Homemade Vanilla Extract!

The Perfect Gift!

              PRINT Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe Some of the most memorable and treasured gifts that I’ve received are the ones that are homemade! A few Christmases ago my dear friend Angela presented me with a beautiful amber colored bottle, adorned with a homemade label that simply read “Madagascar Vanilla Extract […]

Host a Cookie Swap!

Chewy & Moist!

              Something I look forward to every year at Christmas time is my neighbor Kathryn’s annual Cookie Swap! She invites many of our neighbors and close friends, too!  It truly puts all of us in the holiday spirit! We have such a great time catching up with each other and […]

Mom’s Irresistible Candied Yams!


          PRINT Mom’s Candied Yams Recipe  The sweet fragrance of the brown sugar and marshmallows drew us into the kitchen as soon as we entered our parent’s home! Our Mom would have to guard the baking dish of candied yams to keep us from sneaking out a perfectly toasted cluster of […]

Mother’s Rice Pilaf


Mother’s Armenian Rice Pilaf             PRINT Mother’s Armenian Rice Pilaf Prep time: 30 minutes Serves: 6-8 INGREDIENTS: 1 cup long grain rice, rinsed and drained (Mom used ‘Uncle’ brand) 2 cups fine egg noodles (vermicelli) 2 15 oz cans chicken broth 1 stick butter INSTRUCTIONS: 1.  In a sauté pan, […]

Aunt Repsema’s Beef Dolma


Aunt Repsema’s Beef Dolma             PRINT Aunt Repsema’s Beef Dolma Prep time: 4o minutes Cooking time: 90 minutes Serves: 4-6 Makes: approx. 25 bundles INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs ground round 1 large onion, diced ¾ cups rice (uncooked) 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons pepper 1 tablespoon dry basil 1 16 oz […]

Aunt Rose’s Armenian Shish Kebab


Aunt Rose’s Armenian Shish Kebab             PRINT Aunt Rose’s Armenian Shish Kebab Prep Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4  INGREDIENTS: 3 lb leg of lamb – have butcher remove leg bone and fat and cut into 2 inch cubes (for beef kebabs, use 2 lbs top sirloin cut into 2 inch […]

Asian Chicken Salad


PRINT Asian Chicken Salad Prep time: 30 minutes Serves 16 INGREDIENTS: 1 large head Napa cabbage, chopped2 cups matchstick cut carrots3 cups mung bean sprouts1 14 oz can mandarin oranges, drained½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted 3 cups crispy won ton strips 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded […]

Pasta Salad


PRINT Pasta Salad Prep time: 30 minutes Serves 16 INGREDIENTS 16 ounces rotini pasta 3 cups marinated artichoke hearts (diced) 1 cup reserved liquid from jarred marinated artichoke hearts 2 cups roasted red and/or yellow peppers (diced) 2 cups diced pepperoni ½ cup crumbled feta cheese Salt and pepper to taste extra virgin olive oil (to […]

Easy and Delicious Fruit Tart


PRINT Fruit Tart Recipe Prep Time: 15 minutes Serves: 8-10 INGREDIENTS Shortbread Cookie Crust: 3 cups shortbread cookie crumbs (for 11 inch tart pan) ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted Cream Filling: 1 cup mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese) 1 cup heavy whipping cream ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tspn pure lemon extract 2 tspn […]

Irresistible Peach Iced Tea


Irresistible Peach Iced Tea            PRINT Irresistible Peach Iced Tea Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 6-8 INGREDIENTS: 4 cups brewed tea, sweetened with ¼ cup sugar and cooled 4 cups peach nectar 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 medium peach (sliced into thin wedges for garnish) Ice   INSTRUCTIONS: In […]

Refreshing Cranberry Guava Spritzer

This refreshing spritzer can be made with ginger ale or prosecco.

Cranberry Guava Spritzer Perfect for any occasion! Offer your guest the choice of ginger ale, champagne or Italian Prosecco with this refreshing juice spritzer! PRINT Cranberry Guava Spritzer Prep time: 5 minutes Serves: 10 INGREDIENTS: 5 cups white cranberry juice, chilled 3 cups guava nectar, chilled 2 cups ginger ale, chilled  (for cocktails use chilled Italian […]