Before you read this I want to ask you a question. What is a Gratin? (Graa-Tann) I am not one bit ashamed to tell you that even after all the years of cooking, teaching cooking, catering and generally living my life for food and the preparation, I have been wrong. I always thought it meant … More ITS APPLE TIME…..NOW WHAT DO WE MAKE?
I recently had a gang over for Mexican food, and I made Fajitas. Its a fun dinner for a group, but requires LOTS of prep work. Another problem: What do you serve as a side dish? True, you may not really need one. But I just can’t seem to get past those old rules. I … More Calabisitas….(Kal-ah-bah-see-tas) Got some squash, corn, and cream?
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
CHEESY POTATOES, AKA PARMESAN POTATOES…….A DELICIOUS VERSION OF SCALLOPED POTATOES For about 15 years we have taken our family vacation to beautiful Carlsbad, California at a place called Pacific Palisades. What used to be 14 of us has now expanded to 16 with a couple of very welcome additions. We have traditional places where we … More Cheesy Potatoes…Restaurant Hack from Blue Water Grill
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!
During the election, (and with football season in full swing), it seems like every day I see a different party dip. Most of the dips contain chicken, cheese, cream cheese and other binders.. And of course, for protein, there is crab, shrimp, dried beef, ham…..which makes me think you could do what I did: Take … More Election Night Dip…. Hot chicken, cream cheese, mmmmmm
If you are familiar with my blog, You know that the Salad section is the least populated in the table of contents. But Jackie came over for dinner last night with the Swinging’ Singles. (That’s our widowed 3 neighbors, Scott, Shelley and Jackie, who are in their 70’s and 80’s who are more fun than … More LIKE SALAD? HERE’S A GOOD ONE! “FIESTA SALAD”
Tzatziki Sauce is a Greek sauce basically made with cucumbers, spices and various creamy ingredients. Nick’s Golden Cuisine sauce is a Greek sauce from a restaurant famous in Arizona in the 70’s and 80’s made from cucumbers, spices, and various creamy ingredients. Labne is a dip that my daughter, Christian, has been making at our … More Tzatziki sauce, Nick’s Golden Cuisine Sauce or Labne….???
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