Lyra Cleland’s Rhubarb Torte

Lyra Cleland’s Rhubarb Torte

The other day I was looking through my little red cabinet and found a little treasure in one of the tiny drawers. This gift from my grandmother, Lyra Cleland, states it best, “There is no gift I could buy or make that will begin to show how thankful to God for...
Oma’s Summer Sweet Potato Salad

Oma’s Summer Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad I LOVE potato salad and always enjoy finding new ways to enjoy it. SO, when faced with making a meal for a family where one person is allergic to potatoes, one is allergic to dairy and gluten intolerant, I decided to search out a new way to make...
Oma’s Salmon Patties

Oma’s Salmon Patties

I’ve never been too thrilled about eating fish/seafood, despite growing up mainly in the Pacific NW. I know, how crazy is that? I’m usually turned off by that “ocean” taste so many like/love. BUT every once and awhile, I too will venture out...
Gravy

Gravy

Gravy seems to be one of those things that will drive novice cooks crazy, so I thought I talk a little about it. If you are one of those people who has trouble with gravy, I’m here to help you overcome your fears. There are two fool proof ways to make gravy come...
Oma’s Strawberry Delight

Oma’s Strawberry Delight

June makes me hungry for fresh fruit of the season and number one on my list is strawberries. We had a dairy farm so the thought of fresh strawberries with cream brings wonderful memories of strawberries and cream.  As a teenager who lived NW Washington, our...
Sausage Gravy

Sausage Gravy

Simple Gravy 1 lb Mild Breakfast Sausage (I like Country Pride)2 Tbsp butter2 Tbsp Flour (heaping)2 cup milk ((whole is best but I used 2% Lactose Free))1 Tbsp beef bouillon ((I use the granulated kind))1 tsp Pepper1 Tbsp Onion Powder1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper...
Breakfast Souffles

Breakfast Souffles

I love Panera’s Breakfast Souffles, but it can get expensive going there for breakfast, so I wanted to figure out how they make them. With their souffles, it is about the crust. It’s puff pastry! Once I figured that out, there was no stopping me. The...
Oma’s “Couscous” Salad

Oma’s “Couscous” Salad

My husband and I used to live in Virginia in what is called, the DC Metro area. We were 22 miles from the Pentagon though on most days it will take you one to two hours to go that distance! Among the restaurants we loved to visit were the Great American Restaurants,...
Sauerkraut and Kielbasa

Sauerkraut and Kielbasa

My husband and I love sauerkraut. Add any kind of meat and BBQ sauce and I am in heaven. Since we were going to be home for New Year’s eve (and since it was cold and snowy out), I decided I’d get some Smoked Kielbasa from Frank’s Meat Market in...
Oma’s Cashew Clusters

Oma’s Cashew Clusters

When I was little, I LOVED Cashew Clusters. Despite my search, I wasn’t able to find the original manufactor but two things I loved, the cashews and the malted candy. Anyway, I since I had a bunch of raw cashews, I decided to make them as part of my Christmas...