Chopped Vegetable Salad for the Summer Preparing nutritious meals is made easier with access to an organic kitchen garden. Craving a Southwestern salad I saw, I made a trip to the grocery store and loaded up on organic vegetables. My home garden already had yielded many ripe Roma tomatoes and some corn. Growing corn in the garden has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done because it’s the first time I’ve planted it. Not only that, I actually planted the seeds, and the corn grew. When checking the height of the stalks and looking inside them to see real cobs of corn, IRead More →

 Apricots, Berries, and Dessert   Back on July 4th holiday weekend, I visited with a neighbor over a cup of coffee and a mini croissant, treats offered by my neighbor. She showed me her apricot tree full with ripe fruit ready for the picking. She filled a large bowl with the apricots and said I could have as many as I wanted. I took half of the amount home and made my first apricot cobbler. I had made peach cobblers before but never an apricot cobbler. Since the holiday weekend, my neighbor made apricot jam and brought me a jar of it. I made anotherRead More →

EGG RECIPES How many egg recipes do you think you can come up with? When I think I can’t come up with another one, I discover yet one more recipe that calls for an egg. A foodie blogger friend, Patti over at PattyCakesPantry.com, and I went on an egg recipe binge. We had fun trying out different meals that included hard boiled eggs. Our husbands tolerated our meal experiments but didn’t think that it was so much fun as we did (though they did eat our creative egg dishes). Patti and I scheduled tasting meals and snacks, voting on our favorites. The favorites were publishedRead More →

I love candles and how their aroma fills a house. Apricot, mango, peach and vanilla are among my favorites. This morning I enjoyed the best home fragrance, better than any candle aromas. Baked apricot cobbler. Delicious! Apricots bring back fond memories of visiting my paternal grandmother (we called her Momo – sounds like Mom – O or Mom – Aw). Momo liked apricots. She had an apricot tree and liked to make one of her specialty cakes with apricot baby food. The apricot cake was moist and tasted scrumptious. The scent of this morning’s cobbler filled the house and made me think of the apricotRead More →

Chia seeds have become a popular nutritional staple in today’s kitchen. They can even be a substitute for an egg. How can a person grow up without ever knowing about these tiny seeds? Since hearing so much about chia seeds’ health benefits and drinking them in a beverage at a Mexican market, I was inspired and purchased a large bag of them. I forgot that I had them until reading Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies over at the Joy Love Food blog. Joy’s recipe got me all inspired, and I remembered my chia seeds. Got a minute to read about my experiment? I have a habitRead More →

Happy 239th Birthday, United States of America! How do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence celebrated when they had all signed and were free from Great Britain? I was curious about what foods they ate when they celebrated and did an online research. One website revealed that booze played a large part of Revolutionary heroes and that Thomas Jefferson had an enormous wine tab when he left the White House. The life and culinary interests of Thomas Jefferson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, is particularly fascinating to me. Jefferson was very generous in hospitality. When he was President ofRead More →

Planning a July 4th picnic? Chips and dips always go along with a picnic at the park with hot dogs and hamburgers. Surprise everyone with a fiery July 4th Sriracha hummus dip. No preparation required.  I bought a bag of Tostitos Roasted Garlic& Black Bean chips, the 9 Grain Blend healthy kind. Grabbing the hummus out of the frig, I got the idea of squirting a blob of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce in the hummus and dipping a chip in it. Oh yeah, it’s got a bite to it. Really good! Really spicy! After dipping several chips in the zesty dip, I was hooked on this new Sriracha hummus.Read More →

When three-digit summer days make me feel too hot to eat, that is one hot day and a miserable me. I don’t like to be hot. The last few days have been that kind of hot, so a cool pudding craving came over me one day. Looking in my stash of pudding boxes, I found a sugar-free vanilla one. Sounded good to me. Mixing it with two cups of 2% milk and at least three serving spoonfuls of Cool Whip, I was ready to sit down and enjoy a cool summer day dessert. NOTE: This post contains an affiliate link which means if you click onRead More →

Are there any dads reading this post today? If there are, Happy Father’s Day to you! You must like to cook, want to learn how to cook, or know something about cooking if you’re reading this blog. You know what else? I think it’s a great thing if you’re a dad and you are willing to cook. Some of my favorite meals were cooked by the two greatest fathers in my life, my dad who is now 90 years old and my husband whom I’ve been married to for 36 years. When I was a young school girl, my daddy would cook breakfast for my brothersRead More →

Kitchen garden herbs are a delight to cook with. They make the best marinade for grilling. Season vegetables and salads with them. Blend them with olive oil and Balsam Vinegar to dip bread in. The herbs are growing fast. I walked through the garden the other day, pinching off a good bit of each one to use for marinating chicken and steak for the grill. A thought, more like a picture, flashed through my mind. Herb, olive oil and Balsamic vinegar to dip bread in. Yum! I didn’t have any certain recipe for the herb bread dip, but it didn’t take long to come upRead More →