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Portions of this site were updated on 22 October 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 This Month

Halloween Recipes, Menu and Treats
German Recipes and Menus for Oktoberfest
Columbus Day (archive)
Monthly Features

Halloween Recipes, Menus and Treats

Halloween is a time for children and a day when adults can feel and act like children again. I have chosen an easy menu that everyone, children and adults alike, will enjoy and most of the recipes can be prepared at least one day in advance. It features my mother's Chili with Meat and Beans, a family favorite that includes links to my equally delicious turkey and vegetarian versions. The starters are Guacamole and an amazing Jalapeno Cheese Dip served with store-bought or homemade Tortilla Chips. Buttermilk Cornbread and a Mixed Greens Salad are the perfect sides. Dessert is Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust, a scrumptious conclusion for an autumn meal. I included preparation notes and each recipe has links to alternate choices. To add to the holiday fun, I posted recipes for special Halloween treats, as well as a 'Spooky Halloween Menu' shared by Sue that features 'Mummy Meatloaf', 'Witches Fingers with Fleas' and 'Swampy Smashed Potatoes'. The kids will love it. I hope you enjoy and.......stay safe!

German Oktoberfest Recipes and Menus

Oktoberfest, sometimes spelled 'Octoberfest' in English-speaking countries, originated in 1810 in Munich, Germany, as part of a royal wedding celebration. It became so popular that it is now celebrated in many areas throughout the world, especially those with a substantial population of German decent. In modern-day Munich, the festival, which includes music, dancing, lots of beer and great food, starts in late September and lasts about sixteen days into early October. In this country, it is celebrated most often throughout the month of October. I posted two of my favorite German menus, one a traditional dinner featuring Sauerbraten, the other a more casual menu with Brat and Sauerkraut Sandwiches. In addition to the menus, I posted numerous German or Pennsylvania Dutch main dishes, side dishes and desserts so that you can mix and match recipes for your own Oktoberfest events.

Monthly Features

Featured Recipe

Easy Cherry-Chocolate Cream Torte

Shared Family Recipe

Sandy's Crisp German Meatballs

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

Chili with Meat
and Beans

Chili with Meat and Beans Recipe Photo