Author: Mary Zalmanek

Watermelon Salad

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 Kale […]


North to Alaska!

“North to Alaska!” was originally published in the March, 2018 issue of MotorHome Magazine.  The featured photo of Denali was taken by Bernie Craft on a “flightseeing” tour out of Talkeetna. Unless otherwise specified, all other photos were taken by Mary and Jim Zalmanek. North to Alaska! From motorhome to cruise […]

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 off […]

Ojo Caliente

Northern New Mexico

“Northern New Mexico” was originally published in the July 2020 issue of MotorHome Magazine.   The Land of Enchantment delivers with competitions, craters, an art colony, curative waters and crawls through portals in time Northern New Mexico is an area my husband, Jim, and I have spent a lot of time […]

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 […]


Across Southern Louisiana

“Sag Wagon Service Across Southern Louisana” was originally published in the July, 2013 issue of MotorHome Magazine.  Sag Wagon Service Across Southern Louisiana: Music, Food and Plantation History in the Pelican State It’s Payback Time Payback can be fun.  Our trip across southern Louisiana was a payback.  In 2003, my […]

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 […]

Saguaro and mountains

Tucson: A New Look at the Old West

This article about Tucson was originally published in the November 2010 issue of MotorHome magazine. An Autumn Adventure in Arizona Includes Museums, a Mission, a Movie Studio and Golf — Amid the Distinctive Saguaros The Spanish came to the American Southwest in 1539 in search of gold.  Missionaries followed in […]

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 […]