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Portable grill
RV Kitchen

10 Must-Have Items for Your RV

 

 Here’s a list of 10 must-have items for your RV, just in time for Amazon Prime Day! It’s actually two days — June 21 and 22 — of great deals. My husband, Jim, and I order a lot from Amazon, so it makes sense for us to be Amazon Prime […]

Beet salad
Salads

Beet Salad

 

 I fell in love with beet salads long ago when the best way to prepare a beet was to steam it for an hour.  Since that salad took so long to prepare, we only ate it on special occasions. Several years ago I noticed something new (to me): packages of […]

Sweet and Spicy Pecans
Appetizers

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

 

 If you are looking for a satisfying snack, try these Sweet and Spicy Pecans. I also keep some on hand as an addition to salads and veggie dishes. My dear friend, Bonnie Hildebrandt, created this recipe decades ago. Every time I read her recipe, I laugh. The heading on my […]

calabacitas
Sides

Calabacitas 

 

 Calabacitas, a tasty Mexican squash and corn dish, is the perfect complement to tacos, burritos, and other Mexican entrees. My brother-in-law, Mark Zalmanek, developed this recipe after eating it in a Mexican restaurant many years ago.  Thank you, Mark, for another delicious recipe. The trickiest part of preparing calabacitas is cutting the […]

Herb Butter Salmon
Entrees

Salmon with Herb Butter

 

 Recently the brother of a dear friend reminded me of the first time we met decades ago. Hank said, “You grilled salmon with herb butter, and it was amazing!” I vaguely remembered a recipe like that, but I had no idea where I’d found it. Shortly after that I noticed tubes […]

Fried tacos
Entrees

Grilled Tacos

 

 Made with carnitas, diced chipotles, corn tortillas, and cheese, grilled tacos have  flavors similar to birria tacos, with a fraction of the effort. (They are grilled in a skillet or griddle like grilled cheese, not over a charcoal fire.) On a recent motorhome trip to Albuquerque, I struck up a […]

Roasted Radicchio Salad
Salads

Roasted Radicchio Salad

 

 Roasted radicchio salad is my attempt to recreate the grilled radicchio salad we first ate decades ago at Lambert’s of Taos, a popular restaurant in northern New Mexico. Radicchio looks a bit like red cabbage, but it’s actually a type of chicory. It has more in common with artichokes and […]

Traditional Balsamic Vinaigrette
Salads

Traditional Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

 A key ingredient of Grilled Radicchio Salad, a delicious salad we fell in love with at Lambert’s of Taos, is a traditional balsamic vinaigrette. The first time I tried to recreate this salad, I combined roughly equal parts traditional balsamic and olive oil. That works great for flavored white balsamic, […]

Chocolate oatmeal cookies
Desserts

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

 

 When I was a kid, one of my favorite treats was chocolate oatmeal cookies. My dad was usually the cook when it came to desserts, but this recipe was easy enough for my mom to make.  Recently I looked through their 3-ring binder filled with delicious recipes. I made these […]

Chutney Pepper Steak
Entrees

Chutney Pepper Steak

 

 Over the years, Jim and I have celebrated many special occasions in Colorado Springs at one of the Broadmoor Hotel’s restaurants or the Peppertree Restaurant. Often one or both of us would order the chutney pepper steak, which was flambeed at our table.  An advantage of tableside preparation is that […]