Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken with Spinach & Orzo

Quick and amazingly delicious, try this spin on one of Tieghan Gerard’s skillet meals One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo. Please visit the link to Tieghan’s recipe to read her post and to ogle her beautiful photographs. Read about her here in...

Best Spaghetti and Awesome Meatballs

I can’t imagine anything that appeals to all age groups more than a good bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. Pasta, the ultimate comfort food, paired with tender, garlicky meatballs, crunchy bread, and a glass of a nice red is heavenly fare.  If there are any...

Chuck Roast with Peppers, Tomatoes and Cheese Grits

OMG – I simply LOVE dishes like this one.  Steamy and hardy, tender chunks of beef are stewed with slices of red bell pepper, tomatoes, onions and garlic served over a heaping helping of cheese grits – my mouth is watering. What is it about corn, like...

Retro Pork Chops, Spanish Rice with Peas and Potatoes

Pork Chops, Spanish Rice with Peas & Potatoes was on of our family favorites, and one of my mother's no fail go to dinners. Quick and inexpensive, the rice is a nice twist on traditional Spanish rice. The rice, peas and potatoes can be prepared on it's own and served as a side dish.

Macrina Bakery Lemon Sour Cherry Coffee Cake

Macrina Bakery’s Lemon Sour Cherry Coffee Cake is one of the best cake recipes in my arsenal. The Macrina Bakery is in Seattle. I’ve not been there, but it is a well-loved bakery in the area. You know, like the Magnolia Bakery in New York. I’ve never...

Not Just Another Chocolate Chip Cookie

I love cookies.  They’re the perfect nibble.  I know all of us have our favorite go to chocolate chip cookie recipe.  For the longest time, I’ve made traditional Toll House cookies, you know, the famous recipe on the back of the bag of chocolate chips....

Almond Orange Cookies – Orange Sable Cookies

  I love these cookies!  They’re crunchy, crumbly, made with ground almonds and orange zest. I found this recipe in a 2001 edition of Martha Stewart’s Holiday Cookies:  100 Favorite Recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate and caramel and...

BAM! Best Veggie Chili

You won’t miss the meat – truly.  Trust your Mimi. Don’t be skeptical.  Walk on the Wild Side with a heaping bowl of this fabulous and flavorful chili.  Take a look.  How can you resist??  I can’t. UH OH! – what is that nestled among all...

3 Recipes for Shrimp Scampi

Richard and I ate this for dinner last night.  It’s not the first time I’ve prepared scampi, but it is so flavorful, heightened by fresh garlic, lemon, olive oil and butter.  If you’re a garlic fan, this is the dish for you!  We’re huge garlic...

Perfect Macaroni Salad

My husband and I love macaroni salad.  I frequently buy it from the deli counter, because I really like the creamy, tangy consistency paired with firm noodles, sweet pickle relish, a hint of diced onion. Over the years, I’ve made several batches, but none came...

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Lakeside Ohio and the Marblehead Lighthouse

I’m very fortunate to have a college roommate who owned a cottage on Lake Erie in Lakeside, Ohio. Two summers ago, my daughter, her family and I decided to rent Cynthia’s cottage for a week and a lovely getaway. We enjoyed it so much that we returned in...

Westward Ho! Devils Tower National Monument

Richard and I love traveling in the western United States. There’s just something about the huge landscapes, wide open vistas, and big, very big, blue skies. Literally, you can see for miles and miles. It’s not our first trip. In fact, we’ve made the...

Spring Break in Chicago

Navy Pier was designed by architect Charles Sumner Frost and opened to the public in 1916 as “Municipal Pier”. It was the only pier to combine a shipping dock with public entertainment. This 3,000 foot pier sits just north of the mouth of the Chicago River. What to do...

Florida January Getaway – Rest and Relaxation

Ah, yes. This is one reason we all want to visit Florida especially in January – breathtaking sunsets. For five days there was no snow or ice, no heavy rain, no dark dreary skyscapes when the horizon seems 100 feet above my head. This was taken at the Dunedin...

Westward Ho! Blue Plate Diner – Salt Lake City

The acclaimed Blue Plate Diner is nestled among quaint residential/commercial buildings in the Sugar House district of Salt Lake City.  Sugar House is a very popular neighborhood.  I’d liken it to Broad Ripple, but with an updated business district. The diner is...

Westward HO! Salt Lake City – Red Iguana

Salt Lake City Tour Salt Lake City is one of my favorite places.  While we were out for a late breakfast, I asked Richard why I liked Salt Lake so much?  “It’s young.  It’s clean.  There’s a lot of energy,” he replied. And that’s...

Our Trip to Zion National Park

Richard and I love the American West. The landscape is breathtaking and unforgettable. Within easy travel from Las Vegas is Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Zion and Bryce National Parks, and the Grand Canyon. Also in this little corner of Utah is a...

Spring Visit to Yellowstone

We are very fortunate to live only two hours away from the oldest national park in the United States.  Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872.  Richard and I have been married for 15 years, and our goal is to visit the park twice a year, in the summer and...

A Visit to the Pryor Mountains

I’ve lived in Montana for ten years.  Richard and I have traveled some throughout the state, but the majority of our adventures surround Yellowstone National Park, which we love and is only two hours away.  But within easy reach, about 40 minutes from Billings,...

Paradocx Wine & Truffle Paring

For the first time in over 20 years, my sister, Carol, and I were able to spend an uninterrupted week together.  Ever since she and I began our families, all of our visits surrounded holidays, family events, and vacations at our parents home in Northwest Indiana, her...