Beef Stew

Recently we had a phone call from dear friends John and Julie Ditzler asking if we’d be home the next night. They were driving in our neck of the wood and would be houseguests the next night if it would work out with us. “Don’t fuss” was their request. This is not a problem for […]

Valentine’s Day gifts of love from your kitchen

What to cook for a Valentine’s Day gift? The answer is as individual as your favorite Valentines. Everyone is different. Whatever they would LOVE is a perfect choice! For some this means something chocolate. For others, a meatloaf fashioned into a heart shape says, “ I love you” more aptly than a fancy box of […]

‘Midsommer’ in Sweden means savory delights

In the Gavle (“Yev-lay”) area of Sweden, where my ancestors, the Wallinders, emigrated from in 1891, the Midsommer holiday is taken very seriously. My Cousin Mona goes into the forest to cut down the Midsommer tree, a björk (birch), which is then placed in a bucket of water on the front stoop. Our family also […]