Spicy Fruit Salad and Pineapple Infusion

    During the holidays, I had my girl friends over for lunch. Each of them brought a salad and I made the main entre, a grilled flat iron steak, served room temperature. Even though I didn’t specify what kind of salad to bring, they were all different! My friend Lainie brought a very unusual, winter fruit salad. Spicy and sweet and so refreshing. Since … Continue reading Spicy Fruit Salad and Pineapple Infusion

Tips on getting everything on the table ready together

Hah, an age old dilemma! I learned from Teri Gelter, daughter-in-law Courtney’s mom, to cook items that keep the heat in first, like pasta, potatoes, etc. Wrap them in a couple layers of foil (spray the inside of the foil if the food is in a pan so it doesn’t stick to the food), then wrap the whole thing in a couple bath towels. It … Continue reading Tips on getting everything on the table ready together

Cranberry Celebration Salad

My readers are the best! Recently, when I asked readers for help finding and developing cranberry celebration salad recipe for a reader similar to one sold at Kroger Super Market. Many grocery stores sell a similar cranberry salad in their prepared food sections. I was amazed that so many of you responded. But I wasn’t surprised at all by how good the cranberry celebration salad recipes … Continue reading Cranberry Celebration Salad

Do Ahead Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

OK it’s time to get serious about the approaching holidays and the kind of food we’re going to fix for family and friends. That’s why I’m sharing 2 favorites: Do ahead gravy and do ahead mashed potatoes. No kidding, these turn out great and a boon to the busy cook who has to pull the whole dinner together. One  more thing – I saw this … Continue reading Do Ahead Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Best Barbecued Baked Beans for Labor Day

LABOR DAY BARBECUED BAKED BEANS 2 cans pork and beans, 16 oz ea. 1 can regular beans, your choice, drained 1 cup favorite barbeque sauce or more to taste 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 medium onion, chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped but not peeled 4 strips bacon, sauteed and cut up   Mix everything together. Pour into two quart sprayed casserole. Bake … Continue reading Best Barbecued Baked Beans for Labor Day

Angelica, Savory, Lemon Balm and Lovage: Little known Bible herbs

Have you ever used angelica, savory, lemon balm or lovage? If so, you’re following an age old tradition of using herbs that were used thousands of years ago. Here are some of those herbs:  LOVAGE In days gone by, some larger monasteries had a garden for the person in charge of ale/beer making.  Lovage was one of the herbs for liqueurs. Lovage was a common herb used … Continue reading Angelica, Savory, Lemon Balm and Lovage: Little known Bible herbs