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 Chinese 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 … 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
I posted this 3 years ago when I started my blog. It was in my 5 all time recipes (thanks Christian!) But it bears repeating, and I have made some slight changes, since we are living a lo carb lifestyle now and we are skipping the Pasta. So it needs to be a dish for … More PASTA GENOVAISE…NORTHERN ITALY TO SOUTHWEST ARIZONA!
We go to an absolutely adorable and yummy little restaurant in Pinetop/Lakeside Arizona called “The Bistro at Annie’s”. Justin and Heather run a homey, delicious, friendly restaurant which is mostly lunch, but open 3 nights for dinner. One of my favorite things there are their salad dressings. My favorite is Prickly Pear Ranch, with Apple … More HOME HOME ON THE RANCH…. fun recipes with Ranch Dressing!
I want to be sure I give TOTAL credit for this idea and recipe to Rachel Ray. Just happened to catch her show after the Kitchen one day. When I saw this recipe my mind went Bazooka! Of course I can make this as she did it, but just think of the FUN ideas you … More BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD thanks to Rachel Ray (and my tweaks)…