Rosemary Baked Chicken WITH GRAVY

How beautiful is this chicken?  I took this photograph while standing on my dining room table.  I have a perfect place right by my back sliding glass door where the natural light is good for about four hours a day. I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog.  I see my stats rising and I see that most of you are return visitors.  I want you to know that I really appreciate it.     Here’s a chicken I threw together for the first time a few weeks ago.  It looks absolutely obscene with all the butter, doesn’t it? I stuffed the chicken with 1/2 and onion and some […]

New Video: Simple Vegetable Soup for Busy People

I keep soup like this in my house almost all the time.  I make a big pot once a week, and I eat it almost every day. It’s great for lunch.  You can add a little leftover chicken if you want to have a little protein.  Or some leftover pasta if you want more carbohydrates.  I also love to add 1/4 cup kidney beans, black beans or chick peas to my bowl of soup.  That’s a great way to bump up the nourishment! It’s really low in calories and it’s filling.  I eat it as a snack in the afternoon to keep me away […]

French-Style Thanksgiving Turkey (with Gravy)

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us.   I must admit; as I was cooking this turkey for my blog I got little misty-eyed with gratitude.  Another year has passed with us all safe and well.  A hard year, yes, but one that yielded good things, ultimately. I’ve been cooking this particular turkey recipe for seven years now.  The smells of the fresh herbs, the butter and the white wine combine into this kind of magical formula that takes me back to every Thanksgiving past.   Little helpers clamoring into the kitchen….The excitement that Daddy is home… The pies, all lined up ready to be eaten. As a Marine […]

Fancy Cranberry Sauce

The days are clipping by so fast; it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in only two weeks.  The difficult-to-manage four-year-old turns five next week, which is just unbelievable to me. So, I’ve survived the “first five years” SIX TIMES OVER.  That’s a lot of tying shoes, a lot of boo-boo kissing and a lot of folding tiny clothes.  A lot of diapers and potty training and cleaning up accidents.  A lot of little hands reaching up to tug at my clothes, and arms outstretched asking “hold me”.  A lot of standing over a tiny person – the water running, rubbing two little squirmy, soapy hands in-between my grown-up […]

Classic American Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing

If you’ve never made a cake from scratch before, this recipe is a good one to get you started. I can’t claim to have a favorite cake, like I can’t claim to have a favorite child.  But….this one’s in my top 5… The chocolate icing has just a bite of bitterness to it and it pairs so nicely with the spongey vanilla cake. You can see from the photo above that more goes into a from-scratch cake than the “oil, eggs, water”, that you add to a boxed mix. It takes a little more time and just a smidge of skill to make […]

Mini Apple Breads

These great little breads are deliciously moist and cinnamon-ey. Plus, they mix up easily and keep well. The presentation is ADORABLE, if I do say so myself. My little daughters were thrilled with these, because they said they were straight out of a “My Little Pony” episode. Apple Valley? I don’t remember. I’ll ask them when they come home from school.  Should be any minute now….. They are perfect to hand out as quick breakfasts to your kids, to take to work, or for that bake sale you were roped into. Ha.   These Mini Apple Breads have been great […]

Vavich Family Buttermilk Pancakes

There’s really nothing to making pancakes from scratch. Three of my children have this recipe memorized, and my husband does too.  He’s pulls out all the stops on Saturday mornings and makes these.  He’s like a Transformer….  Marine most of the time, but on Saturday (if he’s home) he’s “Breakfast Time Daddy”.  I even wrote a jingle like from those commercials in the 70’s and 80’s.     This recipe makes about two-dozen pancakes.  So, enough for my family. Ha.  Actually, if the kids are really hungry we double the recipe.  If your family is smaller, you can half this recipe.  It will still work […]