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Portions of this site were updated on 07 February 2016.

Anyone who likes to cook will tell you that part of the fun of cooking is sharing good recipes. At Teri's Kitchen, you will find hundreds of tried-and-true recipes from my family and personal collections, plus several hundred shared recipes from contributors. In addition, there are menus for every day and special occasions, cooking tips, links and much more. I will post additions and revisions to the site on this page as they occur throughout the month. To browse the kitchen, visit the Site Index or, for specific recipes or information, use the search boxes throughout the site. I hope you will enjoy what I have to offer.

Featured in February

Valentine's Day Menu and Recipes
PA Dutch Fastnacht Recipes
Recipes for Comfort Foods
Monthly Features

Valentine's Day Recipes and Menu

Valentine's Day is a special celebration that lends itself to elegant dining. You can make reservations at your favorite restaurant, but it is more meaningful to surprise that certain someone with your cooking talents and an intimate dinner. This year, I chose an elegant and delicious menu, featuring Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes, that is simple enough for the novice, fun for the more experienced cook, and certain to impress. All of the recipes are quick, easy and require minimal preparation. A few can be prepared ahead, as described in the preparation notes. If you do not find what you are looking for, each recipe includes links to similar dishes, and there are additional choices for fine dining on the Easy Recipes for Elegant Entertaining page. Happy Valentine's Day!

Recipes for Fastnacht Day - Pennsylvania Dutch Doughnuts

Fastnacht Day is a special Pennsylvania Dutch celebration with German roots that falls on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Fastnacht (pronounced fost-nokt) translates to "Fast Night", and celebrates the feast before the Lenten fast. There are three types of Fastnachts. All are somewhat crispy on the outside and not as sweet as regular doughnuts. I have delicious recipes for Yeast Fastnachts as well as Crullers, which use baking powder for leavening. In addition, there are shared recipes for Potato Fastnachts, as well as an Apple Cider Variation based on my cruller recipe. I hope you will try one or all and enjoy.

Comfort Food Recipes

There is something about winter, more than any other season, that evokes memories of and cravings for our favorite comfort food. Many of those recipes transport us back to our childhood. Others just make us feel warm and cozy inside. There are certain foods that I crave on occasion that make me feel like everything is right with the world. What that food is depends on the time of year and the mood I am in at the moment. I have compiled a collection of my favorite comfort food recipes, many of which are quick and easy, others a bit more labor intensive, some that are healthy and light, and those that are delightfully indulgent. I hope some will become your favorites.

Monthly Features

Featured Recipe

Chicken Noodle Soup

Shared Family Recipe

Teri Riley's Layered Potato and Cabbage Bake

Menu Suggestions

Menus based on this month's featured recipes.


New recipes are always welcomed. For information and to browse all the shared recipes, visit the Shared Family Recipes page.

No matter where I take my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.
Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

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Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes

Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes Recipe Photo

Creamy Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse Recipe Photo