Milan Township resident Marcia Dawson was cooking for a special cause Friday.
It was quick apple pie on the menu, but why was that?
"Today is my husband's (Tom) birthday and I have made it for him every birthday since we met in 1972," she said.
The dish is almost magical.
"It is so good, after I met Tom in October of 1972 I made the cake for him and we were engaged two months later," Dawson said.
It's a miracle she has any time to cook at all, dealing with two grown daughters, five grandchildren, two dogs, a parrot, five ponies, a goose, as well as many ducks and chickens.
She also runs Hidden Creek Pottery in Milan and is a member of Welsh Pony and Cob Society and enjoys working with arts and crafts.
If comfort food is the goal, she can handle that, too.
"Hash browns with onions mixed with over-easy eggs and bacon," she said equals comfort food. "Also, turkey and dressing and stuffed cabbage rolls."
She has the same five ingredients on hand at all times flour, sugar, milk, eggs and salt.
The meals she fixes most often are steak on the grill with baked potatoes, homemade soups, sandwiches, goldenrod eggs for breakfast and liver and onions.
Though she has years of cooking experience, she knew the best things she's ever made.
"Stuffed cabbage and steak on the grill," she said.
"Whatever is in the freezer," she said when asked about preparing food for unexpected company.
She has perfected her potluck special.
"That's German potato salad," she said.
She added stuffed cabbage is the dish her family requests most often.
And she follows her own holiday traditions when cooking.
"Turkey on Thansgiving and goose and duck on Christmas," she said. "Everything under the sun for New Year's Day, including sauerkraut and pork for prosperity in the new year and pickled herring for our Latvian friends to have prosperity also."
Dawson has simple advice for beginners.
"Cooking is fun so don't be afraid to experiment with new flavors," she said.