I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that I was in my 30s before I ever made my own pickles. How can any self-respecting amateur chef admit to that kind of neglect??? It all started when I got a jar of pickles from a friend for Christmas, way back in the 70’s. When she told me … More PICKLING…..it’s not just for pickles anymore
I wanted to remind you about one of my all time favorite fun “dishes”. Years ago we fell in love with a restaurant called Brio, an Italian restaurant. Before your meal they give you a little dish of breads, and these wonderful, crispy, hard breads are featured. I was determined to go home and make … More CRACKER BREAD…..ADDICTIVE!!
I know. I know. I am repeating an old recipe I posted 2 years ago but until the whole United States of America knows about it, I’ll probably post it every year!! MOM’S GREEN BEANS (GERI JONES, MY MOM) 6 cans cut green beans (or large ones) 1/2 lb bacon, sliced in 1″ slices 1 … More GREEN BEANS…. Oops I did it again!
In the College town of Tempe, Arizona, there is a wonderful Bakery/Wine store plus a lot more, called Tracy Dempsey Originals. One of the terrific aspects of this local business are the Cooking classes Tracy teaches in her professional kitchen. My granddaughter Michael and I took a bread baking class from her and made many … More Onion-Olive Bread….and a tribute to Tracy Dempsey Originals
My sweet Hispanic friend, Alma, gave me this simple salsa years ago. Yesterday I was cruising through this blog and couldn’t find it. Even though it is on my all time favorites list. You just do it in 5 minutes in a blender. Alma’s Salsa 1 can tomatoes (Alma insisted on S&W, but you can’t … More Alma’s Salsa…..omigosh! I’ve never blogged it! What was I thinking?
We are going through a tough time in our country right now. Everybody is adjusting to new realities…..but I stick with my old one: Cooking. I have a lot of time on my hands these days, so I got out my giant cookbook that I’ve been keeping for over 50 years (doesn’t everyone have one … More Honey Dijon Chicken– a Fabulous discovery!
I hope you are reading this in 2026 (and that I am still around….) you may not remember the virus from 2020 (Covid 19). But right now people are having trouble finding certain foods: eggs, flour, chicken. Fortunately because I cook so much I always have lots of food available. Since there are only two … More GREEN CHILI…”CHOPPED” STYLE…THANKS, VIRUS!
In Arizona we have about 3 months of fabulous citrus. You can literally drive down wide streets and stop along an orange grove and pick all kinds of citrus. I am always looking for lemon dishes to use especially. I freeze lemon or lime juice in ice cube trays. Each cube equals 2 tbs. juice. … More LEMON CREAM CHICKEN (end of citrus season)
Lasagna is so versatile. When Laurie gave John his 50th birthday party she made SIX different versions. I have previously posted Vegetarian Lasagna, made with Zucchini, but I realized the other day that I have never posted my recipe. I decided to describe how to “doctor up” a jarred sauce, the way I often … More Lasagna: Oldie/Goodie; Easy/Difficult
Every year I give a “Paint and Sip” Party. Cutie Rachel is our teacher (above, left). In real life she’s a Kindergarten teacher, so she has no trouble dealing with old ladies! I am always looking for an easy appetizer, and this one sort of came out of my head, stemming from an old … More VERSATILE HAM & CHEESE APPETIZER/SANDWICH