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corn off the cob
Sides

Corn off the Cob

 

 Corn off the cob, sautéed in butter olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper is just as yummy as traditional corn on the cob. There are a surprising number of ways to cut the kernels off the cob. Since a few kernels inevitably land on the floor, some methods […]

Chocolate almond bark
Desserts

Chocolate Almond Bark

 

 Fancy desserts are fun to make when you have plenty of time, ample counter space, and a dishwasher to clean up the mess. In my one-butt kitchen, I like simple desserts. Basic chocolate almond bark has two ingredients: chocolate and almonds. For variety, you can add crystallized ginger, crushed peppermint […]

Appetizers

Grape Balls (of Ginger and Almonds)

 

  These tasty morsels will delight your guests.  No one anticipates the surprising grape and ginger flavors beneath the nutty brown exterior. When I first started making this recipe in my two-butt kitchen at home, I used an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese and ginger, and a toaster oven to brown […]

mberries flavour tripping
Desserts

Flavor Tripping Parties with mberries

 

  Have you ever heard of miracle berries, or mberries? They change the flavor of sour foods to sweet. With mberries, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with 35 calories (really, I put the calculations at the end of this post!) while enjoying a fun, unique experience for dessert. Get […]

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 […]

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 […]

scrambled eggs, salmon, and asparagus
Breakfast

Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs

 

  When I make smoked salmon scrambled eggs, I also add either asparagus or kale. Not only is this dish delicious and easy to make, but it’s healthy too. Google “healthiest vegetables” and asparagus and kale will show up in the top ten.  Salmon also has a long list of health […]

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 […]

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 […]

roasted brussels sprouts
Sides

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

 

  Roasted Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper are tasty right out of the oven. Balsamic Brussels sprouts are even better. Use any good traditional balsamic or reduction to drizzle over them before serving. I love the Venice Olive Oil’s Molto Benissimo Balsamic for this dish. It’s rich […]