Bacon, Beer and Pecan Toffee Sundaes

Ice Cream in the winter? Sure if the toppings are bacon bits, toasted pecans and a smooth and delicious bacon infused toffee sauce. Oh, and then there is the stout beer  infused with vanilla beans and a sprinkling of sea salt to finish. This is definitely not part of my New Year’s resolution diet but it was … Continue reading

Shamrock Pesto Puff Pastry

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Do you like puff pastry and pesto? Then you will love this shamrock appetizer. A cute idea inspired by The Food Network Magazine.

Chili Cheese Dogs

What – a hot dog – sure why not! I get regular emails from Joy the Baker, the well-known American baker, and when I saw this recipe I thought I haven’t had one of these in years! I suddenly had a craving for them! When I compared it to my old recipe I decided the … Continue reading

Basil Harvest

I pulled up three big basil plants after the sun warmed up the plants and the dew was gone. These plants had all gone to seed and I wanted to salvage any delicious basil leaves and flowers I could. Yes, the flowers are very tasty too and I often include them in salads as edible … Continue reading

Ina’s Ribs with Barbecue Sauce

I have not made ribs on the grill yet this summer, not sure why, as I do enjoy them – the baby backs that is.  I do not like “fatty” meats and spareribs tend to be that way. Even though I know fat can add more flavor I think my preference comes from my many … Continue reading

Lemon Aioli with Ina’s Roasted Shrimp

Normally I like to serve this delicious roasted shrimp from Ina Garten with a homemade cocktail sauce.  For a change of pace I also made Chef John’s Lemon Aioli with cured lemons.  This is too good with a perfect lemon touch – yum!  

Tomato Bacon Relish for your Burgers

I have been making this relish for some time now  as a topping for my turkey and black bean burgers.  If you like the following ingredients then you will enjoy this on any burger you might make.  I call this my “burger with the works”! Turkey burgers… Black bean burgers…  

Marinara Dipping Sauce

I am posting this recipe at the recent request from a long-time blogging friend.  We were chatting about this type of sauce and she asked if I would post my recipe.   I have not published this one yet so of course I will share it now and the recipe is below.  This one is for you Liz… … Continue reading

Creamy Pesto Dip

This dip comes from Town House Pita Crackers found in the Food Network October issue.  As I have mentioned before I am continuously looking for ways to use the pesto I make fresh.  I also froze some this past summer which is what I used over the holidays.  This sounded really good especially with the … Continue reading