Shrimp Scampi with Garlicky Spaghetti and Wilted Spinach

Sometimes you have to be a bit lenient with recipes. Like use them as a guide, not set in stone. Shrimp scampi is one of those. A little more of one ingredient, a little less of another. It’s all about going to taste. That’s why the recipe I’m sharing gives you leeway. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take away. I tossed … Continue reading Shrimp Scampi with Garlicky Spaghetti and Wilted Spinach

Asian Ramen Cole Slaw Still Popular Picnic Fare

Memorial Day this year will certainly be a lot more fun than last year. You remember it, don’t you?  Still sheltering in place, not having our usual gatherings inside or out.  Well, I’m hoping where you are mask requirements are relaxed enough to enjoy family and friends on this most meaningful day. Now when I was a kid, we called it “Decoration Day.” Even though … Continue reading Asian Ramen Cole Slaw Still Popular Picnic Fare

Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

“Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot 9 days old.”  My garden peas have pushed through the soil, still tiny but looking strong. For some reason, that childhood rhyme came to mind, so indulge me!  Peas are really a lovely seasonal vegetable, so when they’re abundant, peas are in my meal rotation a lot.  These legumes are good for you, too. … Continue reading Spring Stir Fry: DIY Universal Stir Fry Sauce

Boone County Arboretum Annual Tea Recipes

Oh gosh, I had so much fun doing my first Zoom presentation for the Boone County Arboretum’s Annual Tea with Josh, Nicole, Stephanie, Donna, and Kris last night. Log onto to their site to see just how lovely and productive this community arboretum is. There may be time for you to bid at the silent auction, too. My talk was about the 4 seasons and … Continue reading Boone County Arboretum Annual Tea Recipes

Peppermint Bark Success, Bev’s Cinnamon Bread and Holiday Ham Tips for best Spiral Ham

I’ve often said the reason I continue to write this column every week is because of you, my readers. We have a real connection. Some examples: the other day at the recycling center, Dana, in customer service, mentioned how she enjoys this column. Truth be told, I was surprised she recognized me behind the mask! Ditto with Beverly G., an Eastgate reader, who rang my … Continue reading Peppermint Bark Success, Bev’s Cinnamon Bread and Holiday Ham Tips for best Spiral Ham

BBQ Baby Back/Loin Pork Ribs

There’s a “gift without ribbons” growing abundantly, and might I say, aggressively, in my herb garden. Check the photo out — it’s a pumpkin vine! No one’s sure how it got there. Anyway, it has taken over the medicinal and culinary areas of my herb garden, and is now vining out over the garden wall and into the Bible herbs area. So far it hasn’t … Continue reading BBQ Baby Back/Loin Pork Ribs

Totable Orzo Salad with Herbs and Veggies

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show, Matt Swaim and I chatted about not wasting ingredients or food that may be slightly past its prime. We talked about using storage onions that sprout (yes, the sprout can be used for green onions), garlic that sprouts (I’ll still use the garlic but some cooks won’t – you can pot up the sprouted garlic and it will grow … Continue reading Totable Orzo Salad with Herbs and Veggies

Bouncing Around with Cherry Bounce

Our neighbor, Joan, told me she has wild cherry firewood for us from a tree she had cut down. We’ll sure enjoy the fragrant fires this winter. When we were kids, there was a huge wild black cherry tree in our postage stamp size of a yard. Every summer the tree produced shiny, black, tiny berries. We’d feast, spitting out inedible pits.  It got me … Continue reading Bouncing Around with Cherry Bounce

Greek Beef Kebabs and Grilled Pineapple for Father’s Day

Greek Beef Kebabs Every year I have the same goal: to plant fewer vegetables so I don’t get overwhelmed during harvest. Obviously, by the photo here of grandsons Will and Jack putting in tomato stakes, that goal won’t be reached this year either. Along with over a dozen tomatoes, we’re planting several kinds of peppers, a trellis of cucumbers, 2 kinds of squash and my … Continue reading Greek Beef Kebabs and Grilled Pineapple for Father’s Day

Cilantro and Tex Mex Lasagna

Today the subject was coriander/cilantro during my weekly chat with Matt Swaimon the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. I also shared a yummy recipe using this lovely and citrusy tasting herb. CORIANDER/CILANTRO Coriander is referenced several times in the Old Testament. Exodus 16:31 ….”And the food became known as manna – meaning  “What is it? It was white like coriander seed and flat and … Continue reading Cilantro and Tex Mex Lasagna