This year Christy and I are going to have a cranberry duel! She made the one above. We will throw cranberries at each other all afternoon until someone is declared the winner……(it’s gonna get messy because we are having 6 kids under age 7!). It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year. CHRISTY’S CRANBERRIES 1 … More CRANBERRY CITY!!!
I think Thanksgiving is my favorite. Maybe because I’m a cook! We usually have 20-30 people, and I have reluctantly sacrificed having it at my house to my son Adam’s house, which is everything Thanksgiving should represent. Both my grown sons bought 50 year old homes at auction, gutted them, and made them in to … More GREEN BEANS 3 WAYS…. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
I gave a baby shower yesterday for one of my favorite people, Beckie. What a labor of love! Before I got so old, I used to give a LOT of showers and parties. Although I have slowed down, I still just love the planning, the cooking, and (some of) the decorating. The decorating part is … More Beckie’s Baby Shower and Praline French Casserole!
My Sweet neighbor, Beckie, brought me 7 beautiful home grown tomatoes. We love tomatoes, but what do 2 people do with 7? (they are very ripe). Well, it was Cardinals Football day, and I always have people over, cooking my brains out as usual, and love to do an appetizer! So here’s what I did, … More EASIEST TOMATO APPETIZER EVER…
Last year our kids gave us the most memorable 50th anniversary party ever! We told everyone to dress like it was 1967–NOT Rock and Roll, but “Mad Men” elegant cocktail party style. Fake cigarettes were everywhere. What a night! Our 3 kids are all great cooks, and they re-created some of my favorites from the … More TALK ABOUT RETRO….CHICKEN CACCIATORE AND A 50TH ANNIVERSARY!
One of the best things about living in Arizona is that it is a place where there are literally two different worlds. The desert–which is hot. And the mountains, which are cool. We spend time in the White Mountains–Show Low, Taylor, Greer–which is full of Pine trees. And the desert in the winter, which is … More BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP–and other surprises!
I love to make my own Salad Dressings! They are so easy, so much cheaper, and so much more delicious than store bought. If you go in my Table of Contents (on the Greatest Party Ever), you will find 3 really great ones. But here are 3 more. The first is, of course, from my … More Salad Dressings: 3 Good Homemade Ones!
I’ve told you before about my Mother, Geri Jones. When I had a small catering business, I would work for weeks on menus and cooked many dishes ahead for large parties (My limit was up to 50 people). Without exception, my Mom would make some simple side dish to “fill in” and then it would … More Retro Vegetable Soup from Geri..my Mom… around 1952…3 ingredients!!
I almost didn’t post this recipe because I figured anyone knows how to do a simple stir fry. And then I remembered Martin Yan, and “Yan Can Cook”. At least 20 years ago he had one of the first cooking shows on PBS (before Food Network). I loved his cooking, and he had such … More A Simple Stir Fry…Remember Yan Can Cook?
This is going to be a strange post, because it’s almost an advertisement for a business that I have absolutely nothing to do with. A couple of years ago Steven called and said Lou Malnati’s was coming to town. So What? I said. Who’s that? But I always listen to the Italian side of my … More It’s all about LOU! Lou Malnati, that is….