Jello Cake

As Wayne and the kids were preparing dinner on Mother's Day, someone asked what was for dessert. I said there was ice cream in the freezer if they wanted. However, Steven immediately volunteered to make [...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's our family's favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's a particular favorite of Jeff's and he decided he wanted some this afternoon. So, he made a double batch. Chocolate Chip Cookies ½ cup margarine or [...]

White Bean Dip

When you're looking for a way to use beans that's not chili or soup, give this a try. It's great. White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip by Karine Tolman 1 (15 oz.) can cannelloni or [...]


Feijoada Originally created by slaves from pig ears, tails and feet, it was elevated in status to become the national dish of Brazil. Whenever he's traveled to Brazil on business, Wayne has heard raves about [...]

Black Bean Soup

The Feijoada was delicious, but it was also very high in calories! We tried a vegetarian black bean soup that was just as delicious, just as filling, and much better for the waistline. Black Bean [...]


This month I learned that the secret to having creamy rice dishes is to use a short-grained rice. I wasn't even really aware there was more than one type of rice. But we've experimented, and [...]

Dutch Oven Beans

Bob's Special Waltz Beans 1/2 pound bacon 1/2 pound sausage 1 pound lean ground beef 1 15-oz. can oven baked beans 1 15-oz. can kidney beans 1 15-oz. can pinto beans 1 cup catsup 1 [...]

A New Easter Tradition

A few years ago we noticed that around Easter Costco had boneless leg of lamb available that was less expensive than a standing rib roast and a new tradition was born - roast lamb for [...]