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
Please refer to my Instagram askmehowiknowcb to see the 60 second video of this easy appetizer. In Arizona every grocery store carries baby potatoes in little packages that you can microwave for 5 minutes. If you can’t get those just get baby red potatoes and microwave them covered with plastic and about an inch of … More SMASHED POTATOES: an appetizer for Dummies (and me)
HOMEMADE RICOTTA CHEESE Don’t be afraid to try this. As long as you don’t let it boil over, and you use a good loose weave cotton dishtowel (or several layers of cheesecloth), you’ll be ok and you can amaze your friends! I mean, who makes their own cheese these days except Dr. Mike? And … More HOMEMADE RICOTTA CHEESE.. Do it!
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
A lot of people think Arizona is all desert. If you have never been to this spectacular State, you need to look into the White Mountains. You’ve probably heard of Flagstaff, which is another gorgeous area with a Ski Resort, Northern Arizona University, and the San Francisco Peaks. But I’m guessing if you live in … More SWEET CORN SEASON! A new method for Corn Chowder and Corn Soups
It all started when my wonderful neighbor, Shelley, and I had a long talk about how she hates to cook (or just doesn’t know how), and how she couldn’t believe how much I cook! To her it was too complicated, too much trouble, too difficult and she simply could not believe that she could EVER … More SHEET PAN MEALS…a Passing Trend?
The Ask Me How I Know family has had a tough month. Two surgeries, one planned, one a surprise. Thank God all came out well, but I think when anything happens health wise, you start thinking and cooking healthy…….sure, it only lasts a few weeks, but you can pull out some GREAT things in your … More Broccoli-Cauliflower, (raw)….Can you make this taste good? I can!!!
For the last 13 years our whole family has gone in July to the beach In California to our Timeshare in Carlsbad, California: Grand Pacific Palisades. This is our 13th year, and the memories of taking turns watching a 2 year old on the Jungle Gym, fast forward to today, All but one has a … More KALE SALAD…Whaaaaat? (never thought I’d say those words in this Blog!)
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)…