Sweet Pickles

Recipe of the Week  Sweet Pickles  Courtesy of Kathy Myers (Dave's mother-in-law) My mother has made these sweet pickles ever since I can remember. They were always on a relish tray for special family gatherings. After marrying Dave, he...

Heart healthy recipes

By Ilene Duffy Issue #99 • May/June, 2006 I'm not a nutritionist or a medical professional, but I've gained a lot of knowledge concerning foods that are considered to be heart healthy since my husband, Dave,...

Lenie in the kitchen: Hamburger and potato casserole

By Ilene Duffy Issue #140 • March/April, 2013 One last outing before heading back to college is to take Damon for his first trip to the beach. L-R: Rob, Jacob, Sam Our oldest sons, Jacob and Robby, are...

Cheesy fish chowder

By Ilene Duffy Issue #127 • January/February, 2011 If you've been reading this magazine for a while, you probably already know that my husband, Dave, and I met while he was fishing on the Ventura, California...

Banana, blueberry, and peach scones

By Ilene Duffy Issue #136 • July/August, 2012 My friend Alison and I have known each other a long time. We were roommates in college for several years, and then we both had three boys at...

Apple and berry pies

By Ilene Duffy Issue #118 • July/August, 2009 Go to your room!" bellows our friend, John Silveira. He is kidding of course. I mean, how mad can somebody really be when they're eating your homemade pie...

Sunday night dinner

By Ilene Duffy Issue #121 • January/February, 2010 "Tradition! Tradition!" I can still hear the bellowing song from Fiddler on the Roof that we listened to over and over as kids. Some of us have religious...

A few favorite recipes and books

By Ilene Duffy Issue #110 • March/April, 2008 I was talking with another mom in the produce section of the market the other day. During our conversation, she happened to mention that earlier in her life...

Never too busy to make bread

By Ilene Duffy Issue #114 • November/December, 2008 Summer vacation came to an abrupt end. Sons are back in school. My "soccer mom" folding chair is in the trunk of the car. The daytimer is getting...

Running your own business: a mother’s perspective

By Ilene Duffy Issue #62 • March/April, 2000 When my middle son, Robby, was a baby, he had two seizures. After the second one the doctor informed me that I needed to get him to the...