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West African Peanut Soup with Shrimp
Soups

West African Peanut Soup with Shrimp

Peanut butter and shrimp lovers will enjoy this tomato-based West African soup. Once when it was my turn to host my book club, I looked for a recipe to set the tone for the novel set in Africa we would be discussing.  I came across a West African Peanut Soup recipe […]

Smoked Salmon Hash
Breakfast

Smoked Salmon Hash

Smoked salmon hash has a delightful combination of smoked salmon, potatoes, onions, bell peppers, horseradish, mustard, and a few other ingredients. It’s great served alone or with fruit or scrambled eggs. (Thanks to Dwayne Dickerson for this recipe!) Smoked salmon from the Honey Smoked Fish Company is one of my favorite […]

Nacho Everyday Eggs, also called Migas
Breakfast

Nacho Everyday eggs

Migas, mis amigas,* is a Mexican dish that uses corn tortillas fried in oil, eggs, cheese, salsa and whatever else sounds good, like onions, jalapeños, green chiles, chorizo or cilantro. Nacho Everyday Eggs is my shortcut using ready-made tortilla chips.  When I’m making breakfast for one, I call it good […]

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Nut Clusters
Desserts

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries and Nut Clusters

Chocolate-covered strawberries are one of my favorite desserts for three reasons. First, they are easy to make, even in the tiniest one-butt kitchen. Second, they are delicious. Finally, think of all the health benefits — antioxidants, vitamins, and other good stuff — of dark chocolate and strawberries.  Google “health benefits […]

Baked oysters
Entrees

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 […]

Chicken Salsa Tortilla Soup
Soups

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I married into a family of fine cooks.  This recipe comes from my sister-in-law, Roxanna Zalmanek. She makes this soup without carefully measuring the ingredients and promises you can’t mess it up.  Use your favorite bottled salsa; that will be the predominant flavor.  For years, Pace Chipotle was my favorite. […]

Pico de Gallo
Appetizers, Sides

Pico de Gallo

When we were inn-sitting at Villa DeCary in Costa Rica, Nuria, one of the employees, taught me to make pico de gallo. She told me pico de gallo should have equal parts red, white and green, the colors of the Mexican flag.  These measures will get you close.  When you […]

Sweet Mini Pepper Nachos
Appetizers

Sweet Mini Pepper Nachos

To cut down on carbs, Kelsey Belsher, my dear friend and a creative cook, makes nachos using sweet mini peppers as the base instead of tortilla chips. Not only is this a brilliant idea, but I can also say from personal experience that the nachos are delicious.  This has become […]