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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 […]

Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Appetizers

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

When Judy Lyle served this dish for happy hour at an RV resort, I begged for the recipe.  After many years on a gluten-free diet, I’d forgotten how much I liked pepperoni pizza.  This crustless treat has become a new favorite appetizer. Yum! Sometimes when I’m making a familiar recipe, […]

Salads

Paprika Vinaigrette

Paprika vinaigrette is a staple in my refrigerator.  I use a small amount in garden salads with salad greens, carrots, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, avocados, and any other veggies I have on hand, toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds, and feta or blue cheese crumbles.   Add some leftover rotisserie chicken […]

Appetizers, Entrees, Sides

Smoked Salmon Corn Cakes

These corn cakes are delicious with smoked salmon.  My absolute favorite smoked salmon is from the Honey Smoked Fish Company. I’ve also had success with leftover grilled salmon.  This versatile dish can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or entree with a salad. (Thanks to Linda Johnson, Jim’s former […]

Breakfast

Ziploc Omelets

How can you make breakfast for a horde of hungry mouths in your one-butt kitchen?  Ziploc omelets, that’s how! This meal is fun to make when it’s just the two of you or when the whole family gets together for breakfast or brunch. This is a great breakfast to make when dry camping […]