Mashed potato pancakes

Here’s a winning reuse of leftovers that goes great with any gravy or cranberry sauce left from holiday dinners. Serve for breakfast or as a side at dinner. This recipe is super easy. Preheat the oven to 250. Mix 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, 1 egg and 1/4 cup flour. Salt and pepper to taste….

Cardamom bread

Nothing says Christmas season more to me than this classic Scandinavian coffee bread. This bread keeps well and you can enjoy it with your morning coffee for several days. I made three loaves with this recipe, so I can keep one and share the rest with family. I’ve always thought of this as Swedish, but…

Chocolate chip cookies

The classic American cookie. Google tells me this was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1938 while she was the owner of the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts. This is the original Nestle Toll House recipe, so it’s all making sense. Well done, Ruth! These are easy to make, easy to freeze and a real…

Butternut beef stew

One of my absolute favorite recipes of all time. I first discovered this in Georgeanne Brennan’s 1998 cookbook Holiday Pumpkins. Her books are a great resource for home gardeners and anyone with an interest in herbs or French food. This recipe caught my eye because it’s such an unusual combination of squash, poblano and pomegranate….

Swedish rye bread

I’m not a baker. It requires an exactitude I just do not possess. But when the holidays roll around I feel compelled to try and make the Swedish treats I so enjoyed while growing up. They get harder to find as I grow older and I find it fun making and sharing them with my…

Stranger cookies

My grandmother was a great baker. She had several signature desserts, including a stunning lemon meringue pie that fascinated me completely. I couldn’t stop playing with the meringue. Stranger cookies are what I called them as a kid, but these are officially known as Ranger cookies. A unique and hearty flavor profile of coconut, dates…

Pot roast – an easy classic

Nothing says, come in from the cold and cozy up like a pot roast dinner. This is easy to make in a slow cooker or in the oven when you are doing other stuff around the house. I made this one using my Lodge cast iron Dutch oven. Start with a chuck roast. I usually…