Holiday Drinks

A sassy ,classic way to cheer the holiday season is what I call my Ultimate Pink Drink!

4 servings

4 cups of Ocean Spray cranberry pomegranate cherry juice

1/3 cup of orange juice

1/2 teaspoon of orange zest

4 to 5  jiggers of citrus infused vodka

Combine all ingredients in […]

Asparagus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asparagus is in season. I personally love asparagus. It can be eaten raw, grilled, boiled, steamed or fried. You can serve it plain or with Hollandaise sauce. It can be served for brunch with eggs Benedict, in a salad for lunch and as a side for dinner.

Nutritionally, […]

Easy Mexican Dinner

  Ingredients for Quesadillas   4 – 8″ or 10″ flour tortillas 1 1/3 cups cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese or half sharp cheddar or if you like a little heat, the Monterey Jack with peppers   Heat a non-stick pan on medium with about 2 Tbsp. canola oil Place the tortilla in the pan and […]

Happy New Year!!!

 

 

 

 

Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Honey Mustard

This recipe is easy and tasty. I make this whenever I have pork chops and everyone loves it.

8 pork chops (thinly sliced and trimmed well)

1/2 cup wine vinegar

1 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves

1 teaspoon  honey mustard

seaasoned salt

Canola oil

Heat fry pan and add enough oil to lightly cover bottom. Add pork […]

Table Settings For The Holidays

My sisters and I designed these table settings for holiday entertaining . If you use your imagination, you can design colorful and elegant table settings with some things you already have around your home. The red and white quilt on the table was bought at a flea market, it is a twin bed […]

Broccoli Oriental Slaw

  

My girlfriend gave me this recipe (which I changed). You use Ramen noodles. You know the noodles that are 20 pkgs. for $10 or something like that. Ramen noodles are famous for keeping those college students with  full stomachs.

 

1 (1lb) pkg. broccoli slaw                                                                                                                                                                     

2 pkgs. Ramen Oriental noodle soup (chicken […]

Raspberries

Summer Fruits at Last!

Raspberries and peaches originated in Asia, yet we think of them as being very much a part of summertime in America. In fact, raspberries can be traced back to prehistoric times, starting in Asia and spreading through the world by travelers and animals, and widely cultivated in Europe and North […]

Springtime Vegetables – How about Fava Beans Clarise?

Fava beans are in season now.  The are also called broad beans or pigeon beans and belong to the pea family with cultivation dating back 5000 years. Fava beans are low in fat cholesterol and sodium, a good source of  fiber , protein, phosphorus, copper, mangenese. Also, they are a very good source of folate, potassium, […]

Asparagus Salad Served on the Titanic

This original recipe was served on theTitanic.

The asparagus would have been presented in elongated dishes and served with special asparagus tongs.  On an Escoffier menu, a salad course often followed the roast. In general, salads and vegetable dishes were served separately, not on the same plate as a meat dish.

Asparagus […]

Don’t Throw those Shrimp Shells Away!!

Shrimp shells make the best stock to use in seafoodd dishes and sauces. So when you are peeling your raw shrimp, throw the shells in a pot with enough water to cover them, instead of throwing them in the garbage, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer until about half the water […]

Acorn Squash

Tonight for dinner,  I had a couple of acorn squashes that I had bought about a week ago. My family for the most part, is not overly fond of acorn squash, so I keep trying to make it more interesting. Because afterall, the fall is squash season. Well, I cut them in half lengthwise […]

Caramel Apples

8 small Granny Smith or Rome apples

Hint: To make the caramel stick, you will want soak your apples in hot water with a dash of vinegar and then scrub them with a towel to remove any wax.

8 caramel  apple sticks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1c. heavy cream 1c. sugar 3/4 c. light corn […]

APPLES

 

                                                          Apples!!

 

 

Did you know that Folklore has it that an ancient Greek who wanted to propose to a woman would only have to toss her an apple.  If she caught it, he knew she had accepted the offer

European settlers to America brought with them their favorite fruits which were […]

Not just any Apple Pie

French Apple Pie Pastry for 2-crust pie                                                                                                                                   

Cream Filling

1/3 c. sugar 2 Tbsp.  all purpose flour 1 c. whole milk 3 egg yolks 1 Tbsp. butter, unsalted                    1/2 tsp. vanilla 2 lbs. Granny Smith apples 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. sugar Dash of nutmeg, freshly […]

Butternut Squash Soup

It is getting to be that time of year. When the nights are starting to get cooler and you can smell the wood burning  from the fireplaces in the air. Thoughts turn to comfort food and soup being at the top of the list. This is a favorite.

