Saturday, May 14, 2022

Chicken Tostadas

 This is perfect for a spring supper or anytime. 


2 - 3 c. sliced cooked chicken 
1 lime: juice and zest
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper (to taste)
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
4 T. olive oil
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. tequila (optional)
1 - 2 cloves fresh garlic crushed
 1/4 tsp fresh parsley or cilantro
 8  - 12 corn tortillas
3/4 - 1  c each: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, diced onions
1/3 - 1/2 c sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 can pinto beans

Cut chicken into slices.

Combine: some of the oil, herbs, salt, pepper, chicken, lime juice, tequila, Worcestershire sauce. 

Toss to coat chicken. Marinate for 1 hr. in refrigerator.

Heat saute pan to medium high heat, lower heat to medium and add some of the oil. 

Fry 1 of the tortilla on 1 side for 1 - 3 min. Turn over tortilla and fry for 1- 3 min more or until crisp. 

Repeat process with remaining tortillas. Add more oil if needed. 

Open up can of beans and drain liquid.

Pour beans into bowl. add oil, heat on microwave for 1 to 3 min.or until warm.

 Remove beans from microwave, set aside. 

Heat skillet medium high heat. 

Lower heat to medium, and add chicken. Cook chicken for a few minutes or until heated.

To serve:  spoon some beans onto tortilla. Spoon some chicken onto tortillas. 

Top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy.

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Poached Salmon

This is perfect for a Mothers Day dinner or anytime.

1 lb. salmon fillets

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper

1/2 - 2/3 c. each: white wine, water

1/3 c. chopped leeks, chopped onions

1/4 c. shallots

1 tsp. fresh or dried dill

1 clove, garlic crushed, chopped


Peel, rinse, chop shallots, onions.

Peel, rinse, crush, chop garlic.

Cut ends of, rinse, chop leeks and fresh dill.

Preheat skillet to medium high heat, lower heat to medium low.

Add wine, water, fish, vegetables, salt, pepper, garlic, dill to the skillet and simmer for 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked.

Remove salmon from liquid.

Serves 4.







Thursday, April 28, 2022

Draft Day Pepper Poppers

 This is perfect while watching the draft, game night or anytime.

I’ve used jalapeños, but you can use poblano peppers or mild peppers instead.


8 whole jalapeños 

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, dried parsley

1 package each: shredded cheese, cream cheese

pinch each: red pepper flakes, granulated garlic

Non stick cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350’ F. 

Spray 1 - 2 baking sheets with non stick spray.

Rinse, cut jalapeños in half lengthwise, remove seeds from jalapeños, set aside.

In a bowl combine cream cheese, salt, pepper, garlic, pepper flakes, parsley, stir with a clean fork to mix.

Arrange jalapeño halves on baking sheets.

With a clean spoon, put cream cheese mixture into a clean baggie.

Snip 1 end of baggie and pipe cream cheese into jalapeño halves.

Top jalapeños halves with cheese and place into oven for 10 - 12 min. or until done.

Keep an eye on the peppers to make sure they don’t burn.

Remove baking sheets from oven,  turn off oven and let cool for a few minutes.

Serve with ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce.

 Serves 4.


Saturday, April 16, 2022

Easy Steamed Spinach

This is a perfect as a side dish or anytime.


2 - 3 c. fresh spinach

1 - 2 c. water

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper

1 T. butter


Rinse spinach through a colander and snip ends. 

Run cold water for a few seconds and put water in a clean pot.

Turn on stove to medium high heat, lower heat to medium and put pot with the water on stove.

Add spinach, salt, pepper to pot. 

Place lid on pot and steam spinach for 8 minutes.

Remove lid from pot, turn off stove.  Let spinach set for a few minutes. 

Drain excess water from pan if needed.

Add butter to spinach and stir. 

Serves 4 - 6.



Saturday, April 9, 2022

Game Day Grilled Sausage

This is perfect for watching baseball or anytime. 

I’ve used pre cooked sausages but you can use what sausages you like.


4 stadium kielbasa sausages
1 sliced onion
4 hot buns
1 - 2 T. oil
Mustard, ketchup, relish


Peel, rinse and slice onion.

Heat a grill pan to medium high heat. 

Lower heat to medium, add oil.

Add sausages, onion to grill pan. 

Cook for 5 - 8 min on 1 side.

Turn sausages and onion over and cook on other side for 5 - 8 min more or until done.  

Turn off stove, remove sausages from skillet and place sausages in buns. 

Top sausages with cooked onion and your favorite condiments.

Serves 4. 



Friday, April 1, 2022

Spring Stir Fry

This is perfect for Lent or anytime.


1 - 1  1/2 lb thawed shrimp

1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/4 tsp. sliced fresh ginger 
3 T. olive oil
1 - 2 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 each chopped: bell pepper, onion 
1/3 c. sliced green onions
1 c. each: snow peas, sliced carrots, sliced mushrooms, chopped zucchini 
1/4 - 1/3 c. cold water
1 tsp. corn starch
1 -2 clove garlic, peeled, crushed, chopped


Slice fresh ginger.

Peel, rinse, crush and chop garlic.

Peel, devein, rinse shrimp if needed.

If you're using pre-cooked cooked, omit step.

In a bowl combine shrimp, salt, pepper, garlic,  1 T. soy sauce, 1 T. oil., ginger, garlic.

Toss mixture to coat shrimp 

Cover shrimp, place in refrigerator to marinate for a few hrs.

Peel, rinse, chop onion.

Rinse, seed, chop pepper.

Rinse, cut ends off, chop carrots and green onions.

Rinse, snip ends off snow peas and cut in half.

Rinse, slice mushrooms.

Rinse, chop zucchini.

Place vegetables in a clean bowl.

Preheat skillet to medium high heat.

Lower heat to medium, add oil.

Add shrimp and cook until shrimp turns pink on both sides 3 - 4 min. on both sides.

Remove shrimp and place on a clean plate.

Add vegetables and cook for 5 - 10 min. 

Add shrimp back to pan. 

In a clean cup combine water, cornstarch.

Stir with a fork to mix.

Push vegetables and meat to the side of pan, pour water mixture in center of skillet. 

Stir to coat and let cook for a few minutes more.

Serves 4.




Friday, March 25, 2022

Sass And Spice Mayo

Spring is here and soon it will be time for picnics, parties, Easter, barbecues, getting together outdoors.

This is a great way to add spice to your next gathering, sandwich or salad. 

You can adjust the amount of spice desired.

1 c. light mayo

1/4 - 2 tsp. hot sauce 

In a clean bowl, combine light mayo and hot sauce, mix with a clean fork.

Spoon mayo into a clean jar, screw lid on jar and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Serves 16 (1 T.).