Michigan Pasties

My husband and I went to Michigan for our summer vacation this year. In honor of his Michigan heritage and our trip, I wanted to post a Michigan favorite – pasties. It’s pronounced past-ee, not…

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

This chocolate cake recipe has a special place in my heart. I received it from my mom, who got it from her sister-in-law. It traveled by word of mouth, “Have you tried this new chocolate…

Make Your Own Yogurt At Home

Huh? You can make yogurt? That’s the typical response I get when I mention I make my own yogurt, coupled with a confused look. But do not fear, making yogurt at home is feasible. I’ll…

Orzo Salad with Summer Vegetables and Lemon Basil Dressing

I’m always on the hunt for a good side dish to take to picnics and barbecues. I need variety, because I get bored eating the same dishes, and I like dishes that feature fresh summer…

Grilled Garlic-Lime Chicken

As far as quick summer dinners go, hamburgers and hot dogs are great, but grilled chicken is my personal favorite. It’s also a must for me at cookouts. We went to a cookout recently, the…

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Rhubarb Compote

Recently, Facebook reminded me that I made a cheesecake with rhubarb compote last spring. A friend asked about the recipe, but I hadn’t been too impressed with the cheesecake. The rhubarb compote, on the other…

How Chicken Parmesan Didn’t Turn Out Like I Expected

I have been craving chicken parmesan all week. However, I hadn’t planned to make it, and I knew I was out of breadcrumbs. As I rummaged through the kitchen gathering supplies for dinner (it was…

Melon and Tropical Fruit Salad

Growing up, fruit salads were an ever-present dish at family gatherings. I don’t mean the fruit cocktail from a tin can with maraschino cherries. Homemade fruit salad, full of home-canned fruits, like peaches, apricots, and…

Mint Oreo Cookies Ice Cream

Where I live, the temperature is starting its steady climb into the 90s. And for me, that means summer, even if the solstice hasn’t quite arrived yet. Anything over 75 feels like summer to me,…

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites I’ve seen so many strawberry cheesecake bites that involve stuffing the cheesecake mixture into the strawberry. Those are delicious, but I wanted something that was faster and less fussy – I didn’t…