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

Three Chicken Stocks for Thanksgiving

I just had to post this picture of three different stocks; one is from the store and the other two I have made.  The picture below from left to right:  Swanson Chicken Broth, my Giblet Stock (using neck, gizzard, heart and veggies) and my Chicken Stock (using chicken wings and veggies).  Click on the above … Continue reading

Weight Watcher’s Caramelized Onion Dip

This is a great substitute for Mrs. Grass Onion Soup Mix combined with sour cream.  A lot less salt and fat!  Weight Watcher’s suggests using it as a dip with vegetables; I would prefer some roasted, sliced red potatoes or some baked potato chips.  As a dip for vegetables this just does not work for … Continue reading