Baking Up Memories: Ice Box Butter Ring Recipe

ice box butter ringI guess you could say that my passion to bring old family recipes to life happened while rescuing old English tea cups from garage sales and flea markets. I have always enjoyed having tea with friends and collecting unique and beautiful tea cups. Over the past few years, I found myself stopping at various markets in search of my favorite tea cup patterns. It was during one of these tea cup hunts that I started noticing old recipe boxes being sold; complete family recipe boxes; old tins and boxes filled with handwritten recipes; recipes clipped from old magazines and even cut from product boxes. I suddenly started to wonder about the person who may have made these recipes. I wondered about the hands that kneaded the dough and the origin of the various recipes in each box. I wondered how far the recipe may had traveled. Some recipes even had stars on the top or a note that said favorite. Then I started wondering why a family would want to get rid of family recipes. When I would ask the sellers, many would reply, “I should have spent more time in the kitchen with my mother” or “I just can’t seem to figure out the recipe(s).” Continue reading

Recipes from Around the World – Part 2

Allison in IndonesiaCooking is one of my favorite ways to spend time, and international recipes are my absolute favorites to cook! I love putting together unexpected ingredients and ending up with something delicious and adventurous. In this second installment of my series on international recipes, we are going to travel to Asia! Continue reading

Recipes From Around the World

enchiladasSince discovering my love for cooking a few years ago, I have also found that I love a certain kind of recipe the best – international recipes! Why should we stick to our same old menus when there is an entire world out there filled with different foods to try? Cooking dishes from another country is like traveling there and experiencing their culture, right at home. I like to make cooking international recipes even more of a cultural experience by listening to music from the region my recipe is from while I’m cooking, and learning more about the history of the recipe. Introducing different ethnicities’ foods into your recipe book will add tons of new flavors and ingredients you may not have tried before, and you may find some new favorites! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Sugar Cookies and Frosting

cutting out cookiesCandy canes, Christmas trees, stockings that look so good to eat…today’s recipe is a classic holiday tradition for many folks – making and decorating cutout cookies. Whether you like to intricately decorate each cookie or just like to pile on the frosting (like someone in my family), this is a sweet activity to put you in the Christmas spirit.

So, gather up your favorite cookie cutters and give this sugar cookie and frosting recipe a try. Continue reading

The Recipes of Fall: Chicken Barley Chili

Chicken ChiliAs the weather gets cooler, it’s the perfect time to serve up hot, comforting meals. Chili is one of our top choices! Today we’re sharing with you a delicious take on chili right from our newest cookbook. So, get the bowls and crackers ready! Continue reading

The Recipes of Fall: Apple Blossom Cake

baking with applesThe flavors of fall are beginning to appear, and here in Ohio, we’re so excited for apple season. Today we’re sharing with you a sweet dessert recipe right from our newest cookbook. The sweet aroma of apples, cinnamon and nutmeg will fill your kitchen and surely stir up appetites! Continue reading

Excess Squash? Find Creative Ways to Enjoy!

yellow squashAs we start our downhill slide to Fall, we are gifted with the bounty of the harvest. Included in that bounty is yellow squash. In all honesty, yellow squash could go into a category all its own if your garden is like mine. The rate that my squash plants produce fruit is magical. I don’t think that we had one seed that didn’t sprout and one flower that didn’t produce. Continue reading