Crispy Parmesan Fries

I’ve seen this crispy parmesan fries recipe making the rounds lately in various forms so I played around with it and made a few changes here and there. The biggest difference is using granulated garlic because I think it does better in a hot oven, fresh tends to burn on fries at 400 degrees. I used to use fresh garlic all the time and always ended up with fries that smelled slightly burnt, not…

Merry Christmas from The Family

 Merry Christmas everyone!    

Banana Bread

This is my tried and true banana bread recipe. It’s a recipe that I picked up many years ago from a friend and I’ve kept it taped to the inside cupboard of 4 kitchens now…an old trick of my mom’s. You would think that I would have it memorized but every time I make it I have to open my cabinet door and take a quick glance at the ingredients, line them up on the counter…

Delicious Baked Ziti

One of my favorite comfort foods in the entire world has to be a hot dish of delicious baked ziti fresh from the oven. The top is covered with cheese that’s crusty brown around the edges and it has those little bits of red sauce bubbling to the top. It makes me hungry just thinking about it! If you’re lucky enough to have some of my leftover bolognese sauce in the freezer then you can skip the meat…

Frederick Crab Cakes

Maryland is perhaps the king of crab cakes… at least they make that claim.

Texas has brisket, K.C. owns ribs and the Carolina’s are the master of pork. About 10 years ago they held a local crab cake contest in Frederick at the annual county fair and this recipe took home all the marbles. It’s simple and that’s the key to a great crab cake recipe. In Maryland they don’t ruin their crab cakes…

A Perfect Valentines Dinner Idea

I’m not big on going out to eat on Valentine’s Day. It’s rushed, crowded, and the atmosphere feels forced…to me anyway. I like to wait and enjoy a nice meal out a few days later. On Valentine’s Day, I prefer to have a fancy cocktail and cook a simple dinner at home that’s delicious but not labor intensive. Rick’s Maryland Crab-cakes are just the ticket. Mix them up ahead of time so…