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Some of the fondest memories from my childhood are of family celebrations, surrounded by the people I love and lots of amazing food created by my mom (Beverly) and my grandma (Ruby). During family gatherings, I would stand next to the stove, stirring the gravy, watching them cook up a storm. These two ladies collected cookbooks, clipped recipes from magazines and swapped favorites.  My mother,in her later years, gathered “the best of the best” and organized them into notebooks. This collection of tried and true recipes was handed down to me when my mom passed away. As I paged thru several binders that contained the family favorites, along with numerous clippings of recipes she wanted to try. I began to toy with the idea of preparing 365 of the recipes (basically, a year’s worth of recipes).  This little recipe project would do two things…remind me of my mom and the wonderful hours we spent together in the kitchen and it would pay tribute to the ladies who inspired in me the love of fabulous, home-cooked food.

Since I LOVE baking, 99% of the recipes featured here will focus on the sweeter side of the kitchen. I use common, everyday ingredients, so you won’t have to run all over town looking for that specialty item. The recipes are no-fuss and easy enough for beginning bakers, but are so crazy-good, your friends will think you spent hours in the kitchen. (Shhhh…that can be our little secret!). I will also include some of the down-home, comfort entrees I grew up on. Minnesota is known as “casserole country”, so you will fin a few of those as well.

Thanks again for visiting! My hope is that you will try some of these recipes, which will become favorites for you to pass down thru your family as well. Come back soon!

About Me

I am a native Minnesotan and am lucky enough to have spent most of my professional life in the kitchen as a freelance food stylist. It’s a pretty good gig for someone who loves cooking as much as I do. I love all things kitchen-related, read cookbooks as a hobby and enjoy preparing food for anyone who is hungry. My favorite food is chocolate, am a DIY fanatic, and I avoid doing laundry as much as humanly possible.  When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy being outdoors,  love spending time with my family and taking naps with our beloved dog, Indy.