Food

Link for Easy and Delicious Homemade Pizza Dough

Posted on: February 10th, 2015 by Kay Swatkowski
bread dough

I have found many great recipes on Chef In Training.  Last night, I tried this easy pizza dough recipe and it was just that—-very easy.  Next time, I will use less salt and add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to the dough mixture. […]


Baked Potato Soup

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Kay Swatkowski

  I love baked potato soup at a very familiar chain restaurant.  I think this version is just as good. Try this truly wonderful baked potato soup. I discovered it on the Smithfield site and am going to include a link to give them credit […]


Granddaughter’s Pie Crust Recipe

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by Kay Swatkowski

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. – Carl Sagan Carl and I didn’t agree on much. But in this area, he was totally right. Without the universe there would be no apple pie. I am […]


Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Posted on: June 19th, 2013 by Kay Swatkowski

Pineapple Upside Down Cake was a summer dessert at grandmother’s house. I recall her making it in a cast iron skillet. The sweet smell of pineapple mixing with yellow cake filled the kitchen.  Baking in a cast iron skillet was popular in the early 1900’s, […]


My Favorite Christmas Cookie

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

In 1973, an older woman from our church gave me a Good Housekeeping Cookbook as a shower gift.  I have used that cookbook for nearly 40 years. Our first Christmas, I made Chocolate Chip Halfway Bars from their cookie section.  This recipe  has become one […]


Easy Hot Chocolate – Don’t Forget the Marshmallow Fluff

Posted on: December 8th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Instant Hot chocolate The first time we made this recipe, it was called Camper’s Hot Chocolate.  Totally easy and inexpensive.  Looks nice in a mason jar with some Christmas ribbon. There are other versions that include chocolate pudding mix that we have not tried yet. […]


Chocolat Chaud – French Hot Chocolate

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Hot! Hot! Oh, we got it! Hot! Hot! So, we got it! Hot! Hot! Yo, we got it! Hot chocolate! Here, we’ve only got one rule: Never ever let it cool! Keep it cookin in the pot, You’ve got- Hot choc-o-lat! – Polar Express French […]


Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

        Two weeks ago, my grandson walked in our house on Halloween and reminded me of the hot cider we had last year!  So…. Get out your crockpot and stir up a batch of hot cider!  The addition of cranberry juice adds […]


Barbecue Chicken Without the Barbecue!

Posted on: July 1st, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Pinterest does it again! This incredibly hot and dry weather has made grilling chicken on the grill seem more like a chore than easy summer cooking.  We found this great recipe for barbecue chicken on Pinterest. It satisfied our craving without breaking a sweat. Ingredients […]


Frozen Lemonade Pie from The Frugal New England Kitchen

Posted on: June 2nd, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

I love lemonade and I love easy.  This pie is both!  This recipe from Cindi Matthews at The Frugal New England Kitchen has only four ingredients and takes minutes to whip up and will be a wonderful treat after summer Sunday dinners. In fact, I […]