{better than} old bay seasoning


This is my take on the popular spice mix that so many people love with seafood dishes. 1 Tablespoon celery salt 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (fine grind) 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon garam masala seasoning mix 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard…

swiss steak {crock pot recipe}


Swiss steak reminds me of when I was little and my grandparents would come to visit. They’d make up big batches of the stuff and we’d pile it on steaming hot sour cream mashed potatoes. Here’s a way to enjoy this comfort food meal without hardly any fuss. The slow cooker does all the work!…

scenes from the past week


heirloom tomatoes a “dexter” breakfast… french press coffee ham steaks and basted eggs with tabasco sauce blood orange juice alice waits for her share glorious summer flowers a picnic with my daughters and grandgirls in colvill park a lunch at falconer vineyards with my friend nancy… the mall of america… lunch at TC Grill… dinner…

mussels in arrabbiata sauce


Oh my goodness… My cooking regimen has become pretty lazy this last month or so. I’m all about getting in and out of the kitchen quickly, making as small of a mess as possible, and not heating up the whole house for hours on end. This is one of my favorite things to make in…