Category Archives: recipes

My Favorite Summer Recipe: Debi’s Confetti Salad

Gluten-free.  Meat-free.  Cheese-free.  I even made ours sugar-free.  Sounds like there’s nothing in it but air, doesn’t it?  Nothing but yummy deliciousness, that is! 😀

Debi’s Confetti Salad

A Secret to a Relaxed Holiday Dinner

by Debi

snapCan you imagine a relaxed Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without needing to actually cook a turkey on the big day? You’d be able to enjoy the festivities as much as your friends and family!

Believe it or not, it’s possible to roast your turkey ahead of time and store the cooked meat in the freezer to reheat and serve on the big day. If this sounds a bit too much like eating leftovers, let me assure you that by following these simple freezing and reheating instructions, you’ll have moist, delicious turkey — and not one of your guests will suspect you didn’t spend the entire holiday slaving away in the kitchen keeping watch over a hot oven. Continue reading

Debi’s Carrot Cake Bars

by Debi

This recipe really does have a “secret” ingredient that makes it the moistest, tastiest carrot cake bar you’ll ever serve.  🙂

What’s the secret?  Continue reading

Ratatouille: It’s What’s For Dinner!

I love Ratatouille. It’s one of my all-time favorite meals.  We’re having it tonight for dinner to celebrate me completing my first quarter of Grad School — I turned in my last paper of the quarter this afternoon!

So let the holidays begin!  No homework for a month.  🙂


Ratatouille Continue reading

Joan’s Holiday Pineapple Jello Mold


by Deborah Taylor-Hough


This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, and in honor of my mom, I’m sharing her special family holiday recipe.

Mom’s holiday salad mold lives on in the family, and my dad still prepares it every year for our family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  If there’s not at least a small scoop of this on my plate, it just doesn’t quite feel like a holiday meal.  It’s been in the family for at least 50 years.  A real blast from the past.  🙂

This recipe’s official name is Pacific Lime Mold.  Why Pacific?  Probably because there was pineapple added to it.  The recipe was created around the time period when Hawaii became a state, so maybe it was a nod to the islands?  I remember that I called it Mom’s Jello Thing  and other people in the family just called it Joan’s Jello. Continue reading