Main Dishes and Sides, Recipes: Only the Best!

Zesty Salsa for Canning

This week I had a bumper crop of ripe, red tomatoes. That could only mean one thing. It was time to can some pints of Zesty Salsa. I got my Zesty Salsa recipe several years ago from my friend Meeghan. It’s the best salsa recipe I’ve found.  Ideally, it would probably be best to use… Continue reading Zesty Salsa for Canning

desserts, Recipes: Only the Best!

Recipe: Best Ever Banana Nut Bread

I had this a recipe for a long time before I tried it. I tried lots of others. Most of them were good. (After all, who has ever had a bad slice of banana bread?). But they were all just 'ordinary good' and I am always on the lookout for that one special recipe. Then,… Continue reading Recipe: Best Ever Banana Nut Bread

Main Dishes and Sides, Recipes: Only the Best!

“Just like Mom’s” potato salad recipe

What is up with store bought potato salad? Small chunks of potatoes drowning in an overly sweet, sloppy sauce. Everybody buys it because it's convenient but nobody really likes it. Why can't they make a potato salad like Mom's? It's 11:59 p.m. on July 4 and I'm raiding the leftover potato salad bowl. My Mom makes the… Continue reading “Just like Mom’s” potato salad recipe

cookies, Recipes: Only the Best!

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The best oatmeal cookie recipe isn't hard to find. It is printed on the lid of the Quaker oatmeal box. And it makes sense doesn't it? Who would spend more time testing oatmeal cookie recipes to find the very best one than an oatmeal company? This is the same recipe that my mother used to… Continue reading Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

cookies, Recipes: Only the Best!

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

These cookies may look rather plain but looks can be deceiving. These puffy, sugar coated rounds are packed with flavor. I bake them throughout the year as a special cookie jar treat. Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies 1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margarine) 1 cup sugar one egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 2/3 cups all-purpose… Continue reading Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

desserts, Recipes: Only the Best!

Peanut Butter Pie

In the early 90s, I completed part of my college coursework locally, at one of Kent State University's branch campuses. I worked at a local bakery in the morning. In the afternoon I hurried off to classes. Those were fun days filled with friends and a heavy schedule of student activities (I was student body president… Continue reading Peanut Butter Pie