Old Bay Pickle Chips

Fried pickles make me think of my friend, Stephanie, who I met in Chicago, but she was Southern as the day is long. She had a beautiful lilt to her voice, she was so comfortable in her skin (I still envy her that), and she'd been through some awful times (her father passed away, and … Continue reading Old Bay Pickle Chips

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

For whatever reason, when I was a newlywed and found myself in a new town with 0 friends, I discovered Food Network and The Barefoot Contessa and developed a serious girl crush on Ina Garten. Where had she been all my life?? Ohhh, right, living an impossibly posh life in the Hamptons with Broadway producers … Continue reading Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Italian Bruschetta

Processed with VSCO with e5 preset 3 cups chopped tri-color tomatos 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata and green olives 1 TBS store bought pesto sauce 1 large garlic clove, grated 1/3 cup grated fresh parmesean or pecorino 3 TBS olive oil (or more depending on your taste!)  3 TBS fresh chopped basil, plus more for garnish … Continue reading Italian Bruschetta

Summer Street Tacos

Processed with VSCO with e5 preset Hey! It isn't often you get to partner with adorable, young college students on a food project! Can you imagine my delight at being approached by a former student about collaborating with her on a delicious steak recipe? Collegiate Cattlewomen of K-State is the name of her organization, and … Continue reading Summer Street Tacos

Butterfinger Blondies

Why ever not? I ask! Candy in cookies is one of life's most precious pleasures. Why should Blizzards and Sonic Blasts get to have all the fun? Through lots of experimentation, I found that leaving the Butterfingers in semi-big chunks creates these addictive little crunch-pockets throughout. If you're as obsessed with crunch as I am, … Continue reading Butterfinger Blondies

Norwegian Krumkake

One of the (many) things I love about plays and musicals is that it opens you up to all kinds of new cultures and worlds. I probably never would have ventured to try krumkake if not for Church Basement Ladies. What a fun experience! I actually learned quite a bit about special Norwegian dishes. My … Continue reading Norwegian Krumkake

Green Chicken Enchiladas

Ok, so hotdish/casseroles! They're the bread and butter of a family's survival when extracurricular activities take family members away from home in the evenings. I've been away a lot since rehearsals started for Church Basement Ladies, (I was honestly hoping to audition for the next production at Theater Atchison, but those hopes were dashed when … Continue reading Green Chicken Enchiladas