Friday, June 7, 2024

Rainbow Salad

This is perfect for summer, a healthy breakfast or anytime. 

You can use what fruits you have available too.

1/2 c. each: sliced fresh strawberries, pitted fresh cherries, fresh blueberries, fresh blackberries, green grapes, chopped melon, pineapple chunks, tangerines,

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Cut lemon in half, set aside.

Rinse, pit, cut cherries in half, set aside.

Rinse grapes and cut in half.

Rinse berries through a colander, slice strawberries, set aside.

Peel, section tangerines, place in a clean bowl.

Add pineapple and berries to bowl. 

Add melon, grapes, cherries to the bowl.

Squeeze half of lemon over fruit and toss fruit with a clean spoon.

Place bowl in fridge until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Brandied Pork Chops

This is perfect on the grill or anytime.

I used lean bone in pork chops, but you can use boneless pork chops as well.

1 lb. pork chops 

1 - 2 T. oil (olive or canola)
1/4 c. brandy
Juice & zest of 1 orange
1/4 tsp. each black pepper salt

pinch red pepper flakes

Zest orange into a small clean cup, set aside.

Cut orange in half, set aside. 

In a clean shallow dish, place pork. 

Sprinkle both side of pork chops with salt, red pepper flakes, orange zest and pepper. 

Pour brandy and squeeze orange over both sides of pork chops. 

Cover dish with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to marinate for a few hours.

Remove pork chops from refrigerator

 Heat grill pan to medium high heat.

 Reduce heat to medium and add oil.

 Add pork chops. 

Cook chops on one side for 8 - 10 min or until done.  

Flip chops over, repeat cooking process for 8 - 10 min or until done. 

Let pork chops rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serves 4.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Prayers For Iowa

 Once again, humanity’s reminded that when disasters strike, it affects us all.

No words right now. 

Got a chance to visit Iowa a few years ago.

Prayers, thoughts, peace, love for the residents of Iowa as they continue to clean up from tornados that struck the state this week.

The tornado devastated communities, families, 200 homes were destroyed. 

On this website there are links to organizations that
 are helping in the relief efforts.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Saturday, May 18, 2024

Candied Pecans

This is perfect as a snack or anytime.

1 lb. pecan halves

1/4 c. oil

Nonstick cooking spray

1/8 c. brown sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 


Preheat oven to 375’ F.

Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a clean bowl combine ingredients, toss with a clean wooden spoon to coat nuts.

Spread nuts evenly on baking sheet and place in oven to bake for 20 - 30 min.

Keep an eye on them so they won’t burn.

Remove from oven when finished cooking and let cool.

Serves 4.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Mexican Dip

 This is perfect as a dip with tortilla chip or anytime.

1 c. each:  sour cream, prepared salsa

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper

1 clove garlic, peeled crushed & chopped

Peel, crush, chop garlic.

In a clean bowl combine ingredients. 

Stir with a clean fork, cover with plastic wrap & place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Galaxy Salad

Happy Star Wars Day all! 

This salad is perfect for streaming the movies or for spring.

2 - 3 c. lettuce

1/2 c. each: chopped tomatoes, snow peas,  cucumber chopped, 

1/4 c. each: shallots chopped, feta cheese, candied pecans

Rinse lettuce in a strainer.

Rinse and chop tomatoes.

Peel, rinse, chop shallots.

Rinse, remove ends from, chop cucumber and snow peas.

Combine vegetables in a clean salad bowl. 

Top salad with feta cheese and candied pecans.

Serves 4. 

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Draft Week Barbecue Sauce

The NFL draft was in town this week. 

This will be the MVP of your get together or next cookout.

1/2 c. ketchup

1 - 2 T.  red wine vinegar

1 T. brown sugar

1 tsp. each: Worcestershire sauce, mustard

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, granulated garlic, paprika, minced dried onions

2 drops hot sauce

pinch red pepper flakes

In a clean mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix with a clean fork..

Cover bowl in plastic wrap in place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Serves 4.