easy Brie En Croute


I first had this fabulous and easy-to-assemble appetizer eons ago on New Year’s Eve at my friend Miranda’s condo on the East side of Milwaukee. Since then it’s earned its way onto my list of star-player appetizers used when I really want to impress people (or when I have very little time to prepare a…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies


I added chocolate chips and brown butter to the classic oatmeal butterscotch cookie recipe. (Didn’t have enough butterscotch chips.) ingredients. 1/2 c. butter 1/2 c. vegetable shortening 3/4 c. granulated sugar 3/4 c. packed brown sugar 1  tsp. vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 c. flour 3 c. rolled oats 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp….

Sour Cream Pancakes


The idea of sour cream pancakes without any sort of milk or buttermilk in the batter sort of terrifies me. Lover of sour cream I am. But I can’t imagine an overwhelming taste of sour cream tastes good in any dish. Least of all not in a pancake. The favorite sour cream pancake recipe that…

Butter and Lard Pie Crust


I made this crust for an apple pie (my first try at apple pie). The apple pie turned out ho-hum. The crust? Maybe the best crust I’ve ever made. Flaky and croissant-like. ingredients. 2 1/2 c. flour pinch of salt 1/2 c. butter, cut into cubes and chilled 1/2 c. lard, cut into cubes and…

Carnitas Tacos


The first time I ever had what I consider to be ‘authentic’ Mexican food was when I was 29 and had just moved to Los Angeles. My coworker at the time, Charley, introduced me to King Taco, where I had a burrito al pastor. As the cube mate of my boyfriend at the time warned…

Buttermilk Sour Cream Banana Pancakes


I am a lover of pancakes. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner every day of the week and probably not get sick of them. This morning I offered to make pancakes for my dad who is visiting from Milwaukee. The last two mornings we went out to eat for breakfast but decide…