Loaded Potato Soup

My sweet friend, Amy, brought me some of this soup after I gave birth to my oldest daughter.  As the name suggests, it’s supposed to mimic the flavor of a loaded baked potato but in soup form.  The soup was so creamy and satisfying I asked her for the recipe.  Turns out it’s a really…

Rhubarb Crisp

I get a lot of rhubarb given to me by my in-laws every year. I mean A LOT of rhubarb! I currently have 24 bags of chopped rhubarb, 3 cups per bag, in my freezer right now. You thought I was exaggerating, didn’t you? With so much rhubarb on hand, I tried my mother-in-law’s recipe…

Homemade Chicken Broth

I love making homemade broth in the winter time.  It fills the house with such a wholesome smell and warms up a cold kitchen in the morning.  I learned how to make chicken broth from The Best of Fine Cooking magazine I picked up in the Denver airport when I was still working and traveling…

Cornbread (a.k.a. Johnny Cakes?)

Every time I serve corn bread to my father-in-law he tells me it “tastes just like johnny cakes.”  And I respond; “Oh it does? I’ve never had johnny cakes.”  This is the verbal dance we do.  I don’t know why we do it, but we do.  I assume my cornbread tasting like johnny cakes is…

Taco Seasoning

So, it turns out, homemade taco seasoning is soooo much better than store-bought and it’s really quick to throw together.  (Who knew???) This is a recipe I found somewhere on the internet a while back and then tweaked the amounts till I created a spice mix that my family and I love.  Since I’m feeding…

Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer Jam

  I started canning homemade jellies and jams when we moved to Oregon.  The wealth of berries and fruits grown there is astonishing! When spring rolled around we’d start picking; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, marionberries, peaches, pears, and apples.  Our favorite berry patch to frequent was Columbia Farms  on Sauvie Island.  Yup, there’s an island in…

Homemade Granola

This granola recipe is a modified version of Laura Fuentes’ Lunchbox Granola.  It took me a long time to find a granola recipe that I really like.  Laura’s is good!  Mine is even better!  This recipe is very versatile so you’ll never tire of it (as if you could ever tire of homemade granola).  Sometimes…