Author: Mary Zalmanek

Kale salad with cherries

Kale Salad

If you are planning meals for a long motorhome trip — or trying to limit grocery store visits during a pandemic — consider a kale salad for the second week of your trip. Fresh kale will keep for a week or two in the refrigerator. Since kale stems take a […]

 
scallops with cajun succotash

Scallops with Cajun Succotash

Prior to my introduction to pan-seared scallops with Cajun succotash, I always thought succotash was simply a boring vegetable dish with two ingredients: corn and lima beans. To my delight, Cajun succotash is made with andouille sausage, onion, roasted red bell peppers and heavy cream, as well as the expected […]

 
Newcastle

Maine: Lobsters, Lighthouses and Carriage Roads

This article was originally published in the September 2019 issue of MotorHome Magazine.  The coast of Maine had been high on my list of places to explore ever since we bought our first motorhome in 2002. Sixteen short years later — time flies when you’re having fun — my husband, […]

 
cucumber salad

Cucumber Salad

My mother-in-law, Betty Zalmanek, is famous for her cucumber salad.  Her kids ask her to bring it to every family gathering. Whether or not you peel the cucumbers is a matter of personal preference, and perhaps what kind of cucumbers you use. English cucumbers — the ones that come wrapped […]

 
Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

At Gabriella’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria in Oklahoma City, I ordered chicken piccata served over roasted Brussels sprouts. It was one of the gluten-free options on the menu. I thought it was the best restaurant meal I had all year. The menu described “pan seared ‘Airline’ chicken breast sautéed with […]

 
Diamond Lake Resort

Western Kentucky: A Patchwork of Green

This article was originally published in the December 2011 issue of MotorHome magazine. Paducah After the 1937 flood damaged 95 percent of the town, Paducah, Kentucky was just a wide spot in the road between Monkey Brow and Possum Trot. It now lays claim to being the “Fan Favorite” winner of […]

 
rainbow salad

Rainbow Salad

As the name implies, rainbow salad is colorful with red, orange, yellow, green, and purple vegetables. (What? No blue? How about cauliflower for fluffy, white clouds instead?) Add a simple white balsamic vinaigrette for an easy and tasty salad. The first time I made rainbow salad, I made it according […]

 
Carnitas poppers

Carnitas Poppers

Carnitas poppers pack a lot of flavor with five ingredients: carnitas, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, peppers (sweet minis, jalapeños or poblanos) and bacon. When I’m looking for a quick meal, Del Real Carnitas hit the spot. This slow-cooked Mexican pork can be purchased at most grocery stores, including Walmart, King […]

 
blue cheese coleslaw

Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Blue cheese coleslaw is a nice switch from traditional coleslaw.  It’s perfect for summertime picnics and pot lucks. Even people who say they don’t like blue cheese like this dish. If I’m cooking for the two of us, I’ll make a full batch of dressing, but only prepare what we’ll eat […]