River Doughnuts

Growing up, we would visit my grandparents at their home on the Rappahannock River for days and weeks at a time in the summers. We'd spend all day in the water and when we weren't in the water, we were eating. The best was when my grandfather, known for his sweet tooth, would make us... Continue Reading →

Dinner Rolls

At every family meal we have on my maternal side of the family, everyone gets really excited when they find out that my Aunt Bobbie has made the rolls or bread. She's famous in the family for delicious, fluffy, homemade rolls and bread. At this most recent Thanksgiving, when she was slicing bread to place... Continue Reading →

Herbed Shrimp Pasta Salad

Given that my sister Amy was the center of attention for her own graduation celebration, she got to pick which dishes my mom made for the party. One of her absolute favorites is this pasta salad with shrimp. Pretty much any time Amy gets to pick, this is what she asks for. This family favorite... Continue Reading →

Pinch of Crab Egg Dip

Ok, bear with me now. I know this isn't the first post where I've started with - "this sounds kind of weird, but I promise you it's really good!" This is another one of those. I don't know who originally thought, ūüí≠Hmm... let me combine some eggs and crab and make a dip out of... Continue Reading →

Amy’s Graduation Party

Selim and I have been in Virginia for a great long weekend to celebrate my younger sister's graduation from college. She's the last of our family, youngest of the four siblings, to graduate college. Our day was filled with family & friends, pomp & circumstance, caps & gowns, diplomas & honors... and a college party.... Continue Reading →

Meatloaf with Beef-Onion Gravy

I don't think it was until I was in high school or college that I realized that my mom's meatloaf was different that most other people's. Apparently, it's more standard to have a tomato-based sauce, brown sugar, or BBQ sauce mixed in or coating the meatloaf. Don't get me wrong, those are good too -... Continue Reading →

Cucumbers in Peanut Sauce

April 2017 Update:¬†I think about this recipe from time to time, and in all honesty y'all, I'm not sure I can recommend it as posted. The sauce is delicious, but I think it's just too overwhelming for cucumbers by themselves. One time I combined the cucumber and sauce with some rice noodles and that was... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Buns

Yesterday was Selim's birthday! We celebrated by both having weekend shifts at the hospital. I was only there until 11pm, while he was there overnight, setting me up perfectly to make him post-birthday breakfast. Usually he's the breakfast guy... It basically requires heavy machinery to drag me out of bed in the morning. But I... Continue Reading →

Mom’s Roasted Potatoes

I come from of huge family. My mother has seven siblings, and my father has five. As of last count, I have FORTY¬†first cousins, ranging from age 6 to 33. I haven't the slightest clue how many extended relatives I have beyond that, but it's a lot and I know many of them. But the... Continue Reading →

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