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Dear Reader, Thank you for visiting my website.  I don’t know about you but as Yogi Berra used to say:  “It’s  Deja vu all over again.:”   It seems like we’re in a hamster wheel trying to move forward and getting nowh...
Halloween is in a few weeks and we surely need a few treats.  For the bakers I want to revisit a wonderful seasonal pie, and a comfort food recipe. If you’re craving the traditional pumpkin pie, this is courtesy of Heidi Dugan....
Dear Reader, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  Hard to believe it’s September.  We’re 18 months into the pandemic, and now Mother Nature is giving us a pounding.  She sure is pissed at us. It's been...
Pasta Fagioli (pronounced Pasta Fazool) – This should feed at least 6 people — and it freezes well too Ingredients: 1-2 loaves of Crusty Italian Bread (3) 15 oz cans cannellini beans 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil...
Dear Reader, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  The COVID rollercoaster seems to continue to be in operation.  It's been so long since this thing started I’ve almost forgotten what life is like without it...
TUSCAN STYLE COLLARD GREENS (A LITTLE BIT OF ITALY) INGREDIENTS 2 large bunches local collards 16 oz. low-sodium vegetable broth, divided 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 large leeks, washed,...
Dear Friends, July 4th!  Holy firecrackers.  If you are reading this after the holiday I hope you had a blast! 😊 The weather has been extremely hot and steamy, although that’s not new to South Carolina.  It seems like it...
P.S. I LOVE bacon.  I make a salad with a pound of bacon but I’ll share that recipe another time.  With summer Bar-B-Ques I thought you might try a different take on potato salad.  You have to turn on the stove for that one, but t...
Dear Friends, It's hard to believe it’s June already!  I hope you had a good Memorial Day Weekend.  Time to remember and reflect on those who gave everything for our country.  With all the social media and instantaneous informa...
Summer fun food: Watermelon Salad Medium watermelon—size depends on how many people—cubed Seedless (Engligh) cucumber – cubed ½ cup chopped mint ¼ cup chopped basil 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 te...
Dear Friends, Hooray for Spring!  The rebirth from the darkness.  Well, it sure has been a long, dark year.  Looking at the flowers starting to bloom gives me hope we will be moving in a brighter and better direction.  We have...
Stuffed Shells 1 lb. of large macaroni shells 2 cups Ricotta cheese – please don’t’ ruin it with cottage cheese! 1 cup parmesian or romano - grated ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley – the dried stuff doesn’t do it ½ cup chop...
Dear Friends, Hard to believe it’s March. Even though last month we had Ground Hog day, well here we are again.  It dawned on me that all the ground hog really has to do is look at the calendar:  6 more weeks of winter.  I gues...
If you like avocados, here is a quick and easy recipe for those on the run...or running around chasing kids: Avocado Spread (1) Ripe avocado (2) Tablespoons of Tzatziki Sauce (It's made with yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, low fat a...
Dear Friends, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  It's hard to imagine that we are almost a year into this pandemic.  I know people are climbing the walls.  I am grateful I have a large enough house that if...
FRITATTA This is great for a Sunday brunch or a quick dinner. Need ovenproof frying pan. Ingredients 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small yellow onion 1 can potatoes or 1 cup [blanched] sliced fresh potatoes 1 package...
Dear Friends, Let me start with wishing everyone a happy, healthy, stress-less 2021. If you feel like you’ve been living in the spin-cycle of the washing machine, you are not alone. 2020 was a year where you wanted to hide under t...
Pasta Fagiole (pronounced pasta fa-zool) an Italian staple: Serves 6 1 box (1 lb.) of mezzi rigatoni (that’s small rigatoni) or small shells. Cook as directed on package when it’s time – usually 12 minutes 2 (8 oz.) cans of ca...
Dear Reader, 2020 sure has been one heck of a ride.  As we approach the holidays many of us will add more loops and dips to this rollercoaster of a year.  From trying to figure out where to go, who to visit, and what to buy, the s...
Fresh Apple Cake, courtesy of Deb Yarmula Ingredients: You will need (3) large mixing bowls, Bundt pan, shallow baking pan 1 cup chopped walnuts 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp ground...