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Food Matters

Anyone who has been around Two Chums for any length of time probably knows that we love good food.  We think good food really matters, but for more than the obvious reason. Read more

Pie Art

With Thanksgiving just a little over 2 weeks away no doubt the foods we associate with our  family feasts are already on our minds.  Chief among those delicious foods….pie!   Read more

At The Center

Do we have an amazing centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table for you?   Read more

Old Classic – New Twist

If you need a quick and yummy last minute treat for your Halloween celebration we’ve got just the thing for you.  This is an old classic with a new twist.   Read more

Souper Thursday – Black Bean Soup


Soup is one of those dishes that seems right anytime.   Black Bean Soup is simple and hearty and really tasty too.  This one you will make again and again 🙂   Read more

Salad Days – Bright And Beautiful

Salad doesn’t have to be bland and boring.  This one is not only healthy and tasty, but bright and beautiful too! Read more

Racial Reconciliation Cheesecake


This cheesecake, you may take notice, is black and white.  Both black and white are enjoyable by themselves, yet together, these elements create an even sweeter and more satisfying experience than either of them could produce alone.   Read more

Salad Days – Green Salad With Roasted Strawberries

Today we have yet another recipe for a delicious salad with strawberries used in a more unusual way….roasted.   Read more

Labor Day -The End Of Summer


Here’s a great tip for your Labor Day BBQ…. Read more

Pretty, Pink and Sweet


Last week we told you we would be bringing you some yummy recipes using those plentiful strawberries you find in every grocery store right now.  So today we have a great one for you.  It’s so easy, so sweet and yummy and so pink.  And as if that wasn’t enough, these delicious oversized meringues are gluten-free too!   Read more

Sadie’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Crackers


I came home from a trip to the market recently, to find these yummy treats that my 11 year old granddaughter, Sadie had whipped up on her own while I was gone.  ” What recipe did you use?”, I asked her.  “The one I just made up!”, was her answer 🙂 Read more

Stakin’ Snacks!

What a great find!  Read more

Back to School Treats – Strawberry Rolls-Ups

As promised on Monday, throughout the next couple of weeks we will be sharing some yummy strawberry recipes that anyone can make and everyone can enjoy.  This is our first installment on strawberry treats 🙂   Read more

Strawberries

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They are colorful, juicy, sweet and one of the most iconic fruits of summer…strawberries.  Over the next couple of weeks we will share with you some info and recipes for this delicious gift of summer.  Today we will start with some fun facts about the strawberry 🙂   Read more

On Being A Gentleman

The world is full of boys and men.  Gentlemen of any age are in shorter supply.   Read more

Aunt Mary’s Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s hot! Want to keep cool and enjoy the cooling off too?  We have just the thing you’re looking for right here 🙂   Read more

Lemony Blueberry Sorbet

If you love lemon, or blueberries, or both…you’re in for a treat today! Read more

The Soup

It’s the dead of summer and it’s hot outside….day and night.  So why, you may be asking yourself, are we doing a post about soup?  The answer is simple.  It isn’t just about soup.  It’s about THE SOUP!   Read more

Aunt Sandy’s Lemon Pie

This is a classic.  If you like lemon meringue pie, you can’t do better than this one!  For as  long as we can remember our chum, Sandy, (who also happens to be Robin’s cousin), has been making the yummiest lemon meringue pie.  Even people who don’t like lemon, or meringue, love this pie.  So you can imagine what a hit it is with people who do like them!   Read more

Summer Refreshment – Minted Watermelon Lemonade

As the dog days of summer come upon us, we can all use some tasty refreshment. And what could be better than some homemade Minted Watermelon Lemonade!   Read more

Simple Chicken Sandwich

Sometimes the simplest things can be some of the best.  This simple chicken and avocado sandwich is a perfect example!   Read more

Made With Love – Sour Cream Cake

Earlier this week I returned home from a week long trip with my oldest daughter, Sara, and granddaughter, Sadie.  When we arrived home from the airport there was a sweet surprise awaiting us…Sour Cream Cake 🙂   Read more

Making Food Fun


Summer is here and maybe you are looking for ways to get your little ones to try foods they don’t normally eat.  Or maybe you have some really good eaters but you need some activities to keep little hands and minds busy so you don’t hear those awful words “I’m bored!”  If that’s you, we’ve got some fun ideas for you today 🙂 Read more

