I get it, most normal people aren’t eating cold Indian food from a bowl at 4:30 in the morning. But, as I checked out the news headlines in what has become a morning ritual for me this year, I felt the need for a little comfort. Anyone who’s taken even a passing glance at current events late…

4 a.m. My alarm rings … I get up to make breakfast for son Joseph, 18. He helps me fill his water cooler and pack his lunch. His work crew is leaving early because they are building a pole barn close to Lake Erie, which is a two-hour drive away. For breakfast I make scrambled eggs with bacon…

Fall is fiesta time and no culture or country knows how to throw a party better than Mexico. After all, they invented the word. The word “fiesta” originated from holy “feast” or “festival” days in Spanish (Hispanic) speaking countries who are largely Catholic. Oct.15th brings an end to the m…

It is the first day of autumn! Our gardens are cleared out, being tilled, and are history for 2020! We had a frost Saturday morning that put an end to them. We have lots of tomatoes and peppers that I want to use to make spicy vegetable juice. A lot of people covered their plants to avoid th…

Another week has gone by, and it’s already time to write this column and get it on its way to my editors. Once again, I’m pushing the deadline ... it must be that I work better under pressure because it seems I so often push it off until the last minute. Or maybe that is what a lot of mother…

I finally unpacked my cookbooks the other day. For two and a half years, they languished in cardboard boxes, shoved back into the corner of a room full of boxes and plastic totes designated to be unpacked at a later, undisclosed date. With the kitchen nearly finished, that date had come.

TRAVERSE CITY — Right Brain Brewery will pit several area mobile eateries against each other during the inaugural Food Truck Wars this fall.

A happy 15th birthday to the last of our eight children! Son Kevin’s birthday is today. It’s amazing how the years fly by. I thought it would be interesting to share the column daughter Elizabeth wrote to help me out after Kevin was born. She was 11 years old and in fifth grade.

Juxtaposed between Italian risotto and French pilaf, paella is the luscious middle sister of rice dishes. This rice-in-a-pan may be Spain’s best-known culinary achievement, but Spain has so many culinary delights it’s hard to choose one …tapas, gazpacho, romesco sauce ...

A busy time of the year — we are in the midst of canning season. We are filling lots of jars and freezers with a bountiful harvest. Many meals will be made from the harvest, the fruits of our labor. Do we appreciate enough what the Good Lord provides to us? We have so much to be thankful for…

Putting a menu together for a meal is one of my favorite things to do. It doesn’t matter if the meal is for two or for a crowd. The process starts in my kitchen, usually in the morning. I collect some cookbooks, food magazines, and a handful of recipes I want to try or repeat and place them …

Friday, August 14 is daughter Elizabeth and Timothy’s 5th anniversary. Happy anniversary to them and wishing them many more happy healthy years together. May God continue to be their guide! They have three children: Abigail, who will turn 4 on September 10, Timothy (T.J.), 11/2 years, and ba…

Mothers everywhere have admonished their children not to play with their food. It is stuck in our minds as the height of rudeness to trifle with peas and mashed potatoes or use a hard-cooked egg as a missile. If you make a cold summer soup like gazpacho, the quintessential Spanish summer sou…

Four years ago, on August 5, we were busy hosting daughter Susan and Mose’s wedding. Happy Anniversary Mose and Susan. We wish them many more happy and healthy years together with God as their guide. They have been blessed with two wonderful sweet children, Jennifer, 2 1/2, and Ryan, 12 mont…

French kitchens can seem like military boot camp to the uninitiated. From the lowest dishwasher on up to line cooks, fish, meat, garde manger and pastry chefs through sous chef and chef de cuisine, the executive chef rules over all. But the saucier is in a class all his or her own. A sort of…

It’s Wednesday morning and the humidity has gone, leaving us with a much cooler morning. We had a light shower this morning, which we needed. Our hay was out last night, and hopefully the rain didn’t affect it too much.

I was speaking with my stepson the other day and I mentioned a woman in her 30s who I consider a culinary mentor. He looked at me quizzically.

On Saturday, July 11, we all were awake and ready by 5:30 a.m., waiting for our ride on the bus to Monroe, IN to sister Leah and Paul’s house for the annual Coblentz gathering. Lo and behold, 6 a.m. rolled around and still no bus. Finally, we saw a bus pass by and soon after it headed back. …

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