Dinner Planner – Week of December 6, 2021

Thank you all for being patient with me while I update my website.  There are still changes to be made to make it more user-friendly.  I knew that once it was launched, we would still be tweaking it.  Has anyone noticed that everything takes longer to execute/complete than it used to??  Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading

Sticky Toffee Pudding (Cake) Recipe

My daughter Anna and I are huge fans of “The Great British Baking Show.” We are not normally cooking competition consumers, but this one has us captivated! It was actually because of this show that I learned that British “pudding” is not like American pudding.  I always assumed pudding was pudding.  Not so!  Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of November 29, 2021

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thank you for bringing me into your kitchens and making me a part of your special holidays and family traditions.  I can’t tell you how honored I feel every time I see a photo on Instagram or receive an email fo your success stories!  

I appreciate each and everyone of you and I want to do anything I can to continue to inspire and build your confidence in the kitchen! I have a BIG announcement to share with you. I will be restructuring my classes to offer 3 different options going forward:

Premium All-Access Members will receive the monthly class video and recipes PLUS access to all classes in the library since April 2018!! I will also be adding supplemental quick videos like how to chop an onion and how to make the perfect boneless chicken breast. You will have access to classes and supplemental videos ONLY while you are an active member. You can certainly print out all the recipes for future reference.

Basic Monthly Members will receive the current monthly class video and recipes and have access to the quick supplemental videos. Again, access will be available only while you are an active member.

Single Classes are available for purchase and you will receive the video and recipes for that class via email. 


What if I am already a monthly member? If you are already a monthly subscriber, I am converting you all to Premium All-Access Members to say thank you for your past and continued support! You will continue to pay whatever price you signed up for!Continue reading

Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette Recipe

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, we have our leftovers traditions.  For breakfast, my daughters dig into pie and Hubs toasts leftover cornbread to eat with coffee.  I do a scramble of chopped leftovers and tofu.  Then lunch is some sort of chopped leftovers salad with or without a stuffing waffle (take stuffing and combine with a beaten egg or two and cook in a greased waffle iron); and dinner makes use of the turkey stock that has been simmering all day.  You got it – soup of some sort like lemon-barley or turkey tortilla.Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of November 22, 2021


We are in the home stretch!  Whether you are cooking or not, I hope you are as excited for Thanksgiving as I am!  I am offering my November class for a 1-time purchase, as opposed to subscribing for a 3-month minimum.  The class video and recipes in the November 2021 class are all new and not even in the 2021 Thanksgiving ebook (which has 13 more recipes than 2020.) Check them both out if you need some inspo!  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am grateful for each and every one of you.  Thank you for continuing to bring me into your homes night after night and including me in your special holidays.  It means the world to me! Here’s your dinner planner for the week:Continue reading

Planning a Happy Thanksgiving 2021 – 1 week to go!

This post has been edited from the original which was published on November 17, 2011.

It’s always hard to accomplish your Thanksgiving tasks when you don’t know how many people you’re having over or what your menu is!  But my menu is done and we will be approximately 14 people, including two daughters who are coming home for the holiday.  I am so excited to have all my kids in the kitchen this year prepping and cooking with me.  I had a stroke of genius 9 years ago, which was to tack my Thanksgiving to-do list on the refrigerator and have everyone sign up for three tasks.  Even my husband helps out!

It is so unbelievable to me that I didn’t teach a single in-person Thanksgiving class once again this year.  I normally teach 5 per week for 3 weeks!  I miss my peeps. Sigh.  I have done most of most grocery shopping other than a few items which need to buy when I pick up my turkey.  I plan the days leading up to Thanksgiving pretty carefully so I don’t forget anything and also so that I have a list to cross things off (that makes me feel so accomplished!)   I think about regular meals and activities, too. Here’s what my schedule will look like from Sunday until we eat on Thursday at 4:00 pm (-ish). This shouldn’t make you feel exhausted, but merely show you what you can do ahead for your own Thanksgiving!  The Chalkboard Mag published a really great blogpost five years ago with tons of tips from lots of food experts (including me!)  I highly recommend giving it a quick read.

As if I hadn’t already told you, my Thanksgiving ebook is available for only $10!

 This PDF contains all my Thanksgiving recipes, tips and tricks, in one document!  You will have everything you need to plan and execute your best Thanksgiving ever, says me and everyone I know who has bought it.  Click here to access the Thanksgiving ebook.

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Tart Cherry Pie with Lattice Crust Recipe

In paid partnership with Walmart+. All opinions are my own.

Canned tart cherries were my introduction to shopping at Walmart. Several years ago, I became obsessed with making a tart cherry pie for Thanksgiving.  It was my missing link. A tart cherry pie would make my Thanksgivings complete. But I could not find tart cherries anywhere – not canned, not frozen (unless I wanted to pay $100 in shipping from Michigan), and certainly not fresh. Until my search landed me at Walmart and led me to become a regular Walmart shopper.Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of November 15th, 2021

Who is in Thanksgiving mode? Me me me!!  I am offering my November class for a 1-time purchase, as opposed to subscribing for a 3-month minimum.  The class video and recipes in the November 2021 class are all new and not even in the 2021 ebook (which has 13 more recipes than 2020.) Check them both out if you need some inspo!  For anyone who purchases the November class, I have also scheduled two live Q&A’s for you to ask me anything!

Now is also a good time to test new recipes that you are thinking about making on Thanksgiving. ;). Here’s your dinner planner for the week:Continue reading