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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 […]

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 benefits. I […]

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 […]

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 like […]

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

Pesto Salmon with Orange Sauce

 

 Salmon is a healthy, versatile fish.  I like it however it’s prepared, but the unique blend of flavors in pesto salmon with orange sauce 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 […]

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, […]

Roasted asparagus and smoked salmon soup
Soups

Asparagus Smoked Salmon Soup

 

 Asparagus smoked salmon soup makes a healthy and satisfying meal. The asparagus, roasted in the oven and pureed with a blender, gives this soup a velvety texture.  Once when I didn’t have quite enough asparagus, I supplemented a pound of asparagus with carrots and zucchini.  It was just as tasty […]