              1  butternut squash, peeled and […]

Berries, Berries, Berries!!!

 

 

This is the season for those fresh berries. My family goes crazy for blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

BLUEBERRIES

Naturally blue food is not normal. The deeper blue or purple a berry is in color, the higher the antioxidant power. Even though our bodies have their own way of making antioxidants, […]

Outdoor Grilling

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Juicy burgers on the grill. Vegetables cooked until they are crisp. Shish kabaobs over an open flame, that’s summer!  Whether enjoying a meal at home or inviting friends for a spur of the moment cookout, simple maintenance will keep your gas grill at optimal performance levels. Proper maintenance not only […]

Fried Green Tomatoes

This Southern favorite is made using green tomatoes (under-ripe red ones) and frying until golden brown. Serve with barbecued shrimp. Delicious! Judy

1/2 c. all-purpose flour                                                                            

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs

salt and pepper

1 lb. green tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick

1/2 c. Canola oil

1 t. butter

Place the […]

Ham Leftovers

 

   

Well, what to do with that leftover ham from Easter. You know, the one you got free for spending $4,000 at the grocery store.  You are guilty so you baked it for the holiday. Now, after everyone stuffed themselves on appetizers, you have this enormous ham leftover. What to do? Simple, make escalloped […]

Shrimp Ravioli with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

This past Saturday night, I was thinking about what to have for dinner. I was thinking, pasta and shrimp. I had frozen shrimp and I had pasta in the house but that didn’t sound so thrilling. So I started looking around my frig and in my cupboards. I came up with, besides the shrimp, […]

Spreads and Dipping Oils

This is my take on those spreads and dips you get in a restaurant with that great crunchy bread. And always, always, everyone says “I could make a meal out of this with a little salad.” Well, I don’t know if you can make a meal out of the following recipes, but they make […]

Biscuits and Popovers

These are easy recipes you can make with good,  fresh ingredients to take the place of the store-bought refrigerator varieties.

Cheddar, Bacon and Chive Biscuits       6 thick cut bacon slices                                                                                3 3/4 c. bread flour       1 1/2 tsp. baking powder       1 1/2 tsp. baking soda       1 1/4 tsp. […]

Super Bowl Party

I, for one, do not like football. Give me the Yankees any day. But my husband is a fan, a Giants fan and has been for as long as I can remember, over 47 years! Yes , I said 47 years. We will be married 45 years in March. OMG!! I got my Medicare […]

Escarole and White Bean Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This a quick and easy soup and so delicious. As a matter of fact,  this is one of Debbie’s favorites.

Olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, sliced thin                                              

1 onion chopped                                                                                                            

1 15oz. can small white beans

1lb. bunch escarole (this sounds like alot […]

How about a party on a budget!

Fight the doldrums of February. Have a party! You don’t have to spend a lot; some appetizers, beer and wine ( and if they are your friends, ask them to bring their favorite beer or wine) and an inexpensive buffet dinner.

  

Appetizers                                                                         

That old favorite, pigs in the blanket. At Christmas, I served […]

French Onion Soup

Believe it or not but my kids loved French Onion soup from the time they were about 10 years old. Maybe it was just the little oven proof ceramic crocks with the handle that they liked. Here is a delicious recipes sure everyone will like.

  Note: I left out the wine and sherry when I […]

Fettuccine with Chicken Alfredo

I made this dish for a small dinner party of 6. It was delicious!

1 lb. fettuccine pasta 1 1/2 cups butter 1 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast divided in half , then cut into small cubes. 2 (16 ounce) containers of whole milk ricotta cheese 1 pint of heavy cream tps. of salt. […]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Preheat oven 375F 1 1/2 cups canola oil 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups grated carrots 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup raisins, optional ( I prefer without)

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Duck eggs versus Chicken eggs

Most people do not think about eating duck eggs. Very fresh free range duck eggs are very much like free range chicken eggs. They look alike and have pretty much the same flavor. The yolks are deep orange and the flavor is rich. The most common difference between duck eggs and chicken eggs are the […]

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