Jingle Bell Salad

This fun little side salad is great for holidays or any special occasion. It’s often found its way to my Christmas dinner table, but would be equally welcome at Thanksgiving, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, or any other time you want to have a little fun with your food for very little effort. Almost all of…

Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp

I came across this recipe years ago (though I don’t recall where) when I was looking for something to use up a lot of rosemary from my garden. Some years, I don’t get much rosemary. It either gets sick or just doesn’t grow very big. Other years, though, there’s more than I can possibly use….

Deviled Eggs

Whether you’re looking forward to picnic season, squeezing in one more picnic before the season is over, have leftover Hard-Cooked Eggs from Easter, or just plain want a treat, Deviled Eggs are fun to make and even better to eat. It seems like every family has its own version of deviled eggs, and they’re all wildly…

Homemade Hummus

Hummus is one of my favorite foods of all time. I can vividly recall the first time I ever had it. Yes, there was a dark time in the US of A when “international foods” involved a bottle of Kraft salad dressing or a can of Campbell’s soup and a couple of pinches of something…

Refried Beans (for Birthday Nachos)

​ Regarding birthdays: “I expect chocolate for breakfast. If you don’t feel sick by mid-morning, you’re not doing it right.” — The Doctor My kids’ birthdays are coming up, which got me thinking about birthday dinners. It’s a long-standing tradition in my family that you get to choose the dinner menu on your birthday. Nearly…

Chex Mix

I just love Chex Mix. It’s been a holiday tradition for as long as I can remember, and always reminds me of my father. Dad was in charge of few things in the kitchen: Grilling, Sandwiches, Cleanup, & Chex Mix. I never asked how it came to be associated with the holidays. Maybe because it does take…

Sweet & Spicy Pickled Peppers

A little while ago, I reblogged the Sweet & Spicy Pickled Peppers from Simply Made Kitchen and Crafts. It looked just perfect the way it was, so I felt no need to tweak it. I did, however, feel a need to make it!  I have so many jalapeños in my garden, and I can’t have Chorizo-Stuffed Jalapeños every night,…

Chorizo-Stuffed Jalapeños

My garden is bursting with jalapeños. I didn’t realize just how many until I cleaned out the spent cherry tomato vines. There were loads of jalapeños hiding under there! Many of them had ripened to a beautiful red. They’re really fiery, hotter than their less ripe green neighbors. I think the flavor is better & a little smoother…