Entrees

Herb Butter Salmon

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

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 […]

 
Chutney Pepper Steak

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 […]

 
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 […]

 
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 […]

 
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. […]

 
papaya chicken salad

Papaya Chicken Salad

Papaya chicken salad has several ingredients you’d expect plus one that might surprise you. Papaya seeds! Those peppery seeds I’d always thrown away have some unexpected health benefits. According to healthline.com, papaya seeds can help fight infections, may protect kidney functions, could have anti-cancer properties, and may improve digestive health. […]

 
Chili rellenos casserole

Chili Rellenos Casserole

The best chili rellenos I ever tasted were stuffed with cheese, pecans, and pork. My friend Eduardo Cavazos spent all afternoon making them from his mother’s recipe. To enjoy similar flavors in a fraction of the prep time, I improvised this chili rellenos casserole. In Maria Eugenia Cavazos’s original recipe, […]

 
Red Hot Garlic Salmon

Red Hot Garlic Salmon

I married into a family of fine cooks (and wonderful people!). Jim’s dad used to grill salmon covered in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and diced garlic. Everyone loved it. (It looks and sounds spicier than it is.) It’s easy, with just three simple ingredients. Most of the time I bake […]

 
Marry Me Chicken

Marry Me Chicken

With a name like Marry Me Chicken, you know it’s got to be good. It’s rumored to have inspired marriage proposals. When I started making this for my husband, he promised to keep me around. The marriage proposal came decades before I found this recipe. When friends recently shared their […]