Summertime Pasta

This summertime pasta recipe was adapted from a Barefoot Contessa cookbook. I’m pretty sure that I have every cookbook that Ina Garten has ever written and they are some of my very favorites. I love her recipes because I can always count on them to be fairly simple and with fresh ingredients. This summertime pasta recipe starts with a “base” that is my “go-to” for most…

Grandma Denoya’s Apple Pie

Grandma Denoya’s Apple Pie was handed down by my great grandmother, Teresa Morrisey Denoya, an Irish immigrant from County Cork, Ireland. Grandma Denoya somehow found her way to Ponca City, Oklahoma at the age of 14 and eventually married my great grandfather Francis Denoya, an Osage Indian with whom she had 6 children. There was actually a town…

Ranch House Layered Salad

My “Ranch House Layered Salad” has been a family favorite for years. I first made it back in the early 80’s and it was a recipe that I was given by someone from somewhere that has totally escaped my memory. Sorry to whomever you are! As the years went on it became a tradition on Christmas Eve at my house and my kids grew to expect it with a honey baked ham and my potato…

The Best Potato Salad Ever

I’ve tried every Best Potato Salad recipe out there and what I ended up with is a combination of 3 or 4 recipes in one final masterpiece. I took the best of one and the best of another and just blended them all together. One thing is for sure, I have never been able to pick up a container of potato salad at the grocery store and get away with it – it just can’t be done. I’ve tried upscale and downscale…

Mom’s Classic Blueberry Muffins

I brought home a nice big container of blueberries yesterday from our local farmer’s marker so I pulled out my mom’s classic blueberry muffin recipe. It’s always an experience digging around my bookcase looking for her recipes…I never know what I will find. I love looking through my mother’s cookbooks because they all have little notes written in the margins with little tips about each recipe…

Braised Collard Greens

I love braised collard greens. There are a lot of other green vegetables at the top of my list but I’m crazy about a bowl of hot, steaming greens and collards are my favorite. Any time that I see them on a menu as a side my eye immediately goes straight to this delectable vegetable that usually has some kind of salty bacon flavor and just a tad of sweetness to cut the bitterness…