Guacamole

Whenever I’m in the produce section at the grocery store, I check out the avocados. It’s not often, unfortunately, that I find them at just the right ripeness. So when I do, I grab them and build my dinner menu around guac. It’s just so tasty! Fun to make, too, if you like mashing things,…

Gazpacho de Julia

  Let me start out right away by telling you that this is not Andalusian Gazpacho, which includes bread in the recipe and is more of a puree. It’s my version of Mexican Gazpacho, with no attempt whatsoever to remain “authentic.” Okay, if you must know the truth, I used to make loads of salsa fresca….

Baked Vidalia

Don’t you just love this time of year? So many yummy veggies in season! I seem to put Vidalias in nearly everything. They’re so sweet, they don’t even need cooking most of the time. In fact, their flavor is so mild that they just disappear in some cooked dishes. So, on the tail ends of their…

Black Bean Veggie Spuds

It was Monday. We got home that Sunday night from a trip – well, when I say “Sunday night” I mean really early Monday morning. I think I fell asleep around 01:30, & got up at 06:00. Did I feel like cooking dinner? Not really. Did I feel like I needed to eat healthy? Oh,…

Easy Cucumber Salad

This has been a favorite in my family for as long as I can remember. My mom used to make it with red onions, but I prefer Vidalias. Either way, it’s fast, easy, & scrumptious! It’s best with young cukes with underdeveloped seed cavities, or with seedless cukes, but any will do. If the only…

Fiesta Slaw

I love this stuff! If you have a mandoline that will handle julienning bell peppers (mine doesn’t), it won’t even take you long to make. It makes a decent lunch the next day, if you actually have any left over. We never do! You’ll find a printer-friendly version of the recipe at the bottom of this…

Fresh Winter Salsa

Sometimes you just need a fresh salsa, even though it’s not fresh tomato season. Let’s face it, grocery store tomatoes can’t hold a candle to farmstand (or better yet, home-grown) tomatoes. I find that cherry tomatoes come closest to real tomato flavor in the winter, so I use them for my off-season salsa or guacamole.