Old Cookbook Offers Interesting, Not Always Accurate, Advice

  The other day, I decided to consolidate all of my cookbooks into a large set of bookshelves in my dining room. I thought my cookbooks would fit in a couple of shelves. I underestimated the size of my collection. Suddenly, my kids and husband began gathering my “coffee table” cookbooks from the family room…
Read More

Lift Your Plates And Bowls To A Colorful New Year

Have you ever noticed that many comforting “wintry” foods are fairly bland in color? Our plates tend to take on the appearance of the outdoor landscape about this time of the year. I thought about this as I was enjoying a cup of cocoa with marshmallows. My steaming cup looked like a murky pond filled…
Read More

Simmer Some Soup For New Year’s Slimdown

I remember arriving home from elementary school on blustery winter days to the sound of the jiggling gauge on our pressure cooker. Usually the aroma of baking bread accompanied the jiggling sound. The rhythmic jiggling sound revealed the menu before I had a chance to ask, “What’s for dinner?” We most likely were having vegetable…
Read More

Stay Safe Traveling With Winter Survival Tips

The semester is over, and winter is officially here. College students have packed their cars with suitcases and loads of laundry. They have left to visit families and perhaps enjoy free laundry service, too. I thought about a winter storm a couple years ago. The weather was exceptionally cold and blustery with icy roads and…
Read More

You Bet We Will Have Lefse

We of Norwegian descent get teased a lot about our accents, our white and brown food and our verbal expressions. Yah, sure, meat, potatoes and gravy were menu mainstays in many Scandinavian homes. And, you bet, the vegetables usually were creamed. Even the colorful gelatin salads were topped with whipped cream or marshmallows. It could…
Read More