Cousins and Cake

Who can argue that the first time a little one has “Happy Birthday” sung to them, or they have their first bite of birthday cake isn’t a sweet moment for everyone involved!  And even if the party is a simple family affair, if it includes yummy cake, and cousins, the whole thing is sure to be a hit 🙂 Read more

Tomahawk Steak

As promised yesterday, here is our pick for a delicious way to celebrate Dad this Sunday 🙂   Read more

Father’s Day Dinner Menu


Sunday is the day we celebrate Dad!  Making him yummy dinner may just be his favorite gift of all.  We have a suggestion for making a flavorful meal he is sure to love:-)   Read more

Smashed and Crispy

There is hardly any better way to describe these potatoes than smashed and crispy 🙂   Read more

Cheesy Spinach Maria

This is delicious anytime, but with Father’s Day less than 2 weeks away, this could be a great start to your dinner to honor Dad! Read more

Buttermilk Tea Cake

Buttermilk is a workhorse in the kitchen.  Used in baked goods, salad dressings, dips and drinks, it makes everything you use it in taste better.  This yummy Tea Cake is no exception.  The tang of buttermilk gives this cake added flavor and tenderness.   Read more

What To Eat

No matter where you are headed this summer for your vacation, you can find some delicious food.  And we can help!   Read more

A Twist On A Favorite


If there is one dessert that we have requests for again and again and again at events from birthdays to holidays it would have to be  a Strawberry Meringue.  This Strawberry Lemon Meringue, is a variation of that favorite dessert.   Read more

Drippy Beef Sandwiches

The name of this dish says it all…well, almost all.  These sandwiches are most certainly drippy, but what the name doesn’t tell you is that they aren’t just dripping with juice but also dripping with flavor 🙂   Read more

Mother’s Day Flowers

All mother’s love flowers…any kind of flowers. But flowers you can eat?  All the better 🙂   Read more

An Oldie But Goodie With A Twist

This Magic Bar recipe has been around for decades.  This is one of those recipes that once you’ve tried it you make it again and again.  You just can’t go wrong with these Magic Bars.  They are “magic” because they are simple to make, and simply yummy!
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Jeremy’s Orange Chicken

If you are asking yourself “Who is Jeremy and what is his Orange Chicken all about?”, the answer is simple.  Jeremy is my 13 year old grandson and his Orange chicken is all about deliciousness!   Read more

Ice Cream – Minty And Fresh

If you love the flavor of fresh mint, love chocolate and love ice cream, you are going to LOVE  this easy and delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream!   Read more

Dinner – Healthy and Delicious

Sometimes we make things for dinner that taste really good, but are not necessarily so good for us.  Then there are those healthy meals that leave something to be desired with regard to taste.  This one is both good and good for you!   Read more

Peanut Butter Pie

If you love peanut butter, or like the candy called Abba Zaba…this is the pie for you!   Read more

Mac N’ Cheese – 3.0

If you have been around Two Chums for any amount of time you probably know your chums LOVEEEE  macaroni and cheese! We shared a favorite recipe for Father’s Day in 2012.  That was Mac N’ Cheese 1.0  Then last July we shared another method we came across for making this family favorite.  That was Mac N’ Cheese 2.0  Now we have the 3.0 version to share with you and you won’t want to miss this one! Read more

Lemon Olive Oil Corn Cake

This yummy confection is part corn bread, part lemon cake, part coffee cake, and totally delicious!   Read more

BBQ Chicken Pizza


Though they sell any number of combinations and types of pizza, according to a number of sites, the most popular pizza at CPK is BBQ Chicken Pizza.  They are responsible for introducing this pizza to the world. Almost every pizza outlet now offers some form of this iconic pizza, but you can make a delicious version at home and have it hot and fresh in minutes.  Making this delicious pizza is much easier than you might think it would be.   Read more

Garlic Noodle Salad

Last year, at Chinese New Year, we shared with you one of our favorite noodle dishes, Chinese Garlic Noodles.  They have been a favorite of adults and children alike, and certainly are delicious any time of year, not just at New Year.  But this year we made a discovery.   Read more

