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Appetizers

Grape Balls (of Ginger and Almonds)

These tasty morsels will delight your guests.  No one anticipates the surprising grape and ginger flavors beneath the nutty brown exterior. When I first started making this recipe in my two-butt kitchen at home, I used an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese and ginger, and a toaster oven to brown the […]

mberries
Desserts

Flavor Tripping Parties with mberries

Have you ever heard of miracle berries, or mberries? They change the flavor of sour foods to sweet. With mberries, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with 35 calories (really, I put the calculations at the end of this post!) while enjoying a fun, unique experience for dessert. Get some […]

Entrees

Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is a delicious barbecue meal, and there are plenty of ways to cook it. The traditional way is to brine it overnight, then smoke it for 8 hours or so. With a crock pot, it cooks for 8 to 10 hours. An Instant Pot can get the job […]

Appetizers

Devils on Horseback

I first tried devils on horseback several years ago at Justice Snow’s, a hip and historic restaurant in downtown Aspen, Colorado.  They were amazing!  After that, whenever I saw them on a menu, I ordered them. Each time I’d think, “Good, but not as good as those we had at […]

Appetizers, Entrees, Salads

Almond Chicken Salad

My sister-in-law, Roxanna Zalmanek, made a big batch of this at a family reunion. We all loved it and I asked for the recipe.  To me, it’s the Smokehouse almonds that make this so tasty. The first time I made it, I used extra almonds, which made it too salty. […]

parmesan dijon potatoes
Sides

Parmesan Dijon Potatoes

Every now and then, nothing beats a hearty meal of steak and potatoes.  I can’t seem to get enough of these potatoes. The Parmesan cheese and Dijon mustard add a burst of flavor. Preparation time:  10 minutes                    Total time: 35 minutes Specialized kitchen […]

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Drinks

4-1-1 Margaritas

The weekend after my husband Jim retired, he and his brother Mark signed up for a “continuing education” class, at least that’s what they called it. They went to a bar in Denver to learn how to make margaritas. Even after taking a class, they still experimented with the recipe. […]

Salmon with pesto and orange sauce
Entrees

Salmon with Pesto and Orange Sauce

Salmon is a healthy, versatile fish.  I like it however it’s prepared, but this unique blend of flavors with pesto and orange is one of my favorites. Sometimes this blog reminds me of what a lazy cook I’ve become. In 1999, I fell in love with a recipe in a […]

Spicy potato salad
Salads, Sides

Spicy Potato Salad

Schultz’s Gourmet Hot Sauce is one of my new favorite condiments. It makes a fabulous potato salad if you like things on the spicy side.  This is basically Schultz’s recipe, but I’ve adapted it to my taste and found a few shortcuts for my one-butt kitchen. On my small motorhome cooktop, […]