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Pico de gallo
Appetizers

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 it should have equal parts red, white, and green, the colors of the Mexican flag.  These measures will get you close.  When you are done, […]

Whenever you have leftover risotto, save it for risotto cakes.  Serve them as an appetizer, side dish or served on baby arugula as a hearty salad.
Appetizers, Sides

Risotto Cakes

 

 Whenever you have leftover risotto, save it for risotto cakes.  Mushroom risotto makes especially good risotto cakes. Serve them as an appetizer, side dish or on baby arugula as a hearty salad. When I’m traveling in the motorhome, I occasionally use store-bought risotto, especially if I’m preparing other dishes on the […]

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 (or cabbage), 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 […]

smoked salmon corn cakes
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 […]

ziploc omelets
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 […]