Decadence!

Insalata Caprese

  “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” ~Anna Akhmatova This is our family’s favorite Italian salad. A beautiful, simple, healthy summer dish or first course for a more elaborate Italian meal. Insalata Caprese 6 ripe Roma tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick 1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese sliced 1/4…

german potato salad

This is a great potato salad recipe to make when you want something a little different than the traditional ‘picnic’ potato salad, and when you don’t have the time to make a side salad that needs to cool for several hours before serving. I made this a couple nights ago and was reminded how good…

Snicker Bar Ice Cream Topping

We made this last night for dessert. It was such a treat, and so easy to make! Simply melt 5 Snicker bars along with 1 cup of heavy cream or ice cream in the top of a double boiler. Allow to cool for a few minutes and layer with vanilla ice cream in sundae cups.…

Moroccan Preserved Lemons

“Cutting the lemon the knife leaves a little cathedral: alcoves unguessed by the eye that open acidulous glass to the light; topazes riding the droplets, altars, aromatic facades.” ~Pablo Neruda Yesterday when we got home from the pool we were in the mood for something with lemons. I had made a new batch of my…

rhubarb ketchup

Sonny – “Frankenstein, what do you want?” Julian – “30 packets of ketchup.” From the movie Big Daddy starring Adam Sandler My friend Sandy is so sweet! She sent me this YUMMY recipe for rhubarb ketchup. I know what you might be thinking….Rhubarb KETCHUP? Well, that’s what Jeff said…and then he tried it. He’s now…

milk maid’s berry cake

“Where are you going to, my pretty maid?” …. “I’m going a-milking, Sir,” she said.  ~Nursery Rhyme Sometimes I use blackberries in this recipe because we have an abundance of them growing on our three huge blackberry bushes in our back yard.  You could use any berries you wish. Raspberries, blueberries or strawberries would all…

Hawaiian Cold Ginger Chicken

My brother-in-law, Mike, was stationed on Oahu for four years when he was in the Air Force. He has told Jeff and I stories about mountain biking through passion fruit groves and almost swooning from the intoxicating aroma of the fruit mixed with all of the other amazing scents you encounter when you’re on a…

Bebop-a-Reebop Rhubarb Pie

“Other original “sponsors” have included Bebop-a-reebop Rhubarb Pie and Bebop-a-reebop Frozen Rhubarb Pie Filling (‘One little thing can revive a guy, And that is some homemade rhubarb pie; Serve it up, nice and hot; Maybe things aren’t as bad as you thought.’)” ~Garrison Keillor A Prairie Home Companion After walking up to the car show…

dolly parton’s five layer dinner

“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.” ~Dolly Parton I’m just waiting for the Dolly Parton jokes to start rolling in 😉 This is a celebrity recipe, which means Dolly herself may or may not have actually made this…

Teacup Cake

“From the gate to the porch went a wide walk, paved with smooth slabs of dark stone, and bordered with the tall bushes which met overhead, making a green roof. All sorts of neglected flowers and wild weeds grew between their stems, covering the walls of this summer parlor with the prettiest tapestry. A board,…