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Kale salad with cherries
Salads

Kale Salad

 

 If you are planning meals for a long motorhome trip — or trying to limit grocery store visits during a pandemic — consider a kale salad for the second week of your trip. Fresh kale will keep for a week or two in the refrigerator. Since kale stems take a […]

scallops with cajun succotash
Entrees

Scallops with Cajun Succotash

 

 Prior to my introduction to pan-seared scallops with Cajun succotash, I always thought succotash was simply a boring vegetable dish with two ingredients: corn and lima beans. To my delight, Cajun succotash is made with andouille sausage, onion, roasted red bell peppers and heavy cream, as well as the expected […]

cucumber salad
Salads

Cucumber Salad

 

 My mother-in-law, Betty Zalmanek, is famous for her cucumber salad.  Her kids ask her to bring it to every family gathering. Whether or not you peel the cucumbers is a matter of personal preference, and perhaps what kind of cucumbers you use. English cucumbers — the ones that come wrapped […]

Chicken Piccata
Entrees

Chicken Piccata with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 

 At Gabriella’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria in Oklahoma City, I ordered chicken piccata served over roasted Brussels sprouts. It was one of the gluten-free options on the menu. I thought it was the best restaurant meal I had all year. The menu described “pan seared ‘Airline’ chicken breast sautéed with […]

rainbow salad
Salads

Rainbow Salad

 

 As the name implies, rainbow salad is colorful with red, orange, yellow, green, and purple vegetables. (What? No blue? How about cauliflower for fluffy, white clouds instead?) Add a simple white balsamic vinaigrette for an easy and tasty salad. The first time I made rainbow salad, I made it according […]

Carnitas poppers
Appetizers, Entrees

Carnitas Poppers

 

 Carnitas poppers pack a lot of flavor with five ingredients: carnitas, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, peppers (sweet minis, jalapeños or poblanos), and bacon. When I’m looking for a quick meal, Del Real Carnitas hit the spot. This slow-cooked Mexican pork can be purchased at most grocery stores, including Walmart, King […]

blue cheese coleslaw
Salads

Blue Cheese Coleslaw

 

 Blue cheese coleslaw is a nice switch from traditional coleslaw.  It’s perfect for summertime picnics and pot lucks. Even people who say they don’t like blue cheese like this dish. If I’m cooking for the two of us, I’ll make a full batch of dressing, but only prepare what we’ll eat […]

Venice Olive Oil
Sides

Venice Olive Oil Veggies

 

 While everyone else was hoarding toilet paper, I headed to Venice Olive Oil to stock up on my favorite flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Venice Olive Oil veggies appear on my dinner plate several times a week. To make these tasty treats, I keep these essentials in my kitchen: […]

White bean chicken chili
Soups

White Bean Chicken Chili

 

 If you need to make extra meals to deliver to quarantined loved ones during the Coronavirus pandemic or stock the freezer for an upcoming motorhome trip, white bean chicken chili is easy to make, healthy and delicious. It freezes well for quick meals on the road.  Feeding 8 or more people […]

Peanut butter balls
Desserts

Peanut Butter Balls

 

 If you are looking for a way to occupy kids, let them help make peanut butter balls. Of course, that might double your prep and clean up time, but it will be fun, I promise. When I asked 6-year-old Breckyn what she would like for a special treat, she told […]