Lemon Cake With Whipped Frosting

This is a simple and easy lemon cake dessert because it starts with a box mix. I love these “semi-homemade” desserts because they cut down on time but still give you that homemade taste. And any time you add fresh lemon to a recipe you always gain an edge – it simply takes food to another level. When the weather turns warm I have a tendency to crave lemon in everything…

Summer Is Almost Here!

Just in case you were wondering if I fell off the coast of Hawaii, or into the mouth of a Great White, the good news is that I returned to Texas in one piece and in (relatively) sound mind. I’ve just been a bit busy around here and haven’t had a chance to putter in my kitchen. When I started my blog, I used to wish so badly that the mainstream household had discovered this thing called the…

Calzone

Like most awesome recipes…this calzone is borrowed from a local killer Italian restaurant. This is a place we have eaten in, and ordered take-out, many many times. One Friday night, shortly after our first was born, I called in to order take-out Calzone. I got there a bit early (Taylor must have been crying) and as luck would have it, they were slammed….and short on help in the kitchen…

A Perfect Spring Weekend

It was a beautiful spring weekend in our little corner of the world, the sun was shining and there was just enough of a cool breeze to cool things off. In the evenings we felt as if we’d been transported to Northern California – it was just that perfect. Friday night I made PW’s Shrimp In Foil but I substituted the shrimp for some fresh sea scallops. This was a somewhat pricey ingredient…

Pretzels & Cheese. A Perfect Combo.

I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen at all last week. We had family in town and things were somewhat hectic at our house. It was one of those weeks that you’d rather not do over again. Emotions were raw, everyone was functioning on auto-pilot and we felt lucky to get through each day in one piece. There was so much going on that we just couldn’t seem to sit down for a real dinner…

White Bean Soup

This white bean soup was a favorite of mine when I was growing up and it’s even better now that a glazed, spiral sliced ham has become so popular at holiday time. I didn’t grow up in Texas where the southern “red beans & rice” is standard fare. My Kansas roots called for white or “navy” beans as the traditional bean soup and I have no idea why a white bean is referred to as navy…