Author: Wendy Dennis

Simple Blended Burger: Bursting with Flavor and Crunch!

Simple Blended Burger: Bursting with Flavor and Crunch!

I came up with this recipe for the #BlendedBurgerContest of the Blended Burger Project sponsored by Bon Appétit and the Mushroom Council. While the recipe doesn’t include sourcing specifics, and, as submitted called for ingredients you can find at any grocery store, I did use…

A Soup for Any Sausage

A Soup for Any Sausage

Do you like hearty soups that are easy to make? Me too, and I came across a great recipe via a Facebook cooking group the other day that I just had to try. I will admit that part of the appeal was that the recipe,…

Chicken Pot Pie for Four or Forty, Seasoned to Taste

Chicken Pot Pie for Four or Forty, Seasoned to Taste

As one of the alternating lead cooks for my church’s monthly community dinners, I am always looking for relatively healthy and easy recipes to feed a crowd without breaking the budget. Usually I find and try a family-size recipe and multiply it up. However, in…

Pork and Summer Squash Casserole over Rice: Family Size or For a Crowd

Pork and Summer Squash Casserole over Rice: Family Size or For a Crowd

Background: The Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Wakefield MA offers a Community Dinner each month from September to June in partnership with Wakefield’s Horizon House Clubhouse. Horizon House provides their kitchen and dining room, and we provide the food, either via cooking or catering. I love…

Applesauce Cake made with White Whole Wheat and Oat Flour with Quick Cream Cheese Frosting

Applesauce Cake made with White Whole Wheat and Oat Flour with Quick Cream Cheese Frosting

When devising the menu for a recent community dinner (click HERE to see the other menu items) I looked for a healthyish dessert, and was thinking that some kind of oatmeal/applesauce sort of bar would be nice. However, I ended up finding an amazing applesauce…

More Zucchini?  Grate!

More Zucchini? Grate!

My friend Elizabeth just left two of the most gorgeous zucchini squashes on my porch. Between the two they weigh in at close to 7 pounds. The ruler is there for scale.  Elizabeth did send me a picture in which she used her glasses to…

French Lentil Soup: Splendidly Simple and Most Satisfactory

French Lentil Soup: Splendidly Simple and Most Satisfactory

Finally, the perfect lentil soup recipe! As not actually usual for me, I made it as written so I will copy and paste it here with the title linked to the recipe on Epicurious.com that I used. …Well, okay, I made ONE change. The recipe…

Easy Salsa Chicken Tortilla Casserole Featuring Pam’s Salsa

Easy Salsa Chicken Tortilla Casserole Featuring Pam’s Salsa

DISCLAIMER: Since posting this recipe, Pam retired, thus no more Pam’s Salsa. 🙁 I will come up with a product or recipe to replace it in this recipe. Feel free to remind me.  🙂 I started doing the cooking demos at the Wakefield Farmers Market…

Frozen Steak? Just Grill or Pan Sauté It. Really! No Need to Defrost.

Frozen Steak? Just Grill or Pan Sauté It. Really! No Need to Defrost.

Not only can you grill (or pan saute) steak when frozen, many recommend it. I will update this post with references, but, for now, based on repeated experience as grilled by my husband Steve, here are the instructions for grilling frozen steak: Heat the grill…

Want the Perfect Ham? Just Think Slow and Low

Want the Perfect Ham? Just Think Slow and Low

Finally! A totally foolproof way to produce the perfect ham, It is all about cooking it slow and low. I had saved a 5.5 lb bone-in smoked ham that I purchased last spring from Lilac Hedge Farm and decided that it would make a great…