Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

This not your ordinary pumpkin pie! The crust is first filled with pecans, butter and sugar. The pie is topped off with a meringue. It is a show piece and delicious.

Pie Shell:

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 T sweet butter, softened 1 unbaked pie shell (I like the […]

Grandmother’s Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Bread

Andrea brought home this recipe from kindergarten at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis. It has become a family tradition for us. No Christmas or Thanksgiving has passed without this delicious treat.

2 cups sifted all purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 ½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt ½ tsp baking soda ¼ […]

Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousse

My favorite dessert is chocolate anything! This mousse is absolutely delicious and easy to make. Buy the best chocolate and butter you can find. It does make a difference. I serve it in little cups with lids. The spoons should be demitasse. I found 12 for $17.95 at They are 4 ½ […]

Marinated Olives

marinated olives

This recipe comes from the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix. During a trip to Phoenix, a friend and I began a quest for the best Martini in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. At the Ritz they served us these delicious marinated olives.

½ onion ½ tsp garlic 1 T fennel 1 tsp fresh basil 2 anchovies ½ […]

Superior Meatloaf with Three Cheeses


I prepared this meatloaf recipe for a New Year’s Eve buffet along with Basil stuffed Roast Loin of Pork and Leg of Lamb. All of these meats can be served at room temperature, which is great for a party. This was wonderful that particular New Year’s Eve, as we lost electricity in the […]

Viva Les Crepes!


At an impromptu dinner party this week I served a dessert I had not made before. I keep a stack of crepes in my freezer just for these impulsive parties. I started baking crepes at a very young age. I have 6 younger brothers and for their birthday parties we always served crepes. My […]

Sauerkraut Garni

Sauerkraut Garni

The cooler days and chilly nights bring back memories of favorite fall and winter dishes I had as a child growing up in The Netherlands. October brings Oktoberfest and sauerkraut. Now I realize that sauerkraut is one of those foods one either loves or hates. For the latter I suggest to give it a […]

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