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….
Growing up, I never remember a picnic or family get together as a child that my Mom didn’t bring these baked beans. I haven’t done them in years myself, but they are still a staple at a lot of our family parties. I took them yesterday for a Memorial Day pool party at John and … More Mom’s Baked Beans (About 1950)
For a long time I have been wanting to simply write to you some party ideas. I catered for one 20 years, specializing in wedding rehearsal dinners. Most of my brides and grooms were on a budget, so they hired me to cook Mexican, Italian, American, or buffet because I was cheap. I was so … More How to give a party….
I’m just guessing that most of you do not make homemade crackers. I’ve made lots of them over the years, and this is one of my favorites. They are Soft, almost shortbread-like, and they have a nice hint of bleu cheese. They aren’t crispy like regular crackers, so if you put anything on them it … More Homemade Bleu Cheese crackers…. amaze your friends!
I do these every Easter. Hardly anybody ever eats them, but they are pretty! And I do love beets! Anyway, they are easy. Simply buy a jar of pickled beets and drain the liquid. Boil 6 eggs and peel them. Bring pickling liquid to a simmer, and add the eggs. Put all into a jar … More Purple Eggs…..didn’t your Mother do it?