I've learned from cooking for my friends and family for several decades that's there's only one true way to find out if you've made good food. If they ask you to make it again, you've succeeded. If your dog suddenly gets an upset stomach, you know the food was dropped under the table. I rarely use a recipe, other than for baking, 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. 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 don't always make it the same.

Cookies and other desserts

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.Raspberry Chocolate Chip loaf. Dessert? Snack? Yum!
The best pumpkin pie. No lie. This is the best you'll ever eat.Scones Chocolate Chip Raspberry Scones. Recipe from Ann T at Houzz.Buttery Apple Cake A traditional Italian dessert.
Date Nuggets Tasty little date cookies that won't last long!Lemon Cookies Our friend Pam's Lemon Cookies. A massive burst of lemon.Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies A great combination of citrus and chocolate in a cookie.
Chocolate Crinkles Cookies that taste like brownies.Another soft ginger cookie Add some icing to these for the perfect holiday treat.Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies More cookie balls than flat, gooey cookies.
Soft ginger cookies! Not those hard as plywood ones.Cranberry/Lemon/Vanilla Cookies These taste as good as they look!Key Lime Cookies If you love Key Lime Pie, you must bake these.
Orange / Cranberry Cookies When life gives you too many cranberries... you make cookies!Orange Ricotta Cheese Cookies Soft and fluffy with a burst of orange juice and raspberry at the finish.Cannoli Cookies The greatest cookie ever invented reimagined as a shell-less cookie!
Lemon Blueberry Cookies One of the classic flavor combinations in a zesty cookie.Oatmeal Scotchies Soft oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips.Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Gooey goodness and berries

Everything else

Old Fashion Sicilian tomato sauce with meat. Put away the measuring spoons, this is the real deal.Pasta Serenata An appetizer made famous by Nicola Paone.Baked Eggplant Oven-baked eggplant with cheese, onions & tomatoes.
The Secret Barbecue Rub! This now includes my Boca Boys Island Style Jerk Rub.Pulled Pork Barbecue 101 - How to make pulled porkLeg of Lamb Here's a recipe for leg of lamb that will make your mouth water just reading it.
Baked Beans You'll need a can of peach pie filling. Yep, peach pie filling.Cole Slaw A tried and true cole slaw dressing recipe for any type of slawSloppy Joe This is the original northern New Jersey version, not the chipped beef on roll thing.
Braided Challah You don't need a holiday to bake these.Kaiser Rolls Nothing like a deli sammich on a Kaiser roll.Cannabutter Eat your cannabis instead of smoking it!