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 seems that I always buy too many potatoes.  I love them and think that I can go through the 5 pound bag before they start to wrinkle up and get those little root like growths.  It always starts out with a few really good twice baked potatoes, a batch of potato soup, potatoes grilled with onion on the BBQ or a pan of parsley fried potatoes. Put several weeks later I go to get a couple of my treasured potatoes to mix up with another meal and they’ve lost their charm. So, I thought… why not bake up half a bag of those lovelyRead More →

This flavorful rice dish is one of my standards to serve with chicken, seafood or pork. Friends will often ask me to cook up a batch of the Greek Rice to serve with dinner. It’s really easy to make and has a nice nutty flavor with the browned Orzo pasta added in. Left overs can be used for a refried rice by reheating in a little dab of hot oil then mix in some scrambled egg, fresh chopped green onion and chopped meat such as grilled chicken. Ingredients 3 cups Chicken broth (substitute Knorr’s Vegetable bouillon for vegetarian) 1 1/2 teaspoon Cavendars Greek Spice 1 cupRead More →

Food.  I do love food.  Cooking, smelling the aroma as flavors blend, tasting as it cooks and then enjoying the finished dish. It’s been awhile since you’ve seen a new recipe from me so I’m sharing one of my favorite holiday side dishes.  Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds and Mushrooms. It’s not the typical holiday green beans with mushroom soup and crunchy onions as that’s never been one that I could really dig into.  This one keeps the flavor and taste of the vegetable at the top of the palate and enhanced with sautéed mushrooms and nutty almonds.  Cook them al dente so that the flavors still compliment each otherRead More →

A favorite at many restaurants, the twice baked potato is easier that it appears to make.  You just need to allow the right amount of time for them to be perfect.  Made for Memorial Day Weekend for a good-sized group of friends.  If you have vegetarian friends, just set aside enough potato mix before adding the bacon and everyone will be happy. Ingredients 8  Large russet potatoes 8  strips cooked bacon  cut into slivers with scissors 16  ounces sour cream 1  cube butter Salt and pepper to taste 1  cup shredded Mexican three blend cheese Notice the two vegetarian potatoes in the center that do not haveRead 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. 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 teaspoon Cavendars Greek Spice; or substitute poultry seasoning Read More →