I can’t believe this happened to me, of all people. We went out on our standard “Date Night” — all four of us. Regardless of Dave Ramsey, we still have the urge to celebrate Friday night with an out-on-the-town dinner. Last week we went to Red Robin, this week we went to our favorite Chinese … Continue reading

Not Giada

Here was a really yummy Raviolio Bake — totally easy: half a package of frozen cheese ravioli – pound of ground meat (beef?) – jar spaghetti sauce – 14 oz. can diced tomatos – 2 cups shredded mozarella cheese This was from my Cooking Guru’s “Greatest Hits” book, so I don’t really know the source. … Continue reading


Now I’m going to get myself into some real trouble. Someone was generous enough to give me a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for my bridal shower, one hundred years ago. And do you know I have never used it — until just now? In my defense, we lived in a very small apartment, with a … Continue reading


This is the second time I’ve made Turkey Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes from the Real Simple cookbook.  I think it turned about better the first time, and I’m not sure why…  This time the meat looked very pale, and less delectable.  I cooked it for the same amount of time, at the same temperature. Perhaps … Continue reading

Wins and Losses

I have always wanted to be one of those people who baked something and brought it to the party. In real life, I am the person who buys something and brings it to the party, or more often, forgets and brings nothing. So when the Cooking Guru invited me to a Bar-B-Q, I jumped at … Continue reading