I was going to buy store bought seafood salad for dinner but they were out. So, I improvised by getting imitation crabmeat and using a small package of lobster meat from my freezer. My husband loves cucumber but doesn’t like celery. By mixing the two together in equal amounts he didn’t notice the cucumber. Turned out delightfully well.

Whenever I say to my husband, “I want to go out for Italian food” he says, “I don’t like Italian.” Well, last night I fed him Italian. He didn’t know it and he loved it. This is my version of a recipe for Cioppino Seafood Pot that is a fish stew that originated in San Francisco, California. It is an Italian-American dish, and is related to regional fish soups and stews of Italian cuisine.  There are many recipes using a variety of seafood and various degrees of tomato base.  You can add other fish such as cod, lobster, bay scallops, etc.  Make it how youRead More →

You all saw Aunt Nettie in her later years when I shared her recipe for Orange Slice Nut Cookies. This recipe is a holiday favorite of old for Home Made Mince Meat. I can’t say that I like mince meat but many people did and still do. My Aunt Nettie in this picture was when she was finishing teaching school and getting ready to begin to teach young children. Such a beautiful young woman. She was raised in Oklahoma during the depression and saw her family go from owning a mining store to being sharecropper on a cotton farm. Times were tough back then butRead More →

I found this beautifully written recipe in one of my Aunt Nettie’s Old cookbooks, Meta Given’s Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking. The copyrights were 1947-1952. The recipe was penned by my aunt who lived to be 99 1/2 years old before she passed. Such a wonderful woman. She taught grade school most of her adult life which may account for her lovely penmanship. She was born on July 1, 1916 so as you imagine she saw many things change during her life. The picture of her was when she was probably in her late 80’s. I’ll be sharing many more of the recipes that she saved.Read More →

I had started to take down all the Christmas decorations. The dining room and kitchen were finished and I had moved onto the family room and fireplace. As I removed all the colorful figurines, stockings and garland, I found myself getting gloomy. So, I put them back up! It’s only 354 days until Christmas and I still have a smile on my face.Read More →

Turkey stuffing for those of us who used to hate stuffing. I started making this dressing many years ago and it’s always been a hit. Can be prepared the day before and then baked with Turkey the next day. For a vegetarian version use Knorrs vegetable cubes prepared in water to replace chicken broth. 18 Servings INGREDIENTS RICE MIXTURE: 1 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup mild onions ; chopped into small pieces 1/2 cup celery ; chopped into small pieces 1 cup Basamati rice 1 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 pinch saffron ; optional 1 teaspoon ground sea salt ; or to taste 1/2 teaspoonRead More →

It’s fairly early this morning and mom Morning Dove is on the nest keeping the eggs warm.  It’s 77 Fahrenheit so there is not a lot of morning chill.  Carefully I crept up to take a picture and she was tolerant for about 2-3 minutes as I snapped a few images with my iPhone 10.  I’m surprised how well it takes pictures.  Finally, she lost her patience with the intruder, me, and flew off so as not to bring too much attention to the nest. Over time she will get used to me and learn to trust my presence.  Hopefully, she will.  The last nestingRead More →

It has been a long time since we have had Morning Doves nest at eye level or even close to eye level. This nest appears as though it is in our oleanders but not. The nest is strategically place atop a horizontal 14 foot ladder normally used for painting. Gus is not going to use that ladder this season until the eggs have hatched and the babies have gained their wings for flight. This is such a joy to me as many years back I had a Morning Dove in a tree in the backyard two years in a row with thriving babies. I’ve postedRead More →