This delicious, steaming split pea soup is a vegan recipe.

Split Pea Soup

This vegan Split Pea Soup recipe is hearty and delicious.  It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t require much chopping, and it cooks quickly.  This makes Split Pea Soup the perfect recipe for a weeknight dinner. 

cookies made with only peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are crisp, delicious, and loaded with peanut butter flavor.  Because they contain no flour, they are gluten free, so they’re a great cookie to have in your arsenal of cookie recipes for gifting during the holidays.  

beans on toast

Beans and Toast

When I was a child, my parents didn’t have a lot of money.  In spite of that, I rarely felt that we had to do without.  There was always food on the table, and my mom was a very good cook. This recipe had originally been planned as part of my 30 days of beans series, but I discovered that pies could be made from beans, so I abandoned beans on toast in favor of another pie recipe.  Still, as I was making myself a breakfast of beans on toast, I thought that I should share this simple recipe with […]

A serving of my mother's glorified Rice

Glorified Rice

With Easter just around the corner, I have been thinking of the food traditions from my childhood.  One of the traditions of the season was Creamed Eggs on Toast.  Another was Glorified Rice.  I don’t know how this dish got its name, so I have no idea  why it was called glorified.  I only know that it was delicious and a childhood favorite.  Occasionally, my mother would make it on other occasions, too, but I always associate it with Easter. Glorified Rice is a combination of cold, cooked rice, pineapple, whipped cream, sugar, and marshmallows.   Maraschino cherries can also be […]

Mom's Albondigas Soup

Mom’s Albondigas Soup

My mom was a really good cook.  She was able to create a delicious meal out of almost anything.   One of the things I miss most since her death is being able to call her up on the phone and tell her about a new recipe I discovered.  Even though she has been gone for over two years, I still find myself thinking that I need to call her and tell her when I find an unusual recipe like this one for fudge made from beans or this one for fiber and protein enriched brownies.    While these recipes sound […]

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Easter is a time that I can be certain of a surplus of hard-boiled eggs that need to be transformed into something delicious.  One of the traditional after Easter hard-boiled egg  dishes in my home has always been Creamed Eggs on Toast.  Another, more obvious use for those leftover Easter eggs, is deviled eggs. Deviled Eggs are amazing and versatile.  I honestly don’t think people appreciate them enough.  They are inexpensive to make, loaded with protein,  great to serve as an appetizer, take on a summer picnic, or serve an a buffet table. Today’s recipe is a very basic version […]

A New Year's Eve Tradition

A New Year’s Eve Tradition

The story goes that one New Year’s Eve before I was born, my mother and brother were sitting around with nothing to do.  My mom wanted to make the evening more memorable, but money was very tight.  There wasn’t enough money for anything extra, so my mother looked in the refrigerator and found 2 or 3 wieners (she called them “weenies,” but most people call them hot dogs), some cheese, and some dill pickles.  She also had toothpicks. My mom had a great capacity to be creative, and my brother said at her memorial service that she could make a […]

Completed Zorba Sandwich

The Zorba

When I was away at college, I spoke with my parents at least once a week.  It was during one of these weekly calls that my mother told me about a sandwich that she and my father had for lunch one day while traveling to a neighboring town.  The sandwich was called “The Zorba.”  She described the ingredients, a mixture of ground beef, broccoli, and “ripe olives” which were served in a “pita pocket bread,” and promised to make the sandwich for me the next time I was in town.  I know some of you are probably wondering what a […]

The Ghosts of 4ths of July Past

As I prepared for my family’s 4th of July soiree, I scoured the internet looking for some ideas I could use to wow my guests.  I found myself amazed at some of the great ideas floating around the web and picked several of them that I really liked and thought would be good to have on hand to present throughout the day.  As I contemplated my menu, I couldn’t help remembering the 4ths of July past that I spent at my maternal grandparent’s house surrounded by my extended family. The 4th of July was my maternal grandmother’s favorite holiday, so […]

Cooking With My Mama

My earliest memories are of being in the kitchen with my mom. Back then, she was Mama, not Mom. I remember watching her make pies, mixing up the crusts by touch, with her experienced hands able to tell if the dough was too wet, or too dry, without measuring. I would sit, transfixed, on a chair, as I watched her chop fruits and vegetables to make potato, macaroni, and waldorf salads. Much of what I learned in the kitchen, the skills I used when I moved into my first apartment, was learned first by observing my mom as she worked, […]