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Mexican Street Corn

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

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

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

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

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 […]


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

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

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, 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 […]

Mushroom and onion burgers

Mushroom and Onion Burgers


 Mushroom and onion burgers — made from ground beef, bison, turkey or plant-based meat — are covered in sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions. While this has been my go-to recipe for burgers for years, two movies we recently watched on Netflix made me feel even better about this dish. Fabulous […]