A Winter Family Tradition: Tourtiere Meat Pie

As we start to say goodbye to winter, these cold nights are perfect to enjoy a tourtière, or meat pie. This double-crusted savory dish is hearty and feeds your family for a few nights. Growing up my mom made this dish every Christmas eve to honor my dad’s french-canadian roots. But honestly, who could resistContinue reading “A Winter Family Tradition: Tourtiere Meat Pie”

Continuing a Family Tradition, With a Twist: Gingerbread Cookies

I would like to say a few words in defense of boxed cake mixes. You are about to read a story about me making delicious cookies from scratch with my boys, and, if you are like me, you are going to walk away thinking that I probably make every meal and every snack from scratch,Continue reading “Continuing a Family Tradition, With a Twist: Gingerbread Cookies”

Mom’s Apple Pie Recipe

This post is dear to my heart because every time I bake an apple pie I always think of my mom.  She taught me how to bake and gave me the confidence to try new things.  Her apple pie was the cornerstone of every holiday dinner and she would have loved to see me bakingContinue reading “Mom’s Apple Pie Recipe”

Classic Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I always love when pumpkin bread is available in local coffee shops.  The flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are such fall aromas for me.  When I was growing up my mom would actually bake this recipe in coffee cans.  I’m not sure of the origins of this technique, but today I baked her recipeContinue reading “Classic Pumpkin Bread Recipe”

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! A Family Tradition

I’m kicking off the many Make & Taste pumpkin fall recipes with this family tradition: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!  These were a staple in my husband’s home growing up and I’m happy to now bake them for our family.  Just smelling the cookies bake in the oven brings back great memories. This recipe has manyContinue reading “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! A Family Tradition”

Making Meringue with Jack, Liv and their English Nana

This past week, Jack and Liv were lucky to spend some much needed “nana” time with my mother-in-law, Ali who lives across the pond in England. Along with lots of laughs, hugs and new games, Nana came ready to prepare and share some of her famous culinary delights. When Nicole was interested in doing aContinue reading “Making Meringue with Jack, Liv and their English Nana”

California Feature: Mono Cone…New to Us, a Tradition to Them

Recently we went on our first camping trip in the Eastern Sierras at Silver Lake. We were invited by our long time friends The Ramunnis. Tuesday Ramunni has been camping with her family at Silver Lake since she was a baby…only missing a handful of summers. Tuesday’s dad started visiting/camping at Silver Lake since 1962,Continue reading “California Feature: Mono Cone…New to Us, a Tradition to Them”

A Family Tradition: Prosciutto and Mozzarella Pizza

Making homemade Pizza is a new family tradition we started a year ago.  It is something we enjoy every month or so and once we started making it from scratch at home, we haven’t turned back to ordering out again.  With a little planning you can be enjoying your own pizza creations with your familyContinue reading “A Family Tradition: Prosciutto and Mozzarella Pizza”

Tennessee Feature: Hattie Jane’s Creamery

Imagine growing up with your parents owning an ice cream shop!  And not just any ice cream shop, a shop that sources local ingredients like dairy and coffee to create inspired ice cream flavors and sweet treats all in-house.  Yum!  Well welcome to Hattie Jane’s Creamery located in downtown Columbia, Tennessee.  This shop opened onContinue reading “Tennessee Feature: Hattie Jane’s Creamery”

California Feature: Camping and S’mores

When you think of camping, what comes to mind? Sure, the fresh air, relaxation and adventure. But, c’mon…what really comes to your mind first? S’MORES! Am I right? For as long as I can remember, camping and s’mores have gone hand in hand. When I was a kid, I used to bug and bug myContinue reading “California Feature: Camping and S’mores”