Bucket List Pecan Pie

Recently, I was chatting with my son Benjamin and mentioned that we are going to go to a corn maze pretty soon.  “Oh good,” he said, “because that’s on my bucket list.” Wait, what? Since when does my second grader have a bucket list, and how does he even know what a bucket list is,…

Hummus (Page 13)

Theos, a Mediterranean/Greek restaurant in the Village at Pinehurst in North Carolina set the Hummus bar high for Julie (Jennifer) and I!  Actually, I had never even been a Hummus fan until they set this big bowl of deliciousness on our table!  I’M IN!  And so when we got home, I checked out Cook’s Illustrated’s…

Key Lime Pie (pages 908-910)

My sweet daughter-in-L❤️VE has been having a rough few days.  Their sweet Raleigh Tate is 10 months old and has developed a propensity to napping in our arms instead of his bed.  And who can blame him!  Why WOULD he choose to be tucked away all by himself in the bedroom?  Snuggled and cuddled sounds…

Best Ever Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Ketchup Glaze page 451

With the cooler temps I have been in the mood for meatloaf and mashed potatoes.  Best meatloaf I have ever made!  I have always wondered why my meatloaf never slices nicely. Now I know why. I slice right out of the oven.  Best Ever says to let it sit for 19 minutes. Also the sauce…

FAIL: Preflavored Pork Tenderloin (page 585)

Well I’m not necessarily one to shift the blame (oh alright…. maybe I am), but this time it really is Food City’s fault!  If they hadn’t sucked me in with a $5 pork loin, I’d have never purchased this thing.  But they did.  And I did.  And there we were…… me with a $5 loin…

Pumpkin Bread

I have many, many 29-oz jars of Libby’s pureed pumpkin to use (thank you, Sam’s Club clearance), and since we have a full house this week I thought I’d get started.  So, I eagerly pulled down my Book and looked for pumpkin bread in the index. It wasn’t there. It didn’t make the cut. How…

Light and Fluffy Pancakes (pages 648-649)

What would a person want for supper, after having gone almost 24 hours without eating? (spending the day in the surgery center isn’t conducive to feasting)  But once my husband was released, I knew that BREAKFAST would be his meal of choice! And even better…. BEST EVER Light and Fluffy Pancakes (along with Amish Sausage,…

Light and Fluffy Pancakes gone wrong -pg 648

Well, I had high hopes for these light and fluffy pancakes. I had seen others post about how great they are….how their kids love them…how it’s hard to eat just one. I’ll give you my version…they weren’t great….my boys ate them but weren’t thrilled….and somehow we all managed to only eat just one. I mixed…

Vanilla Ice Cream (pages 979-982)

The ingredients are simple enough…… what is ice cream, anyway, but cream and sugar and vanilla. Simple maybe…. but BEST EVER is not for the faint of heart.  This ain’t simple, but I’ll go ahead and disclose that this is without a doubt BEST EVER ice cream!! But I digress… let me share the process,…