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I've learned from cooking for my friends and family for several decades that's there's only one true way of finding out if you've made good food. If they ask you to make it again, you've succeeded. If the dog suddenly gets an upset stomach, you know the food was dropped under the table.

I rarely use a recipe or a cookbook. I admit I can never remember turkey roasting times, and I do make a great turkey. Tomato sauce is made from memory, as it should be, over a gas stove, for at least two days. Mrs. DeVito would be proud. And a barbecue grill uses charcoal, not gas, to work correctly.

The recipes below are things I've made over and over. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients, I never make it the same.

Date and Nut Bread Make a sammich with cream cheese and your taste buds will dance.English Trifle This is a dessert that is guaranteed to get you re-invited to any party.Baked Beans You'll need a can of peach pie filling. Yep, peach pie filling.
The best pumpkin pie. No lie. This is the best you'll ever eat.The Secret Barbecue Rub! This now includes my Boca Boys Island Style Jerk Rub.Leg of Lamb Here's a recipe for leg of lamb that will make your mouth water just reading it.
Old Fashion Sicilian tomato sauce with meat. Put away the measuring spoons, this is the real deal.Scones Chocolate Chip Raspberry Scones. Recipe from Ann T at Houzz.Baked Eggplant Oven-baked eggplant with cheese, onions & tomatoes.
Soft ginger cookies! Not those hard as plywood ones.Braided Challah You don't need a holiday to bake these.Key Lime Cookies If you love Key Lime Pie, you must bake these.
Chocolate Crinkles Cookies that taste like brownies.Another soft ginger cookie These are specifically designed for "edibles".Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies More cookie balls than flat, gooey cookies.