A Dr. Seuss St. Patrick’s Day

Tomorrow everyone will be Irish, as all over the country people will celebrate that most famous Irishman, St. Patrick.  While a corned beef dinner is the norm on St. Patrick’s Day, we know that not everyone loves corned beef, especially perhaps, the little ones in your family.  So we have a suggestion that can still allow the adults to celebrate the day and serve something your children can eat and enjoy too…a meal Dr. Seuss would happily approve of…. Read more

Royal-Tea For Royalty -Jam Pennies

Yesterday we told you that HRM Queen Elizabeth II is still riding her beloved horse and loving every minute of it.  Today we are going to tell you, after she rides, what she has for tea.   Read more

Mardi Gras Crazy Sista Gumbo

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras…or Fat Tuesday as it’s translated into English.  It is the day before Ash Wednesday when the Lenten season begins.  Typically people give up rich foods for Lent, so on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, they celebrate eating delicious fare and celebrating before Lent begins.  Today we’ve got a really delicious recipe for you for your Mardi Gras celebration… Gumbo! Read more

Square Celebrations

Whether you are having an Oscar party this weekend, or will be having an anniversary or birthday party soon, or just want to add some pizazz to drinks with friends before a night out, today we’ve got some simple and easy to prepare hors d’ouvres that you and your guests are sure to enjoy 🙂   Read more

Soups On! – Southwestern Chicken Soup

When the weather is cold and rainy or snowy, nothing is more comforting than a nice streaming hot bowl of soup.  We’ve got a yummy one for you today 🙂   Read more

Super Supper For Super Bowl

Do you want a yummy and hearty meal for Sunday’s Super Bowl that everyone will enjoy, and that you can make a day ahead?  We’ve got that!   Read more

Inaugural Chocolate

Today after the swearing in of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, prior to the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and The White House, there will be a luncheon honoring the new President, and Vice-President and their families, in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.  This is a tradition that began more than a century ago.   Read more

Warm and Comforting – Simple Potato Soup

img_9265As the season has brought rain, and in some cases snow, and colder weather just about everywhere, we can all need and enjoy something warm and comforting to eat.  If it happens to be simple to make and only involves a few ingredients most of us have in the pantry and refrigerator…well, that’s all the better!   Read more

Sweet Beginnings

img_8951Start the new year off in a sweet and comforting way with yummy Cinnamon Bread Pudding and Buttered Rum Sauce!   Read more

More Favorite Things-Quick And Easy Apple Turnovers

img_7794The title of this post says it all.  The flavor is apple and these are surely quick and very easy to make.  Oh and did we say, they are really yummy too:-)   Read more

Candied Apple Pops

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During the holiday season there always seems to be a reason to get together and so much to celebrate.  Having a treat just feels right as we gather with family and friends.  These Apple Pops are an easy and fun treat that everyone can enjoy 🙂   Read more

Buttery Potato Stacks

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If you are anything like your Two Chums, we had you at the word “buttery”.  Add that to potato and whatever it is has to be delicious!   Read more

More Thanks!

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It should not surprise our Chums that we have not put away the “Gratitude Thoughts” just yet!  In fact, we found this really interesting article on History.com about how some other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. Read more

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

img_9312It may be “old fashioned” but we think Pumpkin Pie is always in style! Read more

Apple Cake-A Taste Of Fall

img_7833-2Pumpkin, butternut squash, maple, pomegranate, cinnamon, ginger, and pear are all iconic tastes, fruits and flavors of fall.  But perhaps one of the most enjoyed of all are apples! Read more

Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter

butternut-squash-ravioli-with-sage-browned-butter It’s Fall and Halloween is just days away.  So what better way to celebrate the season than with pumpkin for dinner? Much less something so easy and delicious as this is!  This could honestly not be much easier or more delicious and satisfying.  By substituting wonton wrappers for the pasta, and using canned pumpkin puree for the filling, and topping the whole thing off with a delicious nutty tasting browned butter sage sauce, you can have this elegant and really yummy dinner ready in a flash.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter
(adapted from blog.Williams-Sonoma.com)

For the filling:
1 can pumpkin puree* (you could also use cooked butternut squash or sweet potato )
1 shallot minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg, yolk and white separated
2 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1 to 2 Tbs. dried bread crumbs
Wonton wrappers

Place the pumpkin puree in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pan and lightly sauce the minced shallot until it is soft.  Add the shallot to the pumpkin puree along with the egg yolk, parmesan cheese, sugar, nutmeg and salt.  Stir well to combine.  Add bread crumbs to bind the filling together if it seems a little runny.

