Author: Mary Zalmanek

warm mushroom salad

Warm Mushroom Salad

I like salads all year round, and this warm mushroom salad is especially nice in the winter. When it’s cold outside, warm mushrooms atop a green salad seem like a perfect complement to most meals. I’ve been making warm mushroom salads for decades, and I’ve seldom made it the same […]

 
pecan cranberry brussels sprouts

Pecan Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

Pecan Cranberry Brussels Sprouts is my attempt to recreate an appetizer I had at Wild Blue Yonder Brew Pub in Castle Rock, Colorado. Last summer I met six friends at Wild Blue Yonder for a socially distanced lunch on the patio. Three of us ordered the Fried Brussels Sprouts appetizer […]

 
Banana pecan oatmeal

Banana Pecan Oatmeal

Have you ever had Bananas Foster? It’s a dessert often flambéed at your tableside in fancy restaurants. Banana pecan oatmeal is kind of like Bananas Foster, without the ice cream, dark rum, or the dramatic presentation with fire. Instead of ending your day with caramelized bananas over ice cream, you can start your […]

 
Spaghetti sauce

Spaghetti Sauce

My dear friend, Louise (Eckrich) Ostrow, has treated us to her mom’s delicious spaghetti sauce many times over the past several decades. I finally asked for the recipe to share with you. When a recipe gets handed down for generations, you know it’s a good one. All of Mrs. Eckrich’s […]

 
Pecan pie

Pecan Pie

For as long as I can remember, we’ve had pecan pie for dessert on Thanksgiving. When we were kids, we’d get it for Christmas, too, if we behaved ourselves. Our 2020 Thanksgiving had little in common with years past. Instead of 20 or 25 people at the gathering, we had […]

 
Roasted winter vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables

If you want to minimize trips to the grocery store during the pandemic, roasted winter vegetables contain longer-lasting veggies that can be stored for a week or two before they must be used. This tasty combination is my idea of comfort food on cold winter days. Active time: 20 minutes […]

 
Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

When a friend served Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, I immediately asked for her recipe. It was delicious. When I saw it took an hour and a half to make, I started thinking of short cuts to make it doable in my one-butt kitchen. I found two that cut the […]

 
Maple Rob Roy

Maple Rob Roy

Do you need a stiff drink to deal with election night? Whether you use the Maple Rob Roy to toast victory or lessen your sorrows, remember to “Live, Laugh and Love.” I found this recipe in the December 2018 issue of Costco Connection, courtesy of mixologist Keith Meicher of Sepia […]

 
green chili quiche

Green Chili Quiche

Whether it’s made with a traditional crust or a potato crust to make it gluten-free, this green chili quiche makes a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  When I eliminated wheat from my diet in 2003, this was one of the first recipes I adapted to my new way of eating. […]

 
Black bean salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Tomatillos are a key ingredient for this black bean salsa. When a friend recently gave me fresh tomatillos from her garden, I dug through my old recipes to find this favorite from the 90s. Back then, it was a staple at many gatherings.   If you have leftovers, use the […]