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pulled pork with barbecue sauce
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 […]

devils on horseback
Appetizers

Devils on Horseback

 

 I first tried devils on horseback several years ago at Justice Snow’s, a hip and historic restaurant in downtown Aspen, Colorado.  They were amazing!  After that, whenever I saw them on a menu, I ordered them. Each time I’d think, “Good, but not as good as those we had at […]

almond chicken salad
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 […]