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Watermelon Salad
Salads

Watermelon Salad

 

  Juicy, red watermelons are the star attraction in this watermelon salad with salad greens, mint, pistachios, and feta cheese crumbles.  What a perfect way to welcome summer! This simple vinaigrette of olive oil and flavored white balsamic is the same one I use on the Pear Date Salad and the Massaged […]

Mexican Street Corn
Sides

Mexican Street Corn

 

  Next time you’re making your favorite tacos or enchiladas and want a tasty side dish, try Mexican street corn.  Street vendors in Mexico City serve ears of grilled corn slathered with a creamy sauce, cojita cheese and cilantro. In my one-butt kitchen, I take some shortcuts. I cut corn […]

Dauphin Island Alabama
Alabama

Sweet Beach Alabama

 

 “Sweet Beach Alabama” was originally published as “Sandy Southern Sojourn” in the February, 2010 issue of MotorHome Magazine.  The featured photo of the sandy beach was taken by Rita Hufford. All other photos were taken by Mary Zalmanek. Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a Haven for Snowbirds Seeking a Beach-Side Getaway […]

Maroon Bells Aspen
Colorado

Aspen: A Rocky Mountain Playground

 

 “Aspen: A Rocky Mountain Playground” was originally published in the May, 2015 issue of MotorHome Magazine.  More than just a top ski spot, this Colorado town is a year-round destination for lovers of the great outdoors Originally settled as a mining town in the 1870s, Aspen, Colorado is best known […]

Salmon quiche
Breakfast

Salmon Quiche

 

 Salmon quiche was one of my dad’s favorite recipes. In honor of his recent birthday, I decided to make several of his recipes. Thanks, Dad, for all those tasty dishes you prepared for us. This quiche works well with smoked, canned or fresh cooked salmon. For this recipe, my favorite […]

Fancy corn
Sides

Fancy Corn

 

 Fancy Corn is an old family recipe, handed down from my grandmother Mabel, to my dad, to me. My dad’s birthday was March 8. I decided to honor his memory by making several of his favorite recipes in March. My dad was a great cook. While my mom made most […]

Breakfast

Jim’s Omelets

 

 While I’m happy to cook most of our meals, a treat I look forward to every week is one of Jim’s omelets. They are absolutely delicious. Two things that make Jim’s omelets different are the texture of the eggs and the amount of cheese and sausage he uses. The eggs […]

Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes
Desserts

Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes

 

 Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes are delicious and gluten-free. They are even better when topped with raspberry sauce and lemon creme fraiche. To give them a fancy look, garnish with a mint leaf and a fresh raspberry. When I first started making this gluten-free dessert, I made it as a cake in […]

Date Nut Muffins
Breakfast

Date Nut Muffins

 

 Date Nut Muffins have been one of my favorite foods for Christmas brunch for many years. I recently discovered that, according to HolidayInsights.com, December 22 is National Date Nut Bread Day. Yay! In the spirit of the season, this year we are having date nut bread on the 22nd and […]

Grilled Caesar with Chicken
Entrees, Salads

Grilled Caesar Salad with Chicken

 

 Grilled Caesar Salad with Chicken is a variation of that beloved classic salad invented out of necessity so many years ago. Do you know the history behind Caesar salad? According to Wikipedia, on July 4, 1924, Caesar Cardini created this salad when his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico ran out of ingredients […]