Apr 212018
Italian Vinaigrette

Homemade salad dressing is easy to make and so much better than bottled versions. This is a classic vinaigrette that can easily be adjusted to your taste. You can also add a tablespoon of honey for a slightly sweeter dressing. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons vinegar (red wine, white wine, apple cider, […]

Apr 112018
Chicken, Vegetables and Stir-Fried Rice Noodles

The recipe lends well to adaptation. Use leftover spaghetti instead of rice noodles, add leftover cooked shrimp or beef instead of chicken, vary the vegetables to your liking.  Add 1/2 cup bean sprouts with the noodles or 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms or diced broccoli florets with the carrots. 1 to 2 tablespoons oil 1/2 large yellow […]

Feb 142018
Peanut Butter Pie

In honor of Valentine’s Day I’m making a special dessert that has my two favorite things….chocolate and peanut butter!  This is crazy good and easy to make.  As you can see from the photo, I opted for the easy way and bought a pre-made chocolate graham cracker crust!  For the topping, use melted peanut butter […]

Jul 152017
Watermelon Martini

1 cup fresh watermelon juice 1 tablespoon simple syrup 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice 4 ounces vodka 1 ounces triple sec or cointreau basil or mint, optional Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into rocks glass filled with ice.  Top with basil or mint. To make simple syrup […]

May 012017
Succotash Salad

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large sweet onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen beans (lima, edamame, fava, etc), cooked al dente Kernels from 6 ears of corn (about 5 cups) 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup […]

Feb 232017
Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

This is a doctored up cake mix recipe and it’s one of my favorites!   Lately, I’ve been skipping the German chocolate if I don’t have it on hand and it turns out just as good.  I’ve added a few tablespoons of flour to the cake mix due to the new smaller sizes (15.25oz) of most cake […]

Feb 192017
Chicken Enchiladas

I’ve been making these chicken enchiladas for years….it’s one of my favorite enchilada recipes that I found in Southern Living magazine. 3 cups chopped cooked chicken 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1 (4.5-oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained 8 – 10 (8-inch) soft taco-size flour tortillas Vegetable cooking spray […]

Nov 212016

1 (14.75 oz.) can creamed corn 1 (15.25 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a casserole dish. In a medium bowl, combine first six ingredients. When well-combined, add […]

Oct 222016
Apple Cake

It’s that time of year where apples are abundant! This is one of my favorite apple cakes. It’s a moist cake with an amazing glaze that really makes it! Apple Cake 1 ½ cup vegetable oil 1 ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 3 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 […]

Aug 222016

I usually make pesto in the summer and freeze small amounts using an ice cube tray. I store them in a plastic storage bag so I can have pesto throughout the winter. 3 cups fresh basil leaves 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 3 Tablespoons pine nuts 1/2 cup olive oil Combine basil, garlic, […]