Category Spivey Staples

Anne Willan’s Mother

I asked Anne Willan for a piece of her mother. I know that is a very strange, and seemingly personal thing to tell you after my blogging absence of over 2 months (More on what I’ve been up to in a later post!) but there is a lot more to this story. There is so […]

Easter Engagements, Egg Hunts & Rack of Lamb

I’m feeling rather sorry for myself today. Not in a poor pitiful me kind of way…I am not bringing out the violins and expecting people to actually have pity on me. I’m feeling sorry for myself in a nostalgic kind of way, missing my kids and remembering the excitement of Easter and hiding the baskets […]

The Aunties Recipe

The Aunties are there when you need them. And every family needs them. The nickname came about during one of the worst weekends of our lives. Whenever a major event occurred in my sister-in-laws family, her mother and her mother’s sisters swooped in and handled it.  Diligently, happily and tirelessly, they would take care of […]

Julia’s Steak Diane

Julia Child and Hubby were great friends that shared the same birthday on August 15th. Two headstrong Leos that found kinship. She loved his interest in business and the world and they would talk for hours on current topics of the day.  She asked his opinions on wine and politicians and people.  She was curious about […]

Tom’s Truffled Ribeye

Beef was not on the menu in my kitchen when my children were young, partly because I didn’t eat it much but mostly because I didn’t know how to cook it.  In 1999, Hubby and I went on a trip to Paris that changed my opinion of beef and opened up my kitchen to a […]

Paleo Carrot Banana Muffins

Some recipes just work. Maybe it’s because you are comfortable with the ingredients, or the results satisfy your taste buds in some kind of a primal way that is rarely achieved, or maybe you were in a good mood the first time you tried it.  Whatever the reason or reasons, some recipes strike the right […]

Eric’s Gin

Today marks the one year anniversary of my first blog post. Yep, it has been a whole year since I wrote My Food Baby Is Born. When I started a year ago, I thought it would be a great way for me to organize my stories and recipes and a simple solution to the constant requests […]