Kitchen Diva

Open In Case of Emergencies

Open In Case of Emergencies

I received a spur-of-the-moment dinner invitation recently.   I asked if my hostess wanted me to bring along a dessert.   She was grateful for the offer and said that anything I wanted to bring would be great. I checked my pantry thinking I had the b ...
Big food, big love.

Big food, big love.

I’m on the last day of a three-day cooking marathon in honor of my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary.  My parents, Howard and Angeline Shelf, got married on April 9, 1952.  In an era where six years of marriage is ground-breaking, 60 year ...
No-Stress Stuffed Quinoa Bell Peppers

No-Stress Stuffed Quinoa Bell Peppers

Whether you’re dealing with  tax preparation pressures, everyday issues or unusual circumstances that have you feeling overwhelmed, the foods that you eat can help to elevate stress.   I’ve created a delicious recipe for Stress-Busting St ...
Green Eggs & Ham (no bunny blues)

Green Eggs & Ham (no bunny blues)

After the Easter baskets have been tucked away and the chocolate bunnies are a delicious, melted memory, those colored, hard-cooked eggs linger on.  If you’re looking for ways to use them before the week is over, this recipe for Green Eggs and ...
Snack Happy

Snack Happy

One of my sweetest memories is “snack time,” the 30 minutes right after my daughter came home from school. I’d listen to everything that happened to her that day while she ate. Healthy snacks supply energy and help meet a childR ...
Play dough

Play dough

I love the whole retro image of making homemade bread. In my mind’s eye, I picture myself in dainty, flour-covered apron taking plump, golden loaves out of the oven. The smell of freshly baked bread perfumes the house, drawing my loving family ...