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Put the egg white in a bowl and beat it with a fork. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of each wrapper with the beaten egg white. Place a heaping teaspoon of the pumpkin filling in the middle of each wrapper. Top each with another wrapper, pressing firmly to seal the edges and making sure to press out any air bubbles.

Lower the heat under the boiling water and bring it to a simmer.  Place the ravioli, 6 at a time, into the simmering water and cook for about 4 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and  place on a buttered baking dish in a warm oven (about 200 degrees) while you cook the remaining ravioli.

For the sauce:
1 stick of butter
a bunch of fresh sage leaves
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the sage leaves. Cook until the sage leaves are crispy and the butter is brown, this should take about about 3 – 5 minutes. Carefully add the ravioli to the pan, 6 at a time, and turn gently to coat with the brown butter. Transfer the ravioli to each dinner plate. Top with the remaining butter and sage leaves in the pan, sprinkle with the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Add a fresh green salad and some crusty French bread and “dinner is served”!

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A Favorite With A Twist

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Some time ago we gave you the recipe for one of our favorite cakes.  Today we are giving it to you again but this time with a slight twist:-).   Read more

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

img_7029Some things in life are just a given.  For instance, who doesn’t love a good biscuit?   Read more

Natural Pain Killer Smoothie

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Food is obviously a source of enjoyment and nurture but sometimes it can be used to be even more.   Read more

(Drum Roll) Saaavvy Secrets!

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Yes, you’ve got ’em!  Some great Savvy Secrets, thanks to Philipp Jahner of Buzz-Feed-Redaktion. Read more

DIY – Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

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It’s here….Fall is officially here.  And what could be more synonymous with Fall flavor than anything pumpkin?

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Rise and Shine – A Breakfast Cookie

fullsizerender-44Who wouldn’t love the idea of cookies and milk (or coffee) for breakfast.  But it just sounds way too unhealthy right?  Not anymore!   Read more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

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These special treats are easy to make in a snap and soooooo yummy!  Read more

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Treats

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These special treats are easy to make in a snap and soooooo yummy!  Read more

The Love Of Lavender

1388602.largeOur dear chum Jen, shared a wonderful article with us on the subject of lavender and some of the many uses you may not have known about.  It was just too good of an article not to pass it on to all our chums 🙂 Read more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

IMG_0894One of life’s all time best combinations is chocolate and peanut butter.  I bet we have your attention now!   Read more

Home On The Ranch – Dressing Mix

1067957Who doesn’t love Ranch Dressing? Whether used as a salad dressing or as a dip for chips or veggies, Ranch Dressing is arguably America’s favorite*.   And the mix you use to make the dressing or dip is easy to make at home 🙂   Read more

Simple Summer Supper – Salmon Salad

IMG_5938We couldn’t resist the title of today’s post….it was just too fun to use alliteration here.  But what is more fun, is eating this yummy salad!   Read more

Watermelons, Anyone?

Watermelons_0F88A4E7D8BB4We have, in the past, shared how we pick watermelons at the grocery store but we saw this great advice on Brightside and thought it might be really helpful to our chums. Read more

Tomato Cheese Pie

IMG_9326One of summer’s best gifts is the delicious and plentiful bounty of tomatoes.  Today we have a wonderful way to use this sweet and delicious harvest.   Read more

A Treat For Fairies – Strawberry Toadstools

IMG_1699Don’t you think little fairies having a tea party in the back garden deserve a special treat? So do we! 🙂 Read more

A Good Egg

IMG_5449We have attempted in the past to give you some ideas about the best way to boil an egg.  Now we actually have THE BEST way! Read more

Magic Mac N’ Cheese

IMG_4845If you know Two Chums at all you know we LOVE mac n’ cheese!  We have a great one for you today 🙂 Read more

Hail To The Red, White and Blue!

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All Hail to the Red, White and Blue…. Read more

Fun Food For The 4th!

407601We gave you some fun decorating ideas yesterday for your 4th of July party.  Today we have some fun food ideas 🙂 Read more

Summer Salads

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As of this week, summer is officially here.  When the weather is so warm, there is nothing more inviting than a delicious summer salad.   Read more

Something Sweet For Dad – Butter Cake

IMG_4696Sunday fathers everywhere around this country will be celebrated.  Most likely at lunch or dinner, families will gather together to honor “dear ol’ Dad”.  We suspect your families are no different than ours in that.  So whether you are still thinking about what to serve for dessert, or what you could give Dad that he doesn’t already have, we’ve got an idea for you….and it’s a yummy one at that!  Everyone will love a piece of this classic Butter Cake.   Read more

Tea Anyone?

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Needing a hostess gift for someone special?  Here’s a great idea. Read more

Hot Dog It’s Memorial Day

IMG_4096Come Monday, millions of Americans will gather with family and friends to celebrate (and hopefully honor) those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  These celebrations usually, if not always, involve food.  Hot dogs are often the food of choice on this holiday.  So we have a particularly yummy one to share with you today.   Read more

Edible Roses

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Who says a healthy breakfast can’t also be beautiful too?   Read more

May Day Flower Cake

IMG_3099Sunday is May Day, the 1st day of May, and is traditionally celebrated with flowers.  We have a flower shaped cake for you that should do quite nicely 🙂 Read more

Surprise Pancakes

IMG_3048Made with only 2 simple ingredients, these are gluten free and dairy free.  The surprise is how yummy these pancakes are!   Read more

Coffee Anyone?

6a2996b0a1a9aeb4b25d19ec114ed1bfFor many of us the day just can’t begin without a good cup of coffee.   Read more

DIY Taco Seasoning

IMG_2866This is so easy to make yourself and so much cheaper than the packages of taco seasoning sold in the grocery store.   Read more

Mini Fruit Pies Made Easy

MasonJarLidPiesHeader-750x364We came across this simple and smart way to make up a batch of some mini fruit pies using mason jar lids.  These would be perfect for your next get together or maybe just for your family to enjoy this weekend.   Read more

Simple Substitutions – Eggs

Eggs-2Ever had one of those times when you are ready to bake something and realize you are out of eggs?  Or maybe you would like to make something that calls for eggs but you, or a family member are allergic to eggs? We have a great substitution for you!   Read more

Easter Egg Casserole

IMG_2544Easter Brunch is always a fun way to celebrate the holiday with family and friends.  And we’ve got an easy and delicious dish that everyone will love.  It just happens to be gluten-free too!   Read more

Celebrating Macarons

Macarons-at-Bottega-Louis-e1405231178355Yesterday was officially “Macaron Day”.  Who decides these things anyway? But we think any day (and everyday) is a good day for macarons! Read more

Homemade Irish Cream

IMG_1938What could be better for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day then your own delicious and homemade Irish Cream Liqueur?   Read more

Colcannon Soup

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If you happen to be Irish or have anyone Irish in your family you might know what colcannon is.  If not, we are happy to explain.  Everyone knows about the Irish and how they love their potatoes.  And why not?   Read more

Irish Oatmeal Bread

IMG_2356St. Patrick’s Day is coming in a couple of days.  We tend to think of St. Patrick’s Day food in terms of dinner.  But we all eat breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day too. Read more

Scandinavian Almond Bars

IMG_2183Do you like the flavor of almond? Want a recipe for something quick, easy, and sweet?  You can’t go wrong with these!   Read more

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

When you last went to a Chinese restaurant and were handed chopsticks… Read more

Nutella Cookies

IMG_1968Would you believe these yummy cookies have just 3 ingredients?   Read more

Oscar Night Dinner

chasens01Arguably, one of the most frequented, if not THE most frequented, restaurant by the Hollywood elite of days gone by, was Chasen’s.  Ronald Reagan even proposed to his wife Nancy in Booth #2.

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Making Dinner Matter

ronald-reagan-quoteIn a recent video experiment a group of adults were asked the question,  “If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?”  Then their children were asked the same question. Read more

Valentine’s Cheesecake

IMG_0228A picture is worth a thousand words as they say. Can’t you just taste the sweet, creamy goodness?!   Read more

Keep Your Cakes “Light”

Blush-rose-cake-e1367375566256Are you planning to make  Valentine’s Day cake and have dark cake pans that seem to make the outside of your layer cakes darker than you would like? Read more

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