“All great change in America begins at the family dinner table.”  Ronald Reagan

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“Throughout his teachings, Jesus used food and feeding others as images of what it means to follow Jesus and to serve Him well. ‘Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?’ Jesus asks his disciples. ‘Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing.’ (Matthew 24:45).

Serving God faithfully, these words suggest, is like feeding a household, it is a daily responsibility that requires attention and diligence and that brings blessing on the one who does it faithfully.”

~ Margaret Kim Peterson in Keeping House


“Mystery or no mystery, a family must eat!”

~ Nancy Drew in The Secret of the Wooden Lady


“He was consious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares, long, long, forgotten.” 
― Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

“Staying with my Grandma Allen for weeks at a time during summer vacation, I remember fabulous bread and butter pickles, vegetable relish, mince meat pies, and, of course, fried chicken. At least once while I was there, Grandma would start the day by asking if I would like to have fried chicken for supper.  When I replied with a resounding “yes”, she sharpened her butcher knife and headed out the back door to the barn yard.

I watched from the window as she chased down the fattest hen and, in one swift swing, had it bobbing headless along the sidewalk. She then scooped it up and marched to the shed where she plucked and cleaned it in short order.  I was always somewhat horrified and a little sad but those thoughts disappeared as soon as the aroma of that chicken frying in pure lard rose from her old cook stove.  Mashed potatoes piled high, butter drizzling down the miniature white mountain and topped with milky chicken gravy were the centerpiece of dinner.  Pickled beets, garden grown tomato slices, and baking soda biscuits completed the meal.  And we washed it all down with iced tea in state fair glasses. Long into the night I could smell that savory fried chicken and wondered how she did it.  I was certain the secret was all in the faded bib apron that was the necessary part of her daily uniform!” ~  thatmom in The Campbell Women Cookbook


“Everything really great begins with garlic. Except maybe chocolate chip cookies.” ~ Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

Children need the comfort of having a family meal time where the food is nutritious, delicious, and almost as satisfying as the conversation around the table.  In our American culture, people eat meals in between their other activities; it is the half-time refreshment.  We have much to learn from other countries where the meal is the main event and begins with choosing the best ingredients and preparing the food in the kitchen, often together as a family.  The culmination is the relaxed time of eating and discussion, the coming together after a long day, each sharing their own day’s experiences.

As my children began leaving home, I realized that there had always been a certain comfort for them around the table.  They had counted on the fact that, no matter how bad the day had been, supper time would be spent enjoying a meal mom had prepared with them in mind and that we would all be together.  And that relaxing time was spent talking and listening to each other, laying the groundwork for greater talking and listening yet to come.

A very important part of feeding our children is making a space for those great thoughts and exchanges to take place, an opportunity for children to stretch their ideas and impressions in a safe and relaxed environment while the whole family is participating in something they enjoy.  I believe that space is found at the family dinner table.

There are many recipes sprinkled throughout this blog so I have listed and linked to them for your convenience.

Homemade Ice Cream Extravaganza

Caprese Chicken

Summer Fresh Quinoa Salad

Heath Bar Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Tortilla Soup

Super Fast Twice Baked Potatoes

Pollo Yucatan

Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Crock Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Meatballs

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Taquitos

Spring Quiche with Asparagus and Leeks

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Thatmom’s Swiss Steak

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Mama’s Oatmeal Cookie Muffins

Thatmom’s Country Crispy Apple Pie

Mexican Fiesta Soup

Roast Turkey with Gravy and Grandma’s Stuffing

Pizza (Soup) in a Pot

Linda’s Rotini Salad

Vermont Cheese Soup

Spicy Apple Bars

Mexican Chocolate Cake

Pantry Cornbread

Refreshing Lemon Ginger Pie

Mock Thanksgiving Dinner in the Crock Pot

Heath Bar Trifle

Poulet avec Herbs de Provence (fancy schmancy chicken)

Pomegranate and Cranapple Fruit Slush

Heavenly Gooey Chocolately Deliciousness

Bumbleberry Pie

Carmelized Onion and Cheese Tarts

Toasted Walnut and Pear Salad

thatmom’s stuffed peppers and Mexican stuffed peppers

Make Ahead Raisin French Toast

O’Brien Sausage Egg Bake

Acorn Squash Rings with Green Beans

Buttermilk Fudge Cake and Fudge Buttercream Frosting

Tres Leches Cake

Best Ever Homemade Dinner Rolls and Hamburger Buns

Creamy Sausage Stew

Texas Cake Hot Chocolate Mix

Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Sauce for Dipping

Land of Lincoln Chocolate Cake

Santa’s Christmas Eve Snack Mix for the Long Ride Home

Key Lime Pie

Ukulele Pie

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Carmel Banana Nut Cakes

Tasty and Easy Rolled Cookie Dough

Campbell Men’s Favorite Pecan Pie

Cheery Cheesy Potatoes

Chicken Tetrazzini

Artisan Whole Wheat Bread

Southwestern Barbequed Chicken in Mop Sauce with Tortillas


Double Corn Muffins

My Mom’s Vegetable Beef Soup

Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Shepherd’s Pie

Oven Barbequed Pork Chops

Tasty Oven Fries

Italian Salad

Carrot Cake

Buttercream Frosting

Mushroom and Meatball Casserole

Asian Pork Chops with Cranberry and Pecan Rice

Chicago Hotdogs

Rotini Salad

Rhubarb Pie

Basic Artisan Bread

Pumpernickel Bread

Scrambled Egg Cups

Ham Casserole

Spiced Apple Raisin Walnut Bread

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Honey Garlic Ribs from the Mennonite Girls

Gingerbread Valentines

Crock Pot Candy

Chocolate Butterscotch Bars

Ranch Chicken and Yummy Camp Potatoes

Christmas Crunch

Cranberry Bread

Cottage Potato Soup

Turkey Pot Pie

President’s Turkey

Fast and Easy Chili

Chicken and Cranberry Stuffing

Farm Journal Banana Bread

Cranberry Nutmeg Scones

Most-Requested Bread Sticks

New Mexican Casserole

Avila Apple Pie

Italian Meatball Soup

Vidalia Onion Chicken

Cuban Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Citrus Salad with Tex Mex Viniagrette

Old-Fashioned Peach Pie

Chicken Au Gratin Casserole

Frozen Mango Coolers

Lemon Cake with Lemon Frosting

Mollie’s Wedding Fruit Slush

Easy Apple Dumplings

White Chocolate Caramel Cashew Oatmeal Bars

Mississippi Mud Bars

Sunday Salad and Vinaigrette

Deli Summer Sandwiches with Asparagus

Strawberry Lemonade

Cowboy Cookies

Potato Pancakes


Foccaicia Breast or Pizza Crust

Asparagus Chicken

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

King Arthur Dinner Rolls or Hamburger Buns

Lasagna That Can Make a Grown Man Cry (and has!)

Mushroom Pork Chops with Wild Rice

Apricot Chicken

Possibly Death by Chocolate

Chicken and Rice Soup

Lola’s Glorious Apple Pie

Heath Bar Cheesecake


Back to School Granola Recipe

Once-you-try-these-you’ll-never-eat-any-other-Baked Beans

Southern Stuffed Potatoes

Oven Fried Chicken

Chicken Enchiladas

Sunday Pot Roast

Joe’s Garlic Potatoes

No Bake Pineapple Raspberry Cheesecake

Company Cheesecake

Clayton and Sam’s Neighborhood Cracked Wheat Bread

Heavenly Brownies

Calico Cheese Ball

Butterfinger Cookies

Farm Journal Apple Dumplings