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Appetizers, Entrees, Salads

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. […]

parmesan dijon potatoes
Sides

Parmesan Dijon Potatoes

Every now and then, nothing beats a hearty meal of steak and potatoes.  I can’t seem to get enough of these potatoes. The Parmesan cheese and Dijon mustard add a burst of flavor. Preparation time:  10 minutes                    Total time: 35 minutes Specialized kitchen […]

411 margaritas
Drinks

4-1-1 Margaritas

The weekend after my husband Jim retired, he and his brother Mark signed up for a “continuing education” class, at least that’s what they called it. They went to a bar in Denver to learn how to make margaritas. Even after taking a class, they still experimented with the recipe. […]

Salmon with pesto and orange sauce
Entrees

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 […]

Spicy potato salad
Salads, Sides

Spicy Potato Salad

Schultz’s Gourmet Hot Sauce is one of my new favorite condiments. It makes a fabulous potato salad if you like things on the spicy side.  This is basically Schultz’s recipe, but I’ve adapted it to my taste and found a few shortcuts for my one-butt kitchen. On my small motorhome cooktop, […]

Buffalo chicken dip
Appetizers

Buffalo Chicken Dip

A friend made buffalo chicken dip for happy hour at an RV park, and that made everyone who tasted it really happy. If you like buffalo wings, you’ll love this.  Thanks to Judy Lyle for this crowd pleaser.  It’s easy to make with just six ingredients. You can heat it […]

Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies
Breakfast

Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies

Prepare these cookies and store them in the refrigerator. When you don’t have time for a bowl of oatmeal, heat a cookie in the microwave for thirty seconds.  You’ve got a tasty breakfast-to-go.   Most of the time, I make these cookies at home before an RV trip.  It’s possible […]

Salmon over Cannellini Beans and Spinach
Entrees

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 […]

Smoked Salmon Pate
Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Pate

My dear friend and neighbor, Bonnie Hildebrandt, gave me this tasty recipe for salmon pate. Like me, she modifies recipes to suit her taste. This is the result of our individual modifications. It’s a good use for leftover salmon, too.  This recipe requires a food processor. When I make it […]