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 […]

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. […]

Salmon with pesto and orange sauce

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 […]

Salmon over Cannellini Beans and Spinach

Wichita Salmon

I suppose this dish could be called Salmon over Cannellini Beans and Spinach or something a bit more descriptive, but I’ve always called it Wichita Salmon. Years ago on an RV trip through Kansas, we ate at a restaurant in Wichita whose name I long ago forgot. After I raved […]

Flambeed Shrimp with Fennel and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Flambéed Shrimp with Fennel and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

With shrimp fresh off the boat and fennel and tarragon from a farmer’s market, this is one heavenly dish.  Even with previously frozen shrimp and dried tarragon, it’s very good.  If you want to double the recipe for company, keep in mind the more liqueur, the bigger the fire.  For […]

Clam and Artichoke Sauce Over Linguini ​or Zucchini Noodles

The original recipe calls for linguini. Since I’m on a gluten-free diet, I substitute zucchini noodles or rice, or use gluten-free pasta.  It’s easy to make zucchini noodles — some people call them “zoodles” — using a small, hand-held spiralizer. I have a Veggetti, which works fine for my purposes. […]

Lavender Pepper Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce

Lavender Pepper Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce

One visit to a lavender farm and you’ll know that fragrant flower isn’t just for potpourri any more. Blueberry lavender ice cream, chocolate-dipped lavender cookies, and lavender salt are just a few of the tempting treats.  Lavender has a floral, slightly sweet flavor.    For a special dinner, buy some […]

Baked oysters

Oysters, Oysters, Oysters!

Oysters! I love them! Here are my favorite three ways to prepare them: baked with various toppings, grilled and dipped in spiced butter, or raw with a cocktail sauce. While I used to think of oysters as an appetizer, we now make a full meal out of them, along with […]

Smoked Salmon Corn Cakes

These corn cakes are delicious with smoked salmon.  My absolute favorite smoked salmon is from the Honey Smoked Fish Company. I’ve also had success with leftover grilled salmon.  This versatile dish can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or entree with a salad. (Thanks to Linda Johnson, Jim’s former […]