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 →

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 →

I will have some cherry tomatoes soon thanks to AeroGarden.  They are doing much better than the strawberries.  Only have two strawberry plants left… wahhhh…I think I may have killed them.  But the tomatoes area thriving.  Thanks, Dad, for your inspiration.  I loved that you always brought me tomatoes when you came to visit me.  I can still see in my mind how you would go into your garden and check your corn, tomatoes and sweet peas.  You never thought you could grow sweet peas and that was because your young trouble makers were eating them right off the vine.  I still love eating sweetRead More →

I’m on a soup kick because my husband will not eat soup unless its clam chowder or French Onion soup.  At lunch is my chance to try something different.  I’m still using up that leftover turkey but didn’t want to make exactly the same soup. Today I grilled up the vegetables on the indoor grill.  You could grill outdoors or sear in a hot skillet.  Cast iron would work nicely, or maybe sear in a wok. Put about 3 cups turkey broth and as much turkey (substitute chicken) as you desire into a medium size saucepan.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Heat over medium heat. CookRead More →

I’m still on my healthy eating path to reaching several goals; better food menu for healthy eating, losing weight (a few more pounds) and exercising to have more muscle tone.  There it is.  The reason for coming up with this variety of Turkey Soup.  It’s the first time I’ve made it and didn’t use a recipe.   It was invented by thinking of other dishes I’ve made and how to adapt them without rice or noodles. This soup is an Asian version of Turkey Soup.  Normally I would add a ton of noodles and thicken with flour.  This time, I started with Turkey Stock thatRead More →

Tonight for dinner I’m grilling a simple skin on the bone-in chicken breast. I like leaving the skin on and bone in so that the chicken is really moist. We’re at our Ironworks cabin so we almost always grill.  The spice I use is Boswell’s Blends – Fowl-n-Feather Seasoning.  I bought it at one of those home shows in Phoenix AZ and use it all the time.  The ingredients in case you want to try something similar are: salt dehydrated garlic dehydrated onion other spices (the secret ingredients) sugar dehydrated red bell pepper dehydrated parsley Rub the spices into the chicken breast & spray withRead More →