December 18, 2017

Liven up pancake batter with fresh lemon

pancake batter

By Julie Samrick Keep a fresh lemon on hand and pop it whole in the freezer. The next time you whip up some pancake batter, zest some of the frozen lemon into the batter; then add a tablespoon of vanilla. Your pancakes will be fresh and tasty- restaurant quality. Use the lemon until  the peelings… Read more

Alleluia! Finally a Recipe for Homemade Pizza Crust

homemade pizza crust

Making homemade pizza crust is something I’ve tried to master for quite some time. I’ve even been known to say it’s on my bucket list. How could combining some flour, yeast, and oil be so difficult?  Why is it so cheap to buy premade dough at Trader Joe’s for $2, yet I can’t come close… Read more

Make Tortellini Soup


Kids will love this tortellini soup and adults will devour it. It’s healthy too!   Sautee any vegetables you have on hand.  I usually dice carrots, add a little onion and some fresh spinach. Add 1/4 cup apple juice (cuts acidity) Add 4 cups chicken broth (I usually make my own with water and bouillon-… Read more

Make Pigs In a Blanket for Your Next Kids’ Party

pigs in blanket

Everybody loves Pigs in a Blanket and they couldn’t be easier: Buy 2 packages of lil’ smokies (I used Hilshire Farms brand) Buy 1 cylinder of Pillsbury Crescent rolls Slice the dough into long strips, wrapping one strip of dough around the middle of each “pig,”  seam side down. Bake on a lightly greased baking… Read more

Forget the envelope, make your own taco seasoning at home

taco seasoning

This tastes just like the taco seasoning packets at the store, but with ingredients you probably already have: 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional- I leave this out) 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon… Read more

Make Suz’s Tapenade


This is a tasty condiment/ dip my sister, Suzanne, whipped up for us last weekend.  She served it in a bowl with sliced French bread.  It’s also great with veggies, crackers, or as a spread on sandwiches.  So much better than anything store bought!   1 cup Sundried tomatoes 1 clove garlic Handful of fresh